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WHAT WE DO

Access Music Therapy, llc is the leader in Northeast Minnesota. We provide neurologic music therapy to individuals and groups with special needs.

OUR MISSION

We believe that every person can discover, express, and transcend to their highest potential through music therapy. Let us help you to explore the creative possibilities!

Individual Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Call us today for a free consult. 218-349-1792

Group Music Therapy

We offer a variety of services including music therapy sessions, home-based sessions, facility contract services, and group sessions. In addition, experiential and educational services such as workshops and presentations are also available.

Rhapsody Garden

Rhapsody Garden Classes are early childhood music & movement classes for children ages 0-5 years and their parent or grandparent. Music can make a difference in a child’s development. Children learn through play. Musical play is motivating, supportive, and engaging. Music has the capacity to produce full-brain learning, which is so important during these early years.

Dress Up Baby Doll

I grew up dressing and primping my Barbie's and baby dolls. My mom had sewn clothes for all my dolls. So, when I had girls of my own, I made clothes for their dolls too. Playing dress up with the baby dolls was part of the fun. The developmental skills learned by...

Crafty Musical Instruments

Kids of all ages love to make music instrument crafts. I have three projects suggested and explained in picture detail for you. I usually use these activities for Wellness/Kids Fairs, street dances. Grandmas and grandpas love to get in on helping out the kids decorate...

Anxiety and Your Health

Anxiety has become part of everyday life for many. If we turn on the TV or scroll through Facebook these days, we are bombarded with words and pictures that can cause fear and worry. Daily life in today's society is filled with moments of high state anxiety. It seems...
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.
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses by the following interventions.

Is Music Therapy Reimburseable?

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 enrolled MN Health Care Program Provider. With that, we can accept the Minnesota Brain Injury (BI) Waiver Provider. Individuals can receive music therapy under the Brain Injury (BI) waiver in MN to assist with Independent Living Skills. We also accept the CDCS Waiver in MN.
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.

Some insurance can partially cover music therapy, but that is on a  case-by-case basis, and most individuals must meet their deductible before music therapy can be paid.

How Do I Become a Music Therapist?

Those who wish to become music therapists must earn a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved program and have at minimum the entry level credential, MT-BC to ethically practice as a music therapist.
The curriculum includes coursework in music, music therapy, biology, psychology, social and behavioral sciences, and general studies.
Clinical skills are developed through 1200 hours of required fieldwork, including an internship in healthcare and/or education facilities. These experiences allow students to learn how to assess the needs of clients, develop and implement treatment plans, and evaluate and document clinical changes.
Once the music therapy degree is earned and internship is completed, the student is eligible to sit for a board certification exam to earn the entry level credential, MT-BC, (music therapist, board certified) from the credentialing body, the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

What is a Typical Session?

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 1:1 or group setting, 30-60 minutes weekly, and provided in the clinic, home, or a facility.

What is a Music Therapy Assessment?

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.

Research on Music Therapy?

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.

What are Music Therapy Standards?

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.

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