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Frequently Asked Questions

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. http://www.musictherapy.org/

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. http://www.musictherapy.org/

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. http://www.musictherapy.org/

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! 


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Ms. Katie Whipple, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC
Clinical Coordinator
Campus Box 67
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: 478-445-2645
Fax: 478-445-2645
katie.whipple@gcsu.edu

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