Rhapsody Arts Center

Music Therapy


When other modalities of communication fail, music can create new pathways and enable you to make a connection.

WELCOME to Rhapsody Arts Center. This isn’t a quiet doctor’s office with people whispering…this is a center of ingenuity and creativity. After walking through our doors, you will likely hear guitars, pianos, drums, and singing streaming throughout the building. Some of our students have special needs, some don’t, and that’s fine. Everyone is welcome!

With a mixture of adaptive lessons, music therapy, and private music lessons, our Music Therapy program is individualized for each student. We see children with sensory integration issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Aspergers Syndrome, social anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, and other developmental disabilities.

Our music therapist, Kim Weiss, will provide a safe, nurturing environment for students of all ages and abilities to develop musical and non-musical skills. Kim is certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and is on the Wisconsin Registry for Music Therapists.

Getting started: Music therapy assessment

Click the assessment button to learn more and request an initial appointment.

Complete music therapy policies [PDF]

Music Therapy:

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005) It is also an allied health profession which uses the therapeutic use of music to affect changes in behavior, cognitive skills, social/emotional skills, psychological, language skills, and sensory motor skills. Musical and non-musical modalities are designed to hit target areas that are individualized for each student. Before entering into the music therapy program, all students are required to participate in a music therapy assessment in order to determine the best treatment plan.

Music Therapy Assessment:

Assessment is required in order to begin private music therapy sessions. The assessment procedures will take the form of primarily music-based experiences designed to present tasks in the major functional skill areas (communication, cognitive/academic, perceptual-motor, emotional/affective, social/interpersonal), as well as musical skills, interests and preferences. The therapist may request to observe the individual working in home or educational settings as well. Assessments are also available on a consultation basis for other organization such as for purposes of assisting in psychological, educational or medical diagnosis, or to document a rationale for third party reimbursement or special education services.

Adaptive Lessons:

Adaptive lessons are offered to students who might need a modified approach to learning an instrument.  Adaptive lessons are offered for a variety of instruments, currently including piano and guitar.  Adaptive music lessons are similar to traditional music lessons, but are individually designed and altered to be success-oriented and motivating. Adaptations may range from learning songs using colors and numbers, reading music notation and studying theory, free-play and improvisation, or may include modifying the instrument or accessories themselves.

Group Classes

Rhapsody Arts Center also available for consultation for music therapy groups at schools, daycares, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day programming. Contact Kim at kim@rhapsodyarts.org for more information.

(For current rate information, please contact our office.)

Music Therapy Assessment
30-minutes Music Therapy Session
40-minute Adaptive Lesson Session
55-Minute Adaptive Lesson Session
Group Music Therapy Session

Complete music therapy policies [PDF]

Other Useful Resources for Parents

Call our studio or email Kim Weiss, MT-BC, WMTR, Music Therapist at kim@rhapsodyarts.org for more information and scheduling availability.

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