The Community Music School of the Piedmont
Music Therapy is a professional discipline that utilizes music to achieve therapeutic aims. Each session is specifically designed to meet the needs and goals of the individual student. Therapists work with children and
adults who may have: learning disabilities, autism, brain injury, or sensory and physical impairments. The therapist develops a musical relationship with the student involving communication, listening, and sharing. Students develop a greater awareness of themselves in relation to others; resulting in improved relationships and communication. It can also greatly enhances self esteem. Individual or group classes.
Who can benefit from Music Therapy?
Children and adolescents with learning and physical disabilities; or those with behavioral
challenges and developmental delays, like speech disorders. Children who have sensory
integration impairment also benefit from Music Therapy. Adults and the elderly with physical and
mental health needs such as: Alzheimers, brain injuries; or who suffer from acute and chronic
What do Music Therapists do?
Music Therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, ability to communicate, social
behavior, and cognitive skills through the individual's responses to music. Music Therapists next
set goals and objectives to meet the needs of the individual patient. A weekly curriculum plan is
then designed and implemented with appropriate musical activities such as singing,
instrumental play, music improvisation and listening. These sessions are followed up with
How is Music Therapy utilized in schools?
Music learning is used to strengthen non musical areas such as communication and cognitive
skills as well as physical coordination. Music therapists provide services listed on the
Individualized Education Plan for main-streamed special learners.
How Can Music Therapy Help?
The most effective means of answering this question may be hearing from the parent of one current music therapy client. Click here to read about Charlie.