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Causes: Health, Human Services, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The Mission of Music Sweet Music is to contract board certified music therapists and provide children and adults with illnesses, diseases and disorders Music Therapy sessions and the special musical instruments used in Music Therapy. The ultimate goal is to support skill development in areas such as communication, academic learning, daily living skills, motor functioning, social skills, behavior, and mental health. These are common goal areas of students with diagnoses such as autism, neurologic impairments, orthopedic impairments, and other disabilities.

Results: MSM, Inc. is funding and providing music therapy programs at John Hopkins' All Children's Hospital Outpatient Speech Language and Pathology Department in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, the Shriner's Children Hospital in Tampa, PARC Cottages in St. Petersburg, our MSM Music Therapy room and also in patient's homes.

Target demographics: MSM, Inc. provides instruments and music therapy to treat children with illnesses, diseases and disorders. Music therapy is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and the social needs in individuals. Music Therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing motivation to become engaged in treatment, providing emotional support and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

Direct beneficiaries per year: MSM has over 1,500 music therapy sessions with hospitalized kids, outpatient children and adults annually.

Geographic areas served: South Pasadena FL, Tampa FL and St. Petersburg FL, Clearwater FL

Programs: In hospital visits, outpatient clinics, in-office music therapy studio, and home visitations.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music is a wonderful organization that's only concern is the well being of others and the positive effect music has on our well-being. I've partnered with them helping to educate my students as well as others in the community about organization and its mission. Music Sweet Music touches so many in the most positive way and let's those who are sick or have communication difficulties express themselves in the most positive of ways as well, through music. I can't say enough good things about it.

camnatale2078

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSM is a favorite charity! I have seen music therapy at work and marvel at the transformation that always occurs in each of the various populations served by MSM. Seldom can any therapy boast of a 100% positivity rate. The power of music, a familiar and comfortable interactive mechanism, coupled with the skill and training afforded licensed music therapists, is nothing short of miraculous.

1 Steve L.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Twenty years ago I was introduced to a novel nonprofit originating in the West Florida Tampa Bay region, Music Sweet Music. I, like many people, have been influenced by music all my life. So I eagerly embraced this new venture. Then I learned more about music therapy and its benefits for ill, diseased, and disabled individuals and those coping with various physical and mental disorders. So, while contracting certified music therapists to apply this therapy within these populations, we had to educate donors. The success of this educational process is evidenced by the longevity of the nonprofit. Even through a pandemic, MSM has persevered. I am proud to have played a small part in MSM's history and look forward to continuing my support for years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music has been in existence for nearly 20 years, serving the Greater Tampa Bay area and not only providing music therapy to a broad range of patients but also educating the general population and health care professionals to the merits of music therapy. In fact, virtually all of the music therapists in the area have either interned with, worked with or contracted with MSM. Music Sweet Music is my favorite charity and I am proud to support and volunteer with the organization.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music is at truly awesome organization!! I have been a member of the Board for several years now and volunteer to help where I can. The services they provide to the children that need music therapy is wonderful. I've seen smiles on the faces of the children and young adults in the past, and every time I see those smiles warms my heart. The founders of this wonderful organization have put their hearts and souls and I will support Music Sweet Music as long as I can.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music helps kids with illnesses and disabilities through the power of music therapy....We have helped all types of children from a variety of different behavioral challenges as well as diseases. Music is the perfect therapy that simply lifts spirits and gets you in a great mindset. When the children interact, its even better! This charity provides not only comfort, smiles and joy, but we have a HUGE impact of children and their families lives in so many ways...Have you ever experienced seeing a child who has never-ever spoken before, start to speak as a result of having music therapy?...We have! I HGHLY Recommend this Charity and as always, your donations are GREATLY Appreciated! Sincerely, Jeannie

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music is a wonderful organization that's only concern is the well being of others and the positive effect music has on our well-being. I've partnered with them helping to educate my students as well as others in the community about organization and its mission.

