What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs. (Certification Board for Music Therapists, 2015)

Who is Crescendo Music Therapy?

Crescendo Music Therapy provides contractual music therapy services to businesses and individuals throughout Utah. Our board-certified music therapists use the power and beauty of music to reach into the hearts and minds of our clients to improve their quality of life.

 Populations we serve include:

  • Stroke
  • Hospice
  • Dementia
  • Well-Elderly

  • Home bound elders
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Elders in care facilities
…along with their families and caregivers!

Where can you find us?

Crescendo Music Therapy serves clients in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Wasatch, Summit and Washington counties. We work in facilities or come to the homes of our clients.

Meet our therapists!

Emily Christensen, SCMT, MT-BC  –  Director, Crescendo Music Therapy

Emily MTEmily Christensen is a board certified music therapist, presenter and director of Crescendo Music Therapy.  She graduated from Utah State University in 1989 with a degree in Music Therapy, and a minor in guitar pedagogy. Emily founded Crescendo Music Therapy in 2010. She has a passion for clinical music therapy work and advocating for music therapy.  Emily has received additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy, and is currently working on completing her certificate as a Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist.


Megan Ronnow, SCMT, MT-BC

RonnowMegan Ronnow graduated from Utah State University with her bachelor’s degree in music therapy with a psychology minor.  She completed her internship at Hospice & Palliative Care Center in Winston-Salem, NC.  Following her internship Megan returned to Utah, passed her board examination, and became a state-certified music therapist.  Megan works primarily with hospice organizations, as well as with mental health of all ages.  Megan is passionate about the work she does and loves to take advantage to learn and grow with those she works with.


Kelsie Smalley, SCMT, MT-BC

SmalleyKelsie is originally from Fort Collins, CO, and graduated from the music therapy program at Utah State University in 2013. She completed her internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, and has since expanded her music therapy career to various settings. Kelsie works extensively with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in medical settings such as Primary Children’s Hospital and South Davis Community Hospital, hospice organizations, special needs, as well as Behavioral Health units across Northern Utah. Kelsie was also recently certified in Neonatal ICU music therapy from Florida Hospital in Orlando and is passionate about extending care to these clients and their families. She loves the work that she does, and loves the opportunity to learn from and grow with the amazing people she works with.

Beth Hardy, SCMT, MT-BC

HardyBeth Hardy, MT-BC received her music therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2008.  Beth recently moved to Utah from California, where she worked for seven years at the Palo Alto VA Hospital.  While there, Beth had the opportunity to provide music therapy services to Veterans in inpatient psychiatry, blind rehabilitation, PTSD and trauma recovery, long term care, and hospice care.   Beth loves creating new programs for her clients, and while at the Palo Alto VA she co-created a guitar learning program that puts free guitars in the hands of Veterans while providing them with in-depth lessons from professional instructors. Beth is thrilled to be in Utah, and looks forward to bringing her client-centered, improvisational and fun music therapy style to a wide variety of populations.

Janessa Campbell, SCMT, MT-BC

CampbellJanessa Campbell, SCMT, MT-BC grew up outside of Seattle, WA.  She attended Utah State University, and graduated in 2002 with a BS in Music Therapy.  Janessa completed a 6-month clinical internship with Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH.  As the largest hospice organization in its region, Janessa was provided an extensive experience where she was able to work with multiple hospice teams, including a specific pediatric team, as well as AIDS team.  She was able to serve patients and their families ranging anywhere from newborn to over 100 years old. Janessa completed her board certification with CBMT in July 2002, at which time she was working with adults with developmental disabilities at Cache Employment and Training Center in Logan, UT. She currently works with hospice patients in Washington County, facilitates group music therapy sessions in long-term care facilities, and is working on educating Washington County residents about the value of music therapy. She is also working on obtaining the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy certification. Janessa loves the work she does, as well as the individuals she is privileged to work with.  Janessa appreciates every interaction and the opportunity it creates to learn and grow from many amazing people.

Korinne Fenton, MT-BC

fentonKorinne Fenton graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She completed her internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where she worked with children from infants to teenagers and their families to provide a wide variety of physical and emotional support. She now provides a range of music therapy services, with a main focus on hospice care. Korinne enjoys developing strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and providing them with empowering and comforting musical experiences.

Shelby Riley, MT-BC

Shelby is a graduate of The University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Music Education in Music Therapy. Throughout her education she has worked with children, teens, adults, and older adults with a variety of populations including clients with special needs, traumatic brain injuries, in physical rehabilitation units, and in early intervention. Shelby recently completed her internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where she worked with patients in all units of the hospital.

Contact us today to learn how to bring music therapy to your loved one