About Music Therapy

Swallow Hill’s Music Therapy programs use music as a tool to support specific physical, emotional, cognitive or social needs of participants, providing the opportunity to create, sing, move to, and/or listen to music. 

Music Therapy programming is facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapists, who use evidence-based music programming and interventions to support a variety specific populations including  (but not limited to):

  • adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease;
  • children and families living with cancer and other immunocompromising conditions; 
  • individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • young people on the Autism Spectrum, or who have other Sensory Processing Disorders; and
  • veterans living with physical and/or mental health challenges.

Community Partners

The specific populations we work with are reached through partnerships with the following community organizations

  • The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Brent’s Place
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Continuum of Colorado
  • Denver Public Library Memory Cafe
  • Developmental Pathways
  • Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
  • Sewall Preschool at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being
  • Senior Living Centers including Balfour Senior Living, Wind Crest Highlands Ranch, and HighPointe Assisted Living
  • STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Support Inc. Aurora
  • VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

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Memory Care Programming

Music lovers share a laugh at a Musical Memories class at Swallow Hill Music. The class is presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Swallow Hill partners with community organizations and care facilities to provide music programming for individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Programs are facilitated by board certified Music Therapists.  

According to The American Music Therapy Association, research supports the following benefits of music therapy for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Research Highlights 

  • Music therapy reduces depression among older adults.
  • Music experiences can be structured to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills and to decrease problem behaviors.
  • Music tasks can be used to assess cognitive ability in people with Alzheimer’s Disease. 
  • Music is effective in decreasing the frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviors for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
  • Individuals in the late stages of dementia respond to and interact with music.

Musical Memories

Join us for a free group class designed for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers on the first Friday of each month at our Yale Location from 1-2 pm.  All are welcome. Program in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.  

To inquire about new partnership opportunities or for more information about our program with the with Balfour, Wind Crest, and HighPointe Senior Living, contact Tiffany Grady, Outreach Director, at tiffany@swallowhillmusic.org.

More info on Musical Memories

Veterans Programming

Swallow Hill has been partnering with the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center since August of 2019, providing weekly one-on-one and group music therapy sessions at the Veterans Medical Center at Fitzsimmons.   Music Therapy Sessions at the VA Medical Center are individualized and cater to each client’s wants and needs and might include movement, singing, instrument playing and or/ songwriting.  Our therapist works closely with the mental health professionals at the VA Medical center to ensure each veteran is receiving well-rounded care based on their specific needs and desires. 

Research supports the benefits of music therapy for veterans.  Music Therapy:

  • Supports sensorimotor, communication and physical rehabilitation
  • Aids in Cognitive Rehabilitation (including improvement to cognitive functions impaired by injury or disease)
  • Helps with pain management and social, emotional and behavioral health

Sensory Friendly Concerts

Sensory friendly concerts are designed to create a concert experience that is welcoming to individuals living with autism spectrum disorders or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. In practical terms, that means we turn the lights up and the sound down so individuals and their families can move around, dance, and sing along in a fun, judgement free environment.

Learn more about our sensory friendly concerts here.

These free concerts are offered twice a year. In 2020 they will be offered on June 6 @ 1pm and Dec 6 @ 1pm. Free and open to all! 

More info on sensory friendly concerts