Children + Music Therapy

Music therapy is a fun and engaging experience that helps children navigate the rough waters of growing up. Children face many obstacles as they develop and explore social situations. Sometimes children can benefit from additional support to help them build resilience and learn lasting coping skills that will help them along their journey. Music therapy is founded on several key principles, including the theory of the “music child”. The music child is the part of us that experiences music, which is also our “core” sense of self. It is a part that never goes away, but is often confronted with challenges. Music brings out the music child and facilitates healing and growth.

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Your child may benefit from additional support if your child experiences:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Tendency to overreact
  • Diminished emotional responsiveness
  • Seclusion from family and friends
  • Excessive or unexplained fear or anxiety
  • Troubles in school or sudden drop in grades
  • Changes in behavior at home or school
  • Inability to focus on tasks or to sit still
  • Loss of interest in activities or social events
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Thoughts of self-harm

If you suspect your child has suicidal ideation or intent, call for help immediately. Call 911 in an emergency, or in non-emergency situations, try 1-888-989-9990 to connect with the Child Center’s Hotline.


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When a child has experienced an extreme stress, the child may have difficulty communicating their experience or moving forward. Music therapy offers an opportunity to express their experience in a safe environment and in a less threatening way. Music therapy is focused on the process of making music, not necessarily creating a product. The process facilitates emotional expression and therapeutic connection which encourages healing and growth. Children do not face judgement in the music therapy session, so they may feel more comfortable expressing thoughts and feelings. The therapeutic relationship allows the child to practice vital social skills and build resilience. Children naturally enjoy music, and are typically more willing to engage in the active music making than in discussion.

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Music can be a non-verbal experience that still allows for a great deal of emotional and creative expression. A child who feels anxious at the idea of talking through their issues may take comfort in being able to play the piano on the theme of family, or drum to represent what their emotion is that day. Any vocalization may then be reflected by the therapist musically, validating the child’s expression and encouraging them to further express.




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Music allows children to practice attention skills necessary for academics and social interaction in a fun and lighthearted environment. Music requires sustained, selective, alternating, and divided attention. Music therapists utilize music to improve the 4 types of attention. Children may also gain insight into socially appropriate behavior, and discover how they can be a part of their social environment.




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(Music Therapy) helps to connect and enhance mood.


Able to bounce back from emotional upsets

After spending a few months with Danielle at Refuge Music Therapy, my daughter seems to be able to bounce back from emotional upsets much quicker than before.


So much fun playing

My son has so much fun playing with new instruments, learning new songs, and exploring the space. We love coming to music group!


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