Music Sweet Music touches so many in the most positive way and let's those who are sick or have communication difficulties express themselves in the most positive of ways as well, through music. I can't say enough good things about it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish we had more non-profits like Music Sweet Music. What a wonderful feel good organization with a focus on helping others through the art of music therapy.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be able to donate time and money to this nonprofit organization. I became interested through my wonderful friend, May.
May along with Ted (President and CEO) volunteer and dedicate many hours of their time for this wonderful organization. They put their hearts into making this small nonprofit a success.
This year during the COVID pandemic they have continued to dedicate their time. They had to be creative figuring out ways to pay the bills and keep the business open. The biggest fundraiser for this charity was canceled due to COVID restrictions as it was for many other businesses and organizations. To keep everyone safe and instead of the big Gala they normally would have, they figured out how to raise money to keep the programs going for those in need! Ted and May are the backbone of this organization and neither of them takes a salary for the many hours of volunteering they provide. It is highly unusual for anyone to give that much time and not take a salary, in my opinion. .
Music Sweet Music’s kids remain in their program for as long as they need it. Some of the Special Needs children have been on the program for 15 years. All money from fundraisers is used to pay for the Board Certified Music Therapists they send to the different hospitals throughout Tampa Bay.
Please consider donating to this wonderful Nonprofit, they do a lot of good for their clients!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I want to start by saying how impressed I am with Ted’s dedication to Music Sweet Music. He is president, founder and CEO. He volunteers 35 to 40 hours a week and he has never ever gotten paid for his time. I think this is highly unusual for anyone to give that much time as CEO and not take a salary. It is my understanding he has never taken a salary in fact. Music Sweet Music’s kids remain in their program for as long as they need it. Some of the Special Needs children have been on the program for 14 years.
The all money from fundraisers pay for the Board Certified Music Therapists they send to the different hospitals throughout Tampa Bay. Please consider donating to this wonderful Nonprofit!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This year Music Sweet Music celebrates 20 years of Making A Difference in the lives of Children through the power of Music Therapy. To all of the Board Certified Music Therapists, the amazing team of volunteers and each and every person who supports and has supported Music Sweet Music "Thank-You!" You have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and adults.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the profound impact Music Therapy has on hospitalized children. Music Sweet Music has been serving the Tampa Bay Community for the past nineteen years. Their commitment to excellence is unparalleled. Their director of Music Therapy Jennifer Miller leads a team of dedicated therapists. Please take the time to learn about Music Sweet Music and Music Therapy and you'll be writing the next review.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music, Inc. are incredible humanitarians who do such a great job of providing support to the people of our community where it's needed. My daughter volunteers a lot of her time for them on a weekly basis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Music Sweet Music because they provide an incredible service to our community. They may be small compared to other nonprofits in our area, yet you find the them providing free music therapy to the larger hospitals at ZERO cost to those hospitals. I know that my donation is being used to help those that need this valuable therapy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music (MSM) does amazing work in our community. I have seen non-verbal children light up and smile during music therapy. MSM's music therapists are very caring, compassionate and top notch. I am happy to volunteer for an organization that is committed to helping others. I will continue to volunteer and support Music Sweet Music and all that they do for Tampa Bay.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Music Sweet Sweet Music. I know that the money that I donate is going directly to their much needed programs. I'm impressed that their president and founder VOLUNTEERS all of his time,and that is something that is unheard of.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to have volunteered with Carly Jewel on several occasions, as MSM’s Administrative Assistant at the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa, a few times and during the Great American teach - in Pinellas County. I had an emotional and meaningful experience at CCC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My commitment to and involvement with Music Sweet Music Inc. began in 2014 and it has resulted in many positive experiences with families and patients. I also have hosted 3 fundraisers so far for them and coming up on my 4th one. These fundraisers help to bring public exposure to MSM, Inc. the profits are used to bring music therapy programs by Board Certified Music Therapists to those that need it, plus it allows more and more people to know of this wonderful non-profit organization.

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4 Dawn Elaine L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have partnered with Music Sweet Music for several years. Everyone associated with this organization is top notch!! In addition to achieving their goals of supportIng skill development in areas such as communication, academic learning, daily living skills, motor functioning, social skills, behavior, and mental health, they partner with other non profit organizations to do the same. Music Sweet Music creates win-win-win opportunities for everyone! Thank you for all you do for your Clients - Partners - and the Community!

