Music Therapy

AMUSE Music Center is excited to announce the return of music therapy to our music programs.  Ami Kunimura, board certified music therapist, will conduct individual music therapy as well as adapted guitar and piano instruction to children and adults with special needs.

Music therapy is a health profession that uses music for non-musical purposes in reaching physical, emotional, cognitive, and social goals.  Using music as a therapeutic tool has shown to be an effective and practical way to reach the whole person by improving self-esteem, communication, socialization, cognition, self-expression, reality orientation, emotional balance, relaxation and motor skills in individuals with various physical, emotional and neurological disorders.  Music therapy sessions are designed on an individual  basis using various goal-oriented interventions and activities such as instrument playing, singing, songwriting, listening, lyric analysis, improvisation, and movement.  No music experience or skill is required on the client’s part as the focus is on the secondary gains.

Adapted instrument instruction uses music therapy interventions for the purposes of music education, recreational music and improved quality of life.  In individual adapted lessons the focus is on the instruction of one instrument with both therapeutic and educational approaches.

Ami Kunimura, MT-BC, received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a Board Certification in Music Therapy from Chapman University.  She has been practicing music therapy since 2006 in private and group settings.  Her professional experience includes working with autism, schizophrenia, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma recovery and addiction.


  • Individual music therapy – $70 / 45 minute session
  • Individual adapted guitar or piano: $70/ 45 minute session
  • Individual music therapy – $45 / 30 minute session
  • Individual adapted guitar or piano: $45 / 30 minute session