Neurologic Music Therapy

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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.

Class Details


Spring 2021

Length Per Term (16 weeks) Per Year (32 weeks) Per Session
30 minutes $860.00 $1,720.00 $53.75
45 minutes $1,212.00 $2,424.00 $75.75
60 minutes $1,556.00 $3,112.00 $97.25
Group Session Varies Varies Varies

Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term

How To Enroll

To enroll in Neurologic Music Therapy, fill out our inquiry form.

Fees & Aid
  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $40 registration fee per family.
  • There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans.
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study.

Faculty


Kathlynn Sell

Kathlynn Sell

Kathlynn is a board certified music therapist and a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music...

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About


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.

Music stimulates all of the senses and involves the client at many levels, facilitating multiple developmental skills, encouraging socialization, self-expression, communication, and motor development. Our board-certified music therapists use music-based interventions in a clinical setting to help clients achieve individualized goals.

Music therapy is for people of all ages with various strengths and needs. The list includes:

  • People who need support with language, motor, social, or other skill development
  • Children, teenagers, and adults with mental health needs
  • Adults who have experienced stroke or traumatic brain injury
  • Adults with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia

Contact Us

Brookline Music School is a nonprofit organization that has provided excellence in music education to the greater Boston community since 1924. We rely on the generous support of our donors to benefit the community through music.

Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages. Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time. Join us!


Office Hours

  • Monday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Tuesday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Thursday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Friday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Sunday - 8:00am to 7:00pm