2014-05-16 / Business

Be Your Note

Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC, NMT, is a board certified music therapist in private practice in Kennebunkport. Owner of “Be Your Note” Music Therapy Services, she has a particular interest and expertise in working with patients with neurologic conditions such as brain injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease and with the aging population, including individuals struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her work often includes working with family members of patients.

Another primary practice area is working with women using voice as a therapeutic modality. Patricia set up a pilot music therapy program at the Kitty Dukakis Residential Treatment Center for Women in Boston and works with women of varying ages in both clinical and wellness settings and with individuals and groups. She will be presenting this element of her work at the USM Arts Therapy Conference May 31. http:// usm.maine.edu/music/creative-healthconference heathcare-professionals-andcaregiver

Patricia describes music therapy as the “meeting of science and art.” “As a music therapist, my role is to make a connection and build a therapeutic relationship with my clients via music. It is an active endeavor, which means finding ways to engage individuals to experience ability and success while making music. This may mean singing together, improvising, playing rhythm instruments and writing songs. In the process, we are addressing treatment goals in cognitive, physical, psycho-social and spiritual functioning. For me, this work is a kind of ministry that invites the coming together of the many aspects of being human.”

Patricia trained at Berklee College of Music, completed her internship with Seasons Hospice of Massachusetts, and obtained certification in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She is passionate about establishing Music Therapy in Maine and frequently presents at healthcare conferences and in organizations to educate her audience and advocate for the profession. She has collaborated with the Maine Alzheimer’s Association and offers music therapy in a number of healthcare facilities and in her private studio.

Patricia is an award-winning songwriter and creator of “A Solitude of Space,” a chamber theater piece with music based on the life and work of Emily Dickinson.

(For more information, see Patricia’s website at www.beyournote.com)

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