Koru Music Therapy provides in-home and on-site music therapy services to clients throughout San Diego county and areas of Riverside. Telehealth and online music therapy services are also available. Please reach out to us for more information and rates.






The Koru is a Maori symbol that represents growth, tranquility and new life. It is symbolized by a fern frond and is also connected to ancestry and legacy. This symbol and its meaning align with the intention and mission of Koru Music Therapy.


Koru Music Therapy specializes in supporting the aging process, individuals with cognitive impairments, end of life care, which includes hospice, palliative care, grief & loss services, as well as support for healthcare workers, through music in its many forms. Koru Music Therapy honors each individual's strengths in the moment, and each person's cultural identity and unique life story in order to achieve holistic comfort.

We use evidence-based methods and approaches and maintain our education in end of life care practices, as well as continued music therapy education. 




Marlo Smith, MMT, MT-BC

Hospice & Palliative Care Music Therapist

Creator & Owner

Music is an energetic force and a direct expression of one's well-being. Each individual has her/his/their own unique relationship and connection with music made of many layers. As a compassionate, person-centered music therapist, I seek to deeply understand people's musical connections, life stories, strengths, assess holistic functioning and creatively discover how to provide comfort during challenging times. 

I have been a board certified music therapist since 2009. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance in 2001 at the University of New Hampshire and when I craved more, I earned my Masters of Music Therapy in 2010 from Temple University. I am a certified Hospice & Palliative Care Music Therapist (HPMT), and a Level III Trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance and focus proper alignment, self-love, gentle and restorative yoga.  Working full time in end of life care since 2008 has offered me a deep and comforting understanding of death, dying and, especially, living.



Tel: 619.887.8989

Email: korumusictherapy@gmail.com

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