Testimonials from the  Health Rhythms Group Empowerment Drumming Program

“Felt empowered, felt my voice, and reminded me that I have the ability to manage my emotions & responses" 

"Drumming is very grounding & great for stress relief"

"Drum therapy gets me out of my head & in the here-and-now"

"Drum therapy is an excellent program. I felt basic (primal), relaxed & peaceful"

"Drumming strengthened and deepened my friendships with people I knew before"

Meet Cathleen   
Music Therapist-Board Certified

What I want you to know about me is that I am absolutely passionate about my work!  I love to see the faces and lives of residents with memory loss light up with smiles and laughter and feelings of joy from interacting in and expressing music!

In first grade, I began taking piano lessons and piano is to this day the love of my life. Music experiences through the years included singing in the choir, playing pipe organ in church, high school band and orchestra, saxophone quartet, and playing piano in a jazz combo. 

At the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, WI I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy.  For 24 years now I have carried the torch of love for music therapy. It is my life calling, my passion and my purpose in life.

With the ability to play everything from classical to country, patriotic to jazz, Cathleen is able to engage and touch the heartstrings of every resident with the power of music! Primary instruments used in music therapy include piano/keyboard, voice, drums and other small rhythm instruments.

Music therapy provides quality of life to those who need it most - - - our loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.   

“Music is love and joy in action”

A friendly greeting.

Music Therapy services delivered with enthusiasm, smiles, joy and love.


Genuine concern.

Honoring and activating the music spirit in every person!


Professional Service.

With respect and dignity for each person, music will empower and enliven them to reach new heights of expression, awareness, and fun.  

​Cathleen Gempeler MT-BC

Music For Healing LLC 

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