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.
(American Music Therapy Association)
Music Therapy Services for children:
Music therapy services are available in the Waco area. All sessions are held at Elite Therapy Center. Valerie is a provider for the CLASS medicaid waiver through DSSW.
Services for Music Therapists:
Professional Supervision/Coaching for music therapists
Facility consult services
Sing a long events
Request a music therapy referral and inquire about any of our services by contacting email@example.com If you are interested in receiving music therapy through DSSW, contact them directly & request Valerie as your provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a music therapy session last?
Session length ranges from 30-60 minutes. The length is determined by several factors: age, tolerance for activities, level of need, ability to participate, etc.
Do I need to be a singer or musician?
Not at all!! All you need to possess is a desire for music-listening and music-making. This doesn't require musical training, or even the ability to sing on-key. Music is a natural motivator for many children, and we use it as a compliment to achieve therapeutic goals that are rarely music-related goals.
What instruments do we play during music therapy?
Piano, guitar, drums, hand-held rhythm instruments, kazoos, harmonicas and much more.
What type of music is it?
Will I have to listen to all classical or really old music?
The music is tailored specifically to the client’s preference. We use music from every era: jazz, standards, rock n roll, country, modern pop, religious, classical, opera, show tunes and more!
Will this feel like typical "therapy"? Will it be difficult?
Most of our clients have fun during music therapy. The trick is the music. Using music paired with a difficult task can give the client more endurance and motivation to go further. Imagine adding music to the rhythm of someones gait if they need to learn how to walk again. The music may distract them from the repetitive motions and help them to achieve more. The music can enhance learning, increase on-task behavior and increase endurance.
Can you teach me how to play an instrument?
We used to offer this service but no longer teach lessons. If you are interested, I am always willing to refer you to someone.
Does insurance cover music therapy?
Yes and no. There are a few insurance providers who do cover this, but it is on a case by case basis. If you are interested in attempting insurance reimbursement for music therapy, you will be responsible for submitting the claim with the appropriate paperwork and referrals. Reimbursement is NOT guaranteed, and payment for music therapy services is required at the time of treatment.