Music Therapy

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. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.

Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music Therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings (American Music Therapy Association, 2011).

At Concord Community Music School, we offer Music Therapy programs for special education, early intervention, mental health, Alzheimer’s and the elderly, hospice, and more. To inquire about our Music Therapy services, click here.

Dance Movement Therapy

Dance Movement Therapy is the use of movement to promote emotional, social, behavioral, cognitive, and physical integration and goals within an individual for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing and quality of life. This work involves subtle movement changes, using a prop or instrument to enhance movement and connection, changing movement patterns to better quality of life, connecting neurological pathways through movement, increasing range of movement, using breath with movement, and more. Dance Movement Therapy is a therapeutic technique for all ages and abilities, as the therapists first goal is to meet people where they are at. This therapeutic approach is based on the mind/ body connection, so a change in the body reflects a change in the mind. To inquire about our Dance Movement Therapy program, click here.

Expanding Horizons – Adolescent Group (ages 11 – 14)

New for Summer 2023! Saturdays, June 3 – July 15, 2023 with Heidi Martinez

Expanding Horizons will focus on creating a safe space to explore feelings of anxiety, identity, and expression. This group will have the opportunity to use movement to explore the connection of mind, body, and emotion. Through creative arts activities such as visual arts and expressive writing, the group will work towards fostering growing confidence and a connection to self in the world.

Movement and Song for Memory

Designed for caregivers and those experiencing memory loss, Alzheimer’s, or dementia, this supportive and engaging group is designed to enhance memory and recognition through song and movement.

To learn more or register for the current or upcoming session, click here.

Movement and Song for Mobility

For anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, or other motor disorders, the curriculum is designed to help increase strength and flexibility, and to regulate balance and gait. Participants will experience moments of joy and socialization through movement and song.

To learn more or register for the current or upcoming session, click here.

The Music School has a ramp for access from the Fayette Street parking lot and the group meets on the same level. This group is for all abilities and will support those adults in wheelchairs, with walking assistance or full physical mobility.

Faculty: Heather Bigelow-Hearne is a dance movement therapist that uses songs and props to engage the group in fun memory making and memory enhancing activities. The goals for this group are to enhance quality of life, stimulate neurological connection, work with speech and language through song, increase sensory processing, lower stress levels, provide a space for joy and happiness, reduce body stiffness and increase range of movement and to provide a safe place to express our emotions.

Tuition Rates for Expressive Arts Therapy

Tuition for 16-week semester:

  • 30-minute session: $1,088
  • 45-minute session: $1,424

Financial Aid is available; click here.

NOTE: The Music School welcomes students at any time of the semester, and we will gladly pro-rate the tuition based on the number of lessons remaining in the semester — please contact the Registrar for details or (603) 228-1196.