Music Therapy

What Is Music Therapy?

Music therapy in either group or one-on-one sessions involves the use of music to accomplish non-music goals in the following areas: cognitive, emotional, communication, social, physical, behavioral, and sensorimotor. It is the use of musical interventions by a Board-Certified Music Therapist who creates a trusting client- therapist relationship and develops individualized goals based on the client’s abilities and needs. 

 While traditional music classes and lessons use music to learn an instrument or musical skills, music therapy uses music to achieve non-musical goals. Music therapy can come in many forms: adapted private instrument lessons, specialized small group music classes, and individualized music therapy sessions. 

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 Adapted Music Lessons: A one-on-one private instrument lesson, such as piano, guitar, voice, or ukulele, taught by a Certified Music Therapist trained to adapt the lesson format and activities to the particular needs of the student. Best for children ages 6 and up.

Small Group Music Classes: A group music class taught by a Board-Certified Music Therapist who leads the students through musical activities to strengthen their social, emotional, motor, and communication skills.

Private Music Therapy Sessions: A one-on-one musical session led by a Certified Music Therapist that addresses the individual goals of the student. Sessions may include everything from instrument play to singing to song-writing. All activities are centered around acheiving the goals and needs of the student. Best for any age.

Which is the best service for my child?

In order to find the perfect musical fit for your child, please begin by filling out the form below, sharing as much information about your child as possible. After our therapist learns about your child and your goals, we will be in touch with our recommendations. We often begin with an initial music therapy assessment session to get to know your child so we can best meet their needs. 

What is the cost of services?

As each child has a range of needs and goals, there is a range in prices for each service. A basic cost guide is listed below, but the best way to get an exact cost is to fill out the child information form below and set up an initial consultation.  

Adapted Music Lesson: $116/month for 30 min lesson; $169/month for 45 min lessons

Private Music Therapy: $50-$70/session, paid by the month 

Group Music Therapy Class: $115/month, paid by the month

Initial Assessment and Recommendations: $50 

View the full fee schedule and guidelines here.

For more information on the benefits of music therapy, please visit the American Music Therapy Association 

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