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Music Therapy Services


The KEYS Program provides music therapy services for a fee for children and adults of all ages, abilities and health challenges in Madison and Oneida Counties.  We provide one-on-one sessions for individuals and groups sessions for agencies. 

Our award-wining staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality, professional and compassionate services for the families we serve, guaranteed to bring hope, empowerment and big smiles to those we serve.

After all, at KEYS…it’s all about the smiles!


What is Music Therapy?

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. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages. The individual receiving services does not need to have musical talent or experience.

All of the wonderful music therapists at the KEYS Program are board certified by the CBMT (Certification Board for Music Therapists).

Visit the American Music Therapy Association website at for more information and research about music therapy.


Who do we serve?

The KEYS Program serves children battling cancer, autism, various disabilities and serious illnesses, along with all of those in need of healing, from children to adults to the elderly.


Music is Universal

Because music is considered a “universal language”, it can create a bridge between individuals and their environment, and help to facilitate relationships, learning, self-expression, and communication in a non-threatening way.


What do music therapy services look like?

Music therapy services with the KEYS Program are provided at the location the therapist feels is most beneficial for the client’s needs, whether in the home, school, therapist studio, nursing home or other site. Once established in treatment, our therapists will engage with clients within a musical environment to address identified areas of need. 


Initial Interview

When you first contact KEYS, our friendly staff will gather some general information from you, explain what is involved in music therapy, discuss the client’s needs, and answer any questions you may have. They will then direct you to our Program Coordinator who will assist you with registration and provide payment information.  Once registered, our music therapist will contact you to set up a time for the client’s first appointment, called an Assessment.


Assessment and Treatment Planning

During the first appointment, our therapists will conduct a Comprehensive Skill and Informative Assessment (CSIA-MT) to determine the strengths and needs through musical responses in the areas of: motor skills, behavioral, sensory, cognition, independence, academics, social skills, communication, and emotional skills. Based on this assessment, a treatment plan is designed to outline individualized, functional, therapeutic, and measurable non-musical goals used to guide effective treatment intervention. The music therapist will either provide the initial findings at this time or set up a time to meet with you to go over the Assessment and discuss the treatment plan they recommend. Once the schedule for treatment has been established, the music therapist will refer you to our billing staff who will work with you to set up a payment plan for services.


Music Therapy Sessions
After the goals and objectives are defined, the music therapist meets with the client on a fixed weekly schedule in an agreed upon location. The therapy sessions are individually designed to reach the goals stated and the therapist uses music, instruments, song writing, improvisation and movement to support the client in meeting those goals. Clients become active and central participants in the music making at whatever level they are currently able. After every session, the music therapist takes notes to track the progress of the therapy. 


Ongoing Evaluation

Our music therapists engage in ongoing evaluation of goal progress which consists of data collection, progress reports and goal revisions as needed.


Source of Funding and Reimbursement for Services

We are only able to accept out-of-pocket payments at this time. However, if you would like to seek reimbursement, we will provide any documentation you may need. Some possible sources of reimbursement include: Medicare; Private Insurance; IDEA Part B Related Services Funds; State Department of Mental Health; State Department of Developmental Disabilities; Family Support Service Waivers.

In addition, once a music therapy assessment has been completed, if it has been determined that music therapy assists your child in meeting their IEP goals, music therapy can be added to your child’s IEP. If this were the case, your child’s school would possibly provide reimbursement funding for services.


Contact us
Give us a call at 315-363-6446 or email our Program Coordinator, Mike Bennett, at to schedule an appointment to get started or for more information!


The KEYS Program

308 Sherrill Road, Suite 100

Sherrill, NY 13461

Phone: 315-363-6446 


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