What is music therapy?
According to the American Music Therapy Association, 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.
What is Note-Able Music Therapy’s philosophy?
Cognitive behavioral and client and family centered.
What does the typical treatment process look like?
After the initial consultation there is an initial evaluation. The initial evaluation typically takes one to three sessions to complete. During these three sessions the client will be exposed to a variety of instruments, music styles, and songs to determine what motivates the client. Once the evaluation is completed a treatment plan is constructed and activated. After 90 days a Progress Note Review is sent to the family to demonstrate current progress. Once all goals and objectives have been achieved by the client a re-evaluation is given to determine current needs and continuation of music therapy services.
Do music therapy sessions occur weekly?
Yes if that is what the child needs. The child’s needs will determine the frequency of sessions per week. Sometimes it will be once week or twice a week.
How long are music therapy sessions?
This is determined by the child’s need. For the initial evaluation I ask for a 60 minute appointment. After that the sessions can be 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Am I required to have instruments at my home for the session?
No, you do not need to have any instruments at home unless it is an adaptive music lesson. If it is an adaptive music therapy session the music therapist will expose a variety of instruments to the child to make sure the instrument of interest is appropriate for their skill level and environment. Once a instrument has been chosen the music therapist will provide resources for the family to find cost effective instruments to begin within the home environment. It is highly encouraged to have the adaptive instrument in the home environment for proper carry over of skills learned during the session and to complete practicing when therapist is not present.
What are home strategies?
Family centered activities that can be used within a chosen environment to practice skills learned in the music therapy session.
How do I know if my child is going to benefit from music therapy services?
Set up free consultation by phone or in-person with a trained music therapist to determine if your child qualifies for music therapy services.
Is music therapy an evidence-based practice?
Yes. Music therapy has two well known publications, Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives. You may also find our research in a variety of mental health based, education, and therapy based journals.
What populations do you serve?
Where most of my experience lies is with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 23 years old. I have experience working with children primarily diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, communication disorders, motor disorders, intellectual disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, depression disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, and dual diagnosis. I also has experience working with adolescents who are transgender.
Are there alternative funding options for music therapy services?
Yes, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B & Part C; state, foundation or community grants; Medicaid waiver (depending upon state of residence); select private insurance (with pre-approval).
I can’t sing nor play an instrument, how can I help my child transfer newly learned skills in other environments?
The music therapist will create family friendly activities for you to transfer newly learned skills to other environments. No musical skills required.
Can other family members join in on the music therapy session(s)?
Yes, I welcome all family members to observe or join a music therapy session as long as it doesn’t effect the treatment process.
Are music therapist allowed to work with other members of my child’s treatment team?
Yes, I encourage it! To set up this kind of communication you will need a release of information form from either party. Please contact me if you would like additional assistance.
Am I allowed to video tape or record my child’s music therapy session?
Yes, as long as it is on your own device and it’s for therapeutic purposes only.
What does success orientated mean?
When a music therapists uses the child’s strengths and needs to establish measurable and obtainable goals and objectives. Creating activities for the child based on a even balance of their needs and strengths makes an appropriate and safe environment to maximize learning of any skill.
Are there any limits to what kind of music you can share with my child or do you only sing nursery rhymes and children’s tunes?
There are no limits and no I do not only sing nursery rhymes. The music that is used within the music therapy session is client preferred. Meaning only music the child is motivated by will be used during the music therapy session.