The principal music therapist at Sound Matters Music Therapy, LLC is Erin Hade Lunde, MT-BC. She works primarily with adults with developmental delays.

Erin and her clients work together to build a relationship inside the music they share. She works with clients who do and do not use speech and attempts to bridge any verbal divide with musical elements. Erin attempts to find a common language with each client and to use that soundscape to better understand who the client is as an individual.

Erin travels to private homes, group homes, and day programs. She provides individual music therapy sessions as well as small group music therapy sessions.

Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music With Honors from The University of Iowa, where she studied classical vocal performance. From Iowa City, she moved to Newport, Rhode Island to perform full-time in the Beechwood Theatre Company. She then moved to Portland, Oregon, where she pursued her music therapy education. Erin completed her coursework at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. In order to accomplish a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree, a candidate must complete 1,040 supervised clinical hours in a nationally approved internship. Erin completed her internship at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, working primarily with hospice patients, hospital inpatients, and clients with Parkinson’s Disease.

Voice is one of Erin’s primary instruments and tools to use in music therapy, though she has played violin since she was very young. Erin also has experience playing percussion, and uses some of these instruments in her clinical work. She plays guitar and piano, which are among those instruments music therapists use on a regular basis.