Ellen Epstein has enjoyed making music with children and adults for over forty years, as an elementary school teacher, camp counselor, guitar instructor, performer, and mother.

 

After two years of study with the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP) ©, Ellen received her Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) credential in April 2007.

She fulfilled her internship requirement at Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Geriatric Medical Psychiatric Unit); Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (Special Care Nursery); and Care Alternatives, a hospice agency, where she had the opportunity to play for patients in nursing homes, private homes, and hospital settings. 

Ellen brings a lifetime of musical experience to her work as a music practitioner. Her repertoire includes show tunes, standards, children’s songs, lullabies, sea music, chants and rounds, classical tunes, popular songs of the 50’s and 60’s, Gilbert and Sullivan, and folk music new and old of many cultures and traditions.

Thanks to her parents, and many musical mentors and friends, her life has been infused with song for as long as she can remember. She is a firm believer in the positive power of music.

As a performer, Ellen is proud to be one third of the folk trio Kallet Epstein Cicone.  Their close harmonies have delighted audiences at coffeehouses, festivals, and workshops since 1981. Together they have recorded three albums, Angels in Daring (1988), and Only Human (1993), and HeartWalk (2008).  Ellen can also be heard singing backup on Cindy Kallet’s solo albums.

Just beautiful voice and guitar sounds.

Margo Drohan, RN, CMP, MHTP
Instructor and Practicum Supervisor

She was great! Really enjoyed having her here. The patients loved her and the services she provided.

Jessie Robbins, MSOTR/L
Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Ellen is an asset to her team. She brings comfort, compassion, and professionalism to every family and patient.

Ericka Falvo
Volunteer Coordinator,
Care Alternatives