Upstate Music Therapy Center, LLC

Upstate Music Therapy Center, LLC Upstate Music Therapy Center provides quality clinical services in the Rochester/Finger Lakes area.

๐Ÿ’œ Have you ever heard the phrase, actions speak louder than words? ๐Ÿงก It's true!โค๏ธ In this song, written by the beloved M...
02/15/2024

๐Ÿ’œ Have you ever heard the phrase, actions speak louder than words?

๐Ÿงก It's true!

โค๏ธ In this song, written by the beloved Mr. Rogers, we're thinking of ways we can go beyond saying "I love you" and showing it with our actions.

๐Ÿ’™ Did you know a simple act like cleaning up your room or drawing someone a picture are other great ways to say "I love you!"

๐Ÿ’š This Valentine's Day, let's SHOW people we love them ๐Ÿ’•

One of my favorite songs.Episode 1643 - Mister Rogers Talks About Art (Part 3)Air Date: November 27, 1991

What are your thoughts when you see or hear a ukulele? Does it look like a mini guitar? ๐ŸŽธ Does it remind you of the beac...
02/08/2024

What are your thoughts when you see or hear a ukulele? Does it look like a mini guitar? ๐ŸŽธ Does it remind you of the beach? ๐Ÿ–

Check out some fun facts about the ukulele for February's instrument of the month with our very own Katie Pistilli!

We're so excited to introduce you to another wildly talented member of our team at UMTC!Meet Jamie Swieringa, MT-BC!๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น...
01/24/2024

We're so excited to introduce you to another wildly talented member of our team at UMTC!

Meet Jamie Swieringa, MT-BC!

๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ!
I live in Canandaigua with my dog Ellie and cat Milo. I love spending as much time outside as I can kayaking, paddle-boarding, hiking and biking both by myself and with friends/family. I also enjoy making my own music and listening to true crime podcasts.

๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜?
I originally thought I wanted to work in the medical setting as a music therapist all throughout college, since my first major was actually nursing. When I discovered music therapy as a career, I wanted to combine my love for music with my interest in the medical field and bring the joy of music to those who were going through a hard time. But after doing my internship at a special education school, I realized that was my niche and I've been working in special education ever since!

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ?
I love to see my students express their true selves when they're singing and playing instruments. Music truly brings out the best in people and I get to see that first hand every single day.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜†?
I wish people were more aware of how much education and training we go through to become a music therapist. Like any other therapeutic profession, we have to go through classes, clinical placements, internships, board exams, and keeping up with continuing education credits on top of being proficient in multiple instruments as well as singing. We take a lot of time to hand pick the right songs to work on individualized goals. Everything we do has a purpose behind it!

Say hi to Jamie in the comments! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Today we celebrate and honor a man who was a legendary figure in the fight against inequality and racism - Martin Luther...
01/15/2024

Today we celebrate and honor a man who was a legendary figure in the fight against inequality and racism - Martin Luther King Jr., born on January 18th, was a man of peace, love, and hope.

Enjoy this beautiful poem and song as we honor him today:

While we are getting more minutes of sunlight every day, it can be a difficult time of year to get a quality night's sle...
01/11/2024

While we are getting more minutes of sunlight every day, it can be a difficult time of year to get a quality night's sleep. Here are some tips and strategies from our director Amy Thomas on getting quality sleep.

8 Strategies For Quality Sleep by Amy Thomas | Aug 14, 2020 | 0 comments Getting less than the required amount of sleep can affect your health, your mood, and your brainโ€™s ability to function. This is true for children and adults. The longer you go without the sleep you need, the more the harmful ...

Happy New Year from Upstate Music Therapy Center! ๐ŸŽ† We hope for everyone to have a happy and healthy new year! ๐Ÿ˜        ...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from Upstate Music Therapy Center! ๐ŸŽ† We hope for everyone to have a happy and healthy new year! ๐Ÿ˜

Around the world, Christmas is celebrated with festive traditions. In Puerto Rico, Christmas caroling looks a little dif...
12/23/2023

Around the world, Christmas is celebrated with festive traditions. In Puerto Rico, Christmas caroling looks a little different than what weโ€™re used to here in America.

Join us as we sing through the book Feliz Navidad, illustrated by David Diaz. And be sure to check out the narrative from our website's December resources page which explains the cultural context behind the book!

Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! We wanted to share this beautiful book with you, illustrated by David Diaz. It depicts a festive holiday tradition, native to...

12/20/2023

We love sharing holiday cheer with our students! Join Miss Jamie and Zach for "When Christmas Comes to Town!"

Happy Hanukkah! ๐Ÿ•ŽToday is the final day of Hanukkah, a festival celebrated by those who practice the Jewish faith.The mo...
12/16/2023

Happy Hanukkah! ๐Ÿ•Ž

Today is the final day of Hanukkah, a festival celebrated by those who practice the Jewish faith.

The most well-known tradition is the lighting of the Menorah. ๐Ÿ•Ž

Do you know how many days of Hanukkah there are? Listen to this song called โ€œIn the Windowโ€ to find out!

You can also check out this free download from our website that includes the songโ€™s lyrics and a fun activity:

www.upstatemusictherapycenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Menorah-Song-and-Activity.pdf

4th Grade Chorus Newbury School Winter Concert 2015

As we enter the holiday season and wind down another busy year, it's important to take a moment to find what makes us fe...
11/30/2023

As we enter the holiday season and wind down another busy year, it's important to take a moment to find what makes us feel most at peace. Though this blog post was written by our Director and Owner Amy Thomas 2 years ago, the message is still just as relevant, if not more so: "There is a very real hunger and thirst for peace, for peace on this earth."

Finding Peace on Earth by Amy Thomas | Dec 7, 2021 | 0 comments ย  Written by Amy Thomas, LCAT, MT-BC, C-DBT As we wind down 2021 with all its twists and turns we look toward a new year. Most people look forward with hope, that life might be easier, less chaotic, and filled with family, friends, goo...

Happy Thanksgiving!๐Ÿฆƒ Today and every day, we are thankful for the opportunity to share music, smiles, and fun with so ma...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving!๐Ÿฆƒ Today and every day, we are thankful for the opportunity to share music, smiles, and fun with so many amazing people!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday with safe travels, delicious food, and great company with your loved ones.๐Ÿงก

What are you thankful for this year? Feel free to share in the comments ๐Ÿ’ฌ

If youโ€™re new to UMTCโ€™s page, WELCOME!! Weโ€™re so glad youโ€™ve found us!My name is Amy Thomas. I am the founder a...
11/15/2023

If youโ€™re new to UMTCโ€™s page, WELCOME!! Weโ€™re so glad youโ€™ve found us!

My name is Amy Thomas. I am the founder and Agency Director of Upstate Music Therapy Center. I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

I created UMTC as a private practice in 1993, and the need for music therapy grew faster than I could have imagined. By 1999 and every year since, UMTC has employed 8-12 therapists who have helped serve the special needs communities of Rochester, NY.

I find it incredibly rewarding to hear about and observe the growth in the individuals we service. Music has the power to meet our clients right where they are by offering a non-threatening environment to address some of the challenges they experience. Itโ€™s wonderful to meet the families and to hear how much Music Therapy has assisted their child or family member over the years in the areas of language development, social skills, motor planning, improving cognitive functioning, and boosting their self-confidence.

And weโ€™d love to get to know YOU a bit more!

Tell us in the comments โ€“ what is your experience with Music Therapy?

We hope everyone has a spectacular Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿซ Feel free to share your favorite Halloween song in the comments!      ...
10/31/2023

We hope everyone has a spectacular Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿซ Feel free to share your favorite Halloween song in the comments!

With the change of the seasons, and with the school year in full swing, self-regulation can be such an important skill. ...
10/24/2023

With the change of the seasons, and with the school year in full swing, self-regulation can be such an important skill. Our very own Jamie Swieringa has an original song to make it easy and fun! ๐Ÿ˜Š

As parents or educators, we all know the struggle of trying to calm a child down after a high energy activity! Who wants to sit still, when they've just had ...

"It can be common to see children plug their ears or show displeasure toward an unexpected, loud, high pitched or poppin...
10/17/2023

"It can be common to see children plug their ears or show displeasure toward an unexpected, loud, high pitched or popping sound. However, how do we know when it is time to get professional help for our child whose responses appear severe?"

Our director Amy Thomas shares information on examples of upsetting sounds, when to seek professional help, and what our Licensed Creative Arts Therapists can offer.

It can be common to see children plug their ears or show displeasure toward an unexpected, loud, high pitched or popping sound, however, how do we know when it is time to get professional help for our child whose responses appear severe. A quick reaction to a sound means the child is responding to t...