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have, seen the incredible happy responses that Music Sweet Music therapy provides for the sick children in the hospitals. Through the music therapy the children are given happy time singing, playing instruments and enjoying music away from their pain and treatments.
Bob MacNeill

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Music Sweet Music on many of their fund raisers and have seen the devotion and caring of the staff and therapists. The children who receive the music therapy respond with such joy and happiness. Music therapy provides these children who have so much pain and discomfort with a non-threatening environment where they can relax and enjoy the time with music. The therapist gives each child an instrument to keep so they can participate in the joy of music.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had incredible mentors who helped shape my professional experiences and have seen and felt firsthand how a vote of confidence can change the trajectory of a career. I've been volunteering and supporting Music Sweet Music Inc. since 2014 when I was approached to organize a fundraiser for them during a function I had organized. I researched their website and read about Music Therapy, it was a lot to absorb. I thought, Hey, fundraising is right up my alley, I like the service that MSM is providing, sure I can do that."

When I look at the amount of hours I spend with MSM, sometimes I'm surprised. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to meet many of the kids and adults MSM serves through their different Music Therapy programs, so I get more out of it, that I put into it. Volunteering for MSM has given me the satisfaction of playing a role in someone's life, helping people who are not able to help themselves. After all, one's time is the most important thing one can give another. I always feel more energized and wanting to come up with the next thing that is going to keep people being involved and donating to such a terrific non-profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister introduced me to Music Sweet Music, Inc. when she began to volunteer and help them with their fundraising efforts back in 2014. I never knew that there was such thing as music therapy and what the purpose of it was. My sister asked one of the music therapists if I could follow them to a couple of therapy sessions. The families were so welcoming and I saw f for myself how music therapy helped kids and adults in hospital settings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was visiting one of the children hospitals in Tampa when a young lady carrying a guitar came into the room to visit my friend's son. She introduced herself to me as a music therapist and told me that had been seeing 'Joey' for the last few weeks. She was helping him write a music about how he felt. I ask if I could stay, and 'Joey' said yes. It felt great to see him 'perk' up, although he had been happy to see me, he seem happier the moment this young lady came in.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with, volunteered and supported Music Sweet Music for almost 20 years. It is a wonderful charity filling in the gaps that large healthcare facilities do not cover. Healthcare facilities only take care of the body. Music Sweet Music reaches out to the patient with music and takes the mind to a different place. You see the children/adults react to the Music Therapist, join in the song, verbalize for maybe the first time in a long time or ever. The education and certification that the Therapist has acquired enables them to assess each patient and develop their personalized therapy. It is amazing to watch and see how each patient progresses.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the absolute pleasure to be associated with this amazing non-profit for the past 15 years. Music Sweet Music has never waivered from it's mission of "Enhancing Lives Through The Power of Music". Each life that Music Sweet Music has touched has a special story. I encourage everyone who reads this review to go to the Music Sweet Music website ( www.musicsweetmusic.org ) and share some of these stories. Then you will begin to understand the power of Music Therapy and the Dedication and Passion of The Music Sweet Music Team.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Music-Sweet-Music warms my heart. I pay tribute to their wonderful works, their tireless efforts to reach-out in our community bringing healing therapy, new experiences, and those beaming smiles to children and their loved ones and care givers. I've personally experienced music therapy with my 23 year old, severely disabled granddaughter, who greatly benefits through her music therapy. MSM has truly wonderful and experienced therapists, and certainly is one of the most caring and giving of organizations. We are fortunate to have them in our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don’t even know where to start! Music Sweet Music, Inc. has done so many good things for the children and adults in our Tampa Bay Community. I love that the remain with you for as long as you need them, no age or time limits.

4 James R.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music is a truly great non-profit. Founder Ted Wagner was volunteering at a children's hospital and observed the tremendous benefit music therapy provided the ill and pained children he so desperately wanted to help. He was excited and inspired to learn that music therapy exists today as an evidence-based allied healthcare profession, providing compassionate and effective care for a variety of clinical settings, including his experience with in-patient pediatric medical hospitals. However, Ted realized that once families were fortunate enough to leave the hospital, they were then left without any access to music therapy. Ted knew he did not hold the extensive education, training, and credentialing required to safely and effectively practice music therapy, but he knew he could build a non-profit to source therapists and provide funding, knocking down the two barriers preventing these families from gaining access to the beloved and powerful therapy. Music therapists were now available and able to use music as a tool to continue addressing the childrens' ongoing non-musical health objectives as they moved out of the hospital and back home. And still to this day, all these years later, Music Sweet Music continues to make this important service possible for children working on communication abilities, social skills, delayed childhood development, academic progress, motor coordination, symptoms of cancer treatment, and so much more. Music Sweet Music has also expanded to best serve the community, also providing music therapy for individuals with traumatic brain injury, adults with intellectual disabilities, and more. Ted is a community hero, and Music Sweet Music is a huge inspiration for music therapists, other non-profits, and especially the many lives that have been lifted.

