Music Therapy

Students at The Parish School ring bells along with teacher in music class

What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. A music therapist uses rhythm, melody, tempo and phrasing to strengthen a client’s abilities, which in turn, transfers to other areas of their lives. Additionally, music therapy has shown to provide avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. (American Music Therapy Association)

How does it work?

Music therapy is provided on a short-term basis for students who could benefit from this service. Individual sessions are provided during school by a licensed music therapist on The Parish School campus.


Karina Melara, MM, MT-BC, NMT
Music Educator/Therapist