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Jody Tucker, Access Music Therapy

Jody Tucker, MA, MT-BC, NMT is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Owner of Access Music Therapy, llc. She has over 12 years of working in this exciting field. She is certified in Neurologic Music Therapy, is a HealthRhythms Drumming Facilitator, and is trained in Guided Imagery & Music Level I. Jody has played the violin since 10 years of age. She loves to repurpose furniture, garden, exercise, and spend time with her family

FAQ’s About Music Therapy

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. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)

What Do Music Therapists Do?
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses by the following interventions:
  • Design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation
  • Receptive music listening
  • Song writing and lyric discussion
  • Music and imagery
  • Music performance
  • Learning through music

Music Therapists participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.

Is Music Therapy a Reimbursable Service?
There are currently a few states that allow payment for music therapy services through use of Medicaid Home and Community Based Care waivers with certain clients.

  • Access Music Therapy is an MA Provider for Minnesota. Individuals can receive music therapy under the Brain Injury (BI) waiver.
  • Wisconsin’s IRIS Program is a client self-directed program allowing individuals to choose their services.
  • In Wisconsin, music therapy is covered under the Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver and the Family Support Waiver.
  • Call us for more information.
  • Companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, and Aetna have all paid for music therapy services at some time.  Success has occurred on a case-by-case basis when the therapist implements steps within the reimbursement process. Like other therapies, music therapy is reimbursable when services are pre-approved and deemed medically or behaviorally necessary to reach the individual patient’s treatment goals.


Our Mission…
Access Music Therapy, llc believes that every person can discover, express, and transcend to their highest potential through music therapy. Let us help you to explore the possibilities for you or your family member.
Music Therapy Sessions
With a Purpose
Sessions are designed and music selected based on the individual client’s treatment plan. Music experiences chosen will be most relevant the the client and the treatment plan. Sessions are typically:

  • Structure: one to one or group setting
  • Duration/Frequency: 30 minutes to one hour weekly
  • Location: Provided in the clinic, home or facility
The First Step

Assessment is when the music therapist engages and observes the client in various music experiences in order to better understand him/her as a person and to identify whatever issues, needs, concerns, and resources the client has. Goals for the client are created based on the assessment results.

Following an assessment, goals are developed. Goals are based on assessment criteria in the following areas:

  • Motor Development
  • Cognitive
  • Communication/Speech
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
0-105 years old
We serve children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.  Our individuals and groups have special needs with some of the following:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other aging related conditions
  • Brain injuries
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health issues
  • Autism Spectrum
  • ADHD
  • brain disorders
  • cerebral palsy
Music Therapy Standards
Ethical and Clinical

  • Competence: Music therapists work within the boundaries of their qualifications and improving through continuing education.
  • Client Rights: We respect all legal and personal right of clients related to safety dignity, civil rights, treatment, self-determination, and confidentiality.
  • Standards of Practice: Provide the highest quality of service, while meeting professional standards.

Music Therapy Research
Evidence-Based Practice
Music therapy is based on theory, practice, and research. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the:

  • Journal of Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Perspectives

A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.

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