Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
Rates for individual music services range from $50-$165 and can be scheduled for 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute sessions. Group rates vary based on the size and needs of the group but are typically $100-$120 per group or $20-$25 per individual. Please don't let price be a barrier to receiving the services you need. Contact Amy to find out about additional funding options that might be available.
WHERE ARE SESSIONS HELD?
Music sessions are held in individual's homes, private residences or onsite at facilities including day habilitation programs, group homes, schools and nursing homes, but can be arranged in other settings as needed. In addition, we now offer virtual services.
WHAT AGES DO YOU WORK WITH?
AR Music Therapy works with people of all abilities from infancy into the later years of life.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
AR Music Therapy does not currently bill insurance companies and is not a pre-approved provider with any insurance networks.
In some cases, music therapy services can be reimbursed to you depending on what type of insurance you have and your policy. If you are interested in pursuing this option, Amy can provide you with the documentation you need for reimbursement for filing and processing claims with your insurance company. You will also need a doctor’s order requesting music therapy evaluation and/or treatment as well as a diagnosis from a doctor.
What About Medicaid Waiver?
Music Therapy is not covered by Medicaid Waiver in New York State at this time.
What About Self-Direction?
Upon approval, self-directed funding can be used for music therapy sessions, however, an additional out-of-pocket fee may be required to meet our current rates for providing services. It can also sometimes be used for music lessons and classes. Please contact your care manager, care coordinator or broker to see if this is an option for you.
CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE SERVICES IN SCHOOL?
WHAT KINDS OF GOALS CAN MUSIC THERAPY ADDRESS?
AR Music Therapy uses a variety of music based activities to achieve a wide range of goals and objectives based on each individual's needs. Goal areas can include, but are not limited to improving communication skills (expressive and receptive), improving motor function and coordination (both fine and gross motor skills), developing and improving social skills, modifying behavior and addressing emotional needs and self-expression.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE MUSICAL TO BENEFIT?
All humans are intrinsically musical as our bodies naturally have rhythm. Our hearts beat and we breathe in rhythmic cycles and patterns. If you are a person who feels like you can’t carry a tune in a bucket or keep the beat to save your life, you can still benefit. Don’t allow your “feelings” of inadequacy in music ability keep you from attempting music based therapy. You can benefit by allowing a music therapist to apply their skills and trusting your body’s natural response to music. Again, all of us are naturally born musical, so all can benefit from music therapy.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?