Music Therapy at CFCArts

CFCArts is proud to partner with AdventHealth to offer a Music Therapy Program led by Board Certified Music Therapists.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a health profession that uses evidence-based research to design music interventions for people of all ages and abilities to meet non-musical goals. Goal areas targeted in sessions include: cognitive, communication, physical/motor, emotional/psychological, social, sensory processing, and musical.

What does a Music Therapy session look like?

Each session is different and tailored to the individual needs and preferences of the client or group. Sessions can look so different because music therapists work with a wide variety of ages and populations on many different goals. What sessions do have in common are the inclusion of music and goal or purpose.

To begin, your music therapist will open a session in one of the following ways: 

  • Singing a “hello song” if the therapist is working with children
  • Beginning a group session by singing/asking everyone in the circle a question about how they are doing
  • Starting a new session with a review of what happened in the last session

During music therapy you and your therapist will do one or more of the following: 

  • Create music. You might compose music, write lyrics, or make up music together
  • Sing music. Use your voice to share a piece of music. 
  • Listen to music. Enjoy the sound and lyrics. 
  • Move to music. It can be as simple as tapping your toes together or as complicated as a coordinated dance. 
  • Discuss lyrics. Read or listen to the lyrics of a song and talk about their meaning.
  • Play an instrument. Use an instrument like a piano, guitar, drums, etc. to share music.

To end a session, the goal of the closing in a music therapy session is to help the client transition out of the music therapy space and into the outside world. Some closings can include:

  • A “good-bye song”
  • A closing, around-the-circle check-in 
  • A summary or recap of what happened during the session

Free 30-min Consultation

If you are curious about how music therapy can serve your needs or the needs of your loved one, we offer a free informal consultation via email, phone, or video chat. For facilities interested in providing music therapy services to clients, we can provide either a virtual free consultation to discuss how music therapy can serve your facility.

Services

In-Clinic

Individual music therapy sessions include an initial assessment, documentation for progress, session planning, treatment planning, and ongoing evaluations in addition to actual face-to-face sessions. Our music therapists consider your specific needs, musical preferences, and cultural identity, and offer flexibility as your needs may change over time.

Zoom/Telehealth sessions offer many of the same benefits as in-person sessions and are a great option for clients who are unable to receive in-person services. During your free consultation, we can discuss the option of telehealth and provide instructions about setting up virtual services.

Community-Based

Individual music therapy sessions include an initial assessment, documentation for progress, session planning, treatment planning, and ongoing evaluations in addition to actual face-to-face sessions. Our music therapists consider your specific needs, musical preferences, and cultural identity, and offer flexibility as your needs may change over time.

Group music therapy sessions consist of a group assessment where your music therapists will establish goals for group that attend to specific needs, musical preferences, and cultural identity, and offer flexibility in scheduling. We partner with several non-profit partner organizations as well as in-house CFCArts performance groups to expand our community offerings.

Zoom/Telehealth sessions offer many of the same benefits as in-person sessions and are a great option for clients who are unable to receive in-person services. During your free consultation, we can discuss the option of telehealth and provide instructions about setting up virtual services.

Educational Services

We have provided workshops and training to over 500 teachers, parents, students, and community members that have impacted services to over 1300 individuals! CFCArts MT Staff customizes their presentations to meet the needs of almost any group or organization. With a solid understanding of scientific evidence-based research, the staff at CFCArts is able to draw from real-life experience in a variety of educational and medical settings, to demonstrate the efficacy and importance of music therapy with various diagnoses and challenges.

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Populations Served by CFCArts Music Therapy

CFCArts Music Therapy is s proud to be able to offer music therapy services to a diverse set of populations. From an older adult recovering from a stroke, to an adolescent unable to verbalize or communicate with sensory processing needs, to a child with an emotional-behavioral disorder and ADD symptoms, we are able to serve these clients and more. Please read on to learn about how we can make music your medicine.

You may see a music therapist working with clients with the following:

  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Sensory Needs
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s
  • Dementia
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Sensory needs
  • Adolescents
  • Veterans
  • Substance use
  • Trauma

Credentials

Our staff includes Master’s Level Board-Certified Music Therapists who are certified specialists in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU Music Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Music Therapy. See American Music Therapy Association for more information!

Ashley moved from New York City to graduate from Florida State University with her master’s degree in music therapy while piloting research focused on music therapy for performers and artists. Ashley specializes in medical music therapy with clinical experience that includes premature infants in the NICU, adults in ICU, ER, labor & delivery, cardiac, oncology, adults in behavioral health, adults recovering from substance misuse, individuals with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia, hospice and palliative care, music therapy for wellness, and artists/performers. Prior to moving to Orlando, Ashley worked within an inpatient and outpatient hospital co-treating with SLP/OT/PT, supervising pre-interns, and directing a Parkinson’s Awareness Choir. In her freetime as a professional actor/musician she enjoys performing regionally in film/commercials, theatre and music!

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