Welcome to MUSICAL JOURNEY owned by Noriko, a Master’s level board certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist-fellow. I provide music therapy & music lessons to young and older adults in Johnson County and the surrounding areas.

What is neurologic music therapy? 

Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is based on scientific findings in music perception & production and specifically designed for neurological disorders/conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury). NMT was developed by Dr. Michael Thaut, Dr. Corene Hurt-Thaut, Dr. Gerald McIntosh, M.D., and Ruth Rice, DPT at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music. The techniques in NMT address the sensorimotor, speech and language, cognitive, and emotional domains of individuals with neurological disorders.

Please contact us for a free consultation at (913) 744-1265 or nori@ksmomusictherapy.com.


6 thoughts on “Welcome!

    1. Deb,
      Yes, I provide both individual and group music therapy sessions to pediatrics and school-aged children. You may want to visit my page “Music Therapy and Special Education”. I also provide “music activity groups” to children without special needs. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and I will be happy to answer them. My email is ksmomusictherapy@gmail.com


  1. My child doesn’t have autism, but has behaviors due to past trauma/neglect. He is diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD. He has anxiety.

    How do you determine if this therapy can be included in his IEP without it making the school think we are asking for unnecessary special things?


    1. Nicki
      Thank you for your comment, and I assume that your son’s school does not have a music therapist. A board certified music therapist will need to assess your child to determine if music therapy is a necessary service for him. The music therapist will observe your child in music and non-music settings in school. She/he will interview your son’s teachers and conduct a music therapy assessment session. If your child performs significantly better in music settings than in non-music settings, music therapy is considered as a “necessary service”. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Noriko


  2. Do you teach specific Instruments to children with special needs?
    My son wants to learn to play the drums really badly! But the places I’ve taken him don’t think they can instruct him. He is very very fidgety , and his attention span is very low! His sister is taking music lessons, I don’t want him feeling left out.
    If you don’t, do you know someone who does?

    Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It is wonderful that your son wants to play the drums! As a music therapist, I believe that playing the drums actually may reduce his figdety. I am not a drum player, so I can refer you to another music therapist. Please email me at nori@ksmomusictherapy.com (I would like to know which city you live in.). Thank you so much!


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