Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
(706) 542-2894
ugacms@uga.edu


 

 


Music Therapy for
Students with Special Needs

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and/or social functioning in children and adults with special needs.. Music therapy is a well-established allied health profession similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible. With young children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills.

Music therapy enhances the quality of life. It involves relationships between a therapist and student; between one student and another; between child and family; and between the music and the participants. These relationships are structured and adapted through the elements of music to create a positive environment and set the occasion for successful growth.


How Does Music Therapy Make a Difference?

  • Music stimulates all of the senses and involves the student at many levels. This “multi-modal approach” facilitates many developmental skills.

  • Quality learning and maximum participation occur when students are permitted to experience the joy of play. The medium of music therapy allows this play to occur naturally and frequently.

  • Music is highly motivating, yet it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Enjoyable music activities are designed to be success-oriented and make students feel better about themselves

  • Music therapy can help a student manage pain and stressful situations.

  • Music can encourage socialization, self-expression, communication, and motor development.

  • Because the brain processes music in both hemispheres, music can stimulate cognitive functioning and may be used for remediation of some speech/language skills.

Music Therapy Individual Sessions

Instructors are music therapy majors in the
UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music

time TBD (between student and instructor)
4 30-minute sessions = $75
4 45-minute sessions = $110
4 1-hour sessions = $150







 

 


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