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Friday June 13, 2014 at 1:00pm
Harborside Hotel and Marina
Bar Harbor, Maine

Music as Therapy: Music, Memory and Quality of Life for the Elderly, Alan Wittenberg, MA, CMT

Music therapy has a unique potential to stimulate, motivate, integrate, and reconnect with better times in their lives. This presentation will give an overview of the clinical and rehabilitative field of music therapy in geriatric care with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease as well as depression, hospice and quality of life. Music therapy will be discussed and illustrated as a key component of the treatment plan in conjunction with speech, physical and occupational therapy, nursing and better medical outcomes. Case study video illustrations will be viewed and discussed.


Alan-photoAlan Wittenberg, Certified Music Therapist, provides individual and group sessions to clients of all ages at the Surry Music Therapy Center, located in Surry, Maine. Alan also visits and conducts music therapy sessions at:

  • schools and universities
  • nursing homes and hospitals
  • day and residential programs

throughout the state of Maine. Alan also does conference presentations and training in Japan and Russia at the centers that he founded.

MUSIC touches us when words cannot. It is instinctive and intuitive in all of us, regardless of disability. It reflects who we are and helps us to realize who we can be.


Since (my son) has started back with you I’ve seen wonderful changes. He’s even more happy then he was, concentration (focusing) has increased and eye contact as well.

- Mother of a child with autism


View some photos of the Saint Petersburg Center for Music Therapy and Alan’s visit.

Alan gave seminars at universities and hospitals throughout Japan from October 22 thru November 22. Please visit the Japan Page to view his work.

An International seminar at Surry Music Therapy Center with Japanese students from Nigata University