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.
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
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.
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.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
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.