Cheyenne is a musician and board-certified music therapist working to promote the use of music as a point of connection and transformation. She has provided music therapy services and created music-making opportunities in hospitals, schools, care homes, businesses, and community settings.
Anne Basting, her mentor
Words of Strength
Creating in the moment
To reduce the scale and impact of dementia worldwide, it is imperative that we build and promote equitable and accessible ways for people to stay socially connected as they age, including providing health-promoting opportunities for active and creative engagement.
Cheyenne is currently designing a singalong radio program with an accompanying Creativity Guide called Tea, Talk, & Tunes. The show will highlight the music and voices of elders to address stigma and increase wellbeing through social and creative engagement.
Learning alongside her fellows, Cheyenne has broadened her knowledge of the various facets of diagnosis, treatment, and care of people with dementia. Her fellows’ wide-ranging experience and expertise has given her insights into other fields as well as cultural perspectives.
People with dementia have become increasingly separated from society, leading to isolation and disengagement. Cheyenne believes music and other art forms can foster agency and connection between elders wherever they live and create a gateway for engaging with their surrounding communities.
Cheyenne Mize received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from the University of Louisville in Kentucky in 2006 and subsequently her board certification as a music therapist. She co-founded Strive in 2014, a 501(c)(3) organization for community creative wellness. She has since expanded her work across the state of Kentucky as a music therapist, artist in residence, and musical coordinator with IDEAS xLab, TimeSlips, and her own business Wishing Well Music, LLC.
2008- Good Samaritan Award, Kosair Children's Hospital 2013- Singer/Songwriter of the Year, 1st Annual Louisville Music Awards 2017- Health In All Policies Ambassador, Institute for Healthy Air Water & Soil
Health In All Policies Ambassador, Institute for Healthy Air Water & Soil
Singer/Songwriter of the Year, 1st Annual Louisville Music Awards