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Music Therapy Institute at DAMPA
At our new Music Therapy Institute, Music Therapy is offered:
• ON-SITE: At Dallas Music, 3415 Milton Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75205
• IN-HOME: At your home
• OUTREACH: At schools, rehabilitation centers, centers for the aging, hospitals, hospice care facilities, etc.
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What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is an established allied health profession utilizing music and client-centered musical interventions to help individuals reach their physical, psychological, cognitive, spiritual, and social goals in a positive therapeutic relationship. Music Therapy can benefit individuals of all ages.
Many different populations can benefit from Music Therapy including those with:
• Developmental disabilities
• Emotional disturbances
• Anxiety and depression
• Physical disabilities
• Speech impairments
• Pervasive developmental disorders including autism
• Neurological impairments
• Visual impairments
• Abuse and/or sexual abuse backgrounds
• Early childhood/early intervention needs
• Bereavement and grief needs
• Learning disabilities
• Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related conditions
• Substance abuse issues
• Brain injuries
• Acute and chronic pain: including mothers in labor
What is the difference between Music Education, Music Lessons and Music Therapy?
While musical activities take place in both education and therapy, the main difference between music education and music therapy is the goal. In music education and/or music lessons, the goal is to become more proficient on an instrument. In music therapy, musical pieces, instruments, and music-based interventions are used as therapeutic tools to help individuals reach their non-musical goals.
What are some Goals for children in Music Therapy sessions?
All students are different, so each session and set of goals will be unique to the student and will be established by the therapist after an initial assessment. Here are a few possible goals in a music therapy session:
• Improvement in gross and fine motor skills
• Improvement in articulation
• Elevated mood
• Increased sustained attention
• Improvement in self-esteem
• Improvement in coordination
• Increased level of comfort in social settings
• Decreased level of pain
Benefits of Music Therapy
Here are a couple of Examples:
Case Study I
“Kay” is an eight-year-old girl diagnosed with autism. She struggles to interact with others, pay attention in school, and communicate her needs. After looking over her IEP and talking with Kay’s teachers and parents, the music therapist set goals for Kay to verbalize her needs, increase her ability to interact with others, and increase the length of time Kay can focus on a task. By interacting with the therapist for 9 months in musical interventions, Kay began developing an ability to sing and interact with the therapist musically, stay on task through an entire song, fully engaged by singing and playing shakers. She also became comfortable in communicating to the therapist which songs she wanted to sing as well as telling the therapist when she needed a break to use the restroom. Kay’s family and teachers were amazed and encouraged by the growth they witnessed in Kay.
Case Study II
“Ben” is a ten-year-old boy who has lost his father. Ben’s teachers and mother have noticed a serious change in Ben since his father’s death including: withdrawal from others, low self-esteem, and signs of depression. Ben’s mother brought him to a music therapist. Through musical intervention such as songwriting, Ben is now able to express feelings he has been keeping inside. He is able to play different instruments with the therapist, which gives him a sense of accomplishment and increases his self-esteem. Eventually Ben entered a music therapy group with two other children who had lost their parents. Through musical interventions in a group setting, the children have become able to relate and communicate with one another about their loss. Ben’s teachers and mother have seen Ben interact with peers and family members, take an interest in things like music and sports at school, and communicate when he is having a difficult day with thoughts of missing his dad.
|45 min in home||$385.00|
|60 min in home||$480.00|
|Assessment – 45 min (single visit)||$150.00|
|Assessment in home – 45 min (single visit)||$200.00|
|Group session – 45 min (per person)||$160.00|