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What IS Music Therapy?

Simply put, music can be used as a therapeutic tool to restore, improve, and maintain mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being.

“Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.” (American Music Therapy Association)

Who USES Music Therapy?

Sessions are designed and conducted by a board certified music therapist for children and adults with disabilities such as autism, developmental delays, AD-HD, physical impairments, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. 

What is the TMI program like?

The music therapy program at TMI is unique in the region and offers private music therapy sessions and beginning piano lessons. Beginning piano lessons with a music therapist can often be the first step a child needs to successfully start a lifetime of musical learning.

Who are the teachers?

Our music therapists are board certified music therapists and are also experienced special education teachers.

Click through to read about our music therapists: Rita MayhewKerry Cornelius, and Gregory Lazzaro.

How do you become a Music Therapist?

For students interested in becoming a music therapist, thanks to a cooperative program with Howard County Public Schools, high school music therapy internships and work-study programs are available. HCC's Music Department also has an articulated agreement with Immaculata University in Pennsylvania for music students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in music therapy. Music students who complete HCC's Associate of Arts degree in Music and the Music Therapy Letter of Recognition can now transfer all earned credits and be admitted to Immaculata University as a junior.

For more information about music therapy, visit the official website of the American Music Therapy Association.

For more details and information about TMI's Music Therapy program, contact music therapy coordinator Rita Mayhew.