Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by music therapists. The therapist can assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music.
Many additional studies have found that children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) respond well to music when little else is able to get their attention, which makes music a potential therapeutic tool. It can improve behavior, communication and reduce anxiety. Individuals with ASD show more emotional expression and social engagement during music therapy sessions than in play sessions without music. The malleability of music makes it a medium that can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual. No particular music ability is required and there is not one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest. All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in the child’s life.
Music therapy sessions can be one on one or in a group. Children typically attend once a week, for about 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The duration of the therapy depends on children’s needs.
1. Assessment: The therapist assesses a child to find out the child’s needs. Because music therapy is often used along with other autism spectrum disorder (ASD) therapies, the therapist might also consult the child’s doctor or other therapists.
2. Goal-Setting: An individualized program is developed based on the child’s needs.
3. Therapeutic Music Experiences: Sessions consist of activities designed to meet the child’s individual needs. These could include songwriting, moving to music, singing, playing instruments, listening to music, working in groups and improvising.
4. Evaluation: The program is regularly evaluated to make sure it is working well.
Adaptive Music Lessons at MCofM
In addition to Music Therapy, the Miami Conservatory of Music provides ongoing music education and enrichment to musicians of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs. Students of all levels and experiences can take private music lessons to develop their musical talent and skills, and to nurture a lifelong love of music as well. The first step of the process is to schedule an interview with the professor for the desired instrument. Current instrument offerings that are taught by specially trained music educators are piano, voice, and drums. Each semester concludes with a recital to provide students an opportunity to perform what they have been practicing and working hard on.
Individual Classes of 30, 45 or 60min (depending on the child’s needs)
Mondays from 5:30PM
Tuesdays from 4:00PM
Wednesdays from 5:00PM
Thursdays from 5:30PM
Individual Class Fees:
Group Classes (upon assessment):
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30PM
starting September 5, 2017.
$40 per child
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Music Therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship between an individual and a board-certified music therapist. The therapist assess the individual based on their strengths and needs in different domains which include social/emotional, cognitive, motor/physical, sensory, and musical. Based on the child’s abilities and need areas, a plan for the music therapy sessions will be created and goals and objectives will be developed. These can be worked on in group or individual sessions, and intervention activities that will be utilized include music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music performance, sensory activities, singing, addressing academic concepts, and instrument play.
Results of previous research has shown that music therapy can be effective for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as the musical stimulus is engaging to maintain and engage their attention, and the repetitive and patterned nature of music allows for a prime learning environment to use with children. Utilizing music as a therapeutic tool has been shown to improve communication, social skills, motor skills, and emotional and sensory regulation. Music is a medium that is flexible and can be adapted to cater to the specific needs of the child.
Individual and group music therapy sessions are available weekly for thirty- or forty-five-minute sessions. The duration of the session can vary based on the individual, but more frequency of sessions during the week are available.
Overview of Benefits
Music Therapy Process