Kate has partnered with New England Rehabilitation Hospital and the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s wellness program, Boston College’s Campus Kids art therapies program, Central Maine Medical Center’s Dempsey Center, York Hospital, and the Cancer Community Center, and is currently music therapist at Maine Medical Center’s Portland and Scarborough locations. Kate is especially interested in partnerships in adult oncology, palliative care for families, and staff wellness. Kate offers bedside sessions, small group music therapy sessions, and co-treatments with OT, PT, SLP when appropriate. Kate provides all instruments/equipment and follows strict infection control and HIPAA rules.

Kate has introduced Music Therapy to the Living Well Oncology Program through grant funding. What started as an 8 week program has grown to a twice a year, multi week program using music to help cancer survivors cope and heal from a life changing diagnosis. Kate skillfully incorporates listening, learning and interpreting music into a program that is individually meaningful. She has created lyrics and music with the groups as well as teaching new skills~ reading and playing music. The feedback from the participants of these programs has been very positive. The Music Therapy has helped with relaxation, managing stress, refocusing energy and allowing creativity to return. One individual summed up the program by saying, ‘Music Therapy has brought me back to life.’
— Elisa Fraser, Physical Therapist at York Hospital
Kate is a compassionate, talented, focused and insightful therapist and an excellent team member who possesses a high degree of reliability. Patients responded very favorably to Kate’s interventions as she facilitated meaningful and enjoyable sessions, which helped them to communicate and find comfort during times of pain and distress.
— Karen Popkin, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Maine Music & Health offers in-services and trainings for healthcare professionals, teaching artists, and caregivers in any location. Kate is an experienced trainer and presenter, working to build community and improve teamwork through musical experiences that help organizations and individuals find their voice. She has presented at New England Rehabilitation Hospital, MMC’s Brain Injury Conference, the Maine Down Syndrome Network Conference, and the Maine Health Care Association’s annual conference. Kate keeps an active schedule of speaking engagements at universities and created the Creative Health Conference at USM from 2013-2017. 


Music therapy provides sessions for speech, coordination, self-expression, communication, reality orientation, and mood states. Individual sessions are 50 minutes weekly or biweekly depending on the needs of the client, and are held in-home or at a local facility, including our studio in Portland. Sessions involve listening and lyric discussion, improvisation, relaxation and breathing techniques, vocal toning, adaptive lessons, movement, imagery and songwriting.

Working with Kate was refreshing and a true pleasure. Her love of music and teaching influenced the lives of over 50 of Frannie Peabody Center’s program participants through the music class she facilitated that followed our health education initiative. Kate’s ability to connect with and inspire the women, despite language barriers and cultural differences, demonstrated the beauty of music and of Kate as a teacher and human being.
— Jess Long, Frannie Peabody Center