Music Therapy

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. CMA offers both individual and small group sessions by board-certified music therapists. Contact the Student Services Office for more information.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Groups
Through fun musical games and activities, these classes will address important skills such as problem solving, perspective taking, conversation skills, and social and pragmatic abilities. No more than five students will be enrolled in each class. Instructor Amanda Bryant (MT-BC NMT) is a board certified music therapist who specializes in autism, and is a service provider through Imagine!, North Metro Community Services, and DDRC. A conversation with Ms. Bryant is required to discuss goals and learning styles before placing a student in any of these programs.

Social Skills/Music Jam Group 1 will focus on intermediate level, age-appropriate, social and pragmatic skills related to conversation skills (interpreting both verbal and nonverbal cues), changing topics, shifting attention between speakers, perspective taking, prosody, social negotiation, and, of course, friendship building!

Social Skills/Music Jam Group 2 will focus on emerging social/communication skills and increasing social engagement in general. Skills emphasized include social attention, group participation, greetings, questions/answers, paired play, turn taking, and non- verbal or emerging verbal skills.

Piano Skills/Music Theory Games Group will address musicianship skills and navigating social and communication skills through theory games and piano performance for students who are interested in beginning level piano and music. Piano instruction will be adapted to fit the learners as they challenge themselves at their individual level. Each class will involve piano play as well as music theory games with peers to address social and behavioral goals in a fun group setting.

Drumming Skills Group will address drumming games and basic music theory for 8-12 year-olds with high functioning ASD. This group will allow kids to practice social and communication pragmatic skills as well as behavior management skills such as impulse control, self-regulation, and listening and responding while learning rhythm concepts.

Ages: 8-14
Day: Tuesdays or Fridays
3:45pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-5:15pm
Tuesday Fall Session 1: 9/1/15-10/20/15                                Friday Fall Session 1: 9/4/15- 10/23/15
Tuesday Fall Session 2: 11/3/15- 12/15/15                              Friday Fall Session 2: 11/6/15- 12/18/15
No Class Dates: 11/13, 11/24, 11/27
Tuition: $210 or $280/term depending upon number of classes                                         Instructor: Amanda Bryant

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