Small Group Music Therapy


Making music can be a solitary pleasure or a social experience. This makes small group music therapy an ideal place to both practice social skills and authentically engage socially with others.

How do groups form?

One of the highest values I hold as a music therapist is making the space emotionally and physically safe for participants. For that reason, small groups are only formed with individuals with whom I have worked for at least two months and that I believe will be a good fit. Group size is limited to four.

Some beginning socialization skills that might get practiced:

  • waiting for a turn on an instrument

  • passing items to a neighbor

  • greeting others

  • sharing an instrument

Examples of more advanced social skills:

  • sharing opinions kindly

  • listening to others

  • developing sensitivity to group dynamics