Upstate Music Therapy Center LLC, formerly known as “Amy Thomas’ Music Therapy Services”, has been in existence since 1993.   In the late 90’s the agency’s name changed to Upstate Music Therapy Center.  Since 1999 UMTC has held clinic space in Penfield, NY.

The agency was developed for the sole purpose of providing services for children’s needs and was inspired with the knowledge that all children are special and have unique talents, whatever their disability.  Our agency is also committed to providing support to the parents and families of these children using care-based interactions for creating therapeutic plans, sharing progress and consulting, as appropriate.  Those individuals who receive services range from infants to young adults up to the age of 21 years old.

While the agency has evolved, our therapists have continually provided excellent clinical services, causing the agency to grow over the years.  UMTC has provided opportunities for therapists, who have received their training at accredited universities and passed the Board Certification, to join our progressive center.  These UMTC therapists are dedicated to remain aware of and involved in research and continuing education opportunities both local and national.




Our Vision

To continue to provide the highest quality music therapy services to children and their families in and around the Rochester area.

Our Mission

To offer children a therapeutic music environment that facilitates steady growth.

Our Strategy

To solely hire the most qualified therapists and always use the most recent techniques and research in the clinical setting.

Our Values

INDIVIDUAL NEEDS: To base all clinical work, goals and objective development on the child’s unique and specific needs.

TEAM APPROACH: To work hand in hand with the child’s therapeutic team and family to insure continuity of service and appropriate consultation.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: To consistently seek and participate in educational opportunities for learning and regularly educate the community of the proven therapeutic value of music therapy.





Amy Thomas,

Amy attended the University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio receiving a Bachelor of Music in 1984.  She completed her clinical internship at Norristown State Hospital, Norristown Pennsylvania in 1985, securing her degree in Music Therapy.  Amy’s clinical work over the last 30 years has included servicing clients in the area of mental health, gerontology, behavioral care intervention and, over the last 17 years, specializing in treating children with special needs.  Amy founded Upstate Music Therapy Center in 1998 with five music therapists.  The agency has since grown, employing up to thirteen Board Certified Music Therapists each year.  Amy has also participated in clinical research with children under the age of three years old, diagnosed with autism. She served the role of Exhibit Coordinator multiple years for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.  Amy has presented at numerous conferences, both regional and national, as well as local workshops.  After pursuing an application for licensure in New York State Amy has obtained her license as a Creative Arts Therapist in 2005.   Most recently Amy has been pursuing continuing education in the area of counseling.



Clinic Supervisor:

Erin Triola,

Erin attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy and Music Education in 1999.  She completed her internship at Berea Children’s Center in Berea, Ohio in 2000, securing her degree in Music Therapy.  Erin began work at Upstate Music Therapy Center in 2001.  Over the past 15 years, Erin has primarily serviced children with special needs in the special education setting.  In 2005, Erin obtained her license as a Creative Art’s Therapist for New York State.  Erin has presented at several local conferences and workshops.




Our Therapists:

Tony Collie, LCAT, MT-BC • Janelle Connley, MT-BC • Theresa Lemmermen, MT-BC
Kayla McNamara, MT-BC • Jamie Swieringa, MT-BC • Rebecca Szalay, LCAT, MT-BC
Erin Valvo, MT-BC • Jenna Wylie, MT-BC