The therapeutic value of music is scientifically proven to have measurable benefits to one’s health and well-being. Fine Art Miracles has included musical experiences in its menu of services since March 2013. We have offered both classical concerts and therapeutic sing-alongs, as well as interactive games and music combined with exercise. Since Jan. 2015, FAM has offered Music Therapy sessions, with Board-Certified Music Therapists!
Meet our talented Music Therapists:
Sarah Mauskapf is a Board Certified Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music therapy, with a minor in psychology, from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She has experience working with individuals of all ages in educational, medical, and mental health facilities, and her clinical experience includes providing music therapy services at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, McGill Early Intervention Center, New Castle Youth Development Center, and Butler LIFE. Her continued experience includes providing bedside music therapy to oncology patients at local Pittsburgh hospitals through The Sonny Pugar Memorial and Music Smiles and working as a Therapeutic Staff Support for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and behavioral issues. Currently, Sarah is continuing her education through Western Kentucky University where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”
– Malcolm Arnold
Heather DiCicco, MT-BC
Heather is a board-certified music therapist with a passion for connecting with individuals in a meaningful way. After completing her music therapy and psychology coursework at Slippery Rock University, she interned within the Allied Therapy department at Clarion Psychiatric Center. During those 1000 hours of interning, she used music-based experiences to facilitate growth, comfort, and self-reflection with groups of adults and adolescents. She has enjoyed working with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, abilities, and musical preferences. Heather believes in music’s unique ability to give voice to the inner workings of individuals. She is excited to continue discovering new ways to use music to motivate people to live fuller, healthier lives.
In her free time, Heather enjoys writing, chatting with friends, traveling, enjoying live music, and exploring Pittsburgh.”
Fine Art Miracles’ Music Therapists employ the “humanistic” approach, which means “people first”. We treat the whole person. Every human life has intrinsic value, and differences are what make us unique. Our music therapy groups are fun, engaging, and therapeutic in nature. Instruments, movement, group- singing, and reminiscence experiences are just some of the tools being used in our group settings.
Our groups are designed to promote group members’ creativity, strengthen relationships with peers, loved ones, and staff members, and maintain and build upon cognitive capacity. Each group is catered to the population we serve, and experiences are adaptable to fit each group member’s needs.
“When we look at the body of evidence that the arts contribute to our society, it’s absolutely astounding. Music Therapists are breaking down the walls of silence and affliction of autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”
-Michael Greene, President & CEO of NARAS, 1997 Grammy Awards
We offer affordable, one hour musical experiences for any size group.
Contact Tess for more information: 412-432-9559
“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”
– Robert Schumann