WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as follows: "Music Therapy is the clinical and evidencSpecial boye-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 MUSIC THERAPY?
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
Because The Music Place is committed to value the uniqueness of each child,
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
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
AT THE MUSIC PLACE, WE CARE ABOUT THE WHOLE CHILD!