Valley Family Therapeutics, LLC

Valley Family Therapeutics is dedicated to providing quality music therapy services within the school setting. Additionally, we have provided links to various evidence-based resources in an effort to bridge the gaps between school-based interventions, carryover into the classroom, and transfer of skills to other settings. While these resources are separated by targeted skill, overlap of skills will likely occur. The intent of these resources is not to replace music therapy interventions provided by skilled professionals, but rather to provide ideas in support these skills between home, school, and clinical environments. If you have any questions about music therapy, or if your child qualifies for school-based intervention, please contact your school's music therapy professional or director of special education for further information.


Music Therapy

According to the American Music Therapy Association, "Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up."

How is music therapy utilized in schools?

Music therapists are often hired in schools to provide music therapy services listed on the Individualized Education Plan for mainstreamed special learners. Music learning is used to strengthen nonmusical areas such as communication skills and physical coordination skills which are important for daily life.