Walk by the doors of Findlay’s Heartstring Melodies and you will hear the most beautiful music.
Located at the Center for Autism and Dyslexia, Heartstring Melodies is helping special needs clients empower their lives through the art of music. According to owner/director Amy Foley, MMT, MT-BC, music therapy programs in Ohio such as Heartstring Melodies, are generally limited to larger cities in the state, such as Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus.
Opening the doors
A Findlay native, Foley opened the doors to Heartstring Melodies last fall. A 2006 FHS graduate, Foley was a highly involved musician in school and also loved to help others. She combined her passions and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and Master of Music Therapy at Georgia College and State University. She serves on a music therapy task force committee that is working on building recognition of music therapy services such as Heartstring Melodies within the state.
Foley provides individual and group music therapy services by appointment after school, and evening hours at the Heartstring Melodies location as well as around Findlay. The music therapy business is specifically geared toward helping individuals, ages birth to adult, increase their quality of life in the areas of social, emotional, communication, physical, sensory and cognitive skills through individualized music interventions.
Foley plans and provides intervention treatments based on an initial assessment followed by the creation of a treatment plan. Treatments include tailored music experiences that target individual goals and objectives and can include instrument playing, singing, movement, song writing, improvisation and listening. Foley said that one of her clients with autism is learning to expand social and communication skills through instrument play. An example intervention may involve interacting with others using eye contact, passing an instrument, and waiting to play (taking turns).
Music therapy sessions usually run 30-60 minutes one time per week. Clients need no previous musical background to participate. Several summer camps were offered this past summer and Foley has plans to increase service areas in the future by building community partnerships.
Peer volunteers are accepted at Heartstring Melodies. Siblings of clients or middle/high school/college students may volunteer after attending an orientation and training.
7430 Timberstone Dr.