WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as follows: "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.
WHERE & WHEN DO YOU OFFER
As of 2017, Music Therapy (offered through our therapy partner, Arts Educators Group) is offered
weekday afternoons & evenings with additional openings 9-4PM on
Saturdays. Therapy is offered on four Music Place Campuses:
Sunnyvale: 510 Lawrence Expressway #221
Near Santana Row: 352 So. Baywood Avenue
South San Jose/Cambrian: 5150 Camden Avenue
South Willow Glen: 1121 Koch Lane @ Almaden
WHY OFFER MUSIC THERAPY?
Because The Music Place is 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.
GOALS of MUSIC THERAPY
At The Music Place, we care about the WHOLE child. In both private and small group settings, Music Therapy uses clinically-based, creative musical interactions to support your child's development towards IEP goals and objectives in the following areas:
COGNITIVE: building pre-academic/academic skills, increasing attention span, enhancing memory, following directions
SOCIAL: facilitating social interactions, peer awareness, developing concepts of turn-taking, listening to others
EMOTIONAL: developing appropriate expression and regulation of emotions; alleviating stress
MOTOR: developing fine/gross motor skills; neurological rehabilitation of impaired functioning; developing compensation strategies to achieve the highest level of independence
SPEECH/LANGUAGE: developing speech musculature; improving specific processes of speech production (articulation, phonation, breath support); facilitating neurological development of speech; supporting the use of alternative communication aids
BEHAVIORAL: practicing functional behaviors within individualized and group settings
HOW TO ENROLL IN MUSIC THERAPY
At The Music Place, the best way to get started is to make a phone appointment to speak with an educational specialist. If your child is high functioning, verbal and interactive with strangers, you may set up a free assessment instead. We will help you choose a Music Therapist or Special Needs Coach that is just right for you and your child. As you submit this request, please note on the form that you have a child with special needs, and whatever relevant information would like to share. This helps us choose the best Educational Specialist and allows their time with you to be especially effective.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Fees for Music Therapy are reasonable. Initial
sessions are a usually a minimum of 35 minutes weekly in order. This
includes 5-10 minutes of therapist-parent interactions with 5-10 minutes
transition time for privacy and set up for the next client. Similar to
other music classes, tuition is relevant to the education and
experience of the instructor/therapist. View private lesson or therapy rates.
Most high-functioning children with special needs fit perfectly into our
fast-paced Early Music Awareness programs at regular
group tuition rates, but in some cases and where possible, we also
offer weekly 35-45-minute "Music Adventures" groups at a reduced fee when
coupled with private Music Therapy.
MUSIC THERAPY PLUS
The option for those looking for
Many private insurance companies now cover Music Therapy sessions. Our therapists prepare bi-annual Assessment and Treatment Goals Forms plus monthly invoices that families may submit for insurance reimbursement consideration.
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Actual Customer Testimonials:
"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents
"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .
I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family