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The Music Therapy Center of California (MTCCA) is the leader in the greater San Diego area providing neurologic music therapy and music lessons for youth with special needs. Our mission is to is to empower people to become their best one note at a time.

What Is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a well-established, research-driven profession in which a credentialed music therapist utilizes music strategies and exercises within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy is an allied health service much like physical, occupational, or speech therapy, using music as the medium to attain the goals. Call us today for a free screening 619.299.1411.

A candid portrait of a mother playing guitar and her son singing along

Our Services

We offer a variety of services including music therapy sessions, school-based programs, adapted lessons, home-based consultation, and group sessions. In addition, experiential and educational services such as workshops, in-services, and presentations are also available.  We also provide many free music therapy groups through our non-profit community partners The Autism Tree Project Foundation and Banding Together.


What People Are Saying

“The Music Therapy Center of California is unique in their desire and ability to personalize their work with each client. They have found a perfect harmony of professionalism and personalization with our son, Reid. They are respectful and give dignity to every client, always encouraging them to their own personal best. They have a genuine joy in what they are doing. It makes my son’s eyes–actually his whole body–light up and want to learn what they have to teach!”—Andrea Moriarty, Author of One Track Mind



Rock Star Club

Has your tween ever wanted to be in a rock band? If so, this is their chance! Join us in Encinitas for a 4-week group on Mondays from 5:00-5:45pm for ages 9-13. This experience is designed to provide music therapy interventions in a fun and social group setting incorporating rock and pop music, social skill development, instruments and music making.

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Song Birds: Early Childhood Music Group

Songbirds is our popular music social group for children and their parents/caregivers. Our board-certified music therapists designed this program for young children to enhance communication and social skills with peers. The next group begins Saturday, Feb 4th 10-10:45am in Mission Valley and the cost is $90. Space is limited- First come, first serve!

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Volunteers Needed for Jam Session Program

Do you have a desire to help others? If so, this opportunity is perfect for you! This program was developed to help teens and adults with special needs to help learn the dynamics of building friendships, social skills and self-expression through music therapy. We are looking for volunteers to be a one on one mentors. This is an 8 session commitment (twice a month on a Wednesday or Thursday) at one of three locations (Carlsbad, Point Loma or El Cajon).

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