Music Therapy Services

Music Therapy Services at Big Blue Music Center

Music Therapy sessions use live, highly interactive music through instrumental play, singing and movement with children to work on social, behavioral communication, motor skill development and are conducted by a Board Certified Music Therapist.  Sessions are individualized and follow a treatment plan built on specific goals and objectives. If you are interested in learning more or would like to receive music therapy services, please Contact Us and indicate "music therapy" in the comment section.  


Music Together® Within Therapy® at Big Blue Music Center 

Music Therapy sessions use Music Together materials with an emphasis on parent education and are conducted by a Board Certified Music Therapist.  Parents are encouraged to use the Music Together materials at home, implementing strategies taught during music therapy individual sessions.   If you are interested in Music Together Within Therapy, please indicate "MTWT" in the Contact Us comment section.  

Music Together Within Therapy

Adapted Music Lessons at Big Blue Music Center

For older children who might need a different approach to music lessons.  Guitar, piano, and a variety of other instruments are taught using specialized techniques and approaches. If you are interested in learning more or would like to receive adapted music lessons, please Contact Us and indicate "adapted lessons" in the comment section.  



What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the use of music to achieve non-musical goals.  Music therapists are trained to work with a variety of populations and all ages.  Sessions are structured around an individual's needs using music instruments, singing, and movement.  Music is a flexible but structured medium that often motivates achieving even the most difficult task.  Music also creates environments that naturally allow for interaction and bonding. 

What kind of training does a music therapist have?

Music therapists typically graduate after four years of coursework at an accredited university music therapy program which includes practicums in different settings (hospitals, schools, rehab center, etc.) and a 6 month internship under the supervision of a Board Certified music therapist.  Some music therpaists continue their education by getting a higher degree, such as a Masters (which includes writing a research-driven thesis) and a Doctorate. 

What is a Board Certified Music Therapist?

The credential Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC) is granted by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to practice music therapy at the current level of the profession.  Candidates for board certification must have successfully completed the academic and clinical training requirements for music therapy or their equivalent as established by the American Music Therapy Association and successfully passed the board certification examination.  To maintain MT-BC status, music therapists must complete 100 Continuing Education credit hours per 5 year cycle.  

What are Adapted Music Lessons?

Adapted music lessons do not include treatment plans or non-musical goals and objectives.  Adapted music lessons help students who need a different approach to learning an instrument, such as using color or number systems instead of music notation or allowing for several breaks during a lesson.  Adapted music lessons are individualized and are sensitive to the special needs of the student, but are focused mainly on learning how to play an instrument.