Music Therapy Services
Serving families of Cobb County, Marietta, Kennesaw, Woodstock, Roswell, GA
What is music therapy?
According to American Music Therapy Association, AMTA "Music therapy is the prescribed use of music by a qualified person to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems."
In other words, music therapists use music to positively affect all aspects of the mind and body to improve the life of an individual with special needs. Music, “the universal language,” is so effective in reaching and motivating individuals to achieve goals.
Individuals served in music therapy include people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. These individuals may include but are not limited to:
- speech & language impairment
- intellectual developmental delays
- physical developmental delays
- autism spectrum disorders
- learning disabilities
- mental health issues
- brain injuries
- sensory integration disorders
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of educational and healthcare settings.
Music therapists serve in many facilities including: clinics, schools, hospitals, mental health facilities, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics, senior centers, nursing homes and private practices.
"My son enters music therapy sessions with enthusiasm. He sings when he will not talk and moves to music when he struggles with walking!" C. W.
"When my daughter was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, we began music therapy. I was surprised at the variety of goals that can be accomplished effectively through music." T. E.
The Music Therapy Association of Georgia and the American Music Therapy Association further the awareness and development of music therapy by educating and training music therapists, and by researching the positive effects of music therapy to support the profession.
Who is qualified as a music therapist?
"MT-BC" following the therapist's name indicates this certification and means "music therapist-board certified." This process indicates that the music therapist completed the following requirements:
- graduated with a degree in music therapy from a university program approved by the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (AMTA)
- completed an approved 1000+ hour internship
- passed the national competency exam given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).
- To maintain this credential, music therapists must take a required amount of continuing education courses or retake the national exam every five years.
- In the state of Georgia, all practicing music therapists also are required to be licensed in order to assure qualifications and protect the public.
For more information on the credentialing process, please visit the Certification Board for Music Therapists at www.cbmt.org.
Music Therapy Services - Individual
Music Therapy Individual Sessions are available for children of all ages with special needs for the development of specific goals which may include:
- Communication Skills
- Self-Management Skills
- Social and Emotional Development Skills
- Cognitive Skills
- Adaptive Skills
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Adaptive Private Lessons for keyboard are for students with different leaning abilities that may not benefit from typical private lessons.
Music Therapy Services - Group
Music Therapy Groups are offered for children with special needs with approximate age and/or developmental level. The music group setting is especially beneficial, building social skills, language, confidence, self- management, gross & fine motor skills.
Small groups are forming to suit your child's needs with other children of the approximate age and/or developmental level.
Toddlers & Preschoolers (1-3 yrs with parent)
PK & Early Elementary (4-7 years with parent)
Drum Circle (7-12 years)
For complimentary initial appointment and discussion on possible reimbursement sources:
Board Certified Music Therapist:
Jan Boner M.Ed, MT-BC is owner and director of Musik to Grow for over twenty-five years. She provides music therapy to children with a wide range of abilities. She earned a Masters of Education in Integrative Teaching through the Arts with Lesley University and Bachelors of Music, Music Therapy at Ohio University. Jan is part-time faculty at the Lovett School and Kennesaw State University.
For more information on music therapy services or early childhood music classes at: