Check out these new group opportunities in Palm Beach County!

Interability Chorus for Adults ages 16+ with Special Needs- Starts January 27th! Sign up by January 17th!

AND we are starting music therapy groups for all ages at The Els Center of Excellence the week of January 27th!

Sign up Here (Click Links):

Inter-Ability Chorus: January 27 – May 15 (Monday class performance on Friday) 15 session plus performance cost: $400.00

Inter-Ability Chorus:

Music Therapy for Young Adults Session One: January 27 – March 9 (Tuesday) 8-week session cost per session: $200.00

Music Therapy for Young Adults Session One –

Music Therapy for Young Adults Session Two: March 31 – May 19 (Tuesday) 8-week session    cost per session: $200.00

Music Therapy for Young Adults Session Two –

Music Therapy (Ages 6 – 18) Session One: January 27 – March 9 (Monday) 7-week session        cost per session: $175.00

Music Therapy Session One –

Music Therapy Ages 6 – 18) Session Two: April 6 – May 18 (Monday) 7-week session      cost per session: $175.00

Music Therapy Session Two –

Sign up soon to save your spot!!

Interability Chorus Season 1 Fall 2019

WE did it! (History Made!)

Interability Chorus Holiday Performance Success!

Inter-Ability Chorus of Palm Beach Premiere Holiday Concert December 2019

On Friday, December 13th, our chorus for adults of various abilities and special needs performed for their very first concert! It was magical!

I am extremely PROUD of this entire group!  The participants and their assistants, the Palm Beach Opera Teaching Artists and The Whole Vibes Music Therapy team are dedicated, talented and amazing all around! We couldn’t have made this happen without all of you!!  THANK YOU, Abbey, James, Michelle, Stan, Jennifer and Camille!

Thank you, parents for believing in this chorus.  We hope you see what we see in your loved ones and are just as proud of them for performing for all the world to see!

Finally, Thank you to The Els Center of Excellence for allowing us to run this program with your amazing organization and thank you Kelley for helping us with registrations!

We are gearing up for our Spring 2020 season! If you are interested in being a part of this group or would like to sponsor someone to participate, please contact me at: erica@mywholevibes.comor 


Happy and Blessed Holidays to ALL!  We love you!

Musically yours, 

Erica Lyles


“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances…”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thank you for believing in what we do at Whole Vibes!

It’s not everyday that you get people on board with your vision and that they are able to support. Because of you, music therapy is reaching so many in Palm Beach County and The World!

I wanted to take a moment before we reach our families and friends and support systems and dive into our turkeys, sides or takeout tomorrow and let you know that I am truly grateful for all of you! Thank you for allowing me to share music therapy experiences with all of you and help your loved ones achieve their goals and be most successful and have fun!

Thank you for your flexibility with scheduling, driving to my new office in Jupiter, participating in sessions with your loved ones and waiting patiently for us to wrap up sessions.

If I don’t get to collaborate with you directly just yet, thank you for your emails, kind words and for reading these newsletters.

I am blessed by you.

May your Thanksgiving be just what you need it to be and I’m sending love to you and yours.


Musically yours, Erica


Here’s your OFFICIAL INVITE to The Interability Chorus Premiere Holiday Concert on December 13th at 6PM! Share and come! We can’t wait to see you there!

As always, I am here to help and answer questions about music therapy and any musical needs you may have! Contact me directly! 561-501-1086.

Be blessed, Erica

Right Place, Right Time

I embarrassed myself today…

Showed up early for a meeting (which is very impressive for me) only to find that I was too early…a whole week early! Unfortunately, I simply typed the wrong date into my calendar. I’m convinced that it wasn’t out of confusion or having a brain fart which happens sometimes. I know that it was out of my excitement to share the benefits of music therapy with the community!

I am always excited to discuss new ways to introduce music therapy and music interventions to new groups of people and just got ahead of myself today!

However, in the midst of my scheduling oversight, I had the chance to connect with new people just by sitting at Starbucks (where my originally planned meeting was) and at Whole Foods.

That was ANOTHER opportunity to share about what I get to do and how all of my clients and families like you benefit from music therapy. That means, I was still at the right place at the right time. I just had to see the opportunity in all of it!

I hope you can see the opportunity in all of your encounters. And just as a reminder, open your mouth and talk to people! You never know who holds the key to that next door you’re hoping to open!

