Music Therapy: Music therapy sessions involve a variety of music-based interventions to help a person achieve their personal and functional goals and become more self-sufficient in their community.
Music therapy sessions can look very different depending on the likes and strengths of each client. They can involve singing, playing instruments, writing music, listening to music, relaxation, and more!
Music therapy treatment begins with an evaluation (see below). At SKS Music Therapy, the strengths of each person are stressed as much as their difficulties, and both session objectives and overall treatment plans are developed with the client's input to the maximum extent possible. Progress is measured quarterly, and goals and objectives are changed as needed to help each person grow and develop.
Music therapy evaluations are a critical part of the therapeutic process which enables the therapist to collect as much data from different sources about the client, in order to better determine which music-based interventions might be the most effective. SKS Music Therapy conducts two types of evaluations:
Initial Evaluation: Utilized in private therapy, an initial music therapy evaluation uses multiple sources of information to gain a clear picture of the client's strengths and difficulties, in order to develop an individualized music therapy treatment plan.
Eligibility Evaluation: Utilized primarily in the school setting. The purpose of an eligibility music therapy evaluation is to determine whether a student needs music therapy as a related service to benefit from his/her education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Adapted music lessons utilize the unique learning style and purposeful adaptations to help a student learn functional skill on an instrument.
Adapted music lessons sometimes look like music therapy sessions, and sometimes music therapy can even involve learning to play an instrument. The fundamental difference between the two is that while music therapy uses music to address functional needs in a person's daily life, adapted music lessons enable to a student to learn an instrument while engaging and developing their leisure and recreation skills.
Adapted music lessons are offered for piano, guitar, percussion, and vocals. Adaptations to music instruction vary widely by student but may include modified note-reading techniques, alteration of instruments to facilitate play, and use of a variety of modalities (such as kinesthetic, visual, and auditory) to facilitate learning musical concepts.
SKS Music Therapy is available to speak to parent groups and other organizations on the benefits of music therapy for a variety of populations.
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