Come On, Let’s Sing

offers Music Therapy, Music Together® and Songbooks

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Come On, Let’s Sing reminds participants, through the act of making music together, how to reconnect to their joy, their wholeness, their communities.

Lisa Peterson has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 1992. She received her degree from SUNY New Paltz in New York.  Over a span of 20 years, she worked as a music therapist in a variety of settings with older adults, adults with dementia, adults and children with developmental disabilities and adults with psychiatric disorders. In addition to her work and training as a music therapist, she is a Registered Music Together Teacher and Licensed Center Director. Lisa also performed professionally as an accordionist, flutist and backup vocalist with the internationally touring world music ensemble The Just Desserts from 2006-2011.  Synthesizing all that she has learned from these trainings and experiences, Lisa now practices under Come On, Let’s Sing in Forest Grove, OR.  Lisa is passionate about bringing people together to experience the joy of music, meet their personal goals through the use of music, discover their musical selves, and to have fun together in community with music!

How To Book a Session or Register for a Music Together Class

Contact us at lisapetersonmusic@gmail.com or 503-901-6953

You can listen to a 2009 interview (#184) with Lisa at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-just-desserts/id292997333?i=333110668&mt=2


Music Therapy

I have been a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 1992. In order to become a music therapist, I completed a 4-year Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music Therapy from an accredited university, completed a 6-month internship, took a board certification exam and have completed 100 CEU’s every 5 years to retain my board certified status. Since 1992, I have worked in a variety of settings with older adults, adults with dementia, adults and children with developmental disabilities and clients with psychiatric disorders. Throughout my 24 year career in music therapy, I continue to experience a deep sense of satisfaction when I see how profoundly music can positively effect people’s lives. I offer both music therapy groups and indiviudal sessions (with a focus on older adults). To read more about music therapy, the training required to become a music therapist and who they serve, go to: http://www.musictherapy.org

Music Together®

I became a Registered Music Together Teacher and Licensed Center Director in the Fall of 2017. My first class will be a Generations class to be held at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center in January of 2018. Music Together® is an internationally recognized music program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. Parents, primary caregivers, early childhood professionals, “grandfriends”—everyone is involved in the educational process. First offered to the public in 1987, Music Together® has always been a pioneer in the field of early childhood music with truly innovative, high-quality music education and outreach programs that redefine what musical means.

The Just Desserts

The Just Desserts is a cello and accordion world music duo that I co-created with just-dessertsMichael Shay. We describe ourselves as “curators of delightful musical delicacies from every corner of the globe”. We actively performed, taught and facilitated groups together all over the world from 2006-2011. After a 4 year hiatus, we have begun to perform together again in 2016. To learn more about us and listen to our music, go to https://www.facebook.com/jdesserts/ or http://www.michaelshay.com/the_just_desserts/


“I would like to endorse Lisa Peterson for all things musical! Lisa worked for us in 2012 and 2013 as our Activity Coordinator. Lisa is professionally trained as a Registered, Board Certified Music Therapist. This training provided her with basic music skills but she has special talents and abilities in working with her accordion. This is a very versatile instrument and a favorite with members of our community. She is well versed in many of the old standards that we all love to sing along with. Lisa is also a skilled therapist and can use her music skills to help people build on their mental, physical, social and spiritual abilities. Lisa has a wonderful personality that invites everyone to participate in what she is doing. I am happy to refer her as an entertainer or a therapist.”  –Todd E. Executive Director, Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg Newberg, OR

“I worked very closely with Lisa at the Oregon State Hospital. At the hospital the clients are very challenging, and those who are over 65 and have dementia, and other mental health needs, are often extremely challenging to get engaged in activities, and have joy, hope, and experience positive emotions. Lisa has been one of the few people who has been able to get them to gather, of their own accord, and come together to sing, dance, listen, and engage totally in music therapy. She has an energetic personality that attracts the listener to join her in music. She has an infectious smile, a warm heart, boundless energy, and is filled with positive vibes! Lisa spreads cheer and gives hope when all hope is lost. She can work with the person who is suffering from memory loss, is depressed, or may be walking around and around (wandering) looking for something or someone. She can bring them together to experience a time of fellowship, and bond together through music, singing, laughter. Her gift of music is given to everyone who is around. She uses music with reminiscence, physical movement & dancing, and learning. I co-led one group with her to bring a wide variety of people together whose functioning level also varied tremendously. (Dementia, severe cognitive impairment, depression and many other problems) Together, we assisted the clients to play music (most had no previous musical experience) and work together to participate in a holiday season performance. It was a magical success! With her training in music and understanding of behaviors, emotions, and many challenges, she was an instrument of hope and light to the participants in her groups. All the staff loved Lisa, too, and enjoyed her company, clinical skills, and ability to get people engaged…”  –Linda M. Art Therapist/Director of Creative Arts Therapies at Oregon State Hospital  Salem, OR

“Lisa sees beyond age and ability and just engages everyone with her enthusiasm and positive approach. She is able to get the patients on the units into a group setting when no other discipline has been able to. She gets patients that usually are passive participants at best and has them beating drums and making music. It’s so inspiring to the rest of us to see what potential she finds and brings out in our patients….the patients here respond to her so well”  –Nurse Manager at Salem Hospital  Salem, OR

“I am writing to endorse Lisa Peterson as a music therapist. I am the director of the Gathering in Austin, TX , which is a respite program for people with dementia (www.thegatheringatwhpc.org). I met Lisa in 2001 when she started working for this group as a music therapist. In 2003 Lisa also started working for an early memory loss program that I was directing at the time… She worked for us for many years until she moved…Lisa is the most engaging and interactive music therapist that we have come into contact with. She had a gift for holding the attention of a large group at one time for an hour at a time. We usually have an average of 30 people in our program. Music is the only activity that we ever attempt to do for an hour at a time. Most therapists can hold the attention of a group for about 30 minutes maximum. With Lisa’s accordion, she was able to walk around the circle and interact with everyone individually. She used age appropriate songs that everyone just loved. She was always upbeat, energetic, and had a smile on her face…”  –Deborah W. Director of the Gathering at WHPC  Austin, TX

 “Many of our seniors have dementia, and Lisa was able to engage them by playing hymns and other music that was familiar to them from their past. Her engaging smile and warm presence created a sense of calm and acceptance. I believe it is her presence, as much as her music, which inspires joy in those to whom she relates. I highly recommend her as a music therapist.”  –Brenda J., R.N., Resident Care Manager, Health Care Center, Friendsview Retirement Community  Salem, OR