I’m not sure if I’ll connect with those people ever again; however, more seeds were planted and one more life may change for the better because of their new knowledge of music therapy.

As I reflect with gratitude, I want to thank each of you for your support and encourage you to share your music therapy experiences with everyone you meet. You never know who may benefit from your story!


Here’s your OFFICIAL INVITE to The Interability Chorus Premiere Holiday Concert on December 13th at 6PM! Share and come! We can’t wait to see you there!

As always, I am here to help and answer questions about music therapy and any musical needs you may have! Contact me directly! 561-501-1086.

Be blessed, Erica

You CAN sing with us!!

Our Chorus is working hard to prepare for our Premiere concert!

See what we’ve been learning and working on:
Interability Chorus Practice!

The Benefits of Singing

I stumbled across this article about the benefits of singing! My favorite highlight is that “Group singing can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.”

Welllll, we don’t have to worry about the “mediocre” part! We are fantastic and amazing! However, no matter who you are and what your ability is, you can benefit from singing! Click on the link to see where all this is coming from and to learn more!

Here’s your OFFICIAL INVITE to our Holiday Concert! Share and come! We can’t wait to see you there!

As always, I am here to help and answer questions about music therapy and any musical needs you may have! Contact me directly! 561-501-1086.

Be blessed, Erica

Music Therapy and Communication

Did you know music therapy promotes communication and self-expression?

What’s the difference and how does music help?

Communication vs. Self-expression

  • Self-expression is the act of bringing an internal experience to the outside world. It’s purpose is to reveal, to release and even at times, to express as in “squeeze out.” Self-expression can be full of all and any level of emotion. It fuels artistic endeavors. It takes only one person to express themselves. Self-expression can happen if no one else hears, witnesses or understands, as in writing in a diary.

  • Communication is the act of transferring information to another person(s). It takes (at least) two people — the communicator, and the receiver(s) of the communique. Effective communication takes the listener into deep consideration. Communication needs structure. It may format self-expression so that it is most digestible by an intended audience. Unhinged emotions are rarely effective. Tempered emotions can be effective in making a point.

Music and self-expression

  • Use songwriting to encourage one to identify and articulate their feelings and release them!
  • Use lyric analysis as a means for one to identify feelings, reflect and use the songs as a mirror to analyze their feelings and circumstances.
  • Use live music making (including singing or instrument playing) as a vehicle for persons to drive their feelings. Can be a way for one to release thoughts and feelings nonverbally.

Music and Communication

  • Encourage singing and vocalizing as a means to carry information, relay feelings, articulate and promote the use of words through singing song lyrics or singing syllables.
  • Use live music to facilitate opportunities for one to make eye contact to demonstrate engagement or as their means of communicating effectively.
  • Mirror vocal activities or instrumental activities to foster the exchange of communication in a safe and fun way.

I shared these tips and more at The “Turn on The Light” Conference last week!

Thank you, Children’s Healing Institute for putting on such a great conference and for continuing to bring about awareness of child neglect and abuse and needs of our children right here in Palm Beach County!

For more information on this amazing organization or if you know of a child in an unsafe environment, click the link below:

Erica presenting on how music therapy can elicit communication and self-expression in children of various abilities.

As Seen on TV! Choir for Adults with Special Needs!

Inter-Ability Chorus: Choir for adults ages 16 and up with special needs in Palm Beach County!

Whole Vibes has partnered with The Els Center and The Palm Beach Opera for a community chorus opportunity right in Jupiter, Florida. We accept various abilities and disabilities, verbal and nonverbal.

Erica Lyles, a board-certified music therapist and owner and director of Whole Vibes music therapy is excited to empower individuals with special needs musically! She says, “I believe anyone can be successful in music, no matter what challenges they face!”

Our mission is:

To develop singing and musical skills in adults with disabilities and special needs.

To promote self-confidence and self-esteem in adults with disabilities and special needs while preparing for and executing performances.

To engage adults with special needs with their preferred method of communicating and developing their self-expression abilities.  

To create a community for adults with special needs to engage with their peers in a non-threatening and socially enhancing atmosphere.

Our Vision is:

Gathering adults with disabilities and special needs and various abilities in South Florida to use their own voices and sing in one accord.  To develop adults with special needs and disabilities musically, communicatively, socially and expressively.

