Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child’s potential for development.
— Dr. Clive Robbins (Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy)

Music Therapy 

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 ( Definition from American Music Therapy Association ). In other words, Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.

our therapists

Board certified music therapists (MT-BC) at Hug Music have worked with numerous children with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Developmental Delay, learning disabilities, Dyslexia, etc. and students at Hug Music have shown remarkable outcomes. Refer to our therapists’ biography.

Programs and descriptions

Private sessions

Music Therapy . . .

Music Therapy is the fun-based music therapy program designed for children with special needs. Students are invited to actively participate in on-going and spontaneous music making with a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). Students will be encouraged to sing, play various instruments, and/or even compose their original music. There is no former music experience required. Based on clinical goals for each individual, music therapist designs the contents of the session and assists the student’s unique musical expression and helps him/her establish and develop therapeutic relationship.

Musicreative ™ . . .

Musicreative™ is our original music education method combines music therapy and music instruction. It aims to improve children’s musical skills as well as important life skills, for example and very importantly, the ability to learn. This unique method was created by music therapist Kana Kamitsubo in 2008 and has been highly recognized in the field of music therapy and education. Learn more about Musicreative™ and how it works.

Group session

Music Therapy Social Skills Group . . .

Social Skills Group is a great way for children to experience the power of music, learn social skills, and improve their communication skills through enjoyable and success-oriented music activities with their peers. Classes are specifically designed to help children with special needs who do not have major behavioral issues but demonstrate difficulties in the areas of communication and social interactions. Each class has 4-6 children with a board-certified music therapist. Learn more about our Social Skills group and how your child may benefit from this group.

Hug Music has helped my son to improve his social skills, attention, listening, fine motor skills and most important, his language. Every time my son finishes his session, I have a happy confident child and I’m grateful that Hug Music has provided a such positive impact on my son. Thank you.
— Lina, mother of a boy who is diagnosed with Autism


We offer a “5-week evaluation package” which includes a 60-minute initial assessment (30-minute consultation and 30-minute music session) and 4 sessions. To learn more about how to get started, please click here.

Hug Music hosts an annual music recital for students with special needs.
Students perform and share their talents and love for music with their loved ones.

Words cannot express how happy we are to have found Hug Music’s 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.
— Mary, a mother of a 4 year old daughter with autism.