Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. At Pediatric Therapy Associates, music therapy is provided by a credentialed, board certified professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music Therapy uses music as the main tool to aid in achieving developmental and therapeutic goals of clients of all ages through success-oriented sessions.

Music therapy creates opportunities that provide:

  • Multi-sensory stimulation
  • An outlet for self-expression
  • Socialization
  • Promotion of Communication
  • Building of turn-taking, sharing, and teamwork skills
  • Creation of positive relationships with peers and adults
  • Enhancement of motor skills
  • Development of cognitive skills
  • Enjoyable leisure activities through music

Music Therapy Facts and Frequently Asked Questions:

Who benefits from music therapy services?

Music therapy is a beneficial therapeutic service for all children ages birth to 21 years.  Music therapists frequently work with children who have varying developmental disabilities including, but not limited to: genetic disorders, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, global delays, sensory processing disorder, and speech-language disorders.

How will I know if music therapy is appropriate for my child?

The music therapist will conduct an assessment session to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses as well as to discuss the outcomes you would like to see for your child.

What type of sessions are offered?

PTA offers individual and group music therapy sessions Tuesday through Friday weekly.

What is the duration and frequency of music therapy?

PTA offers: 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour weekly music therapy sessions.
Group sessions are 1 hour in length and the varying times are based on age group.
Once your child is assessed and music therapy is deemed an appropriate intervention, with your input, the music therapist will establish the duration and frequency of sessions.

Where are sessions held?

Thirty minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour sessions are held in the office.  Currently, music therapy services are offered in our Cary and Raleigh locations.  One hour visits can also be held in the client’s home.

What is the cost of private music therapy and does insurance cover it?

Music therapy is not currently covered by insurance; however, our fees are very competitive.  Please call for more information on pricing.

How do I enroll my child in music therapy?

To find out more information, speak directly to the music therapist, or to enroll your child in either individual or group music therapy sessions, please contact: 

Courtney Slocum, MM/MT-BC
Developmental Music Therapist
Board Certified
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(919) 906-4008

To learn more about music therapy from the American Music Therapy Association (, check out the following links:

Music Therapy and Young Children:

Music Therapy and Special Education:

Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder:


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