It's pumpkin season!๐ŸŽƒ Here's a fun fall song from our very own Erin Triola!
10/12/2023

It's pumpkin season!๐ŸŽƒ Here's a fun fall song from our very own Erin Triola!

Last week, several of our amazing team members and music therapists attended the "Their Light Shines" event and played b...
10/10/2023

Last week, several of our amazing team members and music therapists attended the "Their Light Shines" event and played background music to honor residents at the Webster Comfort Care Home. Check out more pictures and information on our latest blog post:

Current Events: UMTC Plays at Webster Comfort Care Home by Amy Thomas | Oct 6, 2023 | 0 comments On Tuesday, October 3rd Upstate Music Therapy Center employees joined the Webster Comfort Care Home community in honoring their residents. Webster Comfort Care Home is a non-profit community-based care h...

What kind of homemade instruments have you made before? ๐Ÿค”If you don't have any homemade cymbals, Miss Katie can help you...
09/26/2023

What kind of homemade instruments have you made before? ๐Ÿค”

If you don't have any homemade cymbals, Miss Katie can help you out!

Are you wearing new school clothes and shoes this back-to-school season, just like Pete the Cat? Check out this blog pos...
09/13/2023

Are you wearing new school clothes and shoes this back-to-school season, just like Pete the Cat? Check out this blog post for a fun "Rocking In My School Shoes" activity! ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

Itโ€™s that time of year again! Time to pick out a new backpack, sharpen pencils, and get ready to learn! For the first time in almost 18 months, children around the country are getting ready to go back to school for in-person learning. This can be a daunting time for any child, but may be especiall...

09/07/2023

Need some help with those "Back-to-School Jitters"? Miss Hannah has you covered!

We can't believe how fast this summer has gone! With the back-to-school season approaching, here are some helpful tips a...
08/21/2023

We can't believe how fast this summer has gone! With the back-to-school season approaching, here are some helpful tips and songs from our very own Katie Pistilli to help families and students to overcome those transitions! โœ๏ธ ๐ŸŽถ

Going back to school after summer break can be quite the transition! With the sun setting so late, your child probably isnโ€™t used to going to bed when they need to. The routines of school day mornings may feel like a struggle at first. Transitions are hard for us all! If your kids have a hard time...

What is the "iso-principle," and how does it relate to the music you listen to?Check out the answer in this blog post wr...
08/09/2023

What is the "iso-principle," and how does it relate to the music you listen to?

Check out the answer in this blog post written by one of our amazing team members, Rebecca Szalay!

The Improve Your Mood Playlist by Amy Thomas | Sep 1, 2022 | 1 comment Blog Written By Rebecca Szalay Do you ever notice when you are feeling down that you gravitate towards music that reflects that mood? How about when youโ€™re excited? Do you change the music if a slow or sad song comes on because...

Did you know that our very own Katie Pistilli was interviewed on the popular music therapy and education Music for Kiddo...
08/02/2023

Did you know that our very own Katie Pistilli was interviewed on the popular music therapy and education Music for Kiddos podcast? ๐Ÿ˜Ž Listen in to see how she shares her vast knowledge of the ukulele! ๐ŸŽถ

Listen on Apple podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/26-the-many-uses-of-the-ukulele-music-for-kiddos-podcast/id1549864072?i=1000529426508

Listen on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5iyGhsBfdU7hIxH1X3vkWf?si=IyydXKEeTyuRkuT9oc_TfQ

Music therapist and music educator Katie Pistilli joins us on episode 26 of the Music For Kiddos Podcast . She specializes in ukulele and specifically, ukulele education. Ukulele resources are so vital. In fact. our bestselling course at Music For Kiddos is our beginning ukulele course: Ukulele F

Looking for more ideas for summer fun? โ˜€ Check out the art, nature, and music activity ideas in one of our blog posts he...
07/26/2023

Looking for more ideas for summer fun? โ˜€ Check out the art, nature, and music activity ideas in one of our blog posts here:

www.upstatemusictherapycenter.com/6-creative-summer-activity-ideas

Written by Amy Thomas, MT-BC, LCAT Who needs summer ideas for your children and family? In this blog you will find fun, creative, and simpleideas for the summer months. Keeping it simpleWeโ€™re aware that simple for one person may not be simple for another. For this reason, we are sharing manytypes ...

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