Therapeutic Music

"Sometimes music is the medicine patients need the most. They sing along, smile, cry, fall asleep. It’s such a comfort."
                                                            - Sara Severson, Knute Nelson Certified Music Practitioner


What is therapeutic music? 

Live music can be like a wonder drug, bringing healing and comfort mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Our Certified Music Practitioner sing, play instruments with groups and one-on-one. Patients and residents often sing along.  

How does therapeutic music help?  

Music has a dramatic effect. It can:  

  • Improve mood 
  • Reduce fear and anxiety 
  • Reduce pain 
  • Relieves stress 

It’s especially beneficial for patients with dementia. While they might not remember people or places, they do remember emotions. Singing songs from their past can bring immense joy and help them connect, even if they have trouble speaking.  

The vibration of my guitar and voice goes directly from my patient's ears to their brains and throughout their bodies. That vibration provides comfort.  

Where can I receive therapeutic music ? 

  • Care Center 
  • Short-term rehab 
  • Assisted living 
  • Memory care 
  • Enhanced assisted living 
  • Home care 
  • Hospice  


• Alter the sense of time
• Aid in mental focus in Alzheimer’s patients
• Distract from present situations
• Ease the dying during transition
• Provide comfort
• Reduce stress
• Refocus attention
• Relax mind and body
• Relieve anxiety
• Relieve body and mental tension
• Stabilize blood pressure
• Support vital signs of acute patients


We provide live therapeutic music sessions for individuals receiving the following services at Knute Nelson:

• Assisted living
• Enhanced assisted living
• Hospice
• Memory care
• Nursing home (Care Center)