Creative Arts Therapies

Creative Arts Therapies Program

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Music Therapy Sessions

Art Therapy Sessions

One Day Workshop Wednesday, February 27, 2020!

Light snacks will be provided. Supply fee is included.

Music Therapy at Fine Arts

Music Therapy is the structured use of music experience 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, emotional expression and much more.

Fine Arts Association scholarships are offered for Music Therapy through a variety of sources including the United Way of Lake County.  To obtain a scholarship form, contact Creative Art Therapies Coordinator, Ann Marie Raddell, 440-951-7500 x124 Third party pay is welcomed and accepted from Deepwood, NEON (Cuyahoga County and Lake County), Family and Children First Council, Zanes Foundation and several other organizations.  Private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare are not accepted.

Assessment is required for new clients and a 60-minute assessment must be scheduled before registering for sessions. Immediately following the assessment session, the music therapist discusses potential goals in Music Therapy with parents/caregivers and makes a recommendation for inclusion into the program.  To schedule an assessment session, contact Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Therapies Coordinator at 440-951-7500 x124.

Individual Sessions are scheduled as 30, 45 or 60-minute sessions once 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 and/or caregivers.  Individual sessions include a progress summary. 

Social Groups are available for 2-3 peers (typical or similar) in 45 or 60-minute sessions once per week.  Sessions focus primarily on proper social interaction, eye contact, sharing, teamwork, taking turns and more, all in the context of group music making.  The music therapist works closely with each individual to address their specific social need within the group setting. FAA current MT clients should seek prior approval from your MT-BC before enrolling in a social group. New FAA clients must register for a 30-minute trial session with a MT-BC for placement into a social group. New FAA clients must have an assessment prior to registration.

Adapted Music Lessons: Does your young learner express an interest in private music instruction? 

Available to any student: Our music therapists are available to provide an introduction to independent music lessons, help determine preference for select instruments, teach general music concepts in an engaging way, and foster a love of music learning for even the littlest maestro! Please call for more information and to learn more about our early childhood programming. For more information contact Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Therapies Coordinator at 440-951-7500 x124 or email at

Art Therapy at Fine Arts

Art Therapy ”the therapeutic use of art making,” used to promote physical, social and emotional health and well being.

Everyone can make art. In Art Therapy, ANY person can be successful, regardless of their ability. No prior arts experience is required.

Benefits of Art Therapy may include improvements in fine motor skills, participation, attention span, social skills, turn-taking, quality of life, creative expression and self-awareness.

Assessment is required for new clients. During the one-hour assessment session, the potential client is exposed to a variety of art mediums in which the art therapist makes observations regarding behavior, motor skills, cognitive skills, language/communication skills and interest.

Immediately following the assessment session, the art therapist discusses potential goals in Art Therapy with parents/caregivers and makes a recommendation for inclusion into the program. To schedule an assessment session, contact:

Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Arts Therapies Coordinator at 440-951-7500 x124.

Collaboration is key! The Art Therapist (ATR) works closely with parents and caregivers to develop goals based on the individual’s physical, behavioral, social, emotional, cognitive, language and communication needs.

Sessions take place once a week for 30, 45, and 60 minutes where the art therapist works with an individual or group to participate in art-making experiences. Sessions provide a balance of art-making, talking and processing. Each session is unique and driven by the unique goal(s) of the client(s).

Art Therapy sessions may take place onsite at: The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44107 or at an offsite location.

Art making sessions may include:

» Drawing

» Painting

» Creative Sculpture

Fees for assessments, adapted art lessons, individual and group Art Therapy sessions can be obtained by contacting Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Arts Therapies Coordinator at 440-951-7500 x124.

Scholarships are available through the United Way of Lake County for those families who qualify.

Please contact Creative Art Therapies Coordinator –Ann Marie Raddell, 440-951-7500 x124 for a scholarship application or for offsite Art Therapy services and rates.

Creative Art Therapies Coordinator –Ann Marie Raddell, MT-BC, NICU MT

Please direct all inquiries, including off-site services, for information and/or questions to Ann Marie Raddell:

440-951-7500 x124

Music Therapy Faculty

Off-site Services are available to preschools, private/public schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other community-based agencies in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.  Whether for a group or individual session, services are tailored to the specific needs of the agency. 

Art Therapy Faculty