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 (she/her) 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.
Rachelle is the author of Listen, Sing, Dance, Play: Bring Musical Moments into the Rhythms of Caregiving. 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. She is currently involved in research with the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine on music therapy delivered via telehealth for people living with Alzheimer's disease.
Rachelle is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association and currently serves on the Ethics Board and Covid-19 task force.
In addition to facilitating drum circles, Rachelle continues to perform locally on oboe, piano, guitar, and harp.
Professional stuff aside, not much makes Rachelle happier than playing music with her family, whether that’s jamming with her violin-playing partner, playing piano duets with her mom, or having a spontaneous dance party with her daughters.
Anastasia Wheeler, MT-BC - Assistant Director/Music Therapist
Anastasia (she/they) first learned about Music Therapy during their senior year of high school in Casper, Wyoming. They earned their associates degree in performing arts, emphasis violin, from Casper College, but decided that simply performing music for others was not enough for them. They wanted to use their music to help others. That led them to pursue music therapy.
They received their bachelor of music in music therapy from Colorado State University, completed their internship at Arbor View skilled nursing home in Colorado, and became a Board Certified Music Therapist in early 2018. In their free time, they love to play their fiddle and mandolin on the porch with their partner accompanying on guitar, while their cat happily listens. (Meow!)
Jia Wei Ng, MT-BC - Staff Music Therapist
Jia Wei (she/her) is a board-certified music therapist originally from Malaysia. She completed her Master of Music in Yangqin performance and graduated from the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing) in 2016. Before coming to the US, she worked as a music teacher in her hometown in Malaysia. She also volunteered at a local special needs center in her free time. It was during her volunteer experience that she recognized the potential of music to help individuals with their goals and needs.
In 2019, Jia Wei moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to pursue her master’s in music therapy at Colorado State University. She completed her internship at the University of Colorado Hospital in 2022 and received her Master of Music in music therapy in 2023. During her internship, she worked with individuals of different ages and populations that were facing serious illnesses. Jia Wei is also fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay.
In her free time, Jia Wei enjoys spending time with her husband, finding new recipes to try, and exploring nearby parks and trails.