Music Therapy

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Music has been used as "therapy" for a long time, helping people to cope with pain, manage stress and improve memory.

​"Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity."

- Barbara Crowe (Past President of National Association for Music Therapy)​

Why 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 is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings."


Music Therapy interventions can address

a variety of Health & Educational Goals:

  • Promote Wellness

  • Express Feelings

  • Manage Stress

  • Enhance Memory

  • Alleviate Pain

  • Improve Communication

  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

  • Cognitive Skills

  • Sensory Skills

  • Motor and Physical Skills

  • Communication Skills

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We accept Family Direct Services

Plans / Medicaid

What does Music Therapy look like?

This is a song we sing to help get the wiggles out!

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Goals we address in Music Therapy

Cognitive goals

Building pre-academic/academic skills, increasing attention, enhancing memory, and increasing following directions. To achieve improved cognitive skills, we use a variety of techniques including: Instrument play, songwriting, drumming, song listening, and song analysis.

Motor/physical goals 

These are addressed by using Instrument playing, movement interventions, and dancing. This helps improve fine motor skills, strength, endurance, gross motor skills, balance and posture.

Communication goals

 are addressed using interventions such as: instrument play, singing, communication during sessions, and breathing exercises. This helps improve articulation, breath control and support, nonverbal communication, and other language development.

Most common question we receive

Do I have to know how to play an instrument, sing, and/or read music before beginning music therapy? The answer is NO! You don't even have to learn any of those things while doing music therapy. Music Therapists use music to help you accomplish your goals. That may include learning an instrument but it usually doesn't. There are so many other things you can do with music!


55 minute musically driven groups for adults or children focus on individual goals while addressing group goals such as learning social skills and emotional intelligence. All groups are done in our clinic space.

Group size: 2-6 individuals $40 per session + a one time $200 Assessment cost



30, 45, or 60 minute musically driven sessions focus on 1-3 goals such as motor skills, social skills, cognitive skills, and self-regulation skills. Individual services may be done in our clinic or your home.

$80-$115 per session + a one time $200 Assessment cost Family-Directed funds and private pay are accepted.


Boise Music Therapy Co. offers in-home piano, guitar, and voice lessons to adults and children. Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of each individual student. Music lessons may be done in our clinic or in your home.

$80-$115 per session + a one time $200 Assessment cost Family-Directed funds and private pay are accepted.



Music Together Within Therapy can be combined with any music therapy services. Music Together is a research-based music curriculum that focuses on music and movement. Music Together Within Therapy can assist in increasing communication (both expressive and receptive), physical (both fine motor and gross motor), sensory, cognitive, and social skills.

Other Resources and Services

Preschool Mondays

Preschool Mondays

Parenting Membership

Parenting Membership

Contact Info:

Address: 1510 W Ustick Rd Suite 110 Meridian, ID 83646

Phone: (208) 906-3875

Fax: 208-485-8953

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