Individual and Group Sessions are available in 45 or 60-minute sessions per week. Sessions are designed to meet the individual’s language, communication, developmental, social, cognitive, or motor need(s). The music therapist supports the individual's journey by establishing a positive therapeutic relationship that allows the individual to meet attainable goals determined by the therapist in close collaboration with parents or caregivers. Individual sessions include a progress summary. An assessment is required prior to registration.
Adapted Music Lessons are available on guitar, piano, drums or voice for children through adults with special learning needs. Lessons are taught by a board-certified music therapist who incorporates adaptive techniques to facilitate a successful music experience for the individual on his instrument of choice.
Social Groups are available for 2-3 peers in 45 or 60-minute sessions per week. Based on the abilities of the group members, sessions focus on proper social interaction, eye contact, sharing, teamwork, and taking turns, all in the context of group music making. The music therapist works closely with each individual to address his specific social needs within the group setting.
Assessments are conducted for those who wish to participate in music therapy. During an assessment, the individual will be exposed to a variety of different music, instruments and music experiences while the therapist makes observations regarding behavior, motor skills, cognitive skills, language and communication skills, as well as musical ability and interest. Parents and caregivers will have time to discuss potential goals of music therapy with the music therapist immediately following the assessment session.
Music Therapy in the Community
Offsite Music Therapy Services are available to preschools, private/public schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other community-based agencies in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties. Whether interested in individual or group sessions, services are tailored to the specific needs of the agency and those being served.
Agencies currently served:
- Ashtabula County Schools
- Mentor Public Schools
- Kemper House
- Lake West Medical Center
Music Therapy Staff
Ellen Mann, MT-BC
Danielle E. Musat, MT-BC
Ann Marie Raddell, MT-BC, NICU MT
See their biographies here.
To schedule an assessment to determine a placement for your special needs child, or more information about other services, please call the Fine Arts Music Therapy Office at (440) 951-7500 ext 124.
Music Therapy Facts
Music Therapy is the structured use of music experiences by a trained professional to help individuals of all ages and abilities achieve specific goals such as attention to task, motor development, appropriate social interaction, language development, positive self worth, and emotional expression.
Everyone can benefit from music therapy, from young children to elderly seniors. Music is a language "which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Persons with almost any disability have ability when it comes to music. Music therapy clients participate through playing instruments, improvising, song writing, singing, or even just listening.
The board certified music therapist (MT-BC) is a highly trained professional that has been educated to work with special populations while also earning a music degree. The music therapist has completed undergraduate studies in music, theory, special education, counseling and practicum followed by a six-month internship. Finally, the music therapist must pass a board certification exam to receive the credentials MT-BC.
In music therapy, the MT-BC works closely with parents and caregivers to develop goals based on the individual's physical, behavioral, social, emotional, cognitive, language and communication needs. Music therapy sessions are then designed to help the individual to cope with these unique needs. In music therapy sessions, therapists use music-based techniques such as improvisation, receptive music listening, music performance, as well as learning through music.
Music Therapy Services: Creativity and Growth Through Music
What Is Music Therapy?
Within the context of a therapeutic relationship, board certified music therapists use specifically designed music-based experiences to meet the abilities and needs of individuals of all ages and abilities to meet individualized goals and enhance lives through music.
Everyone can benefit from music therapy, from young children to elderly seniors. Music is a language "which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Persons with almost any disability have ability.
Music therapy clients participate through playing instruments, improvising, song writing, singing, or even just listening.
Music Therapy Scholarships
The Fine Arts Association offers Music Therapy scholarships to families who need financial assistance. Scholarships are available through the United Way of Lake County in addition to FAA's Music Therapy Scholarship funds. Scholarship forms are available online. You can also call us at (440) 951-7500 x100 to obtain a scholarship form.
Third party pay is welcomed and accepted from the following organizations:
- Family Resource Services
- Up Side of Down's
We do not accept payment from Medicaid or Medicare.
Thanks to our generous supporters:
- Western Reserve Junior Service League
- United Way of Lake County
- The Deepwood Foundation and the Deepwood Run
- Feel Good Foundation
Music Therapy Volunteer Opportunities
Want to help out?
Volunteers are needed to assist at our Music Therapy Share Days each Fall and Spring sessions. Please contact the Music Therapy Office at (440) 951-7500 x124 for dates, times, and how you can help out!
Become a Peer Model
"Typically developing" children, teens, and adults can be incorporated into individual, partner, or group sessions to act as role models for social, speech, and language skills.
"Peer Models" must demonstrate an ability to follow directions, share and take turns, communicate effectively, and work well with others. Regular attendance is necessary and an interview is required to help with placement. Parents of peer models aged 12 and under are asked to remain on site while their child participates.
Participation fees do not apply to peer models.
This is a newly developing part of music therapy at Fine Arts.