Check out this beautiful story that just aired on WPTV News Channel 5 in Palm Beach County Today (9/30/19)! We are truly honored!

Photo captured by: WPTV News Channel 5, WPB, FL

Interested in joining? This is the very last week to sign up!! Contact Whole Vibes’ director and chorus founder, Erica Lyles TODAY: 561-501-1086 or

Our historical performance will be on December 13th at 6pm!

Erica Lyles from Whole Vibes and (from left to right) Jennifer, James, Abbey and Michelle from The Palm Beach Opera after a training on working with persons with special needs in the chorus!

Thank you for your support! To find out ways to support our mission, please contact us on this page or facebook!

We were buzzing this week!

Whole Vibes Tribe Newsletter

Brought to you by Whole Vibes Music Therapy and Music Experiences

I tried a new intervention this week with my adaptive vocal clients! We rolled up pieces of paper and placed them on our lips to do our vocal warm-ups and exercises!

Why would we do such a thing?

I’m glad you asked!

Holding the paper up to our lips allows us to feel the vibrations that we are producing vocally. The vibrations cause us to be aware of the energy we are pushing forward and out of our mouth. When singing, it is important to make sure that energy is always moving forward for the best sound and that it doesn’t get “trapped” in your throat which leads to improper technique and possible vocal chord and muscle damage.

As we rolled out this method with my clients with autism, I noticed that they produced a clearer sound and really focused on the flow and direction of their vocals. This equals better technique and vocal functioning and a more pleasant sound overall.

What I love about music therapy is the ability to get creative and silly with interventions to help clients be most successful! Check out this clip of me with one of my girls this week!

Creating a buzz this week!

Check out the latest updates on music therapy and music experiences in Palm Beach County!

Summer plans? Join us for Music Therapy and Music Experiences this Summer ’19!

  • Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida!
    • Adult Music Therapy Group on Tuesdays! Starting June 11th at 2pm!
    • Moovin’ and Groovin’ Summer Camp for all ages on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the whole month of July! Contact Kelley Coutts at The Els Center of Excellence to sign up! or click on their website below!

  • Individual Sessions are still available! Please contact us to schedule your initial evaluation! Let’s get you locked into the schedule before the fall!

School’s officially out!! What is your favorite song to end the school year? We blasted this one during our final classes at The Learning Academy in Jupiter, Fl!

Happy Summer, Whole Vibes Tribe!

We look forward to seeing YOU this summer! To subscribe to our awesome newsletter, click this link:

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Autism in April!

Check out the latest updates on music therapy and music experiences in Palm Beach County!

Autism Awareness Month

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (or ASD) is a social and communication disorder that effects individuals of all backgrounds. Approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with ASD according to The CDC in 2018. While The entire spectrum ranges from people who are nonverbal and needing assistance with functional skills and self-care to verbal with some social deficits or learning delays or disabilities and even Asperger’s Syndrome. To find out more about ASD, click on this link:

The Benefits of Music Therapy with ASD

Music Therapy can help people on the Autism Spectrum reach many goals including:

  • Increased communication (verbal, nonverbal or with a device).
  • Increased gross and fine motor functioning by playing instruments.
  • Emotional recognition and regulation through singing and emotion themed interventions.
  • Self-expression through singing along into a microphone or playing a drum solo.
  • Redirection from unwanted behaviors by using a favorite song as a reinforcement.
  • Increased social awareness and interactions by sharing instruments with a peer or group.
  • Increased attending skills and focusing on a task by mirroring sounds on the piano.
  • Following directions through songs by singing along or following a visual chart.
  • Appropriate sensory input or output by playing instruments.

To discover more about the benefits of music therapy and ASD, click here:

Click to access MT_Autism_2012.pdf

Summer plans? Join us for Music Therapy and Music Experiences this Summer ’19!

  • Rhythm and Hues in West Palm Beach, Florida!
    • Come check out our intro music therapy sessions on Fridays at 10am! All are welcome!
  • Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida!
    • Adult Music Therapy Group on Tuesdays! Starting June 11th at 2pm!

Music Therapy Tip:

Here Comes the Sun…

Is it sunny where you are? Thankfully, it is in Florida! In case it’s not or if you’re in need of some sunny songs for your sessions, classes or just for a spring boost, check out my top 5 Sunshine song playlist!