Kate's Space: A New Music Therapy Clinic!
Organized by: Kate Beever
September 28, 2016
After 5 years of pounding the pavement, sometimes 2000 miles a month, I have a music therapy CLINIC space! Now I need help setting it up!
In 2010, I moved back to Maine because I wanted to see the field of Music Therapy grow here - a dream I've been pursuing since writing a research paper about it in ninth grade. I held a fundraising concert to get initial instruments with which to run music therapy groups in facilities for people with cancer, brain injuries, developmental disabilities, and stress. I held a busy schedule of speaking to healthcare centers, other therapists, support groups, parents, and anyone that would listen! Maine Music & Health LLC, my music therapy practice, was born out of this dream.
In 2014, I worked with AMTA to create a state task force aimed to pass legislation that would increase access to Music Therapy, an evidence-based integrative health care, to all Mainers in need. The task force started with only one music therapist (me!) and now has six. Meanwhile, I've run a private practice out of my car, seeing clients from York up to Skowhegan. I've helped folks who have lost their speech regain it, kids who refuse to eat hear their 'mealtime song' and start chewing, babies fall asleep, families dealing with Alzheimers reconnect, teenagers gain confidence and take safe risks, and so much more. Not because *I* did it, but because music therapy did it with my facilitation. I want to keep putting my education and experience to good use for the people of our state, and I'll still travel once in awhile to spread the joy.
That being said, I am tired of driving around the state. My 3,000 mile oil change happens three times more frequently than it should, so my car is tired too. Many of my clients are spread out around the Southern Maine area (and I live in Portland), so I've finally found a studio space where I can hold low-cost music therapy groups, hold trainings, and collaborate with so many more talented people (musicians, speech therapists, OTs, I'm looking at you)! And while I'll still go to work at Maine Medical Center once a week to see clients who can't leave their rooms, it'll be a relief to be in one safe spot with all the necessary equipment.
I've made ethical and informed decisions about opening a music therapy business in Maine, and this is the next step that I'm ready to take. I've paid the deposit and the rent, and now I just need to set up the space to make sure it's most conducive to meeting client's goals through music. If you can help with even a few dollars (If you've ever offered to buy me a drink and I chose water, now is your chance!), I can build my dream studio. I have a list of items I'll need, from locking instrument cabinets to paperwork dividers to chairs ... we don't have any chairs yet!
I chose CrowdRise because they seem like the most ethical fundraising website, but they don't leave a space for GIFTS! But I am absolutely offering gifts (as well as eternal gratitude):
- up to $15: Music Heals! sticker
- up to $25: Music Heals! poster
- $26 - $50: I will send you an mp3 of an original piece of music created for relaxation
- $51 - $200: A Music Heals! tote bag
- $201 - $500: All of the previous gifts PLUS I will write a song FOR you and send you the mp3 (topic of your choosing)
- $501 - $999: All of the previous gifts PLUS two tickets to the Creative Health! Conference on October 15th
- $1,000: All of the previous gifts PLUS I will put on a concert for you and any friends you invite
Thank you for considering a donation. I am honored that this community has been supportive of music therapy in Maine, and I'm excited to see the field (and now, the clinic) grow!