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What does LPMT and MT-BC mean?

LPMT stands for "licensed professional music therapist" and is a health care provider license issued by the Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Health Authority requires that all music therapist be a board-certified music therapist and be a current LPMT to practice music therapy in the state of Oregon. 

MT-BC stands for "music therapist-board certified". A music therapist with this credential has completed an approved music therapy degree from a college or university, 1200 hours of clinical hours including a minimum of a 6 month internship, and successfully passed the national board examination authorized by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. 

Where are music therapy sessions and music wellness classes located?

​Sound Wellness music therapists usually provide sessions off site in client homes, nursing facilities, adult care homes, hospitals, and other off site locations. Due to the pandemic, sessions are currently provided virtually.


Music Wellness classes facilitate individual lessons in client homes (within a reasonable vicinity of Fairview) and group classes at designated off-site locations. Designated off-site locations will be located in Fairview, Oregon and the surrounding Portland metro area. 

We have a musician that plays at our facility a couple times a month. Is that the same thing as music therapy?

​Not quite. All music therapists are skilled musicians, but are also trained in psychology, biology, movement, music history, music theory, music therapy practice, and clinical practice. Music therapists are clinical healthcare providers and assess individual client goals and use music interventions during the session to address those goals. Music Therapists are trained to meet a client's needs in the moment and are skilled in engaging patients.

Performing/ Entertainment musicians provide entertainment and are not clinically trained to provide music therapy or address clinical goals. They provide a product in the form of music performance to an audience. Performing/ Entertainment musicians may or may not provide client preferred music. 

We have a musician that comes by my child's room in the hospital. Is that music therapy?

​Music therapy can only be provided by a board-certified music therapist and must also be a licensed professional music therapist in the State of Oregon. Ask the person if they hold the credential and license. If not, ask your treatment team if music therapy is an available service at the hospital and if it may be appropriate to add to your child's treatment plan. 

Do I have to be a musician to seek music therapy services?

Not at all! We use music to address non-musical goals. Clients are not required to already know how to play an instrument or read music. If you like music you may benefit from music therapy. A session might include listening to music, creating music with instruments and our voices, lyric analysis, writing a song, legacy projects, and many other interventions. Talk therapy may also be incorporated depending on your needs. Each session (individual or group) are guided by each individual's needs and treatment plan.

What's the difference between music therapy, music education (wellness classes), and music performance?





























A flyer defining the difference between music therapy, music education, and music performance.

Do you accept insurance for music therapy?

Music therapy services are private pay at this time. However, you may be able to use your Health Savings (HSA) or Flex Spending Account to pay for music therapy services. Please check with your HSA or Flex Spending Account provider prior to your first music therapy appointment to make sure service is covered and what documents may be required for payment. Payment is due at time of service.

How much does music therapy, music wellness classes, and performances cost?

For music therapy inquiries, contact us today for a free 30 minute consultation. Cost will be determined by needs of the client (individual or group therapy) and length of session. 

Music Wellness Classes

Individual Flute Lessons: Contact us for more information.


Other Individual Lessons: Contact us for more information.

Music Wellness Group Classes: Costs will be posted when courses are available. Courses will be posted on this site, Facebook page, and on any collaborator pages assisting with facilitation of the course. Generally, classes will require a minimum of 10 participants for the class to run.


Cost for performances vary by event, instrumentation, number of musicians needed, and a variety of other factors. Call or email us today with details about your event.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my music therapy appointment?

Cancellations and reschedule requests must be made at least 24-hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Cancellations and reschedule requests made in less than 24-hours of a schedule appointment will be charged the full fee. Reschedule requests made in less than 24 hours of a scheduled appointment due to illness, family emergency, or inclement weather may be rescheduled at the discretion of the music therapist, but is not guaranteed. 

Where can I learn more about music therapy?

Feel free to contact us to learn more about music therapy. In the meantime, check out these resources:


American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) 

Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Association for Music Therapy


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