Sounds of Recovery has been created to:

Raise public awareness of the existence of music therapy for those in recovery through a combination of advocacy, information, events and programs.

Create a forum for practitioners of music therapy to come together and exchange ideas, establish standards, and achieve a greater visibility within the greater therapy community.

Raise monies to fund grants for music therapy, to assist those whose circumstances do not permit ready access to its healing properties.

2017 Fundraising Event

Livingston Taylor | November 9, 2017 | 6:00 PM

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The third annual fall fundraising event for Sounds of Recovery will feature another beloved American singer-songwriter: Livingston Taylor. The evening will also feature a brief talk by acclaimed music therapy expert Kathleen Howland, Ph.D., along with a short performance by Mike Kittredge and the Tuesday Night Band. Light fare will be served and silent and live auctions will be held.

2017 Spring Fundraising Event

Fortune, A film by Rob Jackson | May 6, 2017

SOR's fans and friends (that's you!) are invited to attend the debut of "Fortune," a thought-provoking short film by Rob Jackson. Our mini-gala will include the film premiere itself along with light refreshments (popcorn in many flavors), a brief auction and an appearance by the very dance-able band which performed on the movie soundtrack. Beer and wine will be available. Tickets are only $25 per person, available here online and are partially tax-deductible.

Interview with Lisa Kittredge

Lisa Kittredge, founder of Sounds of Recovery, talks about her husband's stroke and subsequent recovery that led her to founding this organization which looks to music to help in healing.

2016 Fundraising Event

Jonathan Edwards | october 14, 2016

The second annual fundraising event for Sounds of Recovery, featuring beloved American singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards. The evening will also feature a talk by acclaimed music therapy expert Kathleen Howland, Ph.D., along with a brief performance by Mike Kittredge and the Tuesday Night Band. Light fare will be served and silent and live auctions will be held.

2015 Inaugural Event

John Kuhn | October 8, 2015

Alive Inside

A story of music and memory

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

A message From Lisa Kittredge

To me, the healing power of music is real. And I'd like to share a quick story that illustrates that power.

During the night of November 12, 2012, my husband Mike Kittredge suffered a very serious stroke, complicated by a brain aneurism, which nearly took his life. The emergency surgery that saved him significantly damaged the left side of his brain, and the full extent of his disability would not be known for months, although it was a virtual certainty he would be profoundly affected.

Mike remained in a deep coma for weeks following the stroke and surgery. Our medical team advised us that his prospects for any significant recovery might be extremely low indeed. In late November, he opened his eyes, and slowly began to regain consciousness. As Mike was a lifelong musician, we began scheduling visits with an accredited music therapist named Brian Harris. The response was nothing short of amazing; Mike swiftly became much more aware and engaged, and soon began to vocalize. Despite his immediate limitations, he began to participate more eagerly in all of his therapies and treatments more willingly. It was clear he greatly enjoyed Brian's visits, and it was also apparent that the music was reaching him in a way that his other therapies simply could not. 

Despite the severity of the stroke, Mike was lucky in many ways. Though he was left wheelchair-bound and is dealing with a significant amount of aphasia (the inability to conjure the words one wishes to speak) he continues to work with a local music therapist. Mike regularly participates in jam sessions and singalongs with a group of his musical friends. He even plays surprisingly spot-on electronic drums using just his left hand and foot! His normal speech remains very challenged, but he sings along freely and his recall for song lyrics is nearly complete.  I have no doubt that music and music therapy was able to help "unlock" Mike from a great deal of his darkness, and we all see the great joy that it still brings him on a daily basis.

And so, I urge you to use this website and our associated links to learn more about music therapy. Perhaps you have a loved one who has suffered a brain trauma or other injury. Perhaps you are interested in becoming a music therapist yourself. Perhaps you would like to offer your support of our initiatives and programs. Whatever may have brought you here, I sincerely hope that we have provided you with some information and/or inspiration to learn more about music therapy. Welcome to Sounds of Recovery!

Lisa Kittredge
Founder – Sounds of Recovery