Music Therapy Program

Since Laura has autism and does not speak, this love of music allows her to interact with others in a positive, joyful way. Listening to music is now one of her favorite pastimes and it helps her to relax. — CMCB Music Therapy Participant Parent

For over 40 years, we have been enhancing the lives of individuals in the Greater Boston area. Our music therapy program provides services to children, adults and older adults at our South End home and at partner programs throughout the community.


Music therapy is the skillful use of music to promote, maintain and restore physical, social, cognitive and emotional health.  When music is used as therapy, its nonverbal, imaginative, organizing and emotional qualities provide a pathway for growth.  Music therapy can enhance communication, build confidence, accelerate development, support academic achievement and encourage self-expression.

Why Music Therapy at the Community Music Center of Boston?

As the longest continuous provider of music therapy in Greater Boston, we believe our key to success comes from building resourceful relationships with participants, families and partners. Now offering online music therapy, register here:  Click here to register for Music Therapy through June 26>> Click here to register for Summer Session Music Therapy beginning June 22>>

Music Therapy Sessions

Our music therapy sessions are client-centered and focus on empowering capabilities within an innovative and attentive therapeutic relationship. Individual sessions are tailored to the needs and goals of each participant. Our participants develop their life skills by exploring music though percussion, songwriting, piano, movement, guitar, creative improvisation, music technology and their own voice. We regard family and caregivers as team members and value their involvement in helping us build a confident and encouraging therapy experience. Group sessions allow participants to belong to a community that focuses on their abilities and contributions. Sessions are highlighted by songwriting, percussion circles, song discussion and group improvisation. Through interactive peer relationships that build strong connections, group members develop their social skills. Partnerships are affiliations with organizations to provide music therapy services at their locations throughout the Greater Boston area. We provide services to a diverse set of partners including educational institutions and human service organizations. Our credentialed Music Therapists provide fun and motivational weekly sessions that address:
  • Academic and cognitive skills
  • Behavioral needs
  • Communication and speech
  • Daily living needs
  • Emotional and psychological awareness and expression
  • Motor development
  • Sensory needs
  • Social skills

Let’s Have a Conversation!

Our Music Therapists are available to discuss all aspects of our program with you.  We’ll schedule a first visit and tour so that we can get to know each other better before commitments are made. The Community Music Center of Boston understands the cost challenges of music therapy, so please ask about our reduced tuition opportunities. Now offering online music therapy, register here:  Click here to register for Music Therapy through June 26>> Click here to register for Summer Session Music Therapy beginning June 22>>

We are grateful for the support from the following foundations

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Boston Children's Hospital Community Partnership Fund

Hermann Foundation

CF Adams Charitable Trust

For more information about lessons or partnership opportunities with our Music Therapy Program please contact:

Music Therapy Director Chris Perry 617-482-7494 x27