what we do

Music Therapy

Music therapy uses research based, clinical interventions to improve the lives of people with special needs, age related diagnoses, medical illness or injury, and mental health disorders. Treatment begins with an assessment session and interview, followed by the development of a treatment plan. Goals within the treatment plan may be communicative, social, academic, emotional, or behavioral.

Capital City Music Therapy will work with you to determine the best plan to fit your needs, whether for yourself, a family member, group, or facility. We will explore options for music therapy that will work best for your time and budget.

music therapy at birth and early childhood

music therapy for adolescents and young adults

music therapy for wellness and support groups

music therapy for older adults and seniors

music therapy at end of life

music play classes

adapted lessons

Children with special needs often miss the opportunity to learn an instrument or participate in music. The environment and/or instructor in a private lesson or music classroom setting may not be equipped with the tools or training to help the child succeed. Music therapists are uniquely qualified to teach adapted music lessons to children with special needs.
At Capital City Music Therapy, our therapists work with the student and family to offer music and instrument lessons in a format that is best suited to your child’s learning style.
Some examples of commonly used adaptive techniques include:
• Substitution of music notation for colors, letters, numbers, or pictures
• Simplified or alternate tuning of guitar
• Focus on child’s preferred music
• Use of schedule or visual aids to structure session
• Adaptation of instrument to meet physical needs

What is the difference between music therapy and adapted music lessons? The defining difference between adapted lessons and music therapy is the end goal. In adapted music lessons, the goal is purely musical and focused on learning the instrument and developing musical skills. In music therapy, the goal is non-musical, and may focus on other areas of need such as communication, academic learning, social behavior, and emotional well being.

early learning classes

Learning starts early for children, and Capital City Music Therapy believes music can enhance the world around them. We offer early music learning classes for all abilities, beginning as early as just a few months old. Music can help children readily master social skills like sharing, taking turns, and greeting peers. It can foster language development as well as an early interest in singing and playing instruments.

Our music therapists develop age appropriate early learning music classes for individuals, and small and large groups.  Classes can be tailored to grow with your child as they work toward each developmental milestone. Music activities often include a hello and goodbye song, sign language, instruments, puppets, scarves, and other props.

Contact us today to see what drop-in programs may be available, or ask about our private classes for playgroups and parties.