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What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy (MT) is a client and his/her music therapist using music to accomplish non-musical goals together. These goals are addressed by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music Therapy at KidLinks

Our Board-Certified Music Therapists provide direct therapy services to children with special challenges across DFW. The therapist assesses the strengths and needs of each child and provides an individualized treatment program which uses music to address areas of cognition, physical, communication, social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the children's abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

One of our Music Therapists explains how she adapts her Music Therapy program to the needs of the child:

"During his time receiving music therapy through KidLinks’ music therapy clinic, one of our 4 year-old clients experienced a significantly traumatic event. His music therapy treatment plan quickly changed to address his emotional needs. One intervention used was identifying feelings through a sound-story (using instruments to help tell a story).
Not long after this intervention was used in his music therapy session, the little boy’s mother peeked into his room at home and found him sitting in a chair, guitar in hand, with “feeling cards” (simple drawings of facial expressions depicting emotions), singing a song about feelings. This little boy generalized an activity from music therapy to process emotions and express his feelings through music all on his own."

- Cora Lansdowne, MME, MT-BC

Are You Interested in Music Therapy for Your Child?

KidLinks offers up to 24 music therapy sessions at no cost. After the FREE period, we also offer subsidized sessions based on your family's income level. Each weekly 30-minute one-on-one session is conducted with a Board-Certified Music Therapist on a day and time to be determined by the therapist and parent/guardian.

KidLinks Music Therapy Locations:

  • Arlington (Home Practice)
  • Fort Worth (Home Practice)
  • Midlothian (Bridges Training Foundation)
  • Dallas (Southern Methodist University)

If you're interested in music therapy services for your child, please fill out the online MT Client Interest Form and a therapist will contact you for a consultation.

Help Support the KidLinks Music Therapy Program

Because of generous individuals, KidLinks is able to provide free and subsidized MT services to children and their families. Support the KidLinks MT Fund here.