5 Deseray M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing non profit so beneficial to the community children and there parents wonderful Staff amazing they should have a 10 Star rating

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about Music Therapy and Music Sweet Music over 15 years ago. I have tracked the work and progress of this outstanding non-profit and all the children it has touched. I would certainly give it additional stars if I could. Please take a moment to view their videos and visit their website and you will understand my love for this amazing non-profit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. James is AMAZING! The Music Therapy program is a 5 star program

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The students at Morning Star School LOVE the time they spend in Music Therapy. Mr. James is a gifted therapist who can connect with all of our students. Music Sweet Music's Music Therapy meets all of our expectations!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have always loved music and believe it positively affects my life. In midlife I decided to learn to play the clarinet as I gravitated to artists like Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain and Artie Shaw. Shortly after starting lessons, I was introduced to Music Sweet Music. For the first time I was able to see the true power of music in application. MSM, through the work of its music therapists, is helping sick, ill and dying children; geriatric populations including Alzheimer patients; military veterans; developmentally challenged populations and others. MSM is successfully taking the power of music to new levels. MSM has, and will always have, my respect and support

9 Keith C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had known about Music Sweet Music for several years and even helped with fundraising events but with very little hands on experience. I was asked to help with a video showing the music therapist in action. In this video we went to several facilities and videoed the therapists working with the children. It was an eye opening experience for sure. It was the high point of many of the children's day. Lots of stories of children that had not spoken in years but would sing along with the music. Music has the power to change a mood in an instant. It changes depression into happiness and boredom into excitement. If you don't think a happy child with heal faster than a depressed one you have never experienced Music Sweet Music. Keith Coleman

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Music Sweet Music for the past six years and am now a Member of the Board. I never stop being impressed and moved with the compassion and caring that the therapist provide for the children. Because of the way the programs are run, the overhead is very low and the funds go directly to benefit the children with great music therapy. I plan to remain involved with Music Sweet Music as long as I am able.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to see first hand the amazing impact this organization has on hospitalized children in our community. To witness an individual going from a hospitalized patient back to being a child is one of the greatest tools board certified Music Therapists possess. Please consider visiting the Music Sweet Music website to learn more about this amazing organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Music Sweet Music is a wonderful nonprofit! It looks to help our community, using Music Therapy is it's tool to reach out and touch the lives of its patients and clients. Throughout my short time with this organization, everyone I have come across who has had a connection to Music Sweet Music has had nothing but heartwarming and positive things to say about the work done through the organization. This organization has taught me so much through all of the different groups we give therapy to. Because of this I am a much stronger professional in my field.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a new professional, Music Sweet Music has provided a wonderful foundation for me to grow as a Music Therapist in the community. Music Sweet Music has had a great connection in the Tampa Bay area for the past 16 years working with children in local hospitals, adults at PARC, and school aged children. I love working for a company that’s main purpose and drive is to meet every need in the community that they can and to help fund those that cannot provide financial support for therapy services. Seeing the positive results of music therapy sessions for so many of our clients is powerful. Working with this organization is like working with a family. It is exciting to be a part of a group that is creatively exploring opportunities to increase the community’s awareness of the importance of music therapy as a clinical intervention.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to learn about the services Music Sweet Music provides the community several years ago when my daughter expressed an interest in pursuing a career in Music Therapy. She was given the opportunity to shadow a Music Therapist from this non-profit who provided music therapy sessions for young adults from PARC. Later, during college, my daughter was able to continue being involved with Music Sweet Music through an internship. My husband and I also attended a fundraiser for this organization. Through the stories shared at this event and witnessing the educational growth of my daughter through practical experiences as an intern with Music Sweet Music, I have been greatly impressed with the mission of this company and the services it is providing for children and young people with special needs in our community. Their work continues to provide practical evidence of the power of music and its therapeutic benefits.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen a therapist from this non-profit at work when I was visiting a friend in the hospital and heard the strumming of a guitar coming from a room nearby. I was curious so I walked by the room and asked the lady standing outside what was going on.

The person receiving the therapy seemed to be a young adult and it was her parent that was standing in the doorway. She told me that her was going thru music therapy and she looks forward to the music therapist's visits when her child is in the hospital. The mother said it helped to forget her pain.

The child has cancer and needs to come in for her treatments.