Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an evidence-based healthcare service that involves using music as the primary tool in therapy.

Music Therapy training and expertise:

Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy
Additional Education: Master’s and PhD in Music Therapy
Required Clinical Hours: Minimum 1,200 clinical contact hours supervised by a Board-Certified Music Therapist.
Required Coursework: education includes (but is not limited to) psychology, anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, music theory, music performance, multi-instrumental proficiency (strings, percussion, woodwind, and more), research, statistical analysis, and research protocol design/implementation.

Where do Music Therapists Work?

  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Rehabilitative facilities
  • Medical hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Day care treatment centers
  • Agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities
  • Community mental health centers
  • Drug and alcohol programs
  • Senior centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice programs
  • Correctional facilities
  • Halfway houses
  • Schools
  • Music Therapy private practice

Music Therapy helps clients improve the following (non-musical goals):

  • Speech
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Motor function
  • Sensory processing
  • Mental health
  • And other healthcare goals

You DO NOT Have To Be A Musician To Receive Music Therapy

Music Therapy is for anyone who is working on learning, growing, and understanding their minds and bodies. The Music Therapist creates therapeutic musical exercises that are custom-tailored based on your individual preferences, abilities and needs.

What happens in a Music Therapy session?

The client participates in therapeutic musical exercises usually involving live musical instruments. The exercises are created to work on specific non-musical goals. A wide variety of musical instruments are implemented in the session (drums, guitars, keyboards, xylophones, woodwinds, brass, accordion, strings, digital music…you name it!), with multiple adaptations to ensure the client is completing a musical task that would directly benefit him/her.

Who do you Music Therapists with?

We provide 1:1 session as well as group sessions at our clients’ homes as well as various locations. All ages and levels of ability, from infancy to older adulthood.

Where does Creative LEAPS provide its Music Therapy services?

We currently provide individual and group Music Therapy services at the following locations:

  • Gigi’s Playhouse (Tampa, FL)
  • Parkinson Place (Sarasota, FL)
  • Home-based services in Tampa and surrounding areas

We are always happy to begin new programs at new locations. Contact us to schedule a free demonstration for a group at your facility, or for a free consultation for individual sessions.

How much do you charge?

Our fees depend on location and type of session (e.g., therapy, therapeutic/wellness, and adaptive lessons; group vs. individual), ranging from FREE to $125. Please contact us for more specific pricing information.

We have attained Florida Nonprofit status as of 2019, and are in the process of applying for federal status. This will enable us to provide more affordable and free programs to the community. Please subscribe to our newsletter! We will be announcing our progress toward nonprofit status and new programs there!

You may qualify for financial reimbursement for our Music Therapy services.

Music Therapy services provided by Creative Leaps are fully reimbursable through the Gardiner Scholarship and AAA Scholarship.

For more information about the Gardiner Scholarship, please visit

Some insurance plans provide reimbursement. We are always happy to provide our clients with a superbill and any other necessary documentation that would help with the insurance reimbursement.