Vail Valley Bizwatch: Rocky Mountain Music Therapy
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: Rocky Mountain Music Therapy, Rocky Mountain Music, LLC.
Date opened: January 2007.
Owner: Yvonne N. Schwartz.
What goods or services do you provide?
Rocky Mountain Music Therapy provides music therapy services to children and adults with special needs in Eagle and Garfield counties. We serve children and adults with developmental disabilities, older adults, people with mental illness, and people struggling with substance abuse.
I’m a board-certified music therapist and work with individuals to develop goals and objectives that can be achieved through music. Each person’s music therapy experience is individualized. Some sample goal areas are improving social skills, improving cognitive skills, improving fine and gross motor skills, and reducing stress.
Rocky Mountain Music Therapy provides individual and group music therapy sessions. Clients use instruments, singing, music improvisation, adaptive music lessons, and relaxation to music to achieve these goals.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We have new openings for the fall! I am currently offering a discount on initial assessment sessions for new clients. Contact us for more information.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? I am the only practicing music therapist in the Vail Valley. I find continuing education important in providing up-to-date therapy services. I attend regional and national music therapy conferences on a regular basis. I come to your home or facility to provide music therapy so there is no traveling for the client.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Many times people are overwhelmed or stressed when searching for a therapist. I like to think of myself as flexible and approachable. I offer discounts on assessment sessions so people can try music therapy and see if this is a service that would help them or a loved one. Clients can expect consistency and open communication.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelors degree in music therapy. I received my board certification from the National Board Certification for Music Therapy. Following graduation I worked in Columbia, South Carolina with people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. I also worked in Phoenix as a music therapist for children with developmental disabilities for two years before moving to Vail. After moving to Vail, I received my 200-hour certification to become a Nationally Certified Yoga instructor.
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