Meet In The Music

Connect with children with autism and other special education needs through music

I have seen much improvement in my son through the M.I.T.M curriculum, he is more interactive, playful, and interested in music. Music is now an important part of how he perceives the world around him.
— John Seminerio, parent of child with Autism

Our Program Author in the Media

Program Author Esther Thane with Ian Thornley of Big Wreck, on World Music Therapy Day March 1, 2018 at The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

2017 Music Heals year in reviewSee the impact that your gift to Music Heals makes with clients of music therapy across Canada. These are the music therapy programs that Music Heals provided funding to this year.

What an honor performing for the Federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor and MP Joe Peschisolido, with one of our clients from the ET Music Therapy / Meet In The Music Curriculum program at Pacific Autism Family Network.

What is Meet in the Music?

Meet In The Music© (MITM) is a fully functional, out of the box, customizable curriculum for use in your music therapy practice.  It includes a wide scope and sequence of skill sets across many domains and built-in program templates.

Meet In The Music©is a curriculum with a broad range of options that will allow you to instantly professionalize your music therapy practice. MITM is easy to implement and includes all of the major components required for a modern practice. It has built-in program templates (music therapy interventions: both improvisation based and structured) for programming individual learners. Both Qualitative and Quantitative data can be collected for analysis.  Treatment plans can be created from program templates, tailored to each client’s ability level and designed to utilize personal strengths, motivations, and interests.  


Who is it for?

The Meet In The Music©curriculum is for any music therapist in an organization or private practice using music to connect with children who have autism or other special education needs.


How does it work?

Delivered through our innovative UnitusTI cloud software. Access from any device, anywhere in the world.

  • Create improvisational or structured program templates
  • Qualitative and Quantitative data can be collected for analysis
  • Treatment plans can be tailored to ability level, personal strengths, motivations, and interests

Included in the MITM curriculum is the relaxation program "Rooted in Music". 

 For the child with Autism and his family, there is often daily stress of navigating through the challenges of interaction and overwhelming sensory input.  Providing opportunities to simply “be” in the moment and live in the rhythm for a while can help your child feel calmer, more relaxed.  It can reduce anxiety and bring attention and focus to his body and mind. Add this relaxation to your child’s “bag of self-regulation tricks”!  This relaxation is also for you to enjoy along with your child or independently. This is also an excellent resource for therapists, interventionists and any members of the child’s treatment team.  

I don’t usually use relaxation recordings in my practice, but Esther Thane’s Rooted in Music recording is an exception. Esther’s recordings work! The piano music and the sound of Esther’s voice are soothing and calming. I have used her recordings and found them to be very effective in helping anxious clients relax. I am thrilled they are included in her MITM curriculum for others to experience!
— Dr. Diane Austin, ACMT, LCAT, Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in NYC, NY

Why should you use it?

Meet In The Music© has been developed and refined for over 18 years in the field of autism and special education with hundreds of children, and is a proven, successful curriculum in music therapy practice today that can immediately help you measure and validate your treatment plan. 

With MITM, my daughter responds on a different level… it speaks to her heart. I see it touching many different areas that she needs to work on: eye contact, social skills, bi-lateral integration, lots of sensory needs are being met, her ability to focus and calm herself. It’s just so seamless. She’s really her most happy and authentic self in these experiences.
— Sandra Doyle, parent of child with autism

More feedback from music professionals:

I LOVE so many of your songs and interventions….you’re such a GREAT songwriter and I can tell you have a Nordoff Robins background when it comes to improvisation and chord structures….I don’t, so I’m in LOVE with the beautiful suspended chords, minor chords, and 7th chords you add to your songs…makes them so much more interesting then the basic I IV V chord structure! I also really love your Parent Programs like the Sway-Rock and Relaxation Program.
— Michelle Nettle, MT-BC, Blossom & Bloom Music Therapy Services, LLC
LOVING UnitUS!!! So intuitive, collects all collateral info and perfect for a start-up music therapy practice. Their customer support is also so helpful. Worth every penny!!! 🙏 Thanks.
— Julie Garrison, Owner Compass Music Therapy
As a speech and language pathologist, I’ve always known the benefit of music therapy for my students. I’m amazed at how much is worked on, each session. MITM works on things like social referencing, joint attention, language skills and following direction, listening carefully, learning new concepts, learning new vocabulary & expressive language… the list just goes on!
Where I’ve noticed a huge improvement with my daughter is her ability to self regulate. She actually finds the activities that are best for her. Once she’s had that, you can see her whole body calming down and it gets her ready to learn. With MITM, there is a really good balance between supporting my daughter to choose what she needs but also getting her open to learning and doing other things.
— Stephanie Chamut, Speech and language pathologist and parent of child with Autism

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