Music Therapy Associates

Music Therapy Associates

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19 employees

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With 19 Board Certified therapists, Music Therapy Associates serves clients of all ages and abilities in their homes, schools, daycare centers, nursing homes and other community locations as well as their Whitehall, PA studio. Music therapy sessions, Music lessons on most instruments and voice as well as interactive music programs are offered during the day, evening as well as on weekends. MTA was founded in 1990 by Katherine M. Purcell, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified). In addition to serving clients in the Greater Lehigh Valley, MTA has expanded its service area to include the Poconos, Eastern PA, and Western New Jersey.

We love designing our music lessons and music therapy sessions to fit the interest/ability and needs of our students/clients.  Seeing and hearing our participants progress is priceless!!

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Whitehall, PA 18052
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We don't have a "typical process".  Every participant is different and we assess that student/client for their areas of interest and need and design our services just for them!

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

All of the music therapists/music teachers at Music Therapy Associates are board certified and are proficient in guitar/piano and voice!  Many of our therapists/teachers have additional/advanced degrees/areas of expertise.

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

We provide our lessons/sessions at a location convenient for you and keep our prices as reasonable as possible while maintaining a high quality of services.  

How did you get started teaching?

Music Therapy Associates started in 1990.  It has grown over the years and enables us to serve many students/clients of all ages and abilities!

What types of students have you worked with?

We provide instrument and vocal lessons as well as music therapy services for individuals of all ages and abilities!  Our therapists have experience with individuals with autism, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's and other dementias, Cerebral Palsy, those suffering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury or those recovering from surgery.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I advise those looking for a music therapist or music teacher to make sure they are looking at an indivdual or business with a lot of experience and one that can be flexible with their lessons/music therapy sessions.  The fact that we can work with individuals on multiple instruments as well as teach music theory (reading and writing music) has been very beneficial for our students/clients.  Often the student/client is unsure or unable to focus for the entire lesson/session on one instrument so we provide other engaging activities which benefit the learning of an instrument or music therapy.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students/clients should determine how serious they are about studying an instrument/voice and look at days/times (as well as possible location) that works best for them.  They need to feel comfortable with the person who will be working with them (especially if it is services like ours where we are coming into their home).

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