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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



Holiday Camp Jam

We're excited to once again offer our annual Holiday Camp Jam! Campers will enjoy music making, building friendships with peers and mentors, playing holiday theme music, making crafts, and much more!! This is a great opportunity for everyone to work on the social skills in a fun and successful setting. Plus many parents love having 3 hours to go shopping or run errands! No music background required.

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FREE In Harmony Music Strategies Workshop

No music experience needed! Are you interested in learning how to use music with your children, whether at home or in the classroom? If so, please join us for this workshop! Review and be able to use In Harmony and other music as an inclusion tool in the classroom/home with children with and/or without special needs.The training is for parents and professionals ONLY.Tuesday October 17th at 6:30pm. RSVP required.

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Volunteers Needed! Jam Sessions - for Teens & Young Adults

Banding Together's Jam Session program is looking for volunteer peer mentors. Each Jam Session location has approximately 20 teens and young adults. Each of individuals we work with has unique learning, social and sensory challenges. Participants range in age from 1 3 -28 and have a variety of special needs including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, William’s Syndrome and Down Syndrome. The purpose of the group is to provide a once a month music therapy group and mentoring program for 20 youth with special needs through six one-hour music therapy groups (aka as “jam sessions”) at a local community venue to promote socialization, emotional expression, community inclusion and communication. Please click the link to fill out the volunteer application.

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