Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about A Place To Be and how music therapy can help your loved one? Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked by new families.

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Q: What are the ages of clients at A Place To Be

Clients at A Place To Be belong to all age groups and a vast array of diagnosis. While our most common age groups served is 5 to young adult, assessments are open to all individuals and eligibility is not limited by age.

Q: Is there Financial aid for families who may not be able to afford sessions?

A Place To Be offers financial aid for those that quality. This will be determined during our assessment process.

Q: Does my child need an IEP to attend A place To Be?

While the majority of our client have an IEP, it is not a required prerequisite for individuals or group sessions at A Place To Be. Once an assessment is scheduled, we will determine if the potential client is a fit for our services.

Q: Does someone have to be diagnosed with a disability to attend A Place To Be

Diagnosis of any kind are not required for clients to be eligible for services at A Place To Be. Our assessment process will determine if the individual would benefit from any of our services.

Q: Where does A Place To Be meet?

A Place To Be currently offers two locations for sessions, with offices in Middleburg VA, and at The Village At Leesburg. Virtual sessions are also offered. Directions to both these locations can be found on our About page.

Q: What is Music Therapy?

We use music to promote health and wellbeing by creating individualized goals in collaboration with our clients. All music therapy sessions are delivered by trained board-certified music therapists. Music therapy sessions are designed to help promote, but are not limited to, a client’s social, cognitive, emotional, motor, physiologic, physical and mental health goal areas. 

Q: What does Performance-Based Music Therapy mean?

At A Place To Be, we strive to create inclusive groups and performance opportunities that fosters friendship, community, empowerment, love and acceptance. We believe in supporting our clients towards optimal health beyond the individual session through community and friendship by using the expressive arts. 

Q: What does a Music Therapy session look like?

All sessions differ widely in how they look depending on the goals established by the clients and therapists. Here are several examples. A client who is looking to improve their memory may engage in a music and memory game, while a client who is working on their motor function may engage in drumming to improve their movement. At the same time, a different client might be working with a therapist to support their mental health through original songwriting. 

Q: Are there Summer Camps?

A Place To Be offers a variety of summer camps each year, in addition to our social groups which run throughout the spring and fall semesters. To learn about this year’s offerings visit our summer camps page. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of social groups all throughout the year.

Q: What does a certified Music Therapist mean?

Our certified music therapists are board certified by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Certified music therapists are required to complete a college level degree in music therapy, a 1200-hour internship, and the certification board examination (CBMT). All music therapists are required to continue their education by accumulating continuing education (CE) credits and recertify as a music therapist every 5 years. 

Q: Where can I find out about performances?

You can learn more about our performances on our performance & productions page.

Q: Can my child be in an A Place To Be performance?

If you think your child might be a good fit for an A Place To Be performance, you can scheduled and assessment with our administrative team. To fill out an assessment, click here.