Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. NMT is based on a neuroscience model of music perception and production, and the influence of music on function changes in nonmusical brain and behavior functions. (The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT OUT OF A SESSION?
Since music therapy sessions are tailored to the preferences, needs, and goals of the individual, each session will look different. However, there are some general things music therapy sessions have in common. Musical interventions are designed to meet pre-determined goals and objectives and immediate needs through singing, moving to music, songwriting, instrument playing (largely percussion instruments but could be something else such as piano), lyric analysis, using manipulatives, etc. What appears to be fun music activities are actually specified techniques carried out to enhance social, emotional, communication, cognitive, and motor functioning. The interaction between the client and the music therapist is key. Music Therapy is an enjoyable and effective way to work on things that might otherwise seem very difficult or mundane.
WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT INCLUDE?
The purpose of the assessment session is to see where the client is at in the areas of communication, social, emotional, cognitive, and motor functioning. This typically looks much like a normal music therapy session, but the focus is on assessing the client’s abilities and needs instead of working on specific goals. Non-musical assessments are sometimes administered to get a baseline functioning level. The music therapist will also consult with the parent/caregiver if applicable, and study the information given in the intake form. After the assessment session and 1 or 2 regular sessions, the music therapist will provide an assessment report and treatment plan. This will show assessment findings, the functional goals and objectives that are going to be focused on, and what types of music therapy techniques are going to be used. Weekly documentation is done to track progress and a progress report will be sent out periodically to communicate progress and any changes in the treatment plan.
WHAT IF I'M NOT IN ARIZONA?
We offer several teletherapy options for clients who can’t come to our office for sessions.
Consider our Teletherapy or MT AT HOME services for your music therapy needs from anywhere in the world.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION?
Forms of payment include credit/debit card. You can also pay by cash or check upon request. You will be sent an invoice at the end of each month stating the session dates and how much you owe. The invoice is through QuickBooks and you can set up payment information when you get the first invoice. After that, there will be a place you can click to make a payment. Optional payment methods can be discussed individually.
I am a stroke survivor, dealing with Dysarthria. I believe in the benefits of music after experiencing such a traumatic event. I sought therapy to improve my speech. I did certain singing activities each session that helped me to improve my enunciation and breathing. I also did piano and guitar activities to improve on my dexterity. I experienced tremendous improvement in my time at therapy. I would highly recommend Charlotte Stewart’s therapy. She made therapy welcoming each session I attended.
I am very happy to recommend Charlotte’s Mella Music Therapy if you need help in speech and memory as I do. I am glad she is available to use music, her skills and knowledge to gain more of my brain power back. Charlotte met with me a few times before designing a program that would suit my needs. I have not been miraculously cured but I am motivated by my progress.
Jeremy is a Veteran and brain injury survivor. He likes music with Charlotte because it makes him happy. He really likes Charlotte because she is so fun, very patient and nice. He likes his xylophone but also enjoys learning the guitar. Jeremy loves to show what he can do what he’s learned and have everyone watch and listen. Music is so good for Jeremy for some independence, social interaction, and it helps with his verbal skills.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Schedule your free 30 minute consultation and see if music therapy is right for you.