Music Therapy and Special Needs Programs at the Community Music School

These opportunities for music education are available to people of all ages with special needs.

Through music programming at MSU Community Music School, individuals with special needs have found joy, new friendships, and have made progress in the acquisition of motor, verbal, communication and social skills through music.

Music lessons, music therapy and other CMS programs are available. If you have questions regarding a child’s or dependent’s ability to participate in a class not listed here, please call (517) 355-7661. CMS programs are inclusive.

Special needs that often are effectively treated with music therapy techniques include:

  • Those typically arising from medical illnesses
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Physical impairments
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Autism
  • Sensory impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Aging

Services are offered in individual or group settings, as appropriate for the client’s needs and abilities.

Musical talent or training are not prerequisites for acceptance into the music therapy program. Experiences are geared to the specific functioning levels, interests, and clinical needs of the persons enrolled in the therapy. Treatment is provided by professional therapists who have training, experience, and certification in the field of music therapy.

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