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Getting Started with Music Therapy

GETTING STARTED WITH MUSIC THERAPY

Read more about Music Therapy at this link.

 

We are thrilled to be able to serve members of the Special Needs community! Here is how we get started

STEP ONE: Free Assessment

Your journey may begin with a free assessment by a non-therapist educational specialist.

  • You may set up an in-person assessment/interview. It takes 45-60 minutes

  • Depending on your child's verbal, interactive and regulatory development, we may suggest a therapeutic assessment as well. 

  • Free assessments are conducted at our Main Office in San Jose.

  • If you prefer, you may get started directly with Music Therapy by means of a phone appointment to discuss your child's need with an Educational Placement Specialist who will guide you through the options for Music Therapy.

  • This may be set up by visiting www.musicplace.com/evaluation.php or by simply calling our office at 408 445-2787

     

STEP TWO: Two Trial sessions before registering

Before registering in our school, we suggest

  •  2-session trial period during which the client is able to have two 35-minute sessions with a board certified music therapist.

  • This includes 30-35 minutes with the client, 5 minutes parent debrief and 5-10 minutes of session notes.

  • The fee for these two sessions, notes, and debrief is $125.00.

STEP THREE: Determine the next step together

Following these two introductory sessions,

  • Director obtains the recommendations of the therapist and

  • Meets by phone with the parents to discuss and/or determine the next steps.

  • If family decides to more forward with Music Therapy at the recommendation of the therapist, they enroll in ongoing therapy sessions in one of more of the following:

    • weekly private 35-minutes ($250/month)

    • small group 45-minute sessions ($200/month discounted 20% discount if taking weekly therapy)

    • In some case, a weekly 30-minute session may be recommended. $215.00/month

    • Upon registration, parents pay a Lifetime Registration Fee ($50.00)

STEP FOUR: Assessment, Goals and Treatment Plan available for Insurance Companies

  • After a minimum of 4 sessions, the therapist will prepare an initial report. This will include:

    • An assessment of the client with relevant insurance codes and goals which can be submitted to the insurance company.

    • Treatment plan and goals for ongoing therapy

  • Initial (essential) report fee: $100.00 (This takes 3-4 hours to prepare)

  • Re-evalaution reports are prepared every 6 months (and necessary for insurance). Fee: $50.00

    • These reports may also include some video clips of significant moments in the therapy process are made available to parents via a secure and confidential Internet site which is in accordance with H.I.P.P.A regulatory standards.

  • INSURANCE INVOICES: For those who pursue insurance reimbursements, we also create invoices to submit to the insurance. We do not bill insurance directly.

HOW TO MOVE FORWARD

Your next step would be to let us know your child's availability for the introductory assessment sessions. Currently all of these sessions are provided by the head of our therapy department in our Lawrence Expressway facility, but we are actively looking to expand our therapy options in San Jose as well.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

PRIVATE VERSUS GROUP THERAPY

We usually recommend clients begin with private Music Therapy before transitioning to a small group environment (and then only when and if it seems appropriate.) In many cases insurance will reimburse at least part of the cost of both private and group music therapy.

 

THERAPY VERSUS MUSIC INSTRUCTION

Depending upon the advice of the therapist, your child may also be suited for some type of mainstream music classes or lessons taught by non-therapist music coaches who have experience working with students who have special needs. The fees for music coaching are not reimbursable and are not focused on therapeutic goals. The fee for these classes is $80.00 per hour.

  • THE GOALS OF THERAPY are therapeutic, to help the child in whatever physical, cognitive or emotional areas of concern can be identified addressed. Learning music may be an ancillary benefit but never the primary goal of Music Therapy. Although music therapy can still be hard work for the client, the impact and beauty of music as a tool makes it more engaging for those who are particularly responsive to music.

  • THE GOALS OF MUSIC INSTRUCTION: Music instruction for kids with special needs is called Special Needs Coaching. The goal of coaching/music instruction is to teach those with special needs to sing or play an instrument. This is offered at the child's own pace by music educators who are experienced and patient with those who have special needs. In these cases, the ancillary benefits but not the goal, are therapeutic.

  • For example, a child may develop stronger fine motor skills or better attention as a result of learning to play the piano, but this would be considered an ancillary benefit, not the primary goal.