At A Place To Be, we work everyday to help people face, navigate, and overcome life's challenges using clinically based practices of music therapy



To help people, face, navigate and overcome life’s challenges through Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

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A Place To Be is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization housed in Northern Virginia. Along with Kim Tapper, Tom Sweitzer Co-founded the organization in 2010. There has been great growth within the organization within the last 10 years

Co-Founders Tom Sweitzer and Kim Tapper

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Individuals work on Personal Therapeutic Goals through Music Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Coaching/Counseling



Multiple groups addressing social and emotional therapeutic needs of youth ages 10-22 are offered each week



A Place To Be believes in the power of performance. For over 10 years the clients and volunteers of A Place to Be have toured productions in front of thousands audience members. The shows are based on acceptance of differences, kindness and the expansion of Empathy.



Our medical music therapists serve patients in ICU, Palliative Care, Stroke, Oncology, COPD, Pediatrics, adult Mental Health, and outpatient rehab. Even the Inova Hospital Stroke Survivor Choir meets once a week to not only work on physical, cognitive and emotional objectives, but to come together as a choir for performance opportunities

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A Place To Be (Music Therapy) and Village of Leesburg


The Snow Monster

A new family musical

This Holiday season A Place to Be, the providers of Music Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapies in Loudoun County is presenting a two-weekend free event at their new home: Village at Leesburg.

The Snow Monster is about a young boy who is in Foster-care and how one magical event with a snowman changes his heart about what is means to have a home. Colorful characters sing their way thru this funny, thoughtful, and heart-felt production. Bring the entire family!

Friday, December 2nd – 7:00

Saturday, December 3rd – 11:00 and 2:00

Sunday, December 4th – 2:00

Friday, December 9th – 7:00

Saturday, December 10th – 11:00 and 2:00

Sunday, December 11th – 2:00



Our new animated series, designed to help kids deal with the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is now available to watch! Join JJ as he travels to the magical “Land of Music” where he learns how music can help us even in the toughest of times.

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Tom is available for Music Therapy workshops. Below are some examples of the workshops Tom has given



by Tom Sweitzer


A person in a chair, can live a life that’s full,

while trying to give back to someone else’s soul

No matter if you think,

 or look different the the rest,

Or if each day that you survive feels something like a test

When there’s just too much to bear,

Remember there’s one thing we all share

No matter who you are

Or what it takes to thrive

We all live under the same sky

No matter what your challenge

Anyone can try

We all live under the same sky

Everyday we pass someone who can use a little joy

This person comes in many forms woman, man, girl or boy 

You can find something good inside of yourself 

When you reach out to another and offer them some help

When there’s just too much to bear,

Remember there’s one thing we all share

No matter who you are

Or what it takes to thrive

We all live under the same sky

We all live under the same sky