Orange Coast Music Therapy - "Music is what feelings sound like..."
Welcome to
Orange Coast Music Therapy
Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC
 Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
ph.  (949)496-1756

Welcome to our page. My life has always been filled with music. It has spoken to AND for me, soothed me and helped me connect with others. It has been my hobby AND my therapy. I am passionate about helping others through the powerful tool of music.
Enjoy our site.  We would like to help you find your better self through making music.                      -Karen Skipper

       Orange Coast Music Therapy offers:

  • 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)

 An article from the October 2016 issue of "Neurology Now" discusses the benefits of singing for people with Parkinson's disease.

***On the "Slide Show" Page***
Did you know that the Orange County Tremble Clefs, with members from the San Diego and Arizona West Side Tremble Clefs, recently performed at the World Parkinson's Congress in Portland, Oregon?
Watch the video.

Check out the Orange County Tremble Clefs website

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. 

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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