Special Needs

Music Can Change Lives

Music is in everyone. Our ears, our voices, our movements—these are all tools for self-expression that boost confidence and lay the foundation for music-learning and all learning. And they're all that children with special needs require in order to take part in Music Together.

While Music Together’s Mixed-age Class is not therapeutic intervention, children with special needs, including physical, cognitive, or neurological impairments, are welcome and often thrive in Music Together Mixed-age Classes, with our “accept and include” philosophy, our understanding of developmentally appropriate practice, and our respect for different learning styles. Music Together has a board-certified music therapist on staff who helps teachers and center directors with adaptations as needed. Your family is welcome!

We also have a program called Music Together Within Therapy for eligible clinicians who want to use our curriculum and materials as part of their clinical interventions.

How will music help my child with special needs?

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Because it integrates the mind, body, and emotions, music can transform the lives of all children, including those with physical, cognitive, or neurological challenges.


Music Together Classes?

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A Music Together class might be just right for your young child with special needs. A group of children birth through age five—and their grownups—join together to sing, dance, jam, and play in a supportive, non-performance-oriented environment.


Music Together Within Therapy®

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A number of board-certified music therapists, speech therapists, and counselors offer individual and small-group clinical services using Music Together’s recordings, songbook, and other materials designed expressly for clinical use.




“I get to do the Music Together songs with my son after school when he gets home, or on a day off, or on a Sunday when we have some free time. He gets to hear the music over and over again. We’re in the car, we put the CD in, he gets to hear the music, and he laughs remembering the fun session he had Saturday morning—so that by the next week, it’s not new all over again.”

—Edwina G, mother of Michael, a child with traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy

"Music therapists should be involved with Music Together because both groups of folks are working toward best practices for working with children and families. What brings me to Music Together is the published research. Research is the foundation of the whole curriculum. Music Together and music therapy are a perfect match."

—Andrew Knight, MA, MT-BC, Grand Forks ND