Allied Recognizes Music Therapy Program for National Therapeutic Recreation Month

Allied Services Integrated Health System has partnered with Marywood University to provide music therapy to patients, residents, clients, and consumers across its divisions. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. At Allied Terrace Personal Care Facility, music therapy students recently gained clinical hours by playing instruments and engaging residents in a singalong of love songs in celebration of Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit

Pictured, Front row, from left: Theresa Novak, Ann Greggs, Bessie Elvidge, Camille Grover, and Doris Dempsey.
Back row, from left: Irene Speicher, Marywood Music Therapy Students Jessica Velardi and Julianna Altonjy, John Henry, George Bonifanti, and Cheryl Ellsworth, Music Therapy Program Director.