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Targeting academic skills by putting her student's curriculum to music - click for larger image
Targeting academic skills by putting her student's curriculum to music
Targeting each student's individual need within a group music activity - click for larger image
Targeting each student's individual need within a group music activity

The purpose of Music Therapy is to promote functional independence in the areas of motor skills, communication, cognitive development, socialization, affective expression and auditory processing by applying the motivation of music to such specified need areas to facilitate measured progress.

"Music Therapy is the prescribed use of music by a qualified person to affect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems." (Provided by the American Music Therapy Association, Inc.).

At BOCES 2, Music Therapy services are provided to address educational goals of an individual who responds to music in a way that is not seen without the use of music. Since most children enjoy music, the criteria for receiving the service is often that they measurably respond to music with a 25% increase in IEP-related skill level when comparing responses in a music vs. non-music environment as determined by a music therapy evaluation. 

Who provides the Service?

Music Therapy is provided by staff who hold required degrees in Music Therapy, are Licensed Creative Art Therapists as required by New York State and have National Board Certification in Music Therapy.

How to get the Service?

Music Therapy is provided to children preschool-21 years of age who demonstrate an active response to music and qualify through the Music Therapy Special Education Assessment Scale (MT-SEAS) or related evaluative criteria. Children may be referred for an assessment by parents, teachers, physicians, school districts, support staff members and outside agencies. Services are contingent upon approval through the IFSP, CPSE or CSE process.


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For more information, please contact:

Chris Gold
Department Chairperson
160 Wallace Way, Building 9
Rochester, NY 14624
Ph: (585) 617-2323
Fax: (585) 349-8897
cgold@monroe2boces.org