Phyllis Butler's professional goal is to use music therapy to help others to improve their quality of life, heal and restore balance in their life. 

Her focus is on those individuals faced with a wide diversity of challenges and obstacles to overcome.  Her process is to create a trusting relationship  that will allow the individual to achieve what they want to achieve in life.   She strives for the highest level and quality of music involvement consistent with the functioning level of the individual. 

Music Therapy helps people to engage themselves with and in the music and results in them achieving health-related and other social goals.

Phyllis has genuine interest in people and a desire to help others to empower themselves.  Her principal core value involves establishing a trusting and caring relationship with people of all ages and abilities and conveying patience, empathy, openness and understanding.  

Several Music Therapy students are currently enrolled at Sweet Melody Music Studio.   The students are engaged in numerous creative music therapy interventions.  They take an active role in the music therapy sessions.   Classes are taught in an integrated setting.  Students are encouraged to participate in various venues: such as recitals, community nursing homes and community events.  

Delivery of services includes individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.  This process includes an initial assessment, establishing a treatment plan consisting of short term and long term goals, implementation and documentation.  The length of the sessions may vary from forty five minutes to one hour depending on the individuals needs.

Phyllis' music therapy experiences began when she was working with low functioning mentally challenged individuals with IQ’s less than 20, who were non-ambulatory,  wheelchair bound and non-verbal,  Music Therapy promoted and improved their quality of life. 

In 1997, she created a successful Music Therapy Program at the Maryhaven Center of Hope.  “The children residing in this house are finding a non-threatening means of communicating their feelings through activities centered around music”.   

Private students enrolled in the Sweet Melody Music Studio Music Therapy program have had the opportunity to take an active role in the music therapy sessions.  They create music, sing,  compose a song and play piano, ukelele, the violin and the xylophone.  As one parent shared, “Thank you for your patience and dedication to bringing out our son’s love of music.  You helped make our dream come true.”  

These individuals have challengers and disabilities and vast obstacles they struggle to overcome on a daily basis, but did not allow their disabilities to define them or limit them. 

Phyliis is proud to be able to use her talents through music to help each individual achieve all that they want to achieve.