Ms. Bush-Butler is an experienced music therapist with a Masters in Music Therapy.

She offers a comprehensive package of music therapy programs, both for individuals and groups, specifically tailored to meet student needs.

Ms Bush-Butlers music therapy programs offer goal oriented music therapy activities that increase eye-hand coordination and motor skills, increase self awareness and social interaction.

They are designed to reinforce academic objectives in literacy, math and educational goals to meet IEP standards based on Individualized Music Therapy Assessement Profile (IMTAP) results.


Ms. Bush-Butlers professional goal is to use music therapy to help others to improve their quality of life, heal and restore balance in their life.

Her focus is on those individuals faced with a wide diversity of challenges and obstacles to overcome. Her process is to create a trusting relationship that will allow the individual to achieve what they want to achieve in life. She strives for the highest level and quality of music involvement consistent with the functioning level of the individual.

Music Therapy helps people to engage themselves with and in the music and results in them achieving health-related and other social goals.

Ms. Bush-Butler has genuine interest in people and a desire to help others to empower themselves. Her principal core value involves establishing a trusting and caring relationship with people of all ages and abilities and conveying patience, empathy, openness and understanding.

Description of Music Therapy Services

Ms. Bush-Butler currently works with several Music Therapy students. The students are engaged in numerous creative music therapy interventions. They take an active role in the music therapy sessions. Classes are taught in an integrated setting. Students are encouraged to participate in various venues: such as recitals, community nursing homes and community events.

Delivery of services includes individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. This process includes an initial assessment, establishing a treatment plan consisting of short term and long term goals, implementation and documentation. The length of the sessions may vary from forty five minutes to one hour depending on the individuals needs.

Ms. Bush-Butlers music therapy experiences began when she was working with low functioning mentally challenged individuals with IQs less than 20, who were non-ambulatory, wheelchair bound and non-verbal, Music Therapy promoted and improved their quality of life.

In 1997, she created a successful Music Therapy Program at the Maryhaven Center of Hope. The children residing in this house are finding a non-threatening means of communicating their feelings through activities centered around music.

Students enrolled in the Music Therapy programs have had the opportunity to take an active role in the music therapy sessions. They create music, sing, compose a song and play piano, ukulele, the violin and the xylophone. As one parent shared, Thank you for your patience and dedication to bringing out our sons love of music. You helped make our dream come true.

These individuals have challengers and disabilities and vast obstacles they struggle to overcome on a daily basis, but did not allow their disabilities to define them or limit them.

Ms. Bush-Butler is proud to be able to use her talents through music to help each individual achieve all that they want to achieve.

Students enrolled in Ms. Bush-Butlers Music Therapy programs will experience:

-- Therapeutic music-therapy sessions for individuals with special needs.

-- Individual and group sessions based on the students need.

-- Engage students in improvisations, song writing, lyrical discussion, music imagery, music performance and learning through music.

-- Design Music therapy goals and appropriate music therapy activities for Autistic, Learning Disabled, Mentally Challenged students.

-- Design goal oriented individualized music therapy activities to increase eye-hand coordination and motor skills, increase self-awareness and social interaction.

-- Music therapy reinforces academic objectives in literacy, math and educational goals to meet IEP standards.

-- Conduct Individualized Music Therapy Assessment Profile (IMTAP) Administered which assesses the emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills.

-- Successful outcomes in improved listening skills and self-expression, increase in self-esteem communication skills and social skills.

Tell Me More

Individuals or groups interested in participating in a Music Therapy program should contact Ms. Bush-Butler by phone, email or via the websites contact form.

Programs are available for individuals or any age.

Rates, therapy session schedules and program specifics vary based on student need and will all be discussed during the initial consultation.