Music Therapy Services of Portland was born in January of 2009 when I completed my internship and passed my board certification exam. This business would not exist without the generous support of my mom and step-dad. Holly & Jerry Austin opened their doors to me and my U-haul full of belongings (including a baby grand piano) in September of 2006 when I moved back from Boise, Idaho to study music therapy at Marylhurst University.
After a courageous battle with Parkinson’s, Jerry passed away on May 13th. This man not only tolerated, but actually welcomed hours and hours of piano, guitar and voice practicing and clients coming to his house for music therapy sessions. Jerry Austin’s love and support helped make Music Therapy Services of Portland what it is today and I will always be grateful. Thank you, Jerry, and thank you to all the families who have provided their love, support, and patience during this time of struggle.
Mr. Jerry Austin’s funeral will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2pm at the Molalla Masonic Lodge, 123 Ross St., Molalla, Oregon.
Music Therapy Services of Portland is directed by board-certified music therapist, Angie Kopshy. Upon completion of her Master’s in Music from Boise State University, Angie returned to Portland to study music therapy at Marylhurst University. Music Therapy Services of Portland specializes on working with children on the autism spectrum. Angie is also a singer/songwriter with the band, Stoneface Honey.