Music Therapy sessions come at many different price points, mostly depending on location and experience of the therapist. If the cost of living is high in your geographic location, then the price of music therapy services will be higher than in an area with a low cost of living. But there are some guidelines that can help you estimate the price of a music therapy session.
In what setting are you seeking music therapy? Hospitals that offer music therapy generally offer music therapy as a value-added service, meaning the service is included in the cost of the hospitalization, rather than a separate line on the bill. Often music therapy departments are funded by grants and offered at no charge. Free-standing music therapy clinics may accept insurance payments, so the session would cost your co-pay or the percentage that you are responsible for in your insurance plan. Private Practice music therapists may or may not accept insurance. If the music therapist works alone, rather than as part of a group, she may only accept cash or checks, since obtaining insurance reimbursement requires more paperwork and time for filing. So if a private music therapist does accept insurance, you may expect her services to be priced higher than a music therapist that does not accept insurance, simply because it takes more time per session to obtain payment for the services. Some universities that have music therapy clinics offer low- or no-cost music therapy sessions from music therapy students supervised by board certified music therapists.
What do other therapies cost in your area? Music therapy cost will be similar to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Speech Therapy sessions. Or if you are looking for a music therapist that is trained in psychological or counseling techniques, the cost of music therapy may be similar to what other psychological services are offering. If the music therapist is not accepting insurance payments, then the cost of music therapy will probably be lower than OT, PT, or Speech sessions.
What do other services cost in your area? The cost of music therapy will probably be higher than fees for recreational activities, like piano lessons, soccer camps, or art classes. This is because the music therapist likely has more education and training or risks more liability than the recreational activity teachers or coaches.
Is the therapy session for groups or individuals? Group music therapy is likely to be less expensive than individual sessions because the cost can be spread across more clients.
Does the music therapist have advanced training? Music therapists certify at the bachelor degree level, so many music therapists hold the MT-BC credential with a bachelor degree. Some music therapists have a masters or doctoral degree. Because their education and training is more extensive, they will probably charge more for the benefit of their greater expertise. Other advanced trainings are available, such as Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist (NRMT), Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT or NMT Fellow), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist (NICU MT), or Fellows of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI) and Guided Imagery in Music (GIM) Music Therapists. These designations may or may not require an advanced degree, and they all indicate advanced training.
Has the music therapist been working for a long time? New graduates of music therapy may charge less than a music therapist that has been working for several years.
Other factors that music therapists must consider when setting prices include cost of liability insurance, continuing education, professional memberships and licenses, instruments, office supplies, office expenses, health insurance, retirement planning, rent, living expenses, transportation, and anything else that one needs to work and live.
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