All therapy groups are facilitated by a Board Certified Music Therapist, or Art Therapist in the case of the art therapy based groups, who is trained to create a friendly, nurturing environment for the participants in order to encourage growth in various skill areas. Each group offers a safe and supportive environment designed to highlight each individual's unique, creative strengths and abilities.
Group Music Therapy (all ages)
Please consult our calendar for available groups
Our music therapy socialization groups will be facilitated by a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) familiar with the concepts of the DIR/Floortime model as well as sensory integrative techniques. The sessions will be comprised of no more than 6 children based on age and needs.
Young Ringers (ages 7-12)
Joyful Ringers (ages 13+)>
Our handchime choirs consist of up to 12 members. These groups ring recognizable music using Schulmerich tone chimes. Unlike an orchestra or choir in which each musician is responsible for one line of the music, a handchime ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever that note occurs.
Therapeutic benefits include social interaction, cognitive benefits, and physical benefits. The handchime choir will also provide an outlet for emotional and music expression. The students will learn to contribute to the group as a whole. No prior musical experience or ability to read music is required.
- Ability to understand and process verbal cues
- Eye contact is important but can be learned
- Ability to grasp handchimes with at least one hand
- Performance opportunities will be available, as it is our belief that performances will support the member's self-concept and self-esteem
Music Together Within Therapy® Groups
Tempo! is also offering classes designed for families with children with special needs who feel they need more support in a smaller class environment. These classes will be tailored to the specific therapeutic needs (physical, emotional, cognitive, and social) of each child. Also, contrary to typical Music Together classes, children over the age of 6 are welcome.
Zumba® (ages 5-12) (inclusive - for children with special needs and their peers)
The Zumba® Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba® fans ages 5-12, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin' to the beat. It's all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it's okay to just be yourself and dance like no one's watching!
All classes will be adapted to fit the needs of the students in the class.
- Music Explorers (ages 4-8)
Music Explorers is a 10-week series of weekly 45-minute groups that explores musical concepts through instrument play, dance, singing and creativity. It is ideal for children who may have "outgrown" the Music Together program but continue to demonstrate an interest in music.
- Teens and Tweens (ages approximately 8-12)
Teens and Tweens is a structured 6-week series of weekly groups that run for one hour and fifteen minutes. Clients will collaborate as a group to compose a song, film a video for the song, create a CD cover and have a "CD release party" for friends and family at the end of the series. Clients will benefit from socializing with peers within the same age range, improve communication skills, increase self- and mutual –regulation, experience an outlet for self-expression, and have opportunities to build musical skills. Most importantly, clients will have fun with friends in a safe and supportive environment designed to highlight each individual's unique, creative strengths and abilities!
- Girls Rock! (ages 11-15)
Girls Rock! meets weekly and uses Broadway musicals and popular music to encourage therapeutic development through the exploration of the stories and characters and music. Sessions will include a variety of singing, dancing, instrument play and songwriting. A project such a songbook, CD, or music video will be created for the clients to take home.
- Guitar Rocks! (ages 13+)
Guitar Rocks! Is for teens and young adults interested in learning to play their favorite music on the guitar. Using simplified chording, clients will sing and play along to their favorite groups each week to address both socialization and motor coordination.
- A Different Drum (ages 16+)
Music experiences will center around drumming to address areas including social interaction, motor skills, coordination, and following directions. This group is designed specifically for teens and young adults with different learning styles and will encourage clients to engage in whatever way they can, working together to create a unique group experience.