Molly Coleman found out about music therapy in high school after she observed music’s impact on memory, movement, and social behaviors of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. During her practicum experiences, she worked with at-risk youth, veterans with depression, mothers experiencing homelessness, seniors with Parkinson’s disease, and students with autism, cerebral palsy, and orthopedic impairments. The highlight of her education was studying abroad at the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland, where she studied Irish perspectives on music therapy, traditional music, biological psychology, motor learning, Spanish language, and entrepreneurship.
Molly completed her internship at The Music Therapy Center of California, a private music therapy practice in San Diego, California. She had the privilege of leading individual sessions with students on the autism spectrum, older adult groups in assisted living and memory care facilities, and groups of adults with developmental disabilities in residential, skilled nursing, and day program settings. Molly also had the opportunity to teach adapted piano, guitar, and voice lessons, as well as help adults with developmental disabilities practice social skills through Banding Together’s jam sessions program.
Molly also holds certifications in Music Together, Zumba Fitness, and working with terminally ill patients. Her primary research interests are the effect of auditory stimulation on hospice patients in a nonresponsive state, as well as the effect of practice schedule on motor skill development in a music therapy setting.
Molly joined Music to Grow On in January 2020.