Music Therapy

Ramey Music provides music therapy for individuals and groups in many different settings and for many different personalized goal purposes. We use a person-centered approach, meaning we continuously tailor the experience to your individual needs and identified goals, using music to empower you in your journey to wellness.

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What Is Music Therapy?
Who Is Music Therapy For?
Music Therapy Services We Offer
Meet Our Music Therapist

What Is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the personalized, evidence-based use of music by a credentialed music therapist to work towards goals that will improve the client’s quality of life. The therapeutic relationship between trained music therapist and client is an integral part of this process. Musical activities used in sessions are structured to provide specific activation of motor movement, brain activity, or emotional response; enjoyment and encouragement; and opportunities for growth and success. We want you to enjoy music in your preferred way as you reach for your goals!

Credentialed Music Therapists have completed an approved music therapy program including emphasis in musical, clinical, and music therapy foundations; 1200 hours of supervised clinical training; passing of a rigorous board exam implemented by the Certification Board of Music Therapy (CBMT); and ongoing certification requirements of 100 hours of continuing education every five years. A Masters degree provides advanced clinical training and research experience. They must abide by high clinical standards and ethical practice.

Ongoing music therapy services are provided following an assessment and evaluation to determine if music therapy is recommended for the individual. This is carried out through exploratory sessions with the client and interviews with caregivers, teachers, and the client as applicable. We will identify musical responses, music preferences, music based skills, individual strengths and areas for improvement, and the client’s level of response to targeted musical interventions. If music therapy is recommended, goals will be developed with input from caregivers and the client, and measurable objectives will be identified in order to chart growth. When working with IEPs and schools, the SEMTAP is used for assessments and ongoing goals and objectives are developed in coordination with other professionals providing services on the student’s IEP. In rare instances music may be contraindicated (not recommended) due to circumstances such as the auditory input of music causing distress or client preference. This will be clearly identified and explained.


Who Is Music Therapy For?

Baby playing and a drum

There is evidence-based research supporting the use of music therapy for individuals in all stages of life with goals connected to a wide variety of physical, mental, emotional, and developmental concerns. These include individuals who are neurodivergent (e.g. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dispraxia), those who have experienced brain damage or degenerative disease (e.g. Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s), individuals experiencing symptoms of crisis and trauma (e.g. anxiety, stress, depressions), persons with mental health needs (e.g. cognitive, social, and behavioral concerns) and those with medical needs (e.g. pain management, respiration, blood pressure).

When working with individuals, goals, objectives and musical interventions are highly personalized and treatment may be long term. When working with groups, common areas of need are identified (e.g. social skills, communication, memory care, recreation, etc.) and musical activities adapted to be be inclusive of a range of abilities and interests. These may be ongoing groups or specialty, targeted groups that are short-term or even one-time.

Therapeutic music lessons are also available through Ramey Music for individuals looking for extra support and understanding in cognitive, processing, behavioral, or other areas while learning to play the piano, flute, or guitar.


Music Therapy Services Available Through Ramey Music

Individual Music Therapy Sessions

  • All ages
  • Weekly or twice a week
  • In person or Remote via Zoom

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Services

  • Preschool through Highschool
  • Weekly or twice a week
  • Assessment services
  • Direct music therapy service
  • IEP documentation and meeting
  • Consultation
  • In person or Remote via Zoom

Early Education Music Making

  • Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Classroom based music sessions providing music exploration, learning, and social skill development in an inclusive environment

Memory Care

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Community based groups
  • Individuals or couples
  • Weekly, monthly, or Memory Cafe

Group Music Therapy Sessions

  • All ages
  • Weekly or twice monthly groups for
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Nursing home residents
  • Retirement communities
  • Specialty groups in a package of sessions

Therapeutic Music Lessons

  • Beginning through Advanced Flute
  • Beginning through Intermediate Piano
  • Beginning ukulele or guitar
  • In person or Remote via Zoom

Music Consultation

  • Assisting classroom and music teachers in providing best services for a variety of learners
  • Education for healthcare providers on incorporating music into patient care
  • In person or Remote via Zoom


  • Career day talk for highschool classes
  • What Is Music Therapy? overview for healthcare providers, facilities, schools
  • In person or Remote via Zoom


Meet Our Music Therapist

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Maria Ramey, MS, MT-BC

Maria Ramey holds a Master of Science degree in Music Therapy from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from California State University Northridge. These degrees are the culmination of her interest and prior education in Psychology and in Music Performance. She has completed additional specialty music therapy training in memory care, special education, disorders of consciousness, and early childhood music. Maria is authorized to administer the MATADOC assessment for individuals with disorders of consciousness, and the SEMTAP for Individualized Education Program (IEP) services.

Before entering into private practice, Maria established and maintained a music therapy program for a residential psychiatric hospital and provided music therapy for adults with developmental disabilities through a day program focused on the arts. It was there she was inspired to write her first book, Group Music Activities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has been recognized as a Past President’s Scholar and presented for American Music Therapy Association and Western Regional AMTA conferences.

Maria identifies her therapeutic approach as Humanistic and Integrative, and has been privileged to work with individuals and groups in music therapy since 2010.