• Music Therapy at Valley Collaborative
    The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)defines Music Therapy as:
    “The clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within atherapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation”(www.musictherapy.org)
    In traditional music education, the goal of lessons and classes is to improve musical technique and performance. In music therapy, music is used as the tool and as the means to approach and achieve non-musical goals. At Valley Collaborative, these goals include, but are not limited to:improved social and group skills, improved communication skills, and the practice and generalization of goals from other disciplines. These may include goals from speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and the classroom. Working closely with the classroom teachers, speech and language pathologists, counselors, and other team members, The Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) designs goals and interventions based on the specific needs of each group and of the individuals in each group.
    Music Therapy involves active participation by group members. Common music therapy interventions include, collaborative songwriting, recording projects, instrumental improvisations, computer based music making, musical games, choice making, copying/ memory activities, music listening and discussion, and music instruction. While the goals remain, as previously stated, non-musical, students receiving music therapy are exposed toa wide range or musical instruments, techniques, and concepts.  As music education often has many incidental therapeutic benefits, music therapy has many incidental musical benefits. 
    At Valley Collaborative, music therapy services are delivered as once weekly group sessions. Students attend with their classroom unit, and sessions range from thirty to forty-five minuets in length.
    For more information or to discuss MT an your child, please feel free to contact:
    Bryan Thomas, MEd, MT-BC
    Board Certified Music Therapist