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Amy Loudin Joins New Leaf Music Therapy


Local Practice Continues to Grow, Serving Youth and Adult Populations

Stephens City, Va., May 24, 2015 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that Amy Loudin, MT-BC, has joined its practice serving clients in adult and youth populations.

Amy Loudin, MT-BC, is welcomed to the New Leaf Music Therapy team.

Amy Loudin, MT-BC, is welcomed to the New Leaf Music Therapy team.

Loudin, a native of King George, Va., is a board-certified music therapist recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. “I’m passionate about using music to help my clients build skills, make meaningful connections, and process emotions,” she says. “I know that New Leaf Music Therapy is a practice that upholds this level of commitment to its clients and I’m excited to be a part of this growing team.”

Loudin pursued her graduate music therapy training at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. She completed her internship at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, a continuing care retirement community in Winchester. During her internship, Loudin gained experience in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, wellness for older adults, end-of-life care, and treatment for mental health issues such as grief and depression. Through music therapy fieldwork placements, Amy also has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental disorders, and dual diagnoses.

Before finding the field of music therapy, Loudin attended George Mason University, where she graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Sociology.

New Leaf Music Therapy is based in Frederick County, Va., and offers the services of music therapists trained by the nationally recognized music therapy program at Shenandoah University’s Conservatory. New Leaf’s clinicians are board certified by the American Music Therapy Association and must maintain a rigorous cadence of continuing education in order to remain credentialed.

“At New Leaf Music Therapy, we aim to bring to our clients a diverse range of experience and expertise,” says Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, director of the Stephens City, Va.-based practice. “Amy is an excellent music therapist and she brings a passion to her work that is apparent to her colleagues and her clients. We’re so glad to have her on our team.”

Loudin lives in Warrenton, Va., where she performs in several local groups including the Silver Tones Swing Band and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, where she is principal trombonist. She can often be found outdoors, jogging, hiking, or enjoying a good book.

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About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit

Parkinson’s Choir Update

We’re delighted to announce the formation of a Parkinson’s Choir that will meet at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. The Shenandoah Conservatory will host us in the Ruebush Building (attached to the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre)( in Room 146.

We have the opportunity to conduct exciting research into the beneficial effects of group music therapy on vocal strength and emotional wellbeing. Because of administrative and institutional requirements, we won’t be able to initiate the Parkinson’s Choir research project in earnest until January of 2015.

In the meantime, we’re pleased to invite you to participate in a six-week pilot study during September and October of 2014. We will form our choir and explore the music and goals that would appeal to our singers. This will provide the information necessary to obtain institutional approval for the complete research study and will aid us in applying for grant support.

The 2014 dates of the Parkinson’s Choir meetings are September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2 and 9 (all are Thursdays, from 10-10:50am).

We will gladly welcome any new members each week, but ideally you will join us for all six meetings.

All of us at New Leaf Music Therapy would like to thank Cheryl Reames of the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group for her vision and the advocacy that has led us to this wonderful opportunity to serve the Parkinson’s community of the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia.

What is AMTA?

American Music Therapy Association, New Leaf Music Therapy, Winchester, Shenandoah, VirginiaYou’ll probably notice frequent references to AMTA on New Leaf’s website, and it’s likely to pop up a time or two in conversations with your New Leaf music therapists. So what, exactly, is AMTA?

AMTA is the abbreviation for the American Music Therapy Association, a non-profit entity that serves as the professional association for those who are trained in music therapy. The governing body of AMTA, and its thousands of members, advocate and educate on the “progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.”

New Leaf’s music therapists are proud members of AMTA for the professional alliances and continuing education that the organization provides. Staying abreast of cutting-edge music therapy techniques is a priority for our practice, and we lean on the AMTA community for continuous refinement of our protocols and practices.