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Music Therapy

Music Therapy at Indinan Hill Music School

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. The program is open to anyone, but especially for adults and adolescents with physical, cognitive, and developmental impairments.

Sessions are offered on-site at Indian Hill, but may also be available as an outreach service to schools, nursing homes, and other agencies. Contact us to learn more.


DAY: Wednesday
FEE: $45 for 30 min
(8 session cycle)

A 30-minute initial consultation is conducted with the client and the Music Therapist for a non-refundable fee of $35. The client must enroll as a student at IHM, but all client information will be kept confidential. Please note that this is a fee-for-service program, and insurance is not accepted at this time.

GROUP SESSIONS: No classes being offered at this time

Come and learn relaxation and stress management techniques utilizing music, movement, and art.

  • About Music Therapy
  • Music Therapist Kara Wetzel

What is 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.

Music Therapy Goals of Music Therapy:

  • increase socialization and decrease isolation
  • stimulate cognitive and motor functioning (gross/ fine)
  • facilitate movement activities to enhance physical well-being
  • increase communication skills
  • promote feelings of independence and self-initiation
  • create an outlet for emotional expression

What do music therapists do?

After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, a music therapist develops a treatment plan with measurable goals and objectives and then provides the indicated treatment. A music therapist structures the use of both instrumental and vocal music strategies to improve functioning or facilitates changes that contribute to life quality. These strategies can be used for individual or group treatment, and may include: improvising or composing music with clients, accompanying and conducting group music experiences, directing music and movement activities, or structuring music listening opportunities.

What are some typical activities used in a music therapy session?

  • Songwriting
  • Improvising on various instruments including floor drums, hand percussion, keyboard, or vocals
  • Movement activities with musical accompaniment
  • Passive listening experiences
  • Rhythm exercises in a call and response format

Music therapy is open to all ages and abilities. There are numerous research studies and published papers to support to efficacy of music therapy as a form of therapeutic treatment. More information about music therapy can be found online at the American Music Therapy Association website. If you have any further questions, email the office or call (978) 486-9524.

Kara Wetzel, MA MT-BC

B.M., Music Education, Miami University
M.A., Expressive Therapies (specialization in Music Therapy), Lesley University

After earning her undergraduate degree in Music Education, with a focus in piano, percussion and world music, Kara went on to pursue her graduate degree in expressive arts therapies. She was certified as a Music Therapist in 2003.  After graduating from Lesley, she worked in the field of counseling and expressive therapies in schools, hospitals and residential/day-treatment facilities. After pausing her career to have her two sons, she has returned to her work with a whole new host of skills she acquired “on-the-job” as a full-time mom.  In addition, during this time, she pursued post-graduate work at Anna Maria College in Guided Imagery and Music—a branch of Music Therapy.

Kara is working both at IHM and in private practice, doing both individual and group sessions. Her clients have carried a wide range of diagnoses, including ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Anxiety, Asperger’s, Axis II Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Behavioral Disorders, Homicidal/Suicidal Ideation, Learning Disorders, Schizophrenia, Sensory Integration, and Social Anxiety. Her specialization within her field is in Music and Imagery, and she works with clients ranging in age from 4-75+ years old.

Kara lives in Concord, MA, with her family, and is very excited to be a part of Indian Hill's Music Therapy Department, serving the community through her sensitive, creative, and thoughtful approach to Music Therapy.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Indian Hill Music School reserves the right at any time to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. We will make every effort to hold all classes offered. In the case of a cancellation, those affected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.

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