What is Music Therapy?

As defined by the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “...an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages.” Music therapy is administered by trained professionals who have been educated at an approved music therapy program and nationally certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT). Music therapists possess musical, clinical, therapeutic, and professional skills.

What We Do

At Music Works Northwest, we take pride in addressing the needs of a wide variety of individuals including children, adolescents, adults and elderly with autism, Parkinson’s, Downs Syndrome, developmental delays, and other special needs.  Sessions are individualized and catered to each client’s needs. Some common interventions we use are:
  • Movement to Music: physical organization, orientation, and expression
  • Singing/Vocalizing: expressive communication, vocal inflections
  • Instrument Playing: fine and gross motor skills, structured and free-playing opportunities
  • Songwriting: self-expression, communication, problem solving, teamwork

The Music Therapy Session

The first 1-2 sessions serve as an assessment period. The client is observed and engaged in musical interventions to measure existing skills and needs. Specific musical preferences and/or sensitivities are also taken into consideration. With the guidance and input of the client or client’s parent or caretaker, the therapist develops appropriate, personalized goals to work toward throughout each music therapy session. Both individual and social group sessions are offered at Music Works Northwest. Group sessions range from 45-60 minutes long while individual sessions can be scheduled for either 25 or 50 minutes, depending on client’s age, abilities, and attention span.

Who We Are

Patti Catalano is a Board-certified Music Therapist and a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton a and has her Master's in Music with a specialty in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University. Her experience includes music therapy with children and adults with physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities, children with autism, early intervention, older adults and gerontology, adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and children with orthopedic and health impairments.