Music Therapy

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.

To learn more about music therapy, please visit the American Music Therapy Association website. SCSSSD’s music therapy was recently featured in The Sunbeam’s Music Therapy for Kids.

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