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​What is Music Therapy?

And Other Frequently Asked Questions

Music Therapy is an established allied health profession that utilizes clinical, evidence-based, and relationship-focused  music experiences to help meet physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of an individual.

Who are Board-Certified Music Therapists?

  • We complete an accredited, college or university-affiliated program at a Bachelor’s level or higher, which includes 1200 hours of clinical training and a six-month internship

  • We are musicians with extensive knowledge in child development, aging, medicine, psychology,  counseling, and research

  • We pass a nationally-administered board certification exam to receive the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified)

What do music therapy experiences look like?

  • Receptive, such as engaging a client in active music listening to encourage emotion regulation.

  • Active, such as singing, playing instruments, or moving to music to encourage physical control, social reciprocity, and self-expression.

  • Improvisational, such as simultaneous and extemporaneous music making to encourage nonverbal support and emotional release.

  • Compositional, such as supporting a client through song writing to assist with emotional processing.

What types of sessions do you provide?

  • Individual, Group, and Community-based Sessions at 30, 45, or 60 minutes

  • Music lessons in guitar, piano, or voice at 30, 45, or 60 minutes

  • Community-based and inclusive programs for individuals across the lifespan

How can I pay for music therapy services?

Most of our clients use private pay options for sessions, as we do not accept insurance at this time. If you have any questions regarding payment options, please contact Cierra Church, our billing manager, at

  • We also accept grant & state funding, which includes (but is not limited to)

  • LISS Funding

  • Bowen Foundation

  • RISE for Autism

  • The Arc Family Fund

  • Shared Horizons Fund


Interested in learning more about music therapy?

Feel free to contact us anytime, and visit the following resources: 

  • American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

  • Mid-Atlantic Region of American Music Therapy Association 

  • Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

  • Maryland Association for Music Therapy (MAMT)

  • Voices, an open-access, peer-reviewed, international music therapy journal

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