DIRECT SERVICES –
- A screening or assessment must first be conducted to identify/determine the possible efficacy of individual music therapy services.
- Using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, active music playing, and learning through music, applications/techniques are used to address motor skills, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills
- Services are designed to support overall programming for inclusion and self-contained classrooms.
- Student IEPs are reviewed to extract a list of skills to address and/or the teacher can provide a list of classroom objectives to be a part of the group program designed by the therapist.
- Group sessions provided weekly, biweekly or monthly to monitor progress and to demonstrate and familiarize the teacher with session materials so techniques can be repeated throughout the week.
Music Therapy as a related service: A Music Therapy Eligibility Assessment must be conducted and demonstrate that music therapy provides significant motivation and/or assistance necessary for the student to benefit from his/her IEP (please inquire for more information).
What is MUSIC THERAPY?
Music Therapy is the prescribed use of music and music related strategies to enhance human capabilities by influencing brain functioning. Simply put, music is used as a tool to reach NONMUSICAL goals.
The individualized therapeutic nature of the music therapy process is based on clinical training and research-based information regarding the neurological connections between the medium of music and the brain’s responses.
Interventions are constructed and implemented by a board certified music therapist to facilitate the development of verbal and nonverbal communication, stimulate memory, develop sensory awareness, aid in the learning and retention of information, focus attention, increase social interaction and physical/motor functioning, and facilitate creative expression as well as providing an aesthetic experience.
For more information visit the
American Music Therapy Association at
Music Therapy can make the difference
between withdrawal and awareness,
between isolation and interaction,
between chronic pain and comfort,
between demoralization and dignity.