Frequently Asked Questions
What is Music Therapy?
The American Music Therapy Association states, “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. It is a well-established healthcare profession in which various music-based methods are used to address the specific needs of individuals with illnesses, disabilities and special needs. The music therapist assesses the needs of the clients, develops and implements a treatment plan based on assessment ﬁndings, and evaluates the treatment process. Because music is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible with a variety of populations.” www.musictherapy.org
How does it compare to other therapies?
Music engages the brain in a very powerful and comprehensive way. As a result, music therapists are able to elicit a wide range of physical, cognitive, communicative, and emotional responses from individuals. A board-certified music therapist is able to utilize music as a powerful tool for the purpose of getting specific results. Therefore, sessions designed by a board-certified music therapist focus on the client’s needs. A music therapist might work on similar goals as a speech therapist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist. For example, a physical therapist might prescribe a treatment protocol for strengthening shoulder muscles, whereas the music therapist might design a treatment protocol focusing on the same goal of strengthening shoulder muscles as well if that is indeed a need of the client. However, the music therapist’s protocol might involve a specific drumming technique for an incrementally progressive amount of time. This is often a more enjoyable experience to the client.
How does it compare to music education?
Although we do offer music lessons, music therapy differs from music education. Music education tends to be product oriented focusing on mastery of songs. Music therapy tends to be process oriented focusing on the development of skills. We are uniquely able to offer both of these services at the same time.
Does music therapy work?
Yes. There are numerous scientific studies documenting the outcomes, benefits and cost-effectiveness of participating in music therapy services. Click here to get started learning about some of them.
Will it help my child communicate?
Yes. Brain regions associated with language and music overlap. Therefore, music has been proven in numerous ways to be highly effective with language acquisition as well as language rehabilitation. Some research even suggests that music is more powerful and effective than traditional approaches. Watch this video on the recent famous case study of Arizona U.S. Representative Gabby Gifford’s speech rehabilitation through songs and singing.
How much do music therapy sessions cost?
Our rates rage anywhere from $130-$200 per hour depending on the service. However, we offer a prompt pay discount to our private pay individuals and families receiving individual sessions from our team and paying on a cash basis. We only offer 30 and 45min sessions at our clinic for individuals. Our current rates for individual sessions are as follows:
30 minutes: $70
45 minutes: $85
The private pay rate we offer families is significantly cheaper than Physical, Occupational, Speech, and ABA therapy rates!
Is it insurance reimbursable?
No. Unfortunately, at the present time insurance does not cover our music therapy services.
Do I need music instruments at home?
Owning musical instruments is not required in order to receive music therapy services, but it is certainly encouraged! In this way, you or your family can reinforce the skills worked on in sessions at home.
Do you only provide music therapy services?
No, we serve the community in a variety of ways. We offer:
- Clinical music therapy services for both individuals and groups
- Music lessons on guitar, voice, piano, and percussion (these can be adapted for individuals with disabilities)
- Entertainment for birthday parties and special events
- Consultation to treatment team professionals as well as educators.
- Professional development workshops, presentations, and seminars.
Where does it take place?
We have two clinic locations!
11150 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030
5622 Ox Rd
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
When does it take place?
Our sessions take place anytime from 8 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. 8 am to 2pm Saturday.
How long are typical sessions?
Typical sessions are 30 or 45 minutes long.
How often do sessions occur?
Typically sessions occur 4 times per month.
Does my child need musical experience to be eligible?
No prior music experience is needed to have music therapy services benefit your child.
What if I have no prior musical training?
Music therapists excel at working with all individuals in a music-based way regardless of their prior background and training.
What training is required to be a music therapist?
Music therapists will possess at least a bachelors degree from an accredited and approved program. Music therapists then go on to complete a 1040 hour internship from an approved location before they are allowed sit for the board exam. All music therapist in our group are board-certified professionals.