Music Therapy Programs

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.

Individual/Group Therapy Sessions

Following an assessment by a highly trained, board certified music therapist, individual goals and objectives are determined for each student. Clients engage in a variety of therapeutic music interventions including improvisation, imagery, listening, performance, movement, and songwriting/composition. Sessions address client functioning in the areas of communication, behavioral, psychological, motor, cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and life skills. Contact the Student Services Office for information about scheduling sessions with a board certified music therapist.

Social Skills Through Music for Children with ADHD

This class will use music to initiate and improve communication with and among children about their feelings, creating an important social group experience. Through listening to and creating music, playing amid pre-recorded music, improvising, composing music, and/or writing song lyrics, students will learn to listen, take turns, anticipate changes, and pick up on cues. Music is used to assist in the regulation of attention and focus as well as in the decreasing of restlessness and impulsivity.

Ages: 5-8, 9-12, or 13-17
Day: Fridays
3:30pm-4:15pm or 4:15pm-5:00pm
Fall: September 19-October 24 (6 classes) November 7-December 19 (6 classes)

Winter: January 16-February 20 (6 classes) ; February 27-April 10 (6 classes)
Spring: April 17-May 22 (6 classes)
Tuition: $180/session
Instructor: Maria Gonsalves Schimpf

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 Thursdays
3:45pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-5:15pm
Fall: Tuesdays: September 2-October 7 (6 classes); October 14-November 18
Thursdays: September 4-October 9 (6 classes); October 16-November 20 (6 classes)
Winter/Spring: Tuesdays: January 13-February 17 (6 classes) ; February 24-April 7 (6 classes); April 14-May 19 (6 classes); Thursdays: January 15-February 19 (6 classes); February 26-April 9 (6 classes); April 16-May 21 (6 classes)
Tuition: $210/Term | Instructor: Amanda Bryant

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