The philosophy of the Monroe One Music Therapy Program is two-fold:
First, music therapy is viewed as a related service under Federal and State Law which can be effectively utilized to help a student meet established Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. Through the therapeutic application of singing, playing instruments, moving to music, listening to music and creating music, a student can progress toward meeting established goals and objectives.
Secondly, music therapy provides students with the opportunity to develop needed music skills in a therapeutic environment. Since a center-based school is the least restrictive environment for some Monroe One students, music therapy provides the only opportunity to learn the basic skills and concepts usually taught by a music educator. In some instances the development of non-music and music skills has facilitated a student's integration back into their home school.