Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services has been providing music therapy and early childhood music opportunities to families and individuals in Jackson, MI since June 2006.  

Jaime Lawrence, MT-BC
Jaime Lawrence, MT-BCDirector & Music Therapist

Jaime Lawrence, MT-BC has been a musician her entire life.  She grew up singing in a local church choir, has played the flute for over 25 years, and in her adult life found a love of performing musical theatre and singing in bands. The days of jazz band performances and musical theatre are temporarily on hold though, as Jaime is also the mother of three young children who keep her busy! She and her husband have regular jam sessions with the three little ones – sometimes at the dinner table – so live music is still running wild!

Jaime received her Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy from Michigan State University. She completed her music therapy internship at the Center for Discovery in Harris, NY. This internship provided extensive training in creative and improvisational music therapy techniques.

She is nationally certified through the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Jaime opened Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services (HGMTS) in June 2006, when she returned to Jackson. She wanted to give back to the community she grew up in, believing that music therapy and early childhood music have a place in her hometown.

HGMTS has been providing music therapy and early childhood music (Harmony Garden Sprouts) in Jackson ever since. “I hope to always think ahead, to educate Jackson on the benefits of music therapy, and to provide the best quality music services to the families here.”

Jaime has a very wide range of experience working in a variety of settings. As a music therapist, she works with children as young as 3 months old, as well as adults in Hospice and palliative care for those who are 70-100 years old. Her clientele is just as diverse as the ages she serves. Jaime has extensive experience and loves working in early childhood. She provides music therapy for preschools, playgroups, early on, great start, and for families who join the Harmony Garden Sprouts classes at HGMTS. Jaime works with individuals of all ages with special needs (autism, down syndrome, cognitive impairments), traumatic brain injury, mental illness, substance abuse, memory care needs (Alzheimer’s, dementia), and individuals who are in hospice.

Jaime enjoys working hard to help families in Jackson gain access to music services and is always trying to find a new way to educate and promote music therapy. In January 2016, Jaime joined the board of directors for David’s Promise, a ministry of Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County, that seeks to provide an inclusive atmosphere where people with and without special needs grow in faith, make friends, serve our community and share life with one another. In September 2017, Jaime joined the Jackson Jr. Welfare League and looks forward to even more opportunities to give back to Jackson.

To top this all off, for the past 15 years and counting, Jaime has helped to organize, run, and provide music therapy support for the Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp in East Lansing, MI. Then she took this camp model, and started the New Song Music Therapy Camp with Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County in the summer of 2017. This camp is an annual event.

Read a spotlight on Jaime at Mlive.com

Kara Lewis, MT-BC
Kara Lewis, MT-BCMusic Therapist

Kara Lewis, MT-BC grew up in Jackson, Michigan and attended both Parkside Middle School and Jackson High School. She began piano lessons at a young age and was involved in choir and band throughout school. During Kara’s 7th grade choir class, she was first introduced to the career of music therapy, and knew from that moment that she wanted to pursue music therapy as a career.

Kara received her degree in music therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2017. During this time, she studied trombone and participated in orchestra, wind ensemble, and brass choir, and also worked as a student ambassador for the music therapy program. After graduation, Kara completed a 6-month internship at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY. At the hospital, she worked in various pediatric departments including general inpatient units, hematology/oncology, cardiac, pediatric intensive care, and with people struggling with eating disorders.

Kara’s family still resides in Michigan, and she looks forward to being closer to family. She joined HGMTS in 2018 and is excited to give back to the community that first sparked her interest in music therapy!

Danielle Allore-Taylor
Danielle Allore-TaylorAdministrative Assistant

Danielle is a 34 year-old Jackson resident. Music has always been one of her greatest joys, and to be surrounded by others who share this same feeling makes her incredibly grateful.

Ever since elementary school, Danielle has pursued music through choir, band, and in the various musicals she has performed in over the years.

She is very active in her church, helping lead worship for the contemporary services. She recently has begun to once again perform with various theater groups in Michigan to help enrich and entertain the people she meets.

Danielle is very passionate about helping others, whether it be a large or small task. She takes pride in knowing she has given someone the assistance they needed. She has had a wide range of experience in various work settings which has helped her develop the skills that she has today. She loves interacting with people of all ages, and finds joy in brightening their day.

When Danielle is not at work she enjoys playing with her two children, cross stitching, photography, and adopting as many animals as her husband will put up with.

Danielle is very excited to be back at Harmony Garden and give back to her community.

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