Program Coordinator: Romy Wilhelm: (978) 486-9524 x108
Music Therapy is Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. The program open to anyone, but especially for adults and adolescents with physical, cognitive, and developmental impairments.
Sessions are offered on-site at Indian Hill, but may also be available as an outreach service to schools, nursing homes, and other agencies. Contact us to learn more.
Autism-Friendly Presentation: Into The Woods Jr.
Friday, July 18 at 11am
36 King St., Littleton MA
Indian Hill welcomes families with loved ones on the Autism Spectrum or with special needs to a free presentation of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale musical, Into the Woods, Jr. Pre-register with Romy.
What is an Autism-Friendly presentation? This show is performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other special needs. Slight adjustments to the production include reduction of any jarring sounds and stage lights, and a comfortable lighting level in the audience. There will be a Quiet Room with specially trained staff, for those who needed to leave their seats during the performance.
What is the show about? “Into the Woods Jr.,” is a family-friendly adaptation of one of the most popular musicals of all time. The Tony Award winning show, with music and lyrics by the iconic Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, has delighted audiences world-wide since its premiere on Broadway in 1986. The story centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever. Everyone’s favorite fairy tale characters, from Little Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel, become involved in this whimsical fable.
FEE: $45 for 30 min (8 session cycle)
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
A 30-minute initial consultation is conducted with the client and the Music Therapist for a non-refundable fee of $35. The client must enroll as a student at IHM, but all client information will be kept confidential. Please note that this is a fee-for-service program, and insurance is not accepted at this time.
If you have a suggestion about a population that could benefit from group music therapy, please let us know!
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Goals of Music Therapy:
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, a music therapist develops a treatment plan with measurable goals and objectives and then provides the indicated treatment. A music therapist structures the use of both instrumental and vocal music strategies to improve functioning or facilitates changes that contribute to life quality. These strategies can be used for individual or group treatment, and may include: improvising or composing music with clients, accompanying and conducting group music experiences, directing music and movement activities, or structuring music listening opportunities.
Music therapy is open to all ages and abilities. There are numerous research studies and published papers to support to efficacy of music therapy as a form of therapeutic treatment. More information about music therapy can be found online at the American Music Therapy Association website. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Music Therapy Program Coordinator, Romy Wilhelm.
B.A., Tufts University, Music. M.A., Expressive Therapies with specialization in Music Therapy, Lesley University.
Romy holds a Masters in Music Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and has successfully completed the MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) licensure exam.
Through college, Romy studied flute and piano, and sang and arranged popular music in a capella groups. After a career in the live music industry managing nationally recognized venues and international music festivals, she discovered the field of music therapy and realized this was the avenue for her musical talents and interest in our connection with music.
She completed two internships at Lesley, one with an elderly population with dementia and Alzheimer's clients, and the second with adolescents diagnosed with developmental and cognitive delays including Autism/PDD, anxiety, bipolar, behavioral disorders, PTSD, and learning disabilities.
She is very excited to be establishing a music therapy program within the Littleton community, to which she has lifelong family ties.
B.M., Music Education, Miami University,
M.A., Expressive Therapies (specialization in Music Therapy), Lesley University
After earning her undergraduate degree in Music Education, with a focus in piano, percussion and World music, Kara went on to pursue her graduate degree in expressive arts therapies. Kara was certified as a Music Therapist in 2003.
After graduating from Lesley, she worked in the field of counseling and expressive therapies in schools, hospitals and residential/day-treatment facilities. After pausing her career to have her two sons, she has returned to her work with a whole new host of skills she acquired “on-the-job” as a full-time mom. In addition, during this time, she was pursuing post-graduate work at Anna Maria College in Guided Imagery and Music—a branch of Music Therapy.
Currently, she is working both at IHM and in private practice, doing both individual and group sessions. Her clients have carried diagnoses including, ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Anxiety, Asperger’s, Axis II Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Behavioral Disorders, Homicidal/Suicidal Ideation, Learning Disorders, Schizophrenia, Sensory Integration, and Social Anxiety. Her specialization within her field is in Music and Imagery. She works with clients ranging in age from 4-75+ years old.
Kara lives in Concord, MA with her family, and is very excited to join faculty in the Music Therapy Department at Indian Hill Music. She feels ready to serve the community of Littleton and its surrounding towns through her sensitive, creative, and thoughtful approach to Music Therapy.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Indian Hill Music School reserves the right at any time to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. We will make every effort to hold all classes offered. In the case of a cancellation, those effected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.
Non-Discrimination Policy: Indian Hill Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable law in its admissions, education programs, activities, or employment policies.