Setting the Record Straight:What Music Therapy Is… and Is Not

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) supports music for all and applauds the efforts of individuals who share their music-making and time; we say the more music the better! But clinical music therapy is the only professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music for health treatment and educational goals. Download the pdf here

Who is a good candidate for music therapy?

Music therapy can help almost anyone who shows an interest in music and is willing to engage in the therapeutic process. We provide services for people of all ages, from perinatal and early childhood to older adults. Contact us today for more specific information about how music therapy can assist you or your loved one.

I’m interested! How do I get started?

An assessment session is the required first step. In this session, the therapist will engage the client in a variety of music experiences to assess engagement, areas of strength, and areas of need. The therapist will also speak with the client and parent/guardian (when applicable) to develop a sense of the client’s history and what they want to accomplish in music therapy. After the assessment, the therapist will create a formal report indicating observations, whether of not music therapy is indicated, recommended length of sessions, and goals/objectives to address.

How long does it last?

Individuals are generally seen once a week for 30-60 minutes, dependent upon need and availability. 30-minute sessions are typically reserved for adapted instrument lessons. Sessions are planned in monthly segments. Progress is evaluated and treatment may last from several weeks to several years. No long-term contracts are required and clients may choose to discontinue at the end of any month. For therapeutic purposes, two weeks notice is requested.

How much does it cost?

Please call us at 513-474-6064 for current fee information.

Do you offer in-home therapy?

Sessions are typically held at our studio location in Anderson. In-home services are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at 513-474-6064 for more information.

Do you give piano lessons?

Music therapy services provides adapted music instruction only to those with special needs such as ADHD, learning problems, developmental disabilities or physical disabilities who may not be able to benefit from traditional music lessons. For instrumental music teachers in the Cincinnati area visit CCM Preparatory Department or Cincinnati Musicians Association.

Where are you located?

We are just located at

5204 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230

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Does Insurance or Medicaid cover Music Therapy?

Ohio Medicaid does not reimburse for music therapy services. Music therapy is not covered by Level One or I/O waiver programs. However, individuals on the new SELF waiver for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities can use those funds for music therapy under Participant Directed Goods and Services. Ohio county boards of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) sometimes provide reimbursement. We have successfully billed private health insurers for music therapy. Approval is made on a case by case basis and the process may take some time, but we are willing to work through it with you. Contact us to see if your insurance company is among the many that are now reimbursing.

Can we get financial assistance with the cost?

Financial assistance by may available for families in Hamilton, Butler, and Clermont counties that qualify. Family Support Services is provided via the Southwest Ohio Council of Governments (SWOCOG). Sandy Schutte is the FSSP Coordinator and can be reached at 559-6800 or

The Family Financial Advocate program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helps families locate, apply and advocate for resources to help them cover their medical expenses. Contact Rebecca Meyer at 513-803-6144.

Parents who need help paying for their children’s medical expenses can apply for grants from the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation. To qualify, children must be under 16 years old and meet financial guidelines. Visit

Paige’s Princess Foundation is a Cincinnati-based non-profit offering grants of up to $2500 to children under 21 with life-long disabilities. For application rules and information, visit

Sliding scale fees may be arranged if all of the above options have been exhausted.