What is Music Therapy?

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 (AMTA , 2005)

Music therapy can be used as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, psychological and physical needs. 

Recent findings suggest that music therapy can significantly decrease depression symptoms in nursing home residents with dementia. Music activities designed by music therapists and facilitated by CNAs may help sustain the reduction of depression symptoms and improve wellbeing in nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia. 

Looking for piano or violin lessons within music therapy,sometimes called adaptive lessons? Contact us.

Group music therapy sessions are common, and the research suggests that group-based early childhood music therapy can promote the development of meaningful communication skills, motor skills and academic/pre-academic skills, and inclusion (Gooding, 2013; Humpal, 2015; Humpal & Tweedle, 2006; Standley & Hughes, 1997). - Gooding, L. F. (2016). Music therapy: An overview of the therapeutic process.


Advantage Music Therapy has an  Adams County location

Music therapy service are available in the community at your home.
CES and SLS waivers are accepted.  Health First Colorado provider

 Music Therapy group for elementary age children  in both Thornton and Wheat Ridge
  • 6 week sessions begins June 4, 2019 for ages 6-12


    Music therapy effectively addresses developmental goals through research-based interventions. The credentialed music therapists  (MT-BC or CMT) at Advantage Music Therapy are trained to create success based activities that address developmental skills.  Music therapy builds up a child’s self-esteem and feeds their spirit. 


    Contact Advantage Music Therapy for your children who have special needs in the following areas:    

        •    Social skills

        •    Building friendships

        •    Musical interaction

        •    Gross and fine motor skills

        •    Cognitive development

See June 7th group social sidebar announcement

Music Therapy Groups for Teens/Young Adults meets June 7,  2019 at 6:30 pm 
at Intercession Episcopal Church  3101 E 100th Ave, Thornton, CO 80229

Reading recommendations: 
Kids , Music 'n' Autism    Dorita S. Berger

Bringing out the Music in Your Child

This practical guide tells you everything you need to know about helping children with autism to pursue their love of music, from enjoying listening to concerts to performing in them. Available in book or digital format at the usual sites.


How Music Therapy Affects the Brain in Autism - Psychology Today 2019

Music Therapy is an effective method in improving social skills of children wth autism 
CONCLUSIONS: The study showed that MT (Music Therapy) is an effective method with deep and consistent effects on improving social skills of children with autism. Access PubMed or ask at your library.

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Formerly a Colorado music therapist colleague, Ryan Judd, MT-BC created this informative piece.


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