Who benefits from our programs?
All children will benefit from our services. During our music classes for young children, kids gain a lifelong love of music while developing social, academic, fine motor, gross motor, and communication skills.
Individualized music therapy sessions and adaptive music lessons help individuals with special needs reach their goals and improve their lives.
Why does music therapy work?
A quick summary:
1. Listening to preferred music which is a standard practice by music therapists can increase dopamine production in the brain which increases positive feelings.
2. Rhythm functions to synchronize activity of neurons in the brain. When neurons are firing together, new connections can be made. The brain is always changing and the rhythmic component of music applied by certified music therapists is aimed at making new connections in the brain in order to bypass the deficit area.
3. Musical sounds are more pleasing to the ear (and brain) as well as beneficial compared to noise. Trained musicians have been shown to have less “noise” in their sound signals whether it be voice or instrumental.
4. Lastly, music activates many different areas of the brain at once. This allows for positive and more functional changes to the brain in a variety of outcomes be it speech, learning/memory, physical, behavioral and emotional.
In Dr. Stegemöller’s words, “Modulating dopamine, synchronizing neural activity, and reducing noise can all promote neuroplasticity. Music therapy capitalizes on all three of these principles, and I believe it is the only therapy that can. Music therapists use music to increase activity in dopamine-related reward networks. They use rhythm to synchronize neural activity of non-music behaviors. And they are trained musicians with reduced noise in their acoustic signals.”