Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT
Director of Onsite Services
(914) 761-3900 ext. 134

Can I register at any time of the year?

Yes – we have ongoing open enrollment. Though the program is structured in fall, spring and summer semesters you may begin at any time and the fees are prorated to the number of sessions remaining in the semester.

How do I register my child for music therapy or adapted instruction?

You must contact Dr. Tina Brescia MT-BC, MTI’s director of onsite services at 914-761-3900 ext. 134 or tina@musiced.org to schedule an appointment for an initial assessment. There is no fee for this meeting. During this meeting your child will participate in music making with a therapist who will begin to establish a goal plan should you decide to register for sessions. After this meeting a lesson time will be established and you may proceed with the registration process. Payment for the semester is expected in full prior to the start of sessions.

What is my role as the parent during the initial assessment?

Depending on the age of your child, you may choose to remain in the session room during the initial assessment, or you may choose to observe in the observation room. Please make your preference known to the therapist. If you choose to sit in the room during this first meeting, we encourage you to take more of an observational role during this meeting, allowing the therapist to relate to your child and learn more about how the child uses space, communicates and attends independently in a new situation. We are aware that many children behave differently in new situations than they do once they become familiar with a setting. The therapist will ask for parental support during this session as needed. Please advise the therapist of any special physical or communication support that may be needed for your child at this time. Therapists may ask questions about your child during this meeting and at the end of the assessment there will be time for parents to ask questions.

What is the difference between music therapy and adapted instruction?

Music therapy is a process-oriented intervention that includes structured improvisations using various small percussion instruments, piano and guitar. The goals that are set reflect the individual’s social, verbal, cognitive, physical and emotional needs as determined by the therapist with input from the parent or caregiver.

Adapted instruction is more specifically focused on skill building with a particular instrument: guitar, piano, voice or percussion. In order to participate in this program a person must demonstrate an ability to sit and attend to a task for at least 10 minutes, have developing fine motor control, demonstrate a sense of the basic beat, have beginning reading skills and have an initial desire and motivation to learn the instrument.

What should I expect during the initial assessment meeting?

It is most common for parents to sit in the session room to observe or participate during the initial assessment, however we have an observation room with mirrors that allows a parent to observe without being in the room if this is preferred. The music therapist will provide a 20 to 30-minute session. During this session the therapist is observing how the child responds to his or her environment, what instruments or sounds they are drawn to or dislike, how they use language, are they able to keep a steady beat or repeat simple musical patterns. It is also common during an initial session for the music therapist to allow a certain amount of freedom for the child to explore so that we can observe natural tendencies in behaviors. Generally the therapists are using piano or guitar to support the musical activities. The child will be invited to join in and play with these instruments, or with a variety of percussion instruments that are available in the room.

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