IEP Music Therapy Services

Music Therapy can be a complementary tool used for students who are receiving specialized services through their county.  The IDEA law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is a current federal law stating that all students, public or private, are entitled to free appropriate education. This law provides protection to students with disabilities and requires the school system provide the necessary services to the student at no cost to the student. 


What is an IEP?

IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. The IDEA law requires that public schools create an IEP for every child receiving special education services. Kids from age 3 through high school graduation or a maximum age of 22 (whichever comes first) may be eligible for an IEP.

The IEP is meant to address each child’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. It is a legally binding document. The school must provide everything it promises in the IEP.

How can music therapy be utilized?

Music Therapy can be used in a variety of ways to help the student achieve their full potential and provide assistance in the education environment. Here are just a few ways music therapy is currently used for students in the learning environment:

  • Increase Communication Skills

  • Promote Cognitive Development

  • Engage in Social and Emotional Learning

  • Strengthen Fine and Gross Motor Skills

  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety

  • Enhance Academic Skills

  • Provide Extra-Sensory Experiences

  • Improve Speech and Language Deficits

  • Change Behaviors

  • Improve quality of life


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The SEMTAP (Specialized Music Therapy Assessment Protocol)

  • A review of current IEP/records.

  • Direct observation of IEP related goals/objectives.

  • Interviews/discussion with relevant staff INCLUDING parents.

  • Direct assessment (either individual or group or a combination of the two based on IEP goals/objectives).

  • Written report.

  • Presentation of report to treatment team.

  • If music therapy is recommended and the treatment team (including parents) concurs/agrees with report then music therapy is written into the student IEP.

  • Music therapy may be beneficial for a child but may only be written into the IEP when it is “necessary” for a child with a disability to benefit from his or her special education.

  • Necessity is determined through the SEMTAP.

  • If music therapy services or an assessment are denied for any reason, the parent has the right to obtain a WRITTEN reason/response as to why denial occurred.

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