West Music Music Therapy Services believes in the therapeutic value and benefit of music for all people. We dedicate ourselves to enhancing the lives of our clients through successful musical experiences that address their needs with respect and dignity.
Katie, MA, MT-BC
Katie has been with West Music since 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from William Jewell College and her Master’s in Music Therapy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Katie interned at Lakemary Center and previously worked at Crittenton Children’s Center.
Populations: Hospice, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health Disorders
Why I love being a music therapist: “The smiles, appreciative comments, connections with clients, and the progress my clients make give me the best feeling in the world!”
Kelly, MA, MT-BC
Kelly is the director of music therapy services with West Music, and has been with West Music since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Lawrence University, as well as a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa. She completed her music therapy internship at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Kelly currently serves on the Iowa Music Therapy Task Force and on the Workforce Development and Retention Committee for the American Music Therapy Association.
Populations: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Hospice, Substance Abuse, Neurological Disorders (including stroke and traumatic brain injury)
Why I love being a music therapist: “It is the perfect combination of all my passions: music, psychology, and interacting with and helping people from all walks of life.”
Kristin, MA, MT-BC
Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts in both Music and Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. She completed her social work internship at Exceptional Persons, Inc. In Waterloo, IA. She then attended the University of Iowa where she received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy. Kristin completed her music therapy internship at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN where she worked with adults with cancer in both inpatient and outpatient settings, adults with Parkinson’s Disease, those on hospice care, and adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Kristin began for working for West Music in July of 2015.
Populations: Hospice, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Disorders
Why I love being a music therapist: “I get to witness amazing, meaningful responses to music every day! Sharing in my clients’ joys and sorrows, their successes and struggles, is an honor and a privilege.”
Levi received his Bachelors of Music Education in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. He then completed his music therapy internship at Ozanam, a residential facility for at-risk youth with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities in Kansas City, MO. Levi began his career at West Music in 2015.
Populations: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Hospice
Why I love being a music therapist: “Witnessing the positive reactions from clients on a daily basis”
L.J. graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Evansville and interned at Orchard Manor. She has worked for West Music for over 10 years. In her current position, L.J. has worked extensively with school-aged children through direct and consultative service on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). L.J. is the primary internship supervisor for West Music’s university-affiliated music therapy internship. A frequent presenter, LJ also belongs to ICMT and has received West Music’s “Rookie of the Year” (2006) and “Paperclip/Conservation” (2013) awards.
Populations: Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Geriatrics, Hospice
Why I love being a music therapist: “It gives me the opportunity to use my talents in a valuable way… I love the challenge of solving problems in the moment and being creative, and collaborating with and learning from others.”
Lucy graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, and completed her music therapy internship at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, WI. Lucy has worked as a music therapist for West Music since 2009, and she has 16 years of experience as a music therapist in the Cedar Valley. Lucy received certification in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2007, and received the Leading Edge Care and Service Award in 2008 from the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) for spearheading a music therapy assisted walking program.
Populations: Hospice, Geriatrics, Developmental Disabilities
Why I love being a music therapist: “Using music to bring about desired changes, and seeing the joy people express when those changes happen.”
Miranda received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa and completed her music therapy internship at Musicworx, Inc. in San Diego, CA. During her internship she had the opportunity to work within a variety of settings including a military base, hospitals, wellness groups, and bereavement camps.
Populations: Developmental Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hospice
Why I love being a music therapist: “I love playing music and helping people – music therapy is the perfect fit!”
Rosemary, MT-BC, MAPS
Rosemary has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Viterbo University, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute, as well as an Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy from The University of Iowa. She completed her music therapy internship at Iowa City Hospice in Iowa City, IA. Rosemary worked many years as an elementary and high school music teacher and church musician before entering the field of music therapy. She began her music therapy career at West Music in 2009.
Populations: Hospice, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Autism, Developmental Disabilities
Why I love being a music therapist: “It is the best profession in the world if you love music and love people, which I do!”
Rachael started with West Music in 2006 and has enjoyed using music to change lives ever since. Rachael earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Michigan State University and completed her internship at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, IA. She has always enjoyed working with adults and since beginning with West has developed a passion for serving patients and families facing terminal illnesses. Rachael is also fortunate to be able to support other music therapists at West in her role as supervisor, and finds great pleasure in being part of this amazing team. In addition to her most fabulous career, Rachael is a yogi, foodie, and fair weather fan of the Kansas City Royals. Party like it’s 1985!
Populations: Hospice, Developmental Disabilities
Why I love being a music therapist: “I get to be a part of helping people live to the fullest… I love the wonderful relationships I get to build, and that I get to make music with folks on a daily basis. It’s pretty cool.”
Rachel joined the West Music team in 2015. She attended the University of North Dakota and received Bachelor of Music degrees in both Music Therapy and Piano Performance. Rachel completed her music therapy internship at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH. Outside of her job, Rachel enjoys being involved in community theater, playing board games, and Geocaching.
Populations: Developmental Disabilities, Geriatrics
Why I love being a music therapist: “I enjoy seeing how participating in interactive musical activities achieves a positive difference in my clients.”
Kyle, MA, MT-BC
Kyle Wilhelm completed both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music Therapy at The University of Iowa. He has worked for West Music since 1999 as a music therapist and has been the internship director since 2007. He has been the director or assistant director of the SoundReach Choir since 1996. He has also served as the President of the Iowa Chapter of Music Therapy, 1st Vice President of the Midwest Region, and is co-chair of the Workforce Development and Retention Committee for the American Music Therapy Association.
Populations: Autism, Physical Rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Mental Health disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Hospice.
Why I love being a music therapist: “I love connecting with people and seeing a difference the music makes in their lives.”