Music Therapy - Special Needs

Singing Heart provides music therapy services for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities, special needs or other mental or physical health impairments in the Twin Cities area. A board certified music therapist provides an initial assessment, formulates goals and objectives, creates a treatment plan and charts client progress throughout the course of therapy. Recorded music in the form of original or adapted songs is often provided to assist individuals in generalizing material in their typical environment.

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Music Therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort — between demoralization and dignity.
— Barbara Crowe, past President of the National Association for Music Therapy

Music Therapy Interventions include:
•Instrumental improvisation
•Singing/playing original or re-created music
•Song writing
•Lyric analysis
•Music & Imagery
•Adapted lessons
•Listening to live and recorded music

Specifically applied Music Therapy Interventions are used to:
•Increase social interaction and awareness
•Support and teach appropriate emotional expression
•Provide cognitive stimulation and development
•Enhance language and/or communication skills
•Support and motivate movement
•Access spontaneous creativity and potential
•Support academic and behavioral goals

All music therapy sessions are implemented by a board certified music therapist who adheres to the American Music Therapy Association's standards of clinical practice and code of ethics.