Music Therapy

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Tara Cooke-Ventresca, Coordinator

Music therapy sessions can be beneficial to many individuals with special needs such as:

  • Autism/autistic spectrum
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Learning differences
  • Developmental delays
  • Emotional disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sensory disorders

In one-on-one sessions, a music therapist works together with an individual in a musical context to help foster growth and development. As a creative process, the therapy relies upon the uniqueness of each individual and his/her own set of circumstances. Each student’s contributions and involvement are essential to the overall work. Individuals who join music therapy come as they are with their own personal strengths. These are discovered and built upon while working through personal challenges. Personalized goals are discovered and worked on through music that is created with the music therapist.

Growth that occurs influences all areas within each person. For optimal growth to occur, much of the work is in and through improvisation and composition in which the student is an active participant in creating music. Experiences of music may be through playing instruments, singing, listening, and moving to music. Through created music, individuals use their own inherent qualities and natural processes to allow for freedom and creativity.

The creative process explored through music therapy can help:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Build self-confidence
  • Enhance communication
  • Improve physical movement and coordination
  • Allow for self-expression

Together with work on personalized goals, the therapy can provide enrichment, enjoyment and impact the overall development of each student.

These sessions are highly recommended for individuals with special needs beginning as early as 3 years old. Princeton location only.

A placement interview is required for all new students. Families will be asked to complete a registration form and pay an interview fee of $75 before meeting with the coordinator.  After evaluation, the registration fee and tuition deposit will be due before the student can be placed with a music therapist.

Tuition for Music Therapy Sessions
Number of private sessions: 32
Session length: 30 minutes
Tuition: $1,600

Music Therapy Faculty
Tara Cooke-Ventresca