Music Therapy Team
Hi, I'm Taylor. Music Therapy, for me, has always been about connections; I love to explore how each person's individual relationship with music can be tapped and expanded to encourage growth in other areas of life. I am a firm believer that music is not exclusive to Music Therapists and feel that I can best impact the lives of others by illuminating the music-based resources to which each of us has full access each day.
After receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance at Virginia Tech, I completed a Master of Science in Music Therapy at Radford University. My graduate clinical research included school-based resilience work with immigrant and refugee families. Following graduate school, I completed my internship in a hospice setting right here in WNC. I fell in love with the area, and have lived in North Carolina ever since!
My personal passions include expository writing, applied research, and community wellness. I dabble in woodworking and carpentry to support an ever-growing landscaping habit and am usually up to my elbows in sawdust or potting soil. I serve the western region at Four Seasons, which allows me to hike or kayak almost every day. Life is tough when you live in the Smokies!
Ashley Newbrough, MA, MT-BC
Hi, I’m Ashley. I received my Bachelor of Music in music therapy from the University of Minnesota, and have completed my Master of Arts in music therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. In addition to hospice and bereavement care, I have worked with teens and adults with intellectual and developmental differences, mature and older adults in long-term care settings, older adults with psychiatric needs, Deaf adults (ask me about the pink lipstick story sometime!), and have also focused greatly on work with patients with dementia. I have received extensive training in the Validation method for older adults with dementia, and I am passionate about educating others in this method. I presented on the Validation method at the AMTA 2016 National Conference. Four Seasons interns have an opportunity to learn more about this method and apply some techniques in their work! Lately, I spend most of my free time playing with my baby, going on walks, watching The Office on Netflix (for the 398th time), and reading when I can find the time! Goals for my future: taking up tap dancing again, drinking more coffee (because there’s never enough) and sleeping more than 2 hours at a time! I truly love supervising interns, and have taken a special interest in the use of improvisation and vocal toning as part of the supervisory relationship.
Bonnie Jean Few, MA, MT-BC
"Heading down South to the land of the pines…" (Wagon Wheel, Old Crow Medicine Band)
Greetings! I'm Bonnie.
I'll always remember singing the above lyrics with the Community LIFE ukulele ensemble the week before I would depart on my own Southbound Train. During the summer of 2019, my husband and I relocated from Pittsburgh, PA to the beautiful Carolina foothills. Music has always been a friend during seasons of change and challenges, a holding place for emotions and memories.
I received my B.M. in music therapy from Slippery Rock University, and completed an internship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh where I developed a passion for working with individuals facing life-threatening illness. I then went on to co-develop a music therapy and internship program at Community LIFE, an all-inclusive care program supporting seniors with chronic illness to remain living in the community. Desiring to enhance my clinical skills and study mental health from a spiritual perspective, I obtained an M.A. in counseling from Liberty University. I am honored to be part of the Four Season's care team, where music therapy is at the heart of support offered to those nearing end of life and grieving.
I have always called myself a “ci-try” gal, born in the city with a heart for the country. I enjoy a good road trip, outdoor adventure (hiking, kayaking, biking), cooking, crafting, and loving people.