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Special Needs

Opportunities for music education and music therapy are available to people of all ages with special needs. Through music programming at CMS, individuals with special needs have found joy, new friendships, and have made progress in the acquisition of motor, verbal, communication, and social skills through music.

Music lessons, music therapy, and other CMS programs are available. If you have questions regarding a child’s or dependent’s ability to participate in a class not listed here, please call (517) 355-7661. CMS programs are inclusive.

About Music Therapy

Music therapists provide treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from stress to severe handicaps. Services are offered to individuals of all ages and abilities.

Children with delays or difficulties with speech or motor skills may benefit from music therapy.

Special needs that often are effectively treated with music therapy techniques include:

  • Those typically arising from medical illnesses
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Physical impairments
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Autism
  • Sensory impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  •  Aging

Services are offered in individual or group settings, as appropriate for the client’s needs and abilities.

Musical talent or training are not prerequisites for acceptance into the music therapy program. Experiences are geared to the specific functioning levels, interests, and clinical needs of the persons enrolled in the therapy. Treatment is provided by professional therapists who have training, experience, and certification in the field of music therapy.

For more information about music therapy, please contact the CMS-D to schedule a consultation:

Phone: (313) 578-9716
Email: cmsd@msu.edu


Documents supporting Music Therapy:

Music Therapy and Special Education

Music Therapy and Autism 1

Music Therapy and Autism 2

Music Therapy and Young Children



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