Music Therapy Clinic
Our mission at University of Louisville Music Therapy Clinic is to make lives in Louisville richer and healthier through music.
For those we serve: We will provide high quality, reflexive, person-centered, Community Music Therapy (CoMT) informed musicking experiences that perform health with a variety of people populations in the greater Louisville area. We will reduce barriers to accessing health by providing families and facilities with affordable, fair market value services through our sliding scale and a not-for-profit therapy business model. We will explore therapeutic approaches that value human experience, create rich musical experiences, and explore resource-mobilization for health aims.
For our profession: We will regularly engage in the hands-on training of the future generations of music therapy professionals as practicum students, music therapy interns, and local young professionals. Additionally, we will challenge traditional values of therapy, music, and music therapy to promote an inclusive, creative, and collaborative practice that strengthens our profession through conscientious scholarly activity. We will provide invigorating, inspiring, and encouraging continuing education opportunities to the local and greater music therapy community.
For our communities: We believe everyone deserves music, period. We will aim to use our resources as representatives of the University of Louisville and School of Music to increase access to music & health, while mitigating inequalities and systems of oppression that negatively impact either.
What is music therapy?
As defined by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), 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.
Who provides services?
At the clinic you, your child, or loved one will receive services from a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC credential) who has gone through the proper training, clinical supervision, internship, and has passed the board certification exam.
The MTC is a clinical training site for music therapy students. Students who provide services as part of their practicum experience will be directly supervised by a present MT-BC. Students who provide services as part of their internship experience may be directly or indirectly supervised by a MT-BC. If you have questions or concerns about who is providing services please do not hesitate to contact us.
What does the clinic provide?
We are one of the only providers in the Kentuckiana area that offers discounts based on the National Sliding Fee Scale. This is determined by income and number of dependents using the National School Lunch Program data for eligibility requirements. If you think you may qualify for a discount, please inquire with the music therapy business office so that you may bring the necessary documentation to submit for possible qualification.
We provide in-clinic individual and group services. We also provide services to community partners and individuals throughout the greater Louisville area. We are always looking for ways to increase access to music therapy services for you. Finally, we provide clinical training and supervision for music therapists and music therapy students.
If you are a facility that is interested in group or individual sessions providing through the Music Therapy Clinic, please contact us directly. We would love to talk with you about how our community site services are run.
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm & by appointment.
For weather closings, please go to the UofL main page for university and office closings. www.louisville.edu
The music therapy clinic does not operate on the JCPS closing schedule. When the clinic is closed, you will be contacted by your primary therapists confirming the cancellation of sessions.
"My six-year-old daughter looks forward to her sessions at the UofL Music Therapy Clinic each week -- she loves her energetic and engaging therapist, and loves getting her hands on so many musical instruments! I appreciate that each session nurtures my daughter's inherent joy in music while helping her process ‘Big Feelings’. In addition, she is learning a number of coping mechanisms that will benefit her in daily life. For us, music therapy is the perfect combination of hard work and fun”
“Coming to the University of Louisville's music therapy program has been more than a wonderful experience. Over the past four months their have transformed my daughter, into a musically-interactive, polite, and structured child. She came to the program having trouble with day to day transitions, communicating frustrations and sharing, but with the program's focus on therapy through music's structure, tempo and creativeness, she is now able to shift from one activity to another while using polite communication when expressing her wants and needs. Our family looks forward to every session, especially my daughter”
“My son is autistic and he, generally, communicates through a speech device. Since attending music therapy, however, he tends to verbalize vocally after we have attended the clinic. He really enjoys utilizing his keyboard at home even though we’ve had it for years. It has been a great blessing to hear my son speak through music, and the impact this has had on his life and my own is immeasurable”