"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."



Pure Abilities Services



Pure Abilities utilizes music as a therapeutic medium to work with individuals and families to reach non-music related goals. Music Therapy is to establish a research-based treatment plan that focuses on each individual and family’s specific areas of need. A Music Therapist will formulate short and long-term goals that are achieved through physical, social, emotional, and cognitive related objectives.

Individuals Served

Music Therapy serves a wide variety of populations that are listed on the American Music Therapy Association. Our Music Therapists serve clients who are specifically receiving Medicaid Waiver services in the state of Indiana. The most common populations we see are individual’s with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Global Developmental Delay.

Some health benefits include but are not limited to

Decreases in stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, increased cortisol levels, blood flow to the brain, improves memory and memory retention, decreases chronic and acute pain levels, improves endurance levels.

Session Framework

Sessions are primarily 1:1; however, we are hopeful to offer group sessions in the future. A typical session lasts 45-60 minutes and includes anything and everything from movement, singing, instrument play, songwriting, and relaxation. Your therapist will lead you through interventions that are challenging but leave you feeling successful in your accomplishments.

Our primary instruments include: Piano, Voice, and Guitar. We also use handheld percussion instruments as well as art/media, music apps for song creation, and other manipulatives such as scarves and music books to ensure we are reaching our clients in every way possible.


 Therapeutic Interventions

included but not limited to

Adaptive Music Lessons

Adaptive music lessons are specialized and catered to each individual with an interest in learning a new instrument. Music engages both left and right hemispheres of the brain. Creating experiences that allow individuals to learn and teach a musical instrument not only provides stimulation to the entire brain but encourages growth in self-confidence, receptive/expressive language skills, gross and fine motor skills, and provides a new outlet for self-expression and coping skills.


  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Xylophone
  • Percussion

Improvisation (free play)

  • Concept Integration—apply everyday language/words to music
  • Active learning
  • Motivational reinforcement
  • Increased mood

Instrument Play

  • Impulse control
  • Bonding/skill building
  • Teamwork/taking turns
  • Strengthens executive functioning (retaining information, problem solving, etc.)
  • Bilateral movement, crossing midline, and developmental milestones
  • Multisensory stimulation
  • Following directions/listening skills

Lyric Analysis

  • Strengthens reading skills
  • Contextual application
  • Normalizes emotions
  • Builds cognitive/situational awareness

Movement to Music

  • Body awareness
  • Stretching
  • Self-expression
  • Rhythmic intonation
  • Balance and coordination
  • Development of gross and fine motor skills
  • Multisensory stimulation
  • Following directions/receptive listening skills


  • Breath support
  • Vocal control
  • Self-expression
  • Confidence
  • Memory
  • Lower stress/anxiety


  • Social skills
  • Self-awareness/expression and recognition of emotions
  • Creativity/self-confidence
  • Increased mood
  • Verbal processing/problem solving skills

Music Assisted Relaxation

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Mindfulness
  • Grounding/Stability

Our music therapy treatments aim to restore, remediate or rehabilitate to improve functioning skills and independence.

Goal areas include but are not limited to

Impulse control
Social skills
Self-awareness/expression and recognition of emotions
Improvisation (free-play)
Receptive and expressive language
Following directions
Verbal processing
Coping skills
Creativity and self-confidence
Bilateral movement
Reaching developmental milestones