FAQs 2016-12-03T04:33:07+00:00


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. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for clients of all ages.” (American Music Therapy Association – www.musictherapy.org)
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.
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor. If you think someone you love would benefit from music therapy services, please contact us to schedule a music therapy assessment.
Music Therapists work in schools, psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, residential treatment facilities, day treatment centers, drug and alcohol programs, nursing homes, hospice settings and private practices, which can include home visits.
Music Therapists are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Certified Music Therapists hold the title MT-BC (Music Therapist Board Certified). Once certified, Music Therapists are required to earn continuing education credits to maintain their certification.
AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.
A majority of our clients pay for our services privately/out of pocket (cash or check). Some families have personally researched and applied for grants, scholarships, and other private funding sources that have covered some or all of the costs of music therapy. Wondering about insurance?

Core Medicaid does not cover music therapy services (this includes the Deeming Waiver).

Music therapy has been identified as a reimburseable service under benefits for Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP). Falling under the heading of Activity Therapy, the interventions cannot be purely recreational or diversionary in nature and must be individualized and based on goals specified in the patient’s treatment plan.

Private Insurance:
Music Therapy is reimburseable by some 3rd party medical insurance plans and must be considered an active treatment prescribed by a physician. *Please note that at this time, Metro Music Therapy does not bill insurance companies for our services. We are, however, happy to provide any information to our clients that will help them personally submit claims to their insurance providers. This information can include: a rate sheet, session notes/documentation, assessment documentation, monthly invoices, MT-BC NPI numbers, and any other information insurance companies may require for reimbursement.

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