Program sponsored by AARP since 2019
Working with the elderly in Mainland China
Dancing with “Cookie” Speropoulos



As a musician specializing in interactive music workshops for those of all ages living with all stages of dementia and cognitive impairment, Shannon Wallace, CDP, CDC*, along with musical accompaniment, provides the Musical Memory Care™ (MMC) Workshop that offers participants with consistency, love, empathy, respect, and sincerity through music – the ingredients paramount for positive outcomes.

By interactively incorporating music, movement, words, mathematics, geography, history, sound, rhythm and color, MMC™ seeks to engage and stimulate participation within each participant with the goal of facilitating a shared sense of community and teamwork, and evoking the endless possibilities of emotional, mental, and verbal responses.

Those taking part in these workshops are able to rediscover their individual vitality that lies within, positively re-evaluate their relationship to the world in which they are an important part, and sense that the world still understands that they are more than just alive inside.


*Shannon is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Credential ID #244020, through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and is Dementia Care Certified (CDC), Credential ID #21-V1-121 through the Dementia Care Education network.




Program Breakdown

What: Specially selected songs are performed while participants actively engage through rhythmic movement, artistic interpretation, and/or problem-solving games. This process always involves music and whenever possible, integrates head, eye, arm, and hand movements.

Tools: Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Songs, Percussion Instruments, Ideas & Words, Creative Reflection & Vision

Goal: To share musical experiences in as many ways as the participants needs’ demand, and to be as flexible as possible to meet the potentially changing landscape of personalities.

Community Outreach & Involvement

MMC™ is involved with the following organizations & programs:

  • AARP
  • Alzheimer’s Association – DSW Chapter
  • Amen Clinics
  • Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association (AALHA)
  • Arizona Association of Activity Professionals
  • Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Assisted Living Federation of America (AZ-ALFA)
  • Audrey’s Angels
  • Barrow Neurological Institute – Dignity Health
  • City of Phoenix, AZ – Human Services Department
  • Community Lunch & Learn Lectures/Demos
  • Dementia Care Education
  • Duet – Partners in Health & Aging
  • Help My Senior, LLC
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Midwestern University Occupational Therapy Program
  • Museum of Miniatures (Tucson)
  • Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Scottsdale Leadership
  • Virtual Brain Health Center
  • World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW)

Program Services

MMC™ provides the following services to the dementia and cognitively impaired communities, their care partners, and healthcare industry professionals:

  • Group Workshops
  • Lecture / Demo Presentations
  • One-on-One Workshops
  • Speaking Engagements, Conferences, Conventions, Symposiums
  • Support Group Facilitation / Presentations

Care Home Partners

Thank you to the following communities who have and/or continue to support this program:

  • Amber Creek Inn Memory Care
  • Arbor Rose Senior Care
  • Cadence Senior Living
  • Covenant Care Assisted Living
  • Desert Flower Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • Friendship Village
  • Heritage Senior Communities
  • Huger Mercy Living Center
  • Lone Mountain Memory Care
  • Mariposa Point at Mesa
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • North Shore Place
  • Our Parents House
  • Park Terrace Senior Living
  • Sagewood Senior Living
  • Scottsdale Memory Care
  • Shadow Mountain Memory Care
  • Sun Health Communities
  • The Gardens of Scottsdale
  • Treasure House
  • Vi at Greyhawk
  • View Point Senior Care





“Part of my role is to deliver local, relevant events that connect experiences for community members, and to increase contributions on ‘lives impacted’.  Shannon Wallace’s Music & Memory workshops are one of my proudest contributions to the community. Music is the voice of the soul, and these workshops touch individuals on a deep, powerful and transforming level. If I had the power, they’d be offered in every city nationwide.”

Paula Wright

Associate State Director, Community Outreach, AARP Arizona

“I have personally had the pleasure of being able to see the benefits that the Musical Memory Care™ Workshop (MMC) program has had on my residents. Those who have not spoken in years have begun to speak. Since the conception of MMC™ , the program has evolved into something incredibly beautiful.”

Rhonda Thiel

Executive Director, Koelsch Senior Communities

“I have seen the very effective interaction you have with my mother, Harriet and the other Amber Creek residents. Your sessions are a highlight activity and one of the main reasons we selected Amber Creek for my mom. You do an excellent job of combining meaningful music with motor skills exercise, love and humor. Thank you for all you do at Amber Creek.”

Robert Sioles

Resident Family Member, Amber Creek Inn

“Thank you for all of the beautiful work you do.”

Lauren Kinhan

New York Voices

“Music is such a powerful way to reach people with Alzheimer’s. You exude love and acceptance like no other!”

Cindy Schmitt

Executive Director, Koelsch Senior Communities

“You are fabulous! The way you incorporate the therapeutic benefits of music is incredible. Your work enhances seniors’ lives and their level of cognition. The residents of Our Parents Home were so blessed to have you visit our small home and you were always the highlight of their week. I highly recommend, without reservation, your mission.”

Dr. Paul Laven


“Seeing the one-on-one attention Shannon gives to each resident during her performance is very impressive — it helps with their eye-hand coordination, and helps keep their minds sharp and alert.”

Judy Lefton

Resident Family Member, Our Parents House

“You touch lives in such a special way! I love your program.”

Shelly Drews

CEO & Founder, Help My Senior

“Your program offers wonderful, stimulating therapy to our residents who suffer from memory loss, and have cognitive and physical challenges. You give our residents an opportunity to express emotion and interact with others. I’ve seen the positive effects your program has on our residents and it’s a moving experience for all.”

Amy McLean

Director of Community Relations, Koelsch Senior Communities

“We love you so much!! My mom actually cried after we said bye to you. She was so happy. She said you’re just so nice and feels so comfortable in class. We can’t thank you enough for what you do.”

Tara Scheel

Daughter of mom living with Alzheimer's

“The love you have for seniors is truly a combined blessing.”

Team Member

Arizona Association for Activity Professionals

“Our residents at Sunshine Village get so excited when they know that you are coming to do a workshop. The responses from our residents to your workshop are way above and beyond what anyone is able to achieve!”

Jack Silbaugh

Activities Director, Sunshine Village

“I want to thank you for all you do for my sister. Your energy and your talents help so many people at Amber Creek Inn.”

Freida Speropoulos

Resident Family Member, Amber Creek Inn

The joy that you brought to the lives of our residents was amazing. Music brings smile and joy to our hearts, and our residents couldn’t stop smiling. Besides being absolutely fabulous at what you do, you brought such a feeling of love to our home. We were so blessed to have you interact with our residents and I am in awe with what you accomplished. We had one particular resident who did not communicate too well, however Shannon was able to draw her in and she tapped her foot and sang along every song with them. Nobody else can compare to what MMC can do with seniors!”

Wendy Laven

Owner, Our Parents House



In Memory of My Grams

Helen Wallace (1920-2018)

The Musical Memory CareWorkshop and MMC brand are Trademarks of Shannon Wallace, LLC
Shannon Wallace is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Credential #244020, with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and is Dementia Care Certified (CDC), Credential ID #21-V1-121 through Dementia Care Education.