Music Speaks primarily serves multiple school districts in the Capital Region, providing both individual and group music therapy sessions to children with special needs ages 4 and up. With this population, music therapy can help to improve:
speech through singing activities
motor functioning through rhythmic movement and instrument play
memory for academic material through memory of song
mood, attention, and behavior through preferred music, optimizing the student’s ability to learn and interact
pain, discomfort, and anxiety sometimes associated with some physical disabilities through distraction by creative music activities
Music Speaks offers private music therapy and adaptive music lessons to families in our community who have children or adults with special needs. During adaptive music lessons, our clients can learn an instrument of interest using an individualized approach for the student that may have special needs or has struggled to learn music in a more traditional setting. We also address things like communication, engagement and motor skills through creative and inviting clinical music activities. Our private services are currently being offered at the Capital District YMCA - Bethlehem Branch in Delmar!
Our community music groups are designed to offer group music experiences for special learners, their families and caregivers, and their peers. Children and adults of ALL abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate in this invaluable group experience promoting diversity, understanding and inclusion for all.
Our 40 minute groups at $20 per class are filled with instrument playing, movement, singing and songwriting. Created and run by Board Certified Music Therapists from Music Speaks, this group will promote socialization, motor skills, communication, language, overall engagement, creativity, listening skills, and more! We accept self-direction funding for ALL of our private services.