Music Therapy

Music therapy helps patients, caregivers, and families. It is offered as part of our services.

Meet Crystal Berkenes, MT-BC

Bachelor of Music Therapy and Music Education, Wartburg College

Primary therapy instruments: Guitar, frame drum, harp, moyo drum, Native American flute, and ukulele.

“I learned about music therapy when I was in high school and was immediately inspired! I love the science and research that supports “how” and “why” music therapy can be so powerful and tailored specifically to individuals’ needs. Music therapy can positively impact someone with needs in a number of domains including emotional, social, cognitive, physical and spiritual. It’s truly wonderful and inspiring to experience, time and again, the amazing connections and positive experiences shared with patients, family, and caregivers!

I’m so excited to provide music therapy services with Hospice of the Midwest!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Families and other caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in music therapy sessions. Nothing is expected from the patient or family; they are simply asked to receive the music.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to the patient or family for this service. Music therapy is included in our services.

What kind of music do you use?

Music therapists don’t play just one type of music. Most often, they will play live music on a guitar, keyboard or another instrument. Music therapists will utilize and learn the music that is most mean- ingful for your loved one, from old love songs of the early 1900s, to popular music of each generation.

Is there research to support music therapy?

Yes. Research supporting the benefits of music therapy can be found in a variety of medical, psychological, and hospice and palliative journals. You can find out more about music therapy by visiting the American Music Therapy Association’s website at