Music therapy is a well-established professional health and educational discipline that uses music as the therapeutic stimulus to achieve non-musical treatment goals. Typically, students are seen at least 1x per week for 30 minutes to 1 hour to address educational and therapeutic needs. MT sessions can be implemented in a 1:1 setting, in a group setting, or on a consultative basis with the classroom teacher in order to give support throughout the week in the classroom setting.
Music Therapy is a related service under IDEA and may be requested and implemented as part of of IEP (individual education plan).An individual music therapy assessment (using the SEMTAP) my be requested in order to assess current educational goal areas and the music interventions that are most appropriate for the student’s educational needs.
Large scale and replicated research in music therapy supports the following music therapy interventions in order to meet educational goals:
- Auditory Processing
- Phonemic Awareness
- Sensory Regulation
- Processing Speed (Working Memory/Executive Functioning
- Math Skills
- Fine Motor
- Visual-Motor Integration
- Decrease in Aggressive and Problem Behaviors
Check out our comprehensive list of music curriculums which can be adapted to fit the needs of your students and program!