Music Therapy of the Rockies has rebranded to Music Therapy Retreats — Learn More

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May 29, 2024
Read the transformative journey behind Music Therapy of the Rockies' rebranding. Founder Mack Bailey reflects on the past and casts vision for the future.
April 10, 2024
Listen to a song written in collaboration between veteran and music therapy retreat attendee Todd Foster and Owen Danoff.
March 20, 2024
Listen to a song written in collaboration between veteran and music therapy retreat attendee Kevin “Pepper” Martin and Mark Elliott — and get the behind the scenes story from Pepper.
February 19, 2024
I believe wholeheartedly that music can bring healing. I want anyone who needs help healing from trauma to have access to MTR's life-changing retreats.
January 12, 2024
The song “Strength To Carry On” by Gary Mandelburg and Mallory Even has placed 2nd in the NVCA Festival.
January 2, 2024
We are thrilled to share the news: The song "Enemy In My Scope" off of our Volume 2 release was chosen as the Gold Winner in the Folk category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest!
January 2, 2024
Discussing a defining moment that changed the trajectory of Mack Bailey's career — an interview for Canvas Rebel.
December 11, 2023
It is common knowledge to musicians how powerful music is to the creator, performer, and listener. Gratefully, I have experienced so many of these powerful moments that led to the creation and development of Music Therapy of the Rockies. 
November 27, 2023
There are people that come into our lives, and you just feel that they are invincible. Mark Elliott was that type of person for me. He had the unique ability to connect with every person he encountered and develop an authentic relationship.
November 17, 2023
Music Therapy of the Rockies' founder Mack Bailey was recently featured by eTown Radio to discuss the role of music in healing trauma.
September 19, 2023
Learn about the PTSD Brain in Military Veterans in our 4 day Continuing Education Retreats for Music Therapists.
June 21, 2023
Mack Bailey shares his journey from discovering his love for music at a young age to using it to heal those who have experienced trauma.
May 28, 2023
Aspen ski instructor and podcast host Erik Darosa reflects on a life-changing music retreat in Nashville, TN with Thistle Farms participants.
March 3, 2023
The beautiful story of how our nonprofit's popular phrase came to be: It’s Not What You Get Out of the Music, but What the Music Gets Out of You!
February 9, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023, we lost Ricky to a heart attack. Ricky attended two retreats with Music Therapy of the Rockies.
January 30, 2023
Our founder recently spoke at Berklee Music and Health Institute for their symposium "Intersection of Music and Mental Health: Military and Veterans."
December 22, 2022
How we developed a partnership with Breedlove Guitars to place a guitar in all our retreat attendees' hands, plus a special tour of their factory in Bend, Oregon.
May 19, 2022
When the longtime Aspen-based folk singer and music therapist Mack Bailey works with military veterans, one of the first exercises he has them do it to hold their index finger on a guitar’s high E string and pull it up toward the D string, hold the tension between them and then lower it back down.
April 5, 2022
Music Therapy of the Rockies is proud to announce Stories and Songs from the Farm, a collection of 12 songs written during our Music Therapy Retreats.
May 4, 2021
We would also like to honor and remember Randy Frantze, one of our veterans who recently passed away. Randy was an amazing individual that captured our hearts with his sense of humor and his philosophical outlooks. His quote, “I’m going to harden my fingers (for guitar) and soften my soul” will stay with me for a very long time.
October 25, 2020
In a tranquil, tucked away Franklin farm, veterans like Chuck Palmer are sharing their stories.
September 4, 2020
Music Therapy of the Rockies and Breedlove Guitars recently partnered to send 2 Breedlove guitars to an Air Force Company in Iraq. We recently held a virtual guitar session with Major Aaron Butler to help as a coping skill and for morale of the Company.
May 1, 2020
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Gary Lord. He attended our October music therapy retreat in Nashville. He was a very gentle giant that left an imprint on each of us. We exchanged texts on Thursday, April 30, 2020, just checking in and then on Friday, May 1, 2020 he was in a motorcycle accident. He wrote a beautiful song with Mark Elliott​ of a wonderful memory he had in Vietnam. Watch and listen here.


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Music Therapy of the Rockies has changed its name to Music Therapy Retreats and we're celebrating with a new logo and branding.