Group Music Therapy

Within a group setting, music is used as a platform for communication, enabling successful social interaction and growth in children and adults. Depending on the group, a wide variety of therapeutic activities are used, including songs, instrument play and movement, drumming, songwriting and DJ activities such as turntable technology. Programs are available for verbal and non-verbal participants as well as individuals with physical, psychological or intellectual disabilities.

We offer specialized music therapy groups for young children, school-age children (to age 22) and adults with special needs, focused on developing skills and self-confidence while building relationships within a peer group. Programs for seniors are available at assisted or independent living facilities and senior centers. We can also create customized programs to meet the needs of your group.

Groups for Children

Our signature Sprouting Melodies program was developed for all young children up to five years of age. If your child is experiencing delays or receiving Early Intervention services, these inclusive music classes can offer supplementary support. Age-specific classes for infants, toddlers and preschool age children use music to encourage growth and development on many levels. The multi-week sessions are available in Wakefield, MA or through community partnerships during the week and on Saturdays.

For school-age children, our goal-driven music therapy groups provide interactive and positive opportunities for social engagement with others. Creative programming options, such as musical productions, provide participants with opportunities to successfully take part in a purposeful group activity. Offered after school and on weekends through our community partners, these multi-week programs are fun and motivating music experiences for children. Explore the choices.

Groups for Teens

While the behaviors and needs of teenagers may be unpredictable from day to day, their connection with music is consistent and undeniable. We capitalize on this connection in our teen-focused groups, where we use a variety of developmentally and age-appropriate therapeutic music activities to address social and communication skills. Participants are encouraged to develop and practice positive social interactions through shared musical experiences such as drumming, DJing, lyric analysis, songwriting and actively listening to music. Specialized programs focused on growing social skills are available for teens and young adults with advanced verbal skills. Search options.

Specialized Groups

Groups for Individuals with Emerging Language

For children and young adults with limited or emerging verbal ability, groups are available to focus on development of language and communication skills. In these sessions, music takes the place of language, enabling development of both verbal and non-verbal interactions. The music making is a group activity, offering opportunities for growth resulting from successful participation as a member of a team and the intrinsic reward of making music with others. See the available programs.

Groups for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities

Group music-making opportunities are also available for children, teens and young adults with physical disabilities. In these sessions, group members are encouraged to communicate and participate using multi-sensory systems that work best for them, including switches, eye gaze and touch. Through a therapeutic group activity supported by the Music Therapist, participants develop in their ability to make choices, engage in supported instrument play, vocalize in response to music, and gain increased awareness of self and others. Please bring any adaptive communication devices your child or teen uses so they can be incorporated into the music making! Learn more.

Groups Using Music Technology

Technology can serve as a vehicle for interaction and is particularly appealing to teens and young adults. The innovative use of technology within a clinical setting provides opportunities for both goal-driven and improvisationalinteractions. In technology-focused music therapy groups, participants develop social skills through an immersive experience utilizing turntables, DJ equipment and other electronic music devices. Explore.

Would you like us to bring music to your group? Contact us to discuss creating a customized program to meet your needs.