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SPECIALIZING IN AGING & END OF LIFE CARE
 
 

SERVICES

I provide in-home and on-site music therapy services to clients throughout San Diego county and areas of Riverside. Virtual music therapy services are also available.

Please reach out for more information and rates.

IN-HOME SUPPORT

BEREAVEMENT

HOSPICE CARE

 
 

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. 

 

I specialize in supporting the aging process, 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. I honor each individual's strengths in the moment, and each person's cultural identity and unique life story in order to achieve holistic comfort.

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

I would like to acknowledge my use of the word koru. As I dive more deeply into my own personal anti-racism work, I acknowledge that me using this symbol, and the word specifically, may be construed as appropriation. With respect for the Maori community, I am currently trying to find a new word or business name that feels right and I have gratitude that this imagery and symbol have brought a lot to my own life.  My apologies for any misuse of the term, which came out of resonance and respect. I am grateful to continue learning and unlearning as I commit to my work as an anti-racist ally.

 

Marlo (Mary-Ellen) Smith, MMT, MT-BC
Hospice & Palliative Care Music Therapist
Creator & Owner

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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 an advanced 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.

 
 

CONNECT WITH ME

Tel: 619.887.8989

Email: korumusictherapy@gmail.com