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Frequently Asked Questions

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. (From

What is Music Together®?

Music Together® is a music and movement approach to early childhood music development for infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten children and their parents, teachers, and other primary caregivers. It began as an educational project of the Center for Music and Young Children and is now being taught internationally. Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Who is qualified to practice music therapy?

An MT-BC is qualified to practice music therapy. An MT-BC is a music therapist who completes an approved college music therapy curricula (including an internship) and passes the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC). MT-BCs are required to complete additional continuing education coursework to keep their board certification credential.

What do music therapists do?

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up. (From

Do you only work with children?

No. We offer services to people of all ages with varying abilities and disabilities. We have worked with clients from one week old to 96 years old.

Who can benefit from music therapy?

Anyone can potentially benefit from music therapy. Our therapists have worked with clients with autism, developmental delays, dementia, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, as well as typically developing children and well adults. We offer screenings to determine if music therapy would be an appropriate intervention. Please contact us if you are interested in a screening.

Where are services offered?

Typically services are offered in our studios, as well as schools, group homes, day treatment programs, hospitals, nursing homes, and community centers

How are you different?

Tempo! Music Therapy Services is the region's leading provider of music therapy services, family music classes, music lessons, and yoga. Our team consists of board certified musical therapists, most of whom have at least a Master's Degree in Music Therapy. As a team, we have a collective experience of over 100 years. Our education and experience sets us apart and has made Tempo! a highly respected company among both music professionals and the public.

Do you have to have music ability to benefit from music therapy?

No. Many of our clients come to us who enjoy and are motivated by music, but prior musical experience or ability is not required to benefit from services.

Do you teach regular music (piano, voice and, instrument) lessons?

Yes. We offer lessons on a variety of instruments, including piano, voice, and guitar. Students have the opportunity to perform in our recitals twice a year.

Is music therapy a reimbursable service?

Some insurance companies reimburse our clients for music therapy services but we do not bill insurance companies directly. We are considered out of network with many insurance companies and can call on benefits to see if your plan may cover services. We are an approved provider for the Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. We are in the process of becoming an approved provider for the Perform Care system and for the Pennsylvania OBRA Waiver. Please contact us for more information.

Is music therapy a related service on the IEP?

Music therapy may be provided by the public schools either by decision of the IEP team (as a related service) or by decision of the school district (as educational enrichment).

When does the next semester begin?

We hold four semesters a year:

Winter 2014 - (10 weeks) beginning January 6, 2014 ending March 15, 2014

Spring 2014 - (10 weeks) beginning April 7, 2014 ending June 17, 2014
*Earlybird March 17, 2014
No class Memorial Day Monday

Summer 2014 - (6 weeks) beginning July 7, 2014 ending August 16, 2014
*Earlybird June 16, 2014

Fall 2014 - (10 weeks) beginning September 22, 2014 ending December 6, 2014
*Earlybird September 1, 2014
No classes Thanksgiving week

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