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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



Summer Camp Jam

Camp Jam (Joining Arts & Music) is our popular four day camp for youth with autism and other special needs that provides opportunities for social skills and developing new friends through fun and interactive music experiences. Trained counselor provided for each child. This fun music camp is summer themed with instruments and music making projects. Lots of social interaction and group interaction. No music background required.

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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. EVERY Saturday at 10:00am in Mission Valley and the cost is $30 per session. Space is limited- First come, first serve!

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Summer Sounds - Music Group for Teens & Young Adults

Looking for something fun to do on a summer night? Join one of our summer sounds groups, designed by board-certified music therapists to develop leadership and social skills! We will be jamming out singing summer themed hits during this interactive group. Bring your instrument to play along or come and try out a new one. We will experience drumming, singing, songwriting and instrument playing based on the interests of the group. Invite your friends! Three dates this summer in our Mission Valley and Encinitas location. Each session includes a pizza dinner.

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