Communication Musical forms and songs resemble verbal communication and provide structure and motivation for communicating with one another. They facilitate relationships to increase self-expression and speaking in a non-threatening environment.
Social Behaviors Music therapy aids in reducing negative self-stimulatory responses and encourages socially acceptable participation. The limbic system is involved in the processing of music, emotions, behaviors, and feeling states. Individuals have the opportunity to practice non-musical skills useful in other settings. Music therapy also builds social confidence and self-esteem.
Focus & Attention Music is processed in multiple areas of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, inferior frontal cortex, and superior temporal lobes. This stimulates cognitive function, memory, and provides organization for the sensory system. Since music therapy influences mood, it fosters learning and joint attention. Memorizing songs and rhymes is a useful tool for developing literacy, as well.
Group Music Therapy
Music Therapy group sessions are designed to bring clients together for shared musical interventions where they can develop and practice valuable social skills in a structured setting. Sessions are designed to reach specific goals and meet the needs of the group members and are led by Board Certified Music Therapists.
All group classes require full commitment and payment upfront. No refunds given for missed classes.
Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm August 17th - December 21st No class September 7th and November 23rd
Joyful Voices Show Choir is for teens and young adults, ages 13-30, with varying abilities, who love to perform! Joyful Voices will engage young singers by using pop and musical theater songs. During weekly rehearsals, our music therapist will teach singers about breath support, articulation, vocal range, rhythm and social skills. Students will gain self-confidence through singing with the group in community performances.
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm August 18th - December 15th No class November 24th
The Joyful Percussion Ensemble (JPE) is for teens and adults, who love to drum and enjoy making new friends! This fun and exciting group will learn to work together as a team to play different rhythms with varying complexities. All participants will learn proper drum technique and etiquette when handling equipment. Each participant will have the opportunity to contribute original ideas when writing cadences as a group. Participants should expect an increase in self-confidence, social skills and a sense of connectedness. The JPE is facilitated by a board-certified music therapist, meets once a week, and will provide performance opportunities.
Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 August 19th - December 16th No class November 25th
Joyful Voices Jr. Show Choir is children ages 9 - 12 with varying abilities, who love to perform! Joyful Voices will engage young singers by using pop and musical theater songs. During weekly rehearsals, our music therapist will teach singers about breath support, articulation, vocal range, rhythm and social skills. Students will gain self-confidence through singing with the group in community performances.
Wednesdays 5:30 -6:30 August 19th - December 16th No class November 25th
Drums Alive® is the original and only evidence-based drumming fitness, health, wellness program that provides a “Whole Brain & Whole Body” workout which promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health at all life stages. JMT is proud to offer this fun workout! In this class we us a yoga ball, bucket and drum sticks. The certified Drums Alive® instructor uses these items to lead the class.
Joyful Music Mindfulness and Motion Ages 10 and Up
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 August 20th - December 17th No class November 26th
Based on a treatment approach developed by Tamela Ponder, MT-BC, this class uses music, movement and mindfulness. Music increases our happy hormones and improves emotional and social development. In this class we will sing, dance, write songs, and use music for relaxation. This class is geared for ages 10 and up and open to the entire family.
Saturdays 10:00 - 11:00 am August 22nd - December 19th No class November 28th
Led by a Board Certified Music Therapist, this music group focuses on stages of development using music and rhythm to guide play. Research shows that children who are exposed to music at an early age do better in many areas later in life!
Joyful Families will create a safe musical environment for you and your child to experience music and work on developmental skills through child-centered approaches of music and play.
Goals for this group include
• Teach parents how to use therapeutic tools at home • Increase verbal and non-verbal communication • Develop social interaction skills • Increase cognitive skills