Children with special needs who especially struggle in social environments and have difficulty interacting with others can improve and learn social and communication skills while participating in fun music activities that are carefully designed to address goals in those areas.

What is Music Therapy Social Skills Group? . . .

The unique strength of our music therapy social skills group is its focus on enabling peer-to-peer interactions. Its main purpose is to provide children with a sense of belonging to a group that engages in collaborative tasks. These experiences increase participant's acknowledgement and awareness of others. From beginning to end of group sessions, fun music-centered activities are interwoven to delineate the structure of the session. The group setting provides opportunities for children to practice socialization skills.

What does a session look like? . . .

From the moment the children step into the room with their fellow group members, they are working towards our set goals:

  • Modeling behavior (Social referencing) through call-and-response drumming activities
  • Turn taking
  • Sharing instruments
  • Acknowledgement of others
  • Taking leadership
  • Transitions

What are the goals addressed? . . .

Goals addressed include increasing opportunities for social interaction such as:

  • Waiting for turns, sharing instruments and props
  • Using appropriate verbal cues to articulate their own “needs” and “wants”
  • Respecting the personal space of other group members
  • Following directions from a leader, and practicing leadership skills.
  • Increasing awareness of other group members and leader; increasing a sense of belonging to a group and participating in group tasks such as drumming circles.
  • Increasing opportunities for self-expression through playing music and sharing experiences with group members.

Who is a good candidate for Group Music Therapy? . . .

Interest in music is a must!
Any children who need to work on socialization skills and cues and who are medium-to high-functioning while being capable of following directions are good candidates for Group Music Therapy.
Common areas of concern include:

  • Respecting personal space
  • Taking things without asking
  • Not engaging in greetings and goodbyes
  • Lack of awareness of others
  • Difficulty waiting turns
  • Assertive communication
  • Being withdrawn
  • Lack of confidence

However, a child might not be ready for group session if he or she, exhibits aggressive or hostile disruptive behaviors such as hitting, pulling hair, and/or screaming. For those children, we recommend to start with individual session.

What is the cost and schedule for the class?

There are two terms for group classes in each semester. Each term is for 9 weeks and the tuition for Social Skills Music Therapy group is $360 per child. When a child registers for both terms during promotional period, a child receives $20 off tuition. Summer semester provides a shorter term which typically is 4-6 weeks. Please note, there is one-time registration fee ($40) which applies to new students.

Do you offer a trial session?

Yes, we do offer a paid trial session ($40) upon your request and based on availability. Please contact us at 718-487-4309 or write to to reserve your spot for a trial class. After the trial class, if you are unsure if it is the right fit for your child, please feel free to communicate with us and the therapist will make a suggestion for you.

Register Online

If you are ready to sign up, please call us to register over the phone (718-487-4309) or do so in person at the studio.

Words cannot express how happy we are to have found Kana’s music program. We always knew our little girl enjoyed music and we wanted to find a special program that would help contribute to her enthusiasm and joy music brings to her. Not only did we find the right program, but in doing so, we discovered what a beautiful gift and talent our little girl has. It’s amazing to see the progress our little girl has made in such a short amount of time. Watching her perform in her very first recital was such a special moment. We are thankful to Ms. Kana for everything you do and to Ms. Christine for being so amazing with our little girl! Ms. Christine does such an excellent job and her warm and caring approach is just the perfect touch! Thank you so very much!
— Mary, a mother of 4-year old daughter with autism