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Music Therapy Groups for Special Needs Children in Butte

The Music Therapy Groups for Special Needs Children have been scheduled for the rest of 2018. The groups are scheduled for: October 13, November 10 and December 8th. Although it would be great to have your child attend all groups, it is not required. Registration is required. Please call Angie at 971-221-7144 or email to register.

What happens during a music therapy group?

What: These groups are designed to provide a supportive environment that addresses goals such as improved social skills, increased expressive language, and enhanced motor planning. Each session will include opportunities to connect with others through music using singing, dancing, instrument playing, and musical games.


When: The 2nd Saturday of every month (11:15-noon)

Dates for the rest of 2018: October 13, November 10 and December 8th


Where: 1252 Harrison Ave., Butte, MT 59701

These groups are held in an upstairs room without an elevator. Please let us know if you need support in getting someone up the stairs.

To get a better idea of what these music therapy sessions look like, we encourage you to watch some of the videos we’ve created on our Big Sky Music Therapy youtube page.

For further information email Angie at

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Music Therapy Outreach Week #3: Word Replacement

Week #3  talks about using the practice of word replacement to expand your child’s vocabulary, communication, and self expression. There are times to leave specific words out of songs in order to elicit a response. The structure and predictability of the song plays a huge role in prepping your child to contribute a response.


Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC

Music Therapy Services of Portland is directed by board-certified music therapist, Angie Kopshy. Upon completion of her Master’s in Music from Boise State University, Angie returned to Portland to study music therapy at Marylhurst University. Music Therapy Services of Portland specializes on working with children on the autism spectrum. Angie is also a singer/songwriter with the band, Stoneface Honey.

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Summer Series II: Music therapy for two children with autism: Give the scripter a mic & a mirror!

GrahamToday I want to introduce you to Graham. Although Graham is a child of many gifts, one of his most immediately apparent to me was his ability to regurgitate a script of something he watched on television or youtube. Sometimes I refer to someone with this skill as a scripter. So what happens when you put a scripter in front of a mirror with a microphone?

Graham definitely seized the opportunity to act out the characters from one of his favorite shows. But then he surprised me by turning the experience into an interview. He held the microphone and I said my name, then he took the microphone and repeated me. Then I said, “Hello, Graham,” and he repeated that. Then finally, “My name is Angie,” followed by Graham saying, “My name is Graham!” In this video, you can see snippets of that followed by Graham singing the next phrase of The Balloon Song.

If you have the chance to plant your child in front of a mirror with a microphone, see what happens. Try to guide an interview type feel – going back and forth with the microphone and transforming the scripting into dialogue with turn taking.

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Music Therapy Services of Portland