Music Therapy

The peaceful setting of the Franciscan Life Process Center is relaxed and calm, providing plenty of opportunity to explore all aspects of music, singing, playing, moving,listening and creating. Our farm, orchards and nature trails assist our music therapists in designing a program that enhances reality orientation, facilitates cognitive training and increases motivation.

Our Mission

To release the potential for wholeness in each individual through music.

Established in 1978, our program has had a tremendous growth. Today, we provide music therapy to those who come to our Lowell and Grand Rapids campuses, and we reach out to others when their health status prohibits them from coming to us.  We serve the following:

  • Children with special needs
  • Those with severe mental illness
  • The frail elderly
  • Those afflicted with neurological disorders
  • Individuals diagnosed with  cancer or other medical conditions that put them at risk
  • Young children
  • Individuals in hospice/palliative care

Music therapy becomes a time when a secure relationship is established and new skills are learned that fortify individuals to successfully meet and deal with difficult life situations. Music therapy can:

  • aid speech development
  • reduce anxiety
  • improve coordination
  • help develop relationships
  • increase focusing ability
  • provide pleasurable experiences
  • develop new skills
  • reinforce academic concepts
  • offer support at end of life

Specific services provided at the Franciscan Life Process Center or contracted with area agencies include:

  • music therapy assessment
  • individual music therapy
  • group music therapy
  • music lessons for those with special needs
  • specialized group drumming
  • consultation services for schools, rehabilitation centers, homes for the elderly, and others
  • services for siblings of those with special needs
  • music therapy internships, observations, field experiences
  • continuing education opportunities for music therapists

logoOur music therapists are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. In addition, the Franciscan Life Process Center is a nationally-approved clinical training site for music therapy interns. We also are an approved provider site for Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

Music Therapy Assessment

Music Therapy Assessment: Children

In our experience as music therapists, we understand that your child is part of other important groups such as school and family. What goes on within these places obviously impacts your child every day. Our Music Therapy Assessment purposely reflects this idea.

We offer a comprehensive assessment that has several features. In this way, we not only gather useful information about your child’s individual functioning, but we also are able to learn about the world in which your child lives and how that impacts his/her functioning.

Our assessment includes:

  • Family Interview with the music therapist
  • Music Therapy Assessment (1-2 sessions) with your child
  • Family Assessment with one of our licensed psychologists
  • Gathering of records, with your permission, to understand your child’s history

As a Music Therapy program, we offer the flexibility of doing this assessment in a “Front-End” or “Stepwise” fashion in order to accommodate the family’s preference.

The Front End assessment is where all of the above are immediately scheduled for the purpose of gathering as much information as possible in the shortest amount of time. The Stepwise assessment involves the initial work with the Music Therapist, while the family assessment with our psychologist can be folded in later as needed.
You can discuss these options when you initially speak with our music therapist on the phone. Please call 616-897-7842 regarding fees for the assessment and music therapy.

Music Therapy Assessment: Adults

An initial meeting is held with anyone seeking music therapy services. A treatment plan will be set up based on this meeting.
Please call Sandy Kotesky at 616-897-7842 ext 315 regarding fees for the assessment and music therapy.

Music Therapy Outreach

We serve the following facilities in West Michigan:

Lincoln Developmental Center
Lincoln School
Pine Grove Learning Center
St. Mary’s Hospital
Brookcrest:  Sunset Retirement Communities and Services
Harbor House
Nelson (Muskegon County)
Porter Hills Village
Georgetown and Cambridge Manors
Clark Retirement Community
Marquette Elementary School (Muskegon County)
Dominican Sisters – Grand Rapids
Barry County Mental Health
Meadowridge Elementary
Spectrum Community Services
Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manors
Network 180: Arbor Circle
Emmanuel Hospice
Spectrum Health Hospice – Kent, Ottawa and Mecosta Counties
Lakeshore Assisted Living
Lowell Public Schools
Reeths-Puffer High School & Middle School, Muskegon
Grand Rapids Symphony
Hope Network
Oakview (Muskegon)
Franciscan Life Process Center

Buy Our Music Therapy CDs

tree-in-the-valleyIn 2010, music therapists from the Franciscan Life Process Center were asked to create a cd for children with special needs. The result of that process was The Tree in the Valley.

In 2014, the music therapists launched and were successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign to create a second cd for children on the autism spectrum or with other special needs. Follow Me was recorded and released in 2015.

Both cds offer suggestions on how to use the songs in a classroom setting or at home, as well as the goal area that is being addressed through the song.

CDs are only $10 and, while originally written for children with special needs, they make great gifts for all children!

The Tree in the Valley and Follow Me CDs may be purchased directly at the Lowell and Grand Rapids Campuses.

To purchase Follow Me online or to download, click here.