The American Music Therapy Association defines 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."
Although a client may learn to sing, read or play music within a music therapy session, the goals of the session are clinical and based on the individual needs of the clients. Based on information gathered by our Music Therapist following an individual Music Therapy assessment session, as well as from the client's medical diagnoses and or personalized goal plans, such as an IEP, the Music Therapist creates individualized goals that may address a wide variety of clinical needs.
WHY OFFER MUSIC THERAPY?
Because we are committed to value the uniqueness of each child, we have always taught to the needs of the child rather than to the style or ease of the instructor. It is this philosophy that drives us to develop new curricula and to look for new ways to enhance our effectiveness in helping every child feel special regardless of perceived limitations.
We have taught and loved students with hearing and visual impairments, speech and communication delays as well as children struggling with issues affecting their physical, social and emotional development such as depression, hyperactivity, and multiple physical disabilities. Why? Because music unites kids’ hearts, is a universal healer, AND because it is our great delight to help these precious students unwrap the gift of music inside of them.
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