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Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (American Music Therapy Association).

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Music therapy is an effective therapy modality for all persons, regardless of age, musical background, or level of ability.  Sessions take place in group and individual settings.  Group sessions are regularly scheduled each week, and every resident has access to at least one music therapy group.


Our Music Therapist

Our music therapist is clinically trained to work with a variety of clients in addressing a multitude of goals.  This training includes a bachelor’s degree from an approved music therapy program and 1200 hours of clinical experience.  Music therapists maintain national certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists  and adhere to professional ethics and standards of practice.

Our music therapist has a strong background in both music and psychology. She is proficient in voice, keyboard, and guitar skills, as well as assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation.

“Brigette combines the best technical skills as a music therapist with a kind and compassionate heart. It is NOT enough to be technically SKILLED; to reach those who are suffering God-awful illnesses, who are fragile and vulnerable, one must have brains and heart. Brigette clearly has both and her patients respond to her wonderfully because of who she is, both as a therapist and as a human being.”

Rosetta Perri
family member of resident

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Clinical Training Site

Villa St. Joseph provides valuable learning experiences for music therapy students and interns as they complete clinical requirements under the supervision of our music therapist.  Internship applications are accepted through January 1st (for a July start date) or July 1st (for a January start date) and may be submitted up to a year in advance at the address below.  The internship packet may be downloaded HERE (PDF).

Musician Volunteers

Volunteers are an important and integral part of the community at Villa St. Joseph.  The Music Therapy and Activities Departments are able to expand the presence and impact of the creative arts at the Villa with the assistance of Musician Volunteers.

Supporting Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Program strives to support the Villa community through excellence in compassionate care that meets individual needs.  The Music Therapy Program is supported, in turn, by our community.  The Music Therapy Program was initiated through grant funding and benefactors, and now relies on our generous donors for support.  If you would like to make a contribution to the Music Therapy Program, you may do so by clicking on the DONATE NOW button (above).

For more information, please contact Brigette K. Sutton, MA, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy, at