Music Therapy

Since 1993, the KEYS Program has been delivering smiles to the bedside of pediatric patients through its music therapy outreach programs!

To keep the kiddos we serve safe, healthy and smiling during the pandemic, we are providing all of our music therapy sessions by telehealth/zoom. 


All sessions are provided by our board certified music therapist and include music activities such as; songwriting, recording, instrument playing, music appreciation, movement, singing and lots of smile making!

Music Therapy for KEYS Kids

Thanks to our foundation partners, sponsors and donors, we are able to provide FREE music therapy for kiddos battling cancer, serious illnesses and their siblings!

Music Therapy for the Community

We also provide music therapy services for children, adults, schools, special needs sites, nursing homes and many other groups for an affordable fee for service.  (See our services and rates below)

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“Amelia is singing along to her music therapy session in the car as we travel down the road to Boston for her next surgery. It really made the trip go by so much faster and helped her focus on something other than her fears and anxiety leading up to surgery. We are so thankful to have the KEYS Program along with us on our journey, literally!”

Music Therapy Services for the Community

Along with our KEYS kids (kids impacted by cancer and their siblings),

we serve “all of those in need of healing”,including;

  • children & adults with autism, physical and/or developmental disabilities,

  • schools, special needs sites, agencies

  • nursing homes, hospitals, Alzheimer/dementia patients, stroke patients, elderly patients, traumatic brain injury patients

  • hospice and palliative care patients

  • and more!

Individual Music Therapy Sessions

One-on-one music therapy sessions are available for children and adults of all ages and abilities. 


$40 for 30 min session

$60 for 45 min session

First session is FREE!


Group Music Therapy Sessions

Group music therapy sessions are available for schools, special needs sites, nursing homes and other facilities!


$50 for 30 min session

$75 for 45 min session

$100 for 60 min session

Each site is unique, so we customize our services to meet your needs.


Discounts and matching grants are sometimes available for qualifying groups.

Schools and Facilities

KEYS contracts with schools and facilities to provide both individual and group music therapy sessions for schools, special needs sites, nursing homes and other facilities!


$50 for 30 min session

$75 for 45 min session

$100 for 60 min session

Some of the sites we work with are reimbursed for music therapy as a related service through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in schools. Music therapy is a related service which is federally funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B & Part C. 

Grants are sometimes available for services as well!

Music is Universal

Because music is considered a “universal language”, it can create a bridge between individuals and their environment, and help to facilitate relationships, learning, self-expression, and communication in a non-threatening and fun way.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is defined by the American Music Therapy Association as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Clinical Music Interventions


Music Therapy is an established clinical health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages.


Board Certified Music Therapists & Licensed Creative Arts Therapists


KEYS music therapy staff includes both  Board Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC) and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT) who have Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Therapy.

Member of AMTA

KEYS is a proud member of the American Music Therapy Association. For more information about music therapy visit their website at!

Adrienne Bornemann, LCAT, MS, MT-BC

Music Therapy

Adrienne has been making music and creating smiles at the KEYS Program since the Fall of 2018! She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in May of 2008 with a degree in music education concentrating in flute; and graduated from Nazareth College with a Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy, with a focus on music therapy in 2012.  She is a board certified music therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. For 6 years, she worked as a Music Therapist in the Rochester area working with all ages and abilities, in the individual and group settings, day programs and group homes. She has taught adaptive lessons in many instruments including; piano, flute, voice, guitar, trumpet, ukulele, percussion and more. When she got married in 2018, she relocated to the Utica/Rome area and joined the KEYS Program staff. She has been instrumental in developing and expanding the music program at KEYS, growing its outreach to include introducing new and creative music therapy programming for our KEYS kids, and expanding our outreach in the community to include serving special needs individuals, day programs and nursing homes.  Our students, sites and KEYS kids just LOVE making music, creating songs and sharing smiles with Adrienne!


Amanda Maestro-Scherer,


Music Therapist

Amanda was born and raised in Ithaca, New York and graduated in 2007 from the music therapy program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2014. Amanda has worked in a variety of settings during her career, including pediatric hospitals, hospice care and in schools with children with special needs. Amanda loves working with children, teens and their families, and knows that music is a special way into the heart. She loves playing the guitar, singing and writing songs, and is so excited to make music with the KEYS kids and their families! 

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Christina Stewart, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Christina is a newly board-certified music therapist, proudly receiving her certification in January 2020! She grew up in Victor, NY where she sang in her church choir, played piano and violin, and gave piano lessons to the neighborhood kids. After graduating high school she was accepted into Nazareth College's Music Therapy Program, focusing on fulfilling her true life's purpose. She completed her internship at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY and loved every minute of it. While at Hochstein she facilitated music therapy with individuals and groups from toddlers to older adults. She loves being a music therapist because she gets to work with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and empowers them through her favorite medium, music. Music has always been an integral part of Christina's life, and being able to find ways to use the creativity and the process of music to help others reach their goals is an incredible blessing in her life. Christina is eager to get creative in this new way of connecting with others and find creative approaches to engage, enhance, and empower! 

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Amber Ellis,


Music Therapist

Amber is a board certified music therapist with a Master’s Degree from SUNY New Paltz. She has experience working with various populations and their awesomely unique musical tastes! Music has been an integral part of her life from a very early age. While considering options for her future career at the end of high school she found that Music Therapy was the perfect union of her love of music and making a difference in the lives of others. She also shares her love of music through teaching piano, guitar and voice lessons as well as being a part of the Praise and Worship band at her church. Amber’s favorite part about being a Music Therapist is that every day she gets to create joy through music and there is nothing better than that!  

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