Work With Me
The starting point for working with me is always a free consultation. I offer both one-on-one and group sessions depending on the needs of the client. Music therapy sessions are provided in your home or facility. At our initial meeting, I will answer all your questions and get some basic information from you about your child or loved one. I want to learn about their strengths, needs, and challenges.
If you choose to contract with me for music therapy services, we will schedule a time for weekly sessions. Following several assessment sessions, an individualized treatment plan is written to target specific non-musical goals under the domains of communication, motor, cognitive and social.
Music enrichment sessions which do not require formal goal setting and extensive documentation are available for the elderly and for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
During the summer, I offer large group music classes for children with and without special needs. These are usually held in a family’s home or at a local church. In collaboration with Miss Roberta over at Adventures in Music
in Oshkosh, I occasionally offer early childhood music classes for children with special needs during the school year.
Please email me if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation.
About Music Therapy
Music therapy has been an established health profession since 1950 and is now receiving mainstream acceptance due to advances in brain research and increased attention in the media. The most difficult part of my career is concisely defining music therapy. Through music based strategies, I treat the whole person — behavioral, social, communication, physical, sensory-motor and cognitive — with clear boundaries about what I am not trained to do. Collaborating with other therapists, teachers and parents is a highly effective way to help my clients achieve their goals.
“Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy are based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts.”
There are several “official” definitions of music therapy. My favorite is a relatively new definition prepared by the World Federation of Music Therapy
You can also learn more about music therapy by visiting the American Music Therapy Association