January Artist of the Month: Melinda Marks Burgard

Why sing alone…when you can sing with Melinda!

The story continues…..

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Focus and Credentials

Melinda’s current focus is working with people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of Dementia. She is a CMT – Certified Music Therapist having completed her music therapy degree along with 1200 internship hours. She received her Masters Degree from NYU and her credentials also include New York State LCAT – Licensed Creative Arts Therapist – granted to creative arts therapists who complete an approved educational program and 1500 hours of supervised post-graduate clinical experience. Melinda is licensed to practice psychotherapy and is one of the state’s licensed mental health professionals.

Melinda’s music/creative arts therapy technique uses music and musical activities as a vehicle to achieve non-musical goals with her clients such as decreasing stress, increasing speech, socialization, and emotional expression along with increasing cognitive well-being. Melinda’s Music is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association and hosts annual fund-raisers supporting the continuation of the association’s free programs.

Watch the video of a recent fundraiser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtodFbeGsYg

Where is Melinda?

The Alzheimer’s Association Music Social Program is a free program designed for family caregivers and their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. This program is offered the 2nd Friday of every month at Glen Arden in Goshen, NY. and on the 3rd Friday of each month at New Harvest Christian Church in Vail’s Gate, NY.  Call for more info: 1-800-272-3900. Register early!

Melinda can also be found at the Greenwood Lake Public Library – Music with Melinda is a fun and engaging ‘caregiver and me’ program for children ages infant to preschool,  happening the first Friday of each month. Schedules for the next three months as follows: Feb. 6, Mar. 6 and April 3 at 10:30 am. Call for more info: 1-845-477-8377. Register early!

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Melinda also sees private clients – in their homes and nursing facilities – for either 30 minute, 45 minute or 1 hour sessions. Contact her for appointments.

Here is the link to an informative article that can also be found on Melinda’s Music Facebook page, about the benefits of music/dance for Alzheimer’s patients: http://alzheimersmusicconnect.com/music-alzheimers-music-dance-can-make-huge-difference-alzheimers-care-recipients/

For more information about Melinda’s Music programs, contact Melinda directly: 1-845-477-0451. Visit her website: http://www.melindasmusic.com/ or you can contact her through her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melindas-Music/87296207460?fref=ts

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