ABOUT SOUNDSCAPING SOURCE
Soundscaping Source began in 2004 as Soundscape Music Therapy, the solo music therapy practice of Rachelle Morgan. Freshly qualified as a board-certified music therapist, Rachelle jumped right into introducing music therapy to senior living communities, hospices, and mental health organizations in Wichita, Kansas.
Our company’s home base moved to Kansas City in 2008, and we have since added music therapists and support personnel to our team so we can help more and more older adults and caregivers to have meaningful music experiences together. We changed our name to Soundscaping Source LLC in 2015 to reflect our expanded service offerings for eldercare organizations, private individuals, eldercare professionals, and music therapists in the Kansas City area and across the country.
Soundscaping Source is dedicated to ensuring that all older adults have access to these meaningful music experiences, with the people they love and the people who care for them, all the way to the end of life, no matter what cognitive or physical limitations may get in the way.
We are all aging, and we all deserve music - that means we’re all in this musical journey together. So, we provide resources and support for all kinds of people who want music in their lives, especially in caregiving settings and post-retirement life. Visit our How We Help page to see how we can support YOU.
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Rachelle Morgan, MA, MT-BC - Founder/Director
Rachelle founded the company that would become Soundscaping Source in 2004, shortly after becoming a board-certified music therapist. She has maintained a clinical practice in music therapy since then, working primarily with older adults in senior living, hospice, and the wider community.
Seeing the need for meaningful music experiences across the eldercare spectrum, Rachelle has also become deeply engaged in consulting with eldercare organizations on integrating music programs such as Music & Memory into their care environments, and training eldercare professionals in music-based interventions, including nurses, chaplains, social workers, counselors, CNAs, and physicians, in senior living, hospice, home care, and community-based settings. Discover how Rachelle can help your organization.
Rachelle is in high demand as a speaker on topics related to eldercare, music therapy, and professional ethics. She has presented for the American Music Therapy Association national conferences, the American Society on Aging conference, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Aging and Mental Health Coalition, and the AgePositive conferences, among others. Many of her presentations engage participants in group music-making, including group drumming. Rachelle was invited to facilitate group drumming at the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camps, Victory in the Valley Women Cancer Survivor Retreats, and the Church of the Resurrection caregiver gathering. Learn more about Rachelle’s dynamic presentations.
Rachelle has a bachelor of music in music therapy from the University of Evansville, a master of arts in music therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and has been a board-certified music therapist since 2004. She is on the music therapy faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is an instructor for healthcare continuing education with Johnson County Community College. She is published in the peer-reviewed journal Music Therapy Perspectives and has contributed to online courses at MusicTherapyEd.com, the American Music Therapy Association, and (of course!) Soundscaping Source.
Rachelle is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association and currently serves on the Assembly of Delegates and the Music Therapy Business Owners Task Force. She is also an active member of the American Society on Aging and a past board member of KC Arts & AGEing.
In addition to facilitating drum circles, Rachelle continues to perform locally on oboe, piano, and guitar.
Professional stuff aside, not much makes Rachelle happier than playing music with her family, whether that’s jamming on folk tunes with her brothers, playing piano duets with her mom, or having a spontaneous dance party with her daughters.
Anastasia Wheeler, MT-BC - Staff Music Therapist
Anastasia first learned about Music Therapy during her senior year of high school in Casper, Wyoming. She earned her associates degree in performing arts, emphasis violin, from Casper College, but decided that simply performing music for others was not enough for her. She wanted to use my music to help others. That led her to pursue music therapy.
She received her bachelor of music in music therapy from Colorado State University, completed her internship at Arbor View skilled nursing home in Colorado, and became a Board Certified Music Therapist in early 2018. In her free time, she loves to play her fiddle and mandolin on the porch with her husband accompanying on guitar, while their cat happily listens. (Meow!)
Emily Meador, MT-BC - Staff Music Therapist
Emily grew up in a musical family and loved music from an early age. She began classical voice lessons at age 14 and participated in various musicals, choirs, and singing ensembles in her high school years. Emily completed her bachelor of music in music therapy from the University of Kansas in December 2019 and completed her internship at Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins, CO. She earned her board-certification credentials in 2020. Emily loves sharing music with people of all ages and has experience in schools, oncology, the NICU, special education, and hospice and palliative care.
Outside music therapy practice, Emily is a jazzer at heart. She enjoys singing jazz standards, scatting, and accompanying herself on the piano. If not at her keyboard, you’ll probably find her cooking in her kitchen or walking with husband-to-be and her Goldendoodle, Charlie.