Music Therapy Clinic

The Music Therapy Clinic at Georgia College offers music therapy services and adaptive lessons to children and adults with all types of abilities and talents. All clients must first have an assessment (offered free of charge!) to determine if music therapy is appropriate for them. A treatment plan including goals and objectives will be written according to the client’s and family’s needs. Data will be taken on each session and client/caregiver will receive monthly progress reports. Interventions will be designed to meet the individual needs and strengths of the client and/or group. Sessions are typically held in the MT Clinic located at the Milledgeville campus.

Individual Music Therapy Services

We provide an initial music therapy assessment free of charge and offer 30 minute sessions for $25 and $50 for hour sessions (50 minute session and 10 minutes of documentation). If outside 30 mile radius of clinic additional fee may apply. The assessment session, the completion of the New Client Information Packet (insert link to document) and any additional submitted paperwork will assist the state licensed/board certified music therapist recommend a focus for treatment including measurable music therapy goals and objectives. Monthly reports are submitted to the individual served or the individual’s caregiver in order to provide accurate documentation on progress.

Included in our New Client Information Packet (insert link again) you will find the new client information form and consent to treat/medical release. Please feel free to ask any questions!

Please note that this form and any insurance information (if not paying out of pocket) MUST be received prior to the initial assessment. It may be emailed to or mailed to our clinic. If they are not received prior to your first appointment, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early in order to complete your paperwork. Download the form here: New Client Information Packet (insert again).

Group Music Therapy Services

We offer group music therapy services through one hour and half hour sessions depending upon the needs the group and organization. Rates vary depending upon the size of the group. Typically we contract with an organization to provide group music therapy sessions for a specific group of clients. A group assessment is completed to provide areas of focus for the groups. Documentation is completed by the music therapist according to the requirements of the organization.

Adaptive Lessons

We offer individual adaptive lessons in guitar, piano and basic introductory music lessons. Often times regular music lessons do not provide the best support, especially for individuals with learning disabilities or other challenges. Adaptive music lessons are designed around the strengths and needs of the individual. Music experiences are tailored towards improving specific music skills in an environment of patience and expertise using adaptive methods and creative planning. A music therapy assessment and treatment plan are still integrated into the lesson to provide opportunities for growth and change in areas of musical and non-musical skills. Rates for a half hour individual adaptive lesson are $25 and $50 for an hour session. Half hour lessons are great for beginners! Lessons are offered for adults and children of all ages and abilities!

Services for Facilities and Organizations

Often times organizations would like to, but are unable, to employ a full time music therapist. We offer contract services with organizations and facilities to provide music therapy to individuals or groups that they serve. Some organizations that we have had contracts with include Heartland Hospice and the Georgia Academy for the Blind. Our rates vary according to location and number of clients served. Contact us to find out more about our contract services!

Chesley Mercado, Ed.D., LPMT, MT-BC
Chair, Music Therapy Department

Katie Whipple, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC
Clinic Coordinator

Youngrim Leah Lee
Music Therapist

Tammie Burke
Administrative Assistant

What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to: promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, promote physical rehabilitation.

Who do music therapists work with?

Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.

What do music therapists do? 

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation and follow up.

What is a music therapy assessment?

A music therapy assessment is part of the therapy process. It provides the music therapist with an individual’s current level of strengths and needs and pinpoints areas of focus for treatment. Areas that are assessed include communication, academic/cognitive, motor, musical, emotional and social skills as well as quality of life.

Will my insurance pay for music therapy services?

We are an approved provider of music therapy services for most insurance companies. We are able to bill for services, typically out of network, however it depends on your insurance plan and coverage. The insurance billing codes that music therapists use may fall under your existing rehabilitative and therapeutic benefits. If you are unsure if your therapy benefits, we would be happy to call your insurance company and verify benefits in regards to music therapy services. If you are interested in paying for services through your insurance company be sure to provide the required information in our New Client Packet (insert hyperlink here). We will contact you directly to let you know if your insurance company will pay for services.

How often do music therapy sessions occur?

It is recommended that sessions occur at least once a week. However, it depends on a number of factors including the focus and interest of the individual, the availability of the individual and the ability to pay for services. Music Therapy sessions are typically at the same time on the same day each week. This provides a sense of consistency that is extremely important for the therapy process.

How is music therapy different than entertainment?

The beauty of music is that it is entertaining… and thus one reason why music therapy is so motivational! While experiencing music is entertaining, music therapy is different in that it is focus-driven to achieve specific goals and objectives. Music therapists are able to tap into the “entertaining” factor to promote positive changes, while often being unnoticed by the individual! Music therapy provides a non-threatening environment to assist individuals with their needs.

What are the benefits of music therapy?

The benefits of music therapy are endless and can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Benefits include, but are not limited to, increased communication skills, improved gross and fine motor skills, increased social skills, positive outlets for emotional expression, improved academic skills, increased in coping skills, distraction for pain and other medical procedures and so much more!



Contact Information
Ms. Katie Whipple, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC
Clinical Coordinator
Campus Box 67
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: 478-445-2645
Fax: 478-445-2645