So I Heard Music Therapy

So I Heard Music Therapy

5 employees
6 years in business

About this pro

We offer creative and effective therapy services to address an array of needs, including speech, motor skills, cognitive development, behavior, and more! We specialize in helping children, but we take all ages. Our board certified therapists use different aspects of music making to individualize treatment plans for each unique client!

Using client-preferred music in (or as) therapy means the clients will stay motivated and, more often than not, have a great time in therapy. Many of the children we work with don't realize they are working hard - they are just happy to be involved in music! We often get to see clients in their best mood, which means we get to see them make great progress on their own terms.

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Millburn, NJ 07041
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We offer free consultations where we provide new clients or parents with a studio tour, allow time for all program questions, and decide on a plan for treatment going forward. We then schedule assessments for a one-time fee of $80 where the client can trial a music therapy session and the therapist can determine potential to reach goals using music therapy. Once enrolled, we bill clients a monthly flat rate.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Music Therapists study for five years at an accredited undergraduate and/or graduate music therapy program, and accrue 1200 direct client hours during their training. All of our music therapists are board certified and highly skilled with varying specialities in the field of music therapy.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

We offer a flat rate monthly pricing for clients that is determined by length of sessions.

How did you get started in this business?

Brooke Slemmer, our program director, attended Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy, and then attended Coloardo State University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Music Therapy. She has been board certified since 2011 and additionally certified in Neurologic Music Therapy since 2012. So i Heard Music opened in July of 2013 with intentions to build a music therapy program and brought Brooke on board in 2014 to design and run the program. The music therapy department has been growing ever since!

What types of customers have you worked with?

Our therapists have experience with people of all ages, who have diagnoses ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD to dementia and traumatic brain injury. At our program, our therapists have helped clients to improve speech, build social skills, manage behavior, develop cognitive skills, and much more!

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Music Therapy is a well rounded and exciting field, but it is hard to know where to start since it is still relatively unknown. Make sure you find a music therapist that is board certified, or a clinical intern, to make sure you are getting the best possible treatment and that the interventions are rooted in research and experience.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Music therapy can address so many different areas of need, so think carefully about what your priorities are as far as "life skill" goals. It is easy to get caught up in the idea of your child or loved one gaining proficient musical skill, but keep in mind that life skills like appropriate behavior, functional speech and movement, social skills, and coping strategies can take you much further. Also, when enrolled in music therapy, you will be engaged in rich musical experiences no matter what, so there is gain from both sides!

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