What is Music Therapy?

At Resounding Healing, we ascribe to the benefits of Music Therapy as we work throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding Big Bend area of north Florida.  As defined by the American Music Therapy Association Musictherapy.org, “Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional (MT-BC) who has completed an approved music therapy program.”

Resounding Healing’s Music Therapy services embrace the tremendous therapeutic benefits of music.  During a music therapy session, music is used to help accomplish therapeutic goals that often have nothing to do with music. For example, many children learn their ABC’s by singing the “Alphabet Song”. In this case music was used as a teaching tool to make the task more memorable and enjoyable, yet the goal was really to teach the child an academic concept, not a musical one. A board-certified music therapist can use the medium of music in a multitude of researched-based ways, including, but not limited to:

  • As a counseling medium
  • In the ESE classroom to teach academic concepts
  • Teaching social and life skills to children with Autism, Down Syndrome, or other disabilities
  • Reinforcing positive behavior with a music contingency
  • Maximizing physical therapy through live music interventions
  • As a neurological stimulus for prematurely born babies (by NICU Certified MT-BC)
  • A complement to speech therapy through singing interventions
  • Pain reduction
  • Stress reduction in the hospital and improved success of certain medical procedures
  • Providing spiritual support to Hospice patients and family members in need.
  • Guided Imagery relaxation exercises
  • Cognitive, social, and physical stimulation for the geriatric population

As board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) Resounding Healing uses evidence-based techniques that have been researched to determine their effectiveness. When you visit our Services page look for “The Research Says…” headings under the topics that interest you for more detailed information on how music therapy can help improve specific diagnoses. Please see our FAQ page to learn more about how to choose a board-certified music therapist, or go to Musictherapy.org, the official website of the American Music Therapy Association, for more information.

What Our Clients Say


Lisa Lorenzo is an excellent music therapy clinician and has experience working with patients of a variety of backgrounds and needs. She has worked in the medical, school, and geriatric settings and always brings a calm, compassionate demeanor. I frequently refer people requesting information about music therapy services to Lisa because I know they will get the exceptional care and services they are looking for.

-Miriam Hillmer, MME., MT-BC

(former Music Therapy Coordinator at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare)

Resounding Healing has been providing music therapy for us at L&L Assisted Living Facility since before my arrival. Lisa and her staff not only bring beautiful music for our pleasure but they are a ray of sunshine to our lives.

-Ethel Antin 2012

Lisa…You helped me a lot recovering from the aftereffects of my stroke and advancing age.

-John McDevitt

Through Resounding Healing, Inc. Music Therapy Services, Lisa has been providing weekly music therapy sessions for my 92-year old parents for the past year and a half. The benefits of their sessions together are many: My parents’ minds and voices are engaged as they sing familiar songs and hymns, and their bodies are further engaged as they play percussion instruments while they sing to Lisa’s guitar accompaniment. Lisa provides a consistent therapeutic relationship for my dad who has dementia and my mother who is his caregiver and companion. Through their weekly interaction with Lisa, both my parents experience the joy and power of music. Various other therapists and aides come in and out of their lives, and home health care providers come and go as needed, but Lisa remains the constant for my parents, leading them to express themselves through music and allowing them to feel her support. Both of my parents look forward to music therapy each week as they relax and have fun engaging in such a pleasurable activity with Lisa who truly cares about them.

-Ann Edwards, Facebook Review


Just sang What Child is This and Silent Night in front of my church. I did awesome. I did not play my guitar so I could focus on what you taught me. I have never gotten so many compliments. Really looking forward to working with you and developing my voice. Thanks for your help.


I used to blow out my voice when I’d sing with volume and texture and couldn’t perform more than a few songs. The new techniques have enabled me to sing better and longer. My range has extended in both directions comfortably, and learning which muscles to use has helped my tone considerably. Thanks!


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