Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. Employing music as a therapeutic medium motivates individuals to achieve non-musical goals such as developing communication, increasing self confidence and expression, achieving new levels of independence, enhancing fine and gross motor skills, and developing a wide variety of cognitive skills.
The music therapy program at SCSSSD was implemented in the summer of 2008. Currently, music therapy is not considered a related service, but rather a program enhancement in a variety of schools across the district. Based on individual music therapy assessments, students may be seen in a group setting, one-on-one setting, or a combination of both.
The mission of the Music Therapy Program at SCSSSD is to provide goal- centered musical enrichment for all students which therapeutically coincides with their current educational plan.
Lindsay Nestor, MT-BC
Lindsay Nestor is a nationally board certified music therapist. She is a 2007 graduate of the Elizabethtown College music therapy program. Post undergraduate, she completed a six month intensive internship at the Center for Discovery in Harris, NY where she practiced a creative music therapy approach. A local to Salem County, she returned home in the summer of 2008 to join the Special Services team. Lindsay is excited to be a part of the first music therapy program of its kind in Salem County