Francisca Escobar

Instrument: Piano

Programs: Early Childhood, Piano Program




RITA WONG
MA, MT-BC, LMHC

Rita Wong is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) who is passionate about bringing wellness to others through music. Educated and practiced most of her professional life on the east coast, Rita moved to Southern California in 2014. Over the past decade, Rita served a wide range of populations such as 0-3 early intervention children and their families, school aged groups in regular or special education classrooms, teenager in residential treatment setting, independent, assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia memory support retirement communities and adults with or without health challenges. A strong believer of music as a tool to encourage creativity and positive self expression, Rita continues to help clients connect within themselves and in the world through music therapy. The simplest way to explain *Music Therapy is that it is a health profession where music interventions are used to achieve non-musical goals by a licensed practitioner. Non-musical goals cover many aspects in our everyday lives such as awareness of self, community bonding and support, positive changes in mood or emotional states, pain management, stress reduction, social interaction and more. One can expect to make music in music therapy through (and not limited to) singing or vocalizing, composing or improvising, instrumental playing or learning, creating movement to music, structured active listening, guided imagery & music, therapeutic drumming or jamming and more. Music can also be combined with other forms of arts in promoting
wellness.
*Music therapy information based on AMTA (American Music Therapy Association)