“Kopshy says that at its core, music therapy capitalizes on the innate healing properties of sound. “Our brains are designed to respond to music, and we just take advantage of that,” she says. It’s not for everyone, but it can be particularly helpful if a patient has an affinity for music. “It’s motivating, and music is cool and fun for kids.” Music has universal appeal, and therapists like Kopshy are working to apply that versatility to help people overcome their struggles through engaging in music.”
This story highlights music therapy with autism by University of Oregon students, Jayati Ramakrishnan, Tiffany Han and Jiaqi Ye.
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Angie Kopshy received a Master’s in Piano from Boise State University before returning to Portland, Oregon, to study and pursue music therapy. Upon completion of her internship, Angie founded a music therapy clinic that specialized in helping children with autism transform their lives with music, paying particular attention to the enhancement of communication, anxiety reduction, motor planning, and social engagement.
Angie recently left her clinic, teaching position at Pacific University and her band, Stoneface Honey, to write in the mountains of Montana. When she isn't helping run Herbaceous Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary in Butte, or facilitating music therapy sessions at Big Sky Music Therapy, Angie is working on her first novel and writing short essays for Behind Every Feminist. Angie is still writing music for Stoneface Honey who released their latest album, Resolved to the Mutual Satisfaction of Both Parties in August of 2018.
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