Family Music Therapy for Young Children: Theory and Practice

Carol Ann Blank, MMT, MT-BC


Session explores therapist’s choice of interventions in a music therapy session with a parent-child dyad to promote gains for the child and parent and support healthy parent-child relationships. Using principles from music therapy and family therapy, participants will understand the importance of addressing the needs of the parent-child dyad. A review of the literature and clinical examples parent-child dyads focus this discussion.

Learner Objectives:

1. Participants will identify at least two concepts in family music therapy literature pertinent to family music therapy (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 2. A. 3; IV. A. 2).

2. Participants will be able to link at least two of these concepts in action through presented video case examples (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 2. A. 3; IV. A. 2).

About Carol Ann Blank, MMT, MT-BC:

Carol Ann is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University and works for Music Together LLC. She provides mentoring to clinicians and lay-persons working with families of children with disabilities.