Music Therapy

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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. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005) In other words, Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages.  Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. 

Board certified music therapists (MT-BC) at HUG MUSIC have worked with numerous children with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Developmental Delay, learning disabilities, Dyslexia, etc. and students at HUG MUSIC have shown remarkable outcomes.

At Hug Music, we offer the following programs to children with special needs:

Group class

[New] Music Therapy Social Skills Group: There are two groups offered for different age groups; 3-6 years old and 5-8 years old. These groups are a great way for children to experience the power of music, learn social skills, and improve their communication skills through enjoyable and success-oriented music activities with their peers. Classes are specifically designed to help children with special needs who do not have major behavioral issues but demonstrate difficulties in the areas of communication and social interactions. Each class has 4-6 children with a board-certified music therapist.

Click HERE to learn more about Social Skills group and how your child may benefit from this group. 


Paid trial class ($40) is available upon request.

Fall’18 semester registration starts on May 23rd. Please find the information here. 

Summer ’18 semester registration is available. Please see more info here.

Early Intervention Music Therapy Group: Early Intervention Music Therapy Group is a small-sized group class (up to 4 children) for young children ages 2-4 years old who are diagnosed with special needs. The group provides children opportunities to communicate with others and improve social skills while having fun through various musical activities. This class is currently not offered. Please refer to the Social Skills group above.

Private session

MUSIC THERAPY  : Music Therapy is the fun-based music therapy program designed for children with special needs. Students are invited to actively participate in on-going and spontaneous music making with a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). Students will be encouraged to sing, play various instruments, and/or even compose their original music. There is no former music experience required. Based on clinical goals for each individual, music therapist designs the contents of the session and assists the student’s unique musical expression and helps him/her establish and develop therapeutic relationship.

Musicreative: Musicreative is the original music education method combines music therapy and music education. It aims to improve children’s musical skills as well as important life skills, for example and very importantly, the ability to learn. This unique method was created by music therapist, Kana Kamitsubo in 2008 and has been highly recognized in the field of music therapy and education.

“Kana’s innovative approach is highly significant in the field of music therapy, music education, and special education and the outcomes of her clients with autism have far exceeded the outcomes typically attained by clients on the spectrum”

Darcy Walworth, PhD, MT-BC

Chair of Certification Board of Music Therapists / Co-chair of the Autism Task Force for the American Music Therapy Association

To learn more about Musicreative and how it works, click here


We offer a “Starter’s Package” which includes a 60-minute initial assessment (30-minute consultation and 30-minute music session) and 4 sessions. To learn more about how to get started, please click here.

☆Hug Music hosts an annual music recital for students with special needs. Students perform and share their talents and love for music with their loved ones.

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“Words cannot express how happy we are to have found Kana’s music program. We always knew our little girl enjoyed music and we wanted to find a special program that would help contribute to her enthusiasm and joy music brings to her. Not only did we find the right program, but in doing so we discovered what a beautiful gift and talent our little girl has. It’s amazing to see the progress our little girl has made in such a short amount of time.  Watching her perform in her very first recital was such a special moment.”    – Mary, a mother of  a 4 year old daughter with autism.

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