Music Therapy around San Francisco

A woman playing a tambourine encourages a teen with a shaker to join in and make music
Image courtesy of In Harmony, who did a music class for Support for Families in 2023.

Music Therapy can be helpful for a variety of conditions

Learn more in this research article published by the National Institute of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921108/

Here are some places to find a Music Therapist, plus other ways to increase access to music around San Francisco

SF Community Music Center

https://sfcmc.org/ 

They offered music therapy and adaptive music lessons for individuals and groups.  SF Community Music Center has a sliding scale. They also offer free and low-cost concerts.

Bay Area Music Therapy

https://bayareamusictherapy.com/ 

We offer person-centered & individualized music therapy programs and services to support creativity, self-expression, and self-empowerment. We serve children and adults of all ages, needs, and abilities. We work with special needs, senior care facilities, community outreach programs, stress & pain management groups. Bay Area Music Therapy has its studio location in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves clients across the Bay Area community (in-home, various facilities and programs, schools, and hospitals), including San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, and North Bay. We also offer both 1:1 and group services globally via telehealth sessions.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program 

https://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/services/music-therapy-program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy. Services are free but are only available to children while they are hospital patients.

Creative Vibes

https://www.creativevibesmt.com

Offering group and individual music therapy services from early childhood to older adults. Specializing in virtual sessions and classes.

Music for Therapy

https://musicfortherapy.com

They offer group and individual music therapy.  The music therapy groups appear to primarily serve adults with disabilities who are living in group homes.   

Search for Music Therapists who take your Insurance on Psychology Today

Family can also search what else is available based on many criteria including what type of insurance they have access to, on the Psychology today’s website.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/ca/san-francisco?category=music-therapy

Engage in other Music Opportunities

There are music opportunities beyond formal Music Therapy that may also benefit your child’s development. For example, please check our calendar to see if Support for Families is offering our free family drumming events. We would love to drum with you and your child! Consider joining musical group classes like SF Music Together, In Harmony or Gymboree Classes for children up to age 6. You may also enjoy the free concerts at the Bandshell in Golden Gate Park.