063: Can Music Heal the Mind? – Moreen Burkart

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You’ve probably heard the story that music can calm the beast but can it really? How does it work? Does it have other healing abilities? Music Therapy is not new. Studies first surfaced during World War II about treating war veterans with PTSD with music. Not just any music but specific music that would calm their minds.

My guest on this show is a music therapist with the VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) of the Treasure Coast. She works with Hospice patients, Alzheimer and Dementia patients and those with Parkinson’s to help them get walking and moving.

How can you help those you love with music therapy? Listen in as Moreen shows us how you can make a difference with music. Yes she brought her guitar and yes she moved me to tears!

vna-music-therapist-moreen-burkart  Moreen Burkart is a board certified music therapist. Moreen received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology with minors in Psychology and Business as well as her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy.

As a music therapist, Moreen has worked with persons of all ages in a variety of settings including: day-cares, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, memory care communities, 1:1 in-home, as well as hospice. Moreen created the music therapy position at Treasure Coast Hospice for their pediatric program and when the opportunity arose, Moreen was given the opportunity to create and implement the music therapy program at the VNA of the Treasure Coast.

Made possible by the funding of Impact 100, Moreen now provides music therapy services for the VNA’s hospice patients and families as well as community music therapy groups and in-services.

This past year she completed the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute, receiving the title Neurologic Music Therapist as well as attended the National American Music Therapy Conference, qualifying her to become a music therapy internship supervisor.
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