Music Therapy

While our response to COVID-19 has changed the way we are doing things, our services to families and individuals continue. All group sessions remain suspended at this time, but we are resuming individual in-person and telehealth sessions. All in-person services will be carefully scheduled, and conducted with contact precautions and pre-screening questionnaires. All existing or new clients will be provided with more specific directions. Free music therapy consultations may still be done via phone or telehealth. We value your patience and flexibility as we develop the best ways to meet your needs through music.

You can email or call us during regular business hours Monday-Friday: (304) 293-4692, option 9; musictherapy@hsc.wvu.edu

Keys for Success

Center for Excellence in Disabilities: 959 Hartman Run Rd., Morgantown WV 26505

About music therapy for childhood development

Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music and musical properties to reach specific, measurable non-musical goals. Music therapists are board-certified with advanced knowledge in many areas, including childhood development. Music therapist sessions use research-based interventions to support different aspects of your child’s social, cognitive, neurologic and emotional development. These music therapy groups are designed with your child in mind, to encourage the use and exploration of abilities in a safe and motivating way. Music therapists use age- and developmentally-appropriate music paired with other non-musical items to address communication, movement, social interaction and more!

These groups are designed for caregivers and their typically developing children, children with cognitive or developmental disabilities, children with physical disabilities, children with sensory disabilities, children with neurologic disabilities, and other therapists/healthcare practitioners. After every group, we document your child’s specific responses to interventions and track their progress from week to week. This way, we can take note of what your child enjoys and tailor their therapeutic experience.

Registration

New to music therapy? Want to try it out to see if our groups are right for you? Our first session is FREE! Registration for the 10-week semester is $100. We are able to offer a sliding scale to guardians with certain financial needs. Each group has a maximum capacity of 12 registration spots. All registrants will receive media consent forms and our notice of privacy practices to complete before attending sessions.

Contact the Music Therapy clinic with any questions you may have:

musictherapy@hsc.wvu.edu | 304 -293-4692 ext. 60638

Learn more about music therapy and music therapists: www.musictherapy.org www.cbmt.org

Groups

Prelude

6 months-12 months: Monday, 5:30-6:00 p.m.

12-18 months: Monday, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

-A prelude = a musical introduction

During these growth periods, your child is starting to develop basic skills and getting to know the world around them. These groups are designed to help support those skills as they are emerging and provide a safe, fun learning environment.

Interlude

18 months-3 years: Thursday, 5:30-6:00 p.m.

-Interludes = transitions between parts of a performance

As your child transitions between developmental periods, they continue to sharpen existing skills and learn more complex ones. These groups are designed to encourage creativity, exploration and growing independence.

Spring Semester

Weeks of:

  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • May 4

Summer Semester

Weeks of:

  • May 11, 18, 25
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22
  • July 20, 27
  • Aug 3,

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FAQ

My child isn’t meeting their developmental milestones, and I’m afraid they will negatively affect other children in the group. Can we still register?

YES! Your child does not have to be meeting any typical milestones in order to participate. All music interventions are designed around your child’s current abilities, goals, needs, and interests. Board-certified music therapists use many different techniques that are flexible and success-oriented.

My child doesn’t have a formal diagnosis yet, but still has atypical needs. Can we still register?

Absolutely. These groups are designed for all abilities, with or without a diagnosis. As long as you share all relevant information about your child with the music therapist, this will help them plan the best interventions and sessions that individualize to your child.

The groups are full and I can’t register. When could I sign up my child for a group?

Our primary goal is to increase access to therapeutic services and options. If you miss the registration cut-off or have any scheduling conflicts with the currently offered groups, please contact us so we can help you and work on scheduling more groups in the future.