Orange Coast Music Therapy - "Music is what feelings sound like..."
Welcome to Orange Coast Music Therapy
Orange Coast Music Therapy is a private music therapy practice that provides quality music therapy services to people in need throughout Orange County, California. All our music therapists are board certified which means that they meet or exceed the standards set by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and have passed the national board certification examination. Music therapy sessions are designed to address the needs of each individual and focus on achieving therapeutic goals.

Types of sessions available:

  • Group music therapy sessions
  • Individual music therapy sessions
  • Health Rhythms group drumming protocol
  • Educational seminars and inservice (Contact Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC, NMT for a list of topics)

Orange Coast Music Therapy
Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC
 Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
ph.  (949)496-1756

***NEW ON THE RESEARCH PAGE***
An inspiring and heartfelt letter by Dr. Oliver Sacks that he wrote after learning he has terminal cancer.

***On the "Slide Show" Page***
South OC Tremble Clefs "Star Spangled Concert" excerpt.


Meet Our Therapists


Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC, NMT Fellow,owner/administrator, is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has maintained a thriving private music therapy practice in Orange County for 30 years.  She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, a fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy and holds certification with the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  Ms. Skipper has vast experience with geriatric clients including diagnoses of Alzheimers disease, CVA, Parkinsons disease and depression.  She has also worked with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and persons on the autism spectrum. Karen's advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy gives her specialized expertise in the use of music to address neurologic issues such as CVA, Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain injury. Karen is a sought after speaker at educational seminars, conventions, service clubs, support groups and hospitals on a variety of topics relating to music therapy and conditions of the elderly. 
Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC, NMT believes that anybody can benefit from making music. 


Natalie Rodriguez, MSW,
MT-BC, RYT 
received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Citrus College, followed by her Bachelors in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, and a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. With an Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy from Chapman University, she uses music as a therapeutic intervention for children in need and the elderly with Alzheimer's and Dementia. She is a current member of the Yoga Alliance and a 200hr registered Yoga Teacher.   Natalie has had two years of clinical experience as a Social Work Intern, during which time she had the opportunity to work with several populations, providing social services and counseling.  Natalie has also had the opportunity to work with several individuals and groups who have diverse needs, in a variety of music therapy settings and is a member of the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association).

Vicki Hurst, MT-BC, is passionate about the use of music in healing.  She specializes in the use of music in combination with yoga to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.  Her music and yoga programs can be adapted for any age group from children to geriatrics.Additionally, Vicki uses a variety of musical mediums to help clients, young or old, to achieve therapeutic goals.  She incorporates movement, drumming, singing and the use of a variety of instruments to find the appropriate tool to help each individual client.She also has experience in teaching adaptive piano and has maintained an instructional studio for 20 years. 

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