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Music Therapy at The Music Institute

The Music Institute (TMI) of Howard Community College (HCC)

Please Note:  We are temporarily not accepting new students for Music Therapy at The Music Institute.  Please check this page for any possible updates.  Thank you!

Find Music for Your Lifetime!  at The Music Institute (TMI) of Howard Community College (HCC).  The Music Institute is a community music school offering private music lessons, ensembles and classes taught by over 40 of the area’s best musicians and music educators.  Students of all ages and at all levels are following their musical dreams, learning, playing, performing and participating in classes, ensembles and performance opportunities.  Music Therapy has been a part of The Music Institute of Howard Community College since it first opened in 2002.   

Music Therapy

“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.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  •  Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation”    (American Music Therapy Association website www.musictherapy.org)

Music Therapy is the art of music, paired with the science of therapy, creating a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which any individual, with the support of a board-certified music therapist, may discover the best in themselves. 

Availability                           

Sessions are available throughout the year depending on the needs of each client/student and scheduling circumstances. 

Contact information

Click through to read about our music therapists: Rita Mayhew, and Amy Tenney.

For questions concerning registration/administration, contact James Bailey at JBailey@howardcc.edu or 443-518-4297.

 

  • About the program

    The TMI Music Therapy Program

    Music Therapy Mission: Music and Healing

    Music Therapy Program

    The TMI Music Therapy program is designed to meet the needs of the residents of Howard and surrounding counties.  The TMI music therapists use music and its unique qualities to help individuals with special needs improve their quality of life.  Under the guidance of a board-certified music therapist, our goal is to use music to promote and enhance the emotional, social, physical and behavioral health of our clients.  Music therapy is a result of the relationship established between the client and the therapist in a supportive environment that uses music in its many forms: listening, singing, movement, playing instruments, writing music, analyzing lyrics, performing. 

    Our Music Therapists

    The TMI music therapists are board-certified (MT-BC) and have experience working with children, teens, adults and seniors. 

    A board-certified music therapist has 1) completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalency program in music therapy from a college or university approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), 2) completed a six month internship at an AMTA-approved clinical site under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist and 3) successfully passed an examination through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). 

    Rita Mayhew, MT-BC, MMT, Music Therapy Curriculum Coordinator

    Amy TenneyMT-BC

    Availability                           

    Sessions are available throughout the year depending on the needs of each client/student and scheduling circumstances. 

    Contact information

    For questions concerning music therapy, contact Rita Mayhew at rmayhew@howardcc.edu.

    For questions concerning registration/administration, contact James Bailey at JBailey@howardcc.edu or 443-518-4297.

  • Our goal

    Our goal

    Music Therapy Program

    The goal of our board-certified music therapists is to provide a healing, musical environment in which our clients can learn, grow, laugh, interact and blossom.

    Our clients/students

    We provide music therapy services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors of all levels of needs and musical interests.   We work with children on the autism spectrum, those with learning and physical challenges and with socialization needs.    

    Our program addresses self-esteem and use of leisure time for clients of all ages through programs such as therapeutic music lessons, group music therapy for socialization skills and music therapy with art classes. 

    Through The Music Institute, MT-BCs provide therapeutic music lessons and act as consultants for the music faculty.  Our clients taking therapeutic music lessons are able to use practice rooms and perform on TMI recitals.  In addition, MT clients can record personal CDs and enhance music skills for school music classes and band/choral programs.  The Senior Choir, offered as a college credit course, is a Wellness Music Therapy activity for seniors 60+ years of age.

    Individualization and Assessments

    We begin with an interview and initial assessment to ascertain the needs and strengths of each client.  By coordinating with parents/guardians and educators and other therapists (such as speech and occupational therapists), we are able to design our sessions to address common goals.  In this way, there is consistency and focus for the client and family.

    Goals and objectives are set by the music therapist and parents/guardians and clients based on individual needs, interests and strengths.

    In addition, we will assess a child in music therapy for IEPs and related services funding.  Arrangements can be made for music therapy assessments for IEPs and related services by our MT-BCs through the TMI office. 

    Availability                           

    Sessions are available throughout the year depending on the needs of each client/student and scheduling circumstances. 

    Contact information

    For questions concerning music therapy, contact Rita Mayhew at rmayhew@howardcc.edu.

    For questions concerning registration/administration, contact James Bailey at JBailey@howardcc.edu or 443-518-4297.

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