Music Therapy Services

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-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. – American Music Therapy Association.


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How does music therapy work?

Music is used as the therapeutic tool or medium in research supported interventions by board-certified music therapists. Due to music’s many effects on the brain and its common integration in every day life of all cultures, it provides a comfortable, enjoyable and motivating opportunity for therapeutic progress and skill development.

                                                        Who receives music therapy?

                                                                 Individuals of all ages with needs in communication, motor, social, emotional,                                                                             cognitive, psychological, academic and behavioral skill domains benefit from music                                                                   therapy. Music therapists work with individuals with a variety of diagnoses including                                                                   Autism, Developmental Delays, Behavioral Disorders, Psychological Disorders,                                                                         Alzheimer’s/Dementia Disease, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

What services are offered?

Music Therapy Assessment

Individuals are assessed to determine both their need for music therapy and their responsiveness to music therapy intervention.

Individual Music Therapy Sessions

Offered in lengths of 30, 45 or 60 minutes, sessions are offered to address goals and objectives recommended from music therapy assessment.

Group Music Therapy Sessions

Individuals with similar therapeutic goals and objectives recommended

from music therapy assessment participation together.

Music Therapy Supported Music Lessons

For individuals who desire to learn an instrument and need more support

to successfully learn the instrument than is provided in a typical music lesson format.

Music Therapist Led Instruction

For those with more significant support needs, a music therapist will lead

the individual in lessons on a specific instrument with consultation from an assigned teacher of that instrument.

Music Teacher Led Instruction

For those with less significant support needs, an assigned teacher will lead the individual in lessons on a specific instrument with consultation.



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Evidence-based early childhood music classes offered for both typically developing and non-typically developing children ages 6 months-5 years and their caregivers. Children will participate in fun music activities specially designed to support each child’s unique developmental growth.

Services provided in the Ohio University Music Therapy Clinic are made possible through a partnership between the Athens Community Music School and Central Ohio Music Therapy.

Piano Recital
Music Class
Male Teacher Playing Guitar