At Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, music therapy services are provided to address educational goals of students who demonstrate a measureable response to music within a targeted need area. Through a formal music therapy evaluation, a student must show an increase of 25 percent or greater in an IEP-related skill when comparing responses between a music and non-music setting. The quantity of services is determined based on the student’s level of need, number of need areas/IEP-related skills tested, and the percentage increase in independence when performing skills in the music therapy setting.
Who provides the service?
Music therapy is provided by trained professionals who hold the national MT-BC credential (Music Therapist, Board Certified) and are licensed by New York State as Licensed Creative Arts Therapists or LCAT.
Who gets the service?
Music therapy is provided to children in preschool through age 21 who qualify for music therapy services through a formal evaluation procedure. BOCES 2 music therapists use the Special Educational Music Therapy Assessment Protocol (SEMTAP) and the scored Music Therapy Special Education Assessment Scale (MT-SEAS) to evaluate students who are referred for services. Students may be referred for an evaluation by parents, teachers, physicians, school districts, support staff members and outside agencies. Services are contingent upon approval through the IFSP, CPSE or CSE process.
Music Therapy Internship
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES has university-affiliated internships through Nazareth College and SUNY Fredonia. Interns work with several MT-BCs in the department during the school year and manage a caseload of clients with developmental disabilities and behavior needs, ages 3-21.
For more information, please contact:
Christopher Gold, MA, LCAT, MT-BC
160 Wallace Way, Building 9
Rochester, NY 14624
Ph: (585) 617-2325
Fax: (585) 349-8897