The majority of states in the U.S. have now adopted the Common Core State Standards as a basis for students’ knowledge. Because goals for students in special education typically align with general education standards, we’ll share how music therapy and Common Core State Standards relate.

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Congratulations to Jonah, the recipient of Coast Music Therapy’s Shining Star Student award!   

Jonah is a bright young man with a unique sense of humor.  After working with him for about a month we realized he had perfect pitch- the ability to hear a note and know what note that is just by listening to it. Even at his young age, Jonah has composed his own melodies and is continuing to not only learn music, but interact during jam sessions. Jonah is a very bright shining light who we are lucky to see every week. Read More

The Coast Music Therapy staff take a field trip from San Diego, California to Colorado State University for a 4-day training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT).

Our team of board certified music therapists updated their knowledge on the latest brain-based music therapy treatment and research during this intensive 30-hour course.   See pictures of NMT in action and find out more about Neurologic Music Therapy in special education settings for students with autism and other special needs. Read More

View samples of music therapy goals for the special education setting.

Music therapy goals for a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) support skill development in areas such as communication, academic learning, daily living skills, motor functioning, social skills, behavior, and mental health. These are common goal areas of students with diagnoses such as autism, neurologic impairments, orthopedic impairments, and other disabilities. Read More

Save the date for our annual star student recital on Saturday April 27, 2013.

Family, friends, and the special needs community are welcomed to join us at this event. This year’s Earth Day theme will include eco-friendly decor and a special Coast Music Therapy recital staff performance! Read More

Designer Vanja James gives life to inspiring music therapy quotes with her artistry.

Sometimes we can all use a few words to remind us of our life’s path and “Music puts the pieces together.” There are so many great quotes about the powerful effects of music, we thought we’d share a few.  Vanja added her own special touches to help bring out the mood of each quote. Read More