FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS NEUROLOGIC MUSIC THERAPY?

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions that come from human neurologic diseases. NMT treatment is based on stimulating music perception and production parts in the human brain, and the effects thereof on nonmusical and behavior functions. Neurologic Music Therapy is an advanced level training certificate provided to board-certified music therapists who complete the training.

WHERE DOES MUSIC THERAPY TAKE PLACE?

NeuroSound Music Therapy provides both home-based and facility-based music therapy. Home-based music therapy takes place in the comfort of your home. Whereas, facility-based music therapy may take place in a clinic, school, nursing home, adult day program, church, or hospital.

We are currently providing music therapy services on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays out of the Skill Builders Clinics in McLean and Annandale. 

IS MUSIC THERAPY REIMBURSABLE THROUGH MY PRIVATE INSURANCE?

The number of success stories involving third party reimbursement for the provision of music therapy services continues to grow as more clinicians seek this coverage.  In response to the increasing demand, the music therapy profession has worked to facilitate the reimbursement process for clients of music therapy services. The American Music Therapy Association now estimates that approximately 20% of music therapists receive third party reimbursement for the services they provide.

Music therapy is comparable to other allied health professions like occupational therapy and physical therapy in that individual assessments are provided for each client, service must be found reasonable and necessary for the individual’s illness or injury and interventions include a goal-directed documented treatment plan.

Companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, and Aetna have all paid for music therapy services at some time.  Success has occurred on a case-by-case basis when the therapist implements steps within the reimbursement process. Like other therapies, music therapy is reimbursable when services are pre-approved and deemed medically or behaviorally necessary to reach the individual patient's treatment goals.

Other Sources

Additional sources for reimbursement and financing of music therapy services include: many state departments of mental health, state departments of developmental disabilities, state adoption subsidy programs, private auto insurance, employee worker’s compensation, county boards of developmental disabilities, IDEA Part B related services funds, foundations, grants, and private pay.

WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?

Our rates reflect a client-centered approach where we believe that everyone should have access to quality music therapy services. Our rates take into account our therapists' specialized trainings and expertise and are not negotiable as they are already priced for affordability. 

Individual Music Therapy

  • 30 minutes- $60

  • 45 minutes- $85

  • 60 minutes- $110

Group Music Therapy (10 or less)​

  • 30 minutes- $70

  • 45 minutes- $100

  • 60 minutes- $130

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUSIC LESSONS AND ADAPTED MUSIC LESSONS?

In an adapted music lesson the therapist will use a modified approach to teaching music, including the use of visual aids or modified tuning. Instructional methods are adapted to the individual's learning style, functioning level, strengths and needs. Adapted music lessons are offered on the following instruments: voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele.

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