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Songbird music therapy & private lessons ~ New Braunfels, TX

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Q- What is Music Therapy? 

1) 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)

2) Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy are based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts. (World Federation of Music Therapy, 2011).

3) Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve or maintain their health. Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health across various domains (e.g., cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional and affective development, behavior and social skills, and quality of life) by using music experiences to achieve treatment goals and objectives. It is considered both an art and a science, with a qualitative and quantitative research literature base incorporating areas such as clinical therapy, biomusicology, musical acoustics, music theory, psychoacoustics, embodied music cognition, aesthetics of music, and comparative musicology. Referrals to music therapy services may be made by other health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Clients can also choose to pursue music therapy services without a referral (i.e., self-referral).  (Wikipedia, 2012)


Q- What is the music-brain relationship?
Music effects the brain differently than any other stimulus activating multiple areas of the brain simultaneously and pervasively.  The music therapy approach dealing with music's relationship/effects on the brain is called Neurologic Music Therapy.  Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Neurologic Music Therapy is research-based. 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 Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: 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.


Q- How is Music Therapy different than other therapies?

Music is a unique tool that can access non-music abilities at times when other therapies have run their treatment course and/or lost efficacy.  This is due to music's ability to act as an intrinsic motivator plugging into the emotional and physical/brain responses only activated through or with music present or as a catalyst.  There are several music therapy approaches including:  cognitive-behavioral, neurological, medical, and holistic.  

"Music is an intrinsic part of all of us: pulse and rhythm are found in our heartbeat, our breathing and our movement; melody is created in our laughing, crying, screaming or singing; the whole range of our emotions can be held within the rhythms and harmonies of different musical styles and idioms. These intimate connections with music can remain despite disability or illness, and are not dependent on a musical training or background. Because of this, music therapists can use music to help children and adults with a wide range of needs arising from such varied causes as learning difficulties, mental and physical illness, physical and sexual abuse, stress and terminal illness. Emotional, cognitive and developmental needs can be addressed through interactive music making within a secure relationship offered by the music therapist."   - Nordoff Robbins 

Music therapy can be used alone or in tandem/co-treatment with other therapies including speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapies, and play therapy to enhance treatment outcomes focusing on established objectives in each of these treatment areas. Other creative therapies include recreation therapy, art therapy, and drama therapy.  Each has benefits unique to its medium. 

Q- Who can get music therapy services?
Some areas of music therapy service include: individuals with special needs, degenerative disorders, developmental delays, autism spectrum, elderly persons, those in need of physical/
mental rehabilitation, stroke victims, suffering traumatic brain injury, emotional/behavioral disorders, in need of pain management, hospice care, Alzheimer's/Dementia (Memory Care), addiction recovery, in psychiatric and correctional programs, or for maintenance of health and wellness in the general population.  From newborns in the NICU and other hospitalized children/adults to end of life care, music therapy serves all from birth to death in a variety of settings.  Goals can vary from educational support to rehabilitation to end of life care.

Q- How much do music therapy sessions cost?

Session fees vary depending on the provider, geographical location, and insurance coverage.  Individual session fees can vary widely while group sessionsd typically depend on the format of service.  Adaptive music lessons are set at a lower rate than music therapy sessions at SMT.    

Q- Will my insurance cover music therapy?
Some insurance companies do cover music therapy treatment and others do not.  Music therapy 
is considered a specialized therapy under the healthcare guidelines.  At SMT we provide relevant 
documentation you may provide to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Music Therapy is considered a Specialized Service under IDEA, similar to occupational therapy, 
physical therapy, or speech and language therapy. Increasingly, school districts are realizing the 
value of music therapy services and are providing individuals with music therapy as a related 
service. Please read the News & Resources page for an entry on IDEA.

Under the CLASS or YES programs (government waivers), qualifying individuals can receive Music Therapy Services at no cost.  Songbird MT provides CLASS and YES program MT services.  Please contact your local CLASS or YES program agency and get on the waitlist if you are interested in this service.



Q- How long are music lessons?
Music lessons are scheduled in 30, 45, and 60 minute blocks. Time allotted     

varies by age or proficiency level of the student.  General recommendations are 
as follows:
          4-11     = 30 minutes*
          12-17   = 45 minutes*
          18+      = 60 minutes
        *exceptions for advanced proficiency or by request

Q- How much do music lessons cost?
 Lesson fees vary by lesson duration and instrument.  

     -Voice and Adaptive lesson fees for 30mins, 45mins, 60mins are $30/$45/$60 respectively.          
     -Piano/Violin/Guitar/Bodhran fees for 30mins, 45mins, 60mins are $25/$38/$50 respectively.

        ***DISCOUNTS are available through seasonal promotions listed on the music 
            lessons page. Please contact SMT for specific discount rates***

Q- What methods do you teach?


Healthy singing techniques are taught.  Erin was classically trained as a technical singer at the Masters level, however, she also has extensive experience and training in jazz, country, pop, folk, and musical theater styles. Techniques include vocal agility, controlled intensity, stamina and stylistic nuance with efficient and healthy phonic production.  The goal is to produce the desired sound without hurting the voice in the process. Erin provides individuals with the tools they need to succeed vocally no matter the style. She is no magician, of course.  There are a set of prerequisite skills that must be present for success.  Those are assessed in the first few lessons and followed with recommendations.


Primary publisher used is Faber and Faber.  However, depending on the student, sometimes Hal Leonard, Alfred, and Suzuki methods are used. As the student advances, individual pieces from the classical and contemporary repertoires are incorporated.


Suzuki method


Erin’s method

Audition/Performance Techniques: 

Professional guidance and assistance creating a memorable audition or performance using a variety of techniques depending on the individuals strengths.

Q- What is an “adaptive music lesson” ?

An adaptive music lesson is a music lesson given to an individual with special needs or physical disability. The lesson is individualized and may require instrument modification or modified teaching or behavioral techniques for success.  Some populations include:  physical injury, loss of appendage, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome among others.  Adaptive music lessons are NOT music therapy.  However, the teacher must have additional training to accommodate special needs and exceptionalities that can be unique to these students.  Adaptive lessons are focused on musical skills, education, and enrichment.  Please call or email for more information or inquiry about specific conditions.  



Q- What is Wellness?

1) Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.            -National Wellness Institute

Click HERE for more on the  National Wellness Institute's

Six Dimensions of Wellness: 


2) Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University gives this definition of wellness: 
     “Wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive 
      health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.”

A qualified music therapist can address various methods of achieving optimal wellness depending on an individual's or group's assessed needs.


Q- How can music therapy function in a corporate setting or event?

A qualified music therapist can provide regular corporate wellness services such as team-building, stress relief, time management assistance, healthy expressive communication, tension release/relaxation/centering, and increase focus for productivity.  

At a corporate event, a music therapist may facilitate team-building activities including: leadership, organizational communication, relationship dynamics, teamwork OR he/she may serve as a guest speaker at a conference or event, providing a seminar on using music in the corporate setting for the company's benefit aiding in several areas mentioned above.

Q- What is Sound Healing?
Sound Healing is the use of the properties of acoustics (resonance, acoustical frequency and vibration, etc.) to alter or promote a desired physical and/or mental response in the body and mind for the purposes that may include centering, psychological and emotional processing, healing, achieving balance, re-alignment of the energy centers in the body (chakras), deep relaxation, and wellness among others.  This can be achieved through a variety of methods. Some methods include the use of metal or crystal tone bowls, tuning forks, or the voice as a the source of frequency and resonance. 


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