She holds a duel Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Life from Wheelock College and an M.A. in Expressive Art Therapies with a specialization in Music Therapy from Lesley University.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys serving as Chair of the Wheelock Alumni Board and within her local Rotary.
Jeffrey is responsible for the web development and branding of Tones in Motion.
He spends most of his spare time with his spouse: Amy, and sons: Quinn and Sagan.
Starting with the first location at Sunrise in Weston, Amy asked a few of her friends to join her in a sing-along class at a nearby senior home. It quickly became a highlight of their week and both the elders and the families were ecstatic about the new program! Moms and dads alike were happy to report that their children went home singing songs from class, even days later. After a few classes, Amy knew that this was a program worth sharing with the entire community.
After moving to Cape Cod to be closer to family, Amy took her business along with her. Connecting with family, friends, and acquaintances, Amy tried to spread the benefits of music therapy to the Cape Cod community. This time she brought her A-game and applied for several grants. Among other success, Ernie Boch Jr. awarded a $5,000 grant to Tones in Motion.
Amy has continued to grow connections between children, families, and the elderly. Now she is focusing on serving as many of those in need as possible, including but not limited to special needs children, and mental health and addiction patients and families. Her efforts were noticed by the Cape Cod Times, who wrote a front-page story on Tones in Motion and Amy’s pursuit of a healthy and connected community.
Defined by the American Music Therapy Association, “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidenced-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.” (AMTA)
In other words, music is the tool in the therapy. It is the filter in which the interventions flow through. For example, do you still sing the alphabet song when you are flipping through your address book?
• Music is powerful and non-threatening
• Enhances the quality of life
• Music Therapy creates a positive environment where interventions are success orientated.
• Music is a universal language.
Music Therapy can be practiced in many different settings including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and in-home visits. Clientele can vary from neo-natal and pre-school to middle age and geriatrics. Interventions are developed to focus on each individual need.
• Music Therapy is a related service, which can be provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Music Therapy can assist a child with special needs achieve educational goals identified by his or her IEP team.
• Music Therapy interventions can address development in a child’s cognitive, behavioral, physical, emotional and social skills.
• Music Therapy can promote attention and motivation to increase participation in other educational settings.
• Music can stimulate all of the senses, including hearing, seeing, movement and touch, enhancing many developmental skills and milestones.
• At a young age, play is the most developmental activity a child can participate in. Music Therapy can provide a medium, which promotes play naturally.
• Music encourages socialization, self-expression, communication and motor development.
• Music Therapy interventions focus on experiencing feelings and issues such as self-esteem and personal insight.
• Positive changes in mood and emotions
• Enhancing self awareness
• Self expression through verbal and non-verbal communications
• Learning coping and relaxation skills
• Appropriate peer interactions
• Improving appropriate problem solving skills.
• Interventions are developed to maintain or improve physical, psychological, cognitive and or social functioning.
• Music Therapy can increase memory recall
• Promotes positive mood and emotional states
• Success orientated and positive environments are provided for a sense of control over one’s life circumstances
• Anxiety and stress reduction
• Enhance social interactions with peers and staff
• Promotes emotional intimacy with family members who participate in a musical experience.