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Patina Jackson, MT-BC

Music Therapist - Board Certified

I'm a music therapist who loves creating resources and simplifying life for other music therapists working in the special needs population because I believe LESS is MORE and TOGETHER is better!
I love Jesus and live in the Dallas area with my husband and 3 wild and wonderful kiddos!

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The goal of Music Therapy Joy is to support you by providing:

1. Engaging songs with high-quality, visual aids (so you don't always have to re-invent the wheel)

2. Forms for data, planning, organization and evaluations (so paperwork is a cinch and you can get back to doing what you love - serving your clients)!

3. Relevant courses with pre-approved CMTE credits for music therapists in schools or working with kids, teens or young adults with special needs (so you spend your valuable time getting the training you need, and not what you don't). 

4. Community with others who "get" it because they have been there too (so you don't have to do this alone)! 

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Music Therapy in Special Education

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. For more information about music therapy, visit the www.musictherapy.orgFor more information certification or to find a board certified music therapist, visit


In special education, music therapy is provided as a related service that uses music to assist students with disabilities to attain specified IEP goals. In a program based model, services may also be provided as educational enrichment for self contained or inclusion classrooms, in which case the need would be determined by administration, educational staff and the music therapy team. 

Goals addressed | Music therapists address a variety of goals related to special education and Individualized Education Plans.

Goals may include:

  • Academic/Cognitive skills

  • Language and communication skills

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Social/Behavioral skills

  • Functional Living skills

Populations ServedMusic therapists serve students from early intervention through high school with a wide range of abilities and needs such as:

  • Early Intervention

  • Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Down Syndrome

  • Visual, Auditory or Speech Impairments

  • Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Additional Resources | Check out the free Special Education Music Therapy 101: Beginners Guide to Music Therapy 

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