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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Music Therapy Center of Houston is a 501(c)3 non-profit center whose central purpose is to provide music therapy services to those who need them in the Houston and surrounding areas regardless of economic status. In addition, we work to educate the community about music therapy through in-services and community outreach.

Target demographics: families and facilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 30 families and worked with over 15 locations

Geographic areas served: the Houston and surrounding areas

Programs: grants and scholarships so they can provide music therapy services by board-certified music therapists. In addition, we try to provide free music and movement groups to the public when possible.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at The Rise School of Houston through the University of Kansas Alternative Breaks this past winter break. Our group worked with Veronica, the music therapist on staff. She was incredibly welcoming and passionate about her job. Working everyday with her and the kids was an amazing experience, and showed me how effective music therapy is for physical and emotional development. Veronica really encouraged us to take ownership of the sessions and gave us the opportunity to lead our own activities. I had a fantastic experience with Veronica, and the work the Music Therapy Center of Houston does is extremely important. Hopefully, other cities can someday have similar organizations to make music therapy more accessible across the country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with the Music Therapy Center of Houston was through an alternative break trip with the Rise school of Houston. There we met Veronica, a passionate music therapist working with a mix of typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities. Through our time there, Veronica educated us about the work that MTCH does in the Houston area. They apply for grants to support music therapy programs in a variety of settings, educate the public, advocate for music therapy in the area, pair families in need with music therapists and so much more. The Music Therapy Center of Houston is such a valuable resource, and I'm jealous we don't have an organization like this in Lawrence, Kansas! Veronica is very passionate about music therapy advocacy as demonstrated by her extensive work with MTCH. She has recruited many friends and coworkers to join the movement as well; her passion is contagious. As a music therapy student, MTCH is a valuable resource to me as I look for internships and future job opportunities. I now know that I have wonderful connections in the Houston area, and a great model for how to bring music therapy advocacy wherever I am. This group of driven advocates have a heart for people and a passion for making music therapy accessible to all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Veronica at The Rise School of Houston this winter break through Alternative Breaks at the University of Kansas. I had such an amazing, meaningful experience at The Rise School and was able to see first hand the benefits of music therapy. Veronica let our group conduct sessions, which was fun and easy to do because of her warm, welcoming spirit. Our whole group had so much fun and was extremely grateful to be able to be so hands on with these kids. This was a wonderful experience and I am extremely impressed with what The Music Therapy Center of Houston does. Veronica does such an amazing job!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Veronica Butler of the Music Therapy Center of Houston for two summers at the Rise School of Houston in hands-on musical activities for young children with Down syndrome. Following my experiences with the application of music therapy, I cannot praise enough the passionate application and positive effects that stem from MTCH. Keep up the good work in all the lives you improve!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with The Music Therapy Center of Houston for a couple of years now. The staff are accommodating and very professional in their day-to-day operation. When we couldn't initially make our schedules work they went above and beyond to find a way for our kiddos to have an opportunity to have music therapy in our area. They not only awarded us a considerable grant but have been actively seeking a therapist for us to facilitate a monthly session on our side of town! On behalf of Humble Hearts Autism Playgroup, we are beyond thankful to have their support in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Scientifically, there is no question that Music Therapy stimulates neural connections and opens doors in the mind to support therapy, rehabilitation, and human performance in a unique way. I am so happy that Houston has a center dedicated to providing Music therapy in a high quality researched based way and feel this is just the beginning of Houston's growth into a major center, destination, and model for this type of treatment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Music Therapist in the Houston area, it's impossible to not know about The Music Therapy Center of Houston. Their presence in the community is strong and the work they do is great.

I've known Veronica Butler, Administrative Director of MTCH for several years now. I can say without a doubt, she has a genuine passion and drive to help others through the services that MTCH offers. She's constantly doing her best to connect families to services that will benefit them. She goes above and beyond to serve the community in which she is so deeply involved and I'm super proud to be a professional colleague of hers and an advocate for the services MTCH offers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of The Music Therapy Center of Houston. As a special educator, I have seen the benefits of music therapy with my students. Music therapy acts as a facilitator between my students and their IEP goals. Thank you Veronica, for teaching me about the importance of music therapy and providing my students with the supports they needed to be successful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Let me tell you how I have seen Co-founder Veronica Butler's genuine passion for the clients she serves and advocacy for the field of music therapy. As a college student in 2008 preparing to volunteer for an NGO in South America, I got in touch with Veronica because I thought a music therapist might be able to give me a few ideas for ways I could use music with the adolescents I was going to work with. Veronica gave me a ton of her time and passionately shared with me about the depths and possibilities of music therapy, clearly motivated by the meaningful changes she had seen in her own clients. She also encouraged me to pursue a degree in music therapy, an idea I quickly discounted. A year later, I was in touch with her again as I prepared to work with blind children in the Middle East, and again, she directed me to many resources and ideas and suggested that I pursue the fantastic field of music therapy, a calling I still ignored. After witnessing the power of music firsthand in the Middle East, I knew immediately I wanted to pursue music therapy and I knew one of the first people I wanted to talk to about training programs: Veronica Butler. It is so evident that for Veronica music therapy is not just a job but a vocation that she deeply cares about. Beyond passion, Veronica brings a great deal of creativity, resourcefulness and academic strengths to the profession. I would highly recommend Veronica and the Music Therapy Center of Houston to anyone. The community of Houston is fortunate to have the Music Therapy Center of Houston offering these invaluable service regardless of economic status. If you're curious about what it could offer you or someone you know, just ask Veronica!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband Jim is a stroke survivior with many deficits. He was put in the Music Therapy program by DARS. He worked with Lupe at the Sugar Land location for several months. Music Therapy not only helped with his depression, Lupe used diffferent instruments to help his visual fields. I wish he could have had more sessions, but the number he received was set by DARS and our regular insurance would not pay for more.