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Minding Music - Music Therapy


To provide quality evidence-based professional music therapy services to promote optimal physical and mental health and to provide opportunities for personal growth in our community.

Music therapy is the focused intentional use of music and music based experiences to facilitate change, improve and enhance the quality of life. It is a holistic, strength-based, flexible, and sometimes spontaneous clinical therapeutic approach to facilitate change in non musical areas of life.  Music therapy can improve cognition, motor function, respiration, relieve pain, reduce stress, anxiety, and enhance memory, social interaction and quality of life.MINDING MUSIC - MUSIC THERAPY employs evidence-based clinical neurological music therapy interventions to obtain and maintain skills and physical function to enhance quality of life. We have a wide range of musical instruments to explore and play. Many instruments require little to no experience or ‘know how’.


- Non-Invasive therapeutic interaction and interventions
- Evidence-based clinical therapy
- Goal directed process
- Based on individual assessment
- Directed toward meeting specific objectives and needs of the Individual
- Implemented by a credentialed professional Music Therapist
- Documented progress and evaluation of objectives and goals
- May be covered by your insurance company

Music Therapy is a science and evidence-based allied health profession recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

About Jay Anderson

The Coachella Valley has been the home to MINDING MUSIC - MUSIC THERAPY since 2010. 

Jay Anderson, MT-BC earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. in 2004. He is a board certified music therapist since 2005 and member of the American Music Therapy Association since 2002.  He is trained in Neurological Music Therapy. Jay has been playing and studying music since age of 9. He served in the United States Army Band. Over the past 14 years Jay worked as a board certified music therapist for Patton State Hospital, a state psychiatric forensic facility in San Bernardino. Jay has shared powerful musical experiences with at risk teens, adults and children with developmental disabilities, seniors, clients in hospice care, individuals with Parkinson’s, with Alzheimer’s, those with substance abuse issues, behavioral disorders and mental illness challenges.

“I have seen and heard the power of music bring joy, communication, healing and comfort.  Science continues to prove it.”  -Jay Anderson

“We look for ways to manage symptoms without increasing medications. There is no risk to this therapy. At worst it may not help you, but in my experience, it has made a significant difference for me.”  - Parkinson’s patient that practices piano for increasing fine motor skills



Jay Anderson's contributions to the PRO Newsletter and Blog:

- Music Therapy Benefits for Parkinson's Patients



Minding Music has been a member of the Wellness Village since January 2019

Products and/or Services Available

  • Auditory Rhythmic Stimulation
  • Cognitive Skill Building
  • Guided Imagery In Music
  • Music/Rhythmic Gait Training
  • Melodic Intonation Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Rhythmic Drumming
  • Rhythmic Speech Cuing
  • Therapeutic/Adaptive Music Instrument Lessons
  • Therapeutic Singing
  • Team Building

Contact Us

Physical Address
Parkinson's Resource Organization
74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

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Updated: August 16, 2017