Noteworthy Impact

Established Health Profession
“Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.”
American Music Therapy Association

Well-trained Music Therapists
“Whether you need help socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally, or developmentally, music can help you get better…and music therapists are well-trained on how to do that.”
Kimberly Sena Moore, Ph.D., MT-BC, University of Miami’s Frost School of Music

Social, Motor and Cognitive Skills
Children in early intervention music therapy are more successful at staying on-task, and developing language, social, motor and cognitive skills.
Standley, J.M. & J.E. Hughes, 1996

Positive Impact
Music therapy has demonstrated a positive impact on the social behavior of schizophrenia patients.
Study by Costa, & Negerios Vianna, 2011

MacPhail Makes a Difference

Serving Varying Diagnoses
MacPhail Music Therapy serves individuals with varying diagnoses, including developmental, physical and cognitive disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological impairments, and brain injuries.

Board Certified Music Therapists
MacPhail has 10 board certified music therapists who help clients strengthen and transfer abilities to other areas of their lives.

Individualized and Group Attention
MacPhail provides music therapy services in the form of 1:1 sessions and group classes reaching 800 clients each year.

Enhancing Lives Through Music
MacPhail’s Music Therapy program provides a range of services centered around the individual. From music therapy to adaptive lessons for those who have difficulty learning music in a traditional way due to a physical or cognitive challenge, we work hard to enhance the lives of our clients through music.

WE HAVE A PLAN—We want you to play a part.

Your gift to MacPhail’s Music Therapy can change lives and help people with a wide range of social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs to develop skills that improve their quality of life and productivity.

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Offerings for Music Therapy

How it Works


  • Help people access speech and language after a traumatic brain injury.
    Example: Stroke patients who lose their ability to talk can sometimes communicate by singing.
  • Promote self-expression and emotional response.
  • Help improve fine and gross motor functions.
    Example: Rhythmic movement helps develop gross motor skills such as mobility, agility, balance and coordination.
  • Increase socialization.
  • Help with two-way communication.
    Example: Music encourages communicative behavior and can encourage interaction with others; something that is difficult for students with Autism.
  • Enhance cognition.
    Example: Many Alzheimer’s patients can remember and sing songs even in advanced stages, long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces.



Rob – Age 29 years old

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Scott Sorensen, age 17, Music Therapy

As a toddler, Scott was terrified of all...