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Brookline Music School offers music therapy to people of all ages and abilities. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish physical, emotional, cognitive, and social goals. A range of people can benefit, including children with language and motor delays, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, those with mental health needs, adults with dementia, and people who have experienced stroke and TBI.

Individual and Group Sessions are available. To start the process, parents have an initial consultation with Adrienne Flight, Certified Music Therapist (MMT, MT-BC).  Please fill out an Inquiry Form, listing Music Therapy as the area of interest, or contact the office

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What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. In music therapy sessions, music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.

How Does Music Therapy Make a Difference?

  • Music stimulates all of the senses and involves the student at many levels, facilitating multiple developmental skills and can encourage socialization, self-expression, communication, and motor development.
  • Quality learning and maximum participation occurs when students are permitted to experience the joy of play. The medium of music therapy 
allows this play to occur naturally and frequently.
  • Music can stimulate cognitive functioning and may be used for remediation of some speech/language skills.

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

A broad range of people can benefit from music therapy. This list includes:



  • Children with language, motor, and other developmental delays
  • People with special needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Children, teenagers, and adults with mental health needs
  • Adults with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia

What is Neurologic Therapy?

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a research-based system of 20 standardized clinical techniques for sensorimotor training, speech and language training, and cognitive training. Its treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by NMT include stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). NMT goals goals and interventions address rehabilitation, development, and maintenance of functional behaviors (Thaut, 2015).

Neurologic Music Therapy interventions include:

Cognition and Attention Control

  • Improve ability to sustain attention to a given stimulus through focus on elements of music for children with ADHD or ASD.

 Speech

  • Address speech delays through singing tasks that invite children with developmental and speech delays to initiate, develop, and articulate sung words, phrases, or songs;
  • Address speech needs by pairing music and words to regain speech after a stroke or TBI.

Movement and Coordination

  • Address gait training needs by using rhythm to cue steps, addressing cadence, velocity, and stride length after a stroke, for people with Parkinson’s disease, and other neurologic conditions affecting gait.
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Adrienne Flight, Board Certified Music Therapist (MMT, MT-BC)

Music Therapist, Adrienne Flight, practices client- and music-centered music therapy.  She uses improvisation, familiar songs, music writing, and discussion to help clients reach their goals. Adrienne believes that music is an integral part of the relationships that are formed in music therapy, and that music therapy can provide non-threatening environments where clients may explore, create, and grow.

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Music Therapy Rates 17/18

LengthPer SessionAge
30 min$50.50All
45 min$71.00All
60 min$91.00All
Group ClassVariesAll

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Brookline Music School
25 Kennard Road
Brookline, MA 02445
Email: info@bmsmusic.org
Phone: 617-277-4593
Fax: (617) 277-4437

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