School Based Music Therapy

Music Therapy can be an effective related service for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  A student must qualify to receive music therapy as part of their IEP.  A criterion-referenced evaluation is administered by a Board Certified Music Therapist to determine if music therapy provides a necessary assist that is required for the student to benefit from his/her education.

Students who are referred for a school based music therapy assessment are often not making expected progress in their education.  They also show independent responses to music such as vocalizing sounds, singing words in tune, rhythmically clapping, tapping, instrument playing, moving, or dancing to music.  They might also exhibit positive changes in behavior and attention when music is present in their home or classroom environment.  In addition to IEP based services, school districts may choose to provide music therapy as an educational enrichment.  In this case, small groups are conducted in resource rooms or self-contained classrooms.  Miami Valley Music Therapy has provided services to over 25 schools in 8 districts in the area, either as educational enrichment, or as a related service.



Goal areas include:

  • Expressive and receptive communication
  • Development of vocal sounds and word production
  • Social communication
  • Conversation development
  • Attention to task
  • Retention and recall of educational concepts