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CMS offers music therapy for individuals and groups. From managing stress to reducing pain to improving memory, music therapy can be tailored to the client’s needs. Musical ability is not required.

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Learn more:

What Is Music Therapy?
What Can Music Therapy Do?
Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?
Who Are Your Music Therapists?
What Kinds of Music Therapy Does Community Music School Offer?
What Happens in Music Therapy?
How Much Does Music Therapy Cost?
How Do I Sign Up?
How Do I Make a Referral?

What Is Music Therapy?

It’s a form of treatment that uses music to help people with all kinds of diagnoses to reach non-musical goals. Music therapy is a well-established, research-based field. To learn more about music therapy in general, visit the American Music Therapy Association.

Music therapists work in schools, healthcare facilities, rehab programs, senior care centers, mental health units, private homes and almost anywhere else an individual or group might need help.

What Can Music Therapy Do?

Community Music School’s approach is client-centered. That means we tailor the therapy to what each client wants and needs.

Depending on the client’s needs, music therapy can help to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Manage stress
  • Ease pain
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve communication
  • Promote physical rehabilitation

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Individual and group music therapy can help people of all ages with many different diagnoses. Music therapy can address more than one goal at a time.

Neurological disorders

Music therapy helps to reawaken neurological paths and functions for those with conditions including but not limited to stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Developmental disabilities

Music therapy improves cognition, communication, and physical, social and emotional skills for those with conditions including but not limited to Williams Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, and intellectual and learning disabilities

Traumatic brain injury

Music therapy can help with speech, communication, movement, muscle control, cognition, and mood in individuals with traumatic brain injury

Early intervention

Music therapy can increase sensory stimulation, cognition, communication, relationship attachment, physical functioning and overall brain development in infants dealing with developmental challenges, low birth weight, prematurity and trauma

Palliative care

Music therapy can lessen anxiety and pain, promote relaxation, facilitate communication, and help with life review for individuals at the end of life

Mental health and wellness

Music therapy can stimulate bonding, sense of community and well-being in individuals with diagnoses including but not limited to schizophrenia, affective disorder, personality disorder, anxiety disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, and depression

Who Are Your Music Therapists?

Elyse Kochmanski, MT-BC, provides one-on-one music therapy, adaptive lessons, and some group classes and offsite therapy sessions. Helene Gilbert provides offsite therapy sessions, and selected individual sessions and group classes.

What Kinds of Music Therapy Does Community Music School Offer?

One-on-One Music Therapy Sessions
One-on-One Adaptive Music Lessons
Group Music Therapy Classes (at CMS)
Contracted Music Therapy Services (at outside facilities)

 

What Happens in Music Therapy?

Choose one of these services to learn more:
One-on-One Music Therapy Sessions
One-on-One Adaptive Music Lessons
Group Music Therapy Classes (at CMS)
Contracted Music Therapy Services (at outside facilities)

 

 

How Much Does Music Therapy Cost?

One-on-one music therapy costs $35 for 30 minutes, $52.50 for 45 minutes, or $75 for 60 minutes. Group therapy classes at CMS are usually $15 per 30-minute session; some class fees may be lower because of grant funding.

Adaptive lessons that do not require therapeutic documentation are $30 for 30 minutes, $45.00 for 45 minutes, or $60 for 60 minutes. Keep in mind that financial aid may be available depending on the participant’s circumstances.

Group services contracted out to healthcare and community organizations are $65 per hour, which includes documentation and planning time. You are always welcome to contact us if you need more information.

 

How Do I Sign Up?

For one-on-one therapy or lessons, or for group classes at CMS, you can register here or call us at (716) 884-4887 for an information packet. If you work for an outside organization and would like to contract with CMS for music therapy, please contact us.


How Do I Make a Referral?

Are you a caseworker or other health and human services professional wanting to refer a client or patient to CMS for music therapy? Online registration is available, or you can refer individuals for more information.