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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

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 Cindy Edgerton at edgerto3@msu.edu.

Music Therapy Video:
CMS parent Keith made this video for his son, Seth, and his therapist Cindy Edgerton and posted it to YouTube.

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