The KEYS Program ~ It's all about the smiles!


Music Therapy, Lessons and Community Classes


We provide a free “meet ‘n greet” so you can meet with our music therapy staff,  learn more about the benefits of music and our services and see if it is a good fit for you.   


Thanks to a grant from the Triad Foundation, we are currently able to offer this for FREE for new clients. (Funding is limited) 


Contact us today to learn more or set up a time that best fits your schedule!   Contact us at 315-363-6446 or! 



 What We Do

The American Music Therapy Association states that music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”   


For more than 25 years, the KEYS Program has been offering quality music therapy, lessons and group classes that have helped people achieve their therapeutic goals, while bringing joy and BIG smiles to the Central New York community! 


 We would love for you to join us!


A Day with our Music Therapist

Our music therapist starts her day at the ARC leading a group of special needs adults in a drum circle, teaching rhythms, expressing themselves, building coordination and learning to socialize together.


Next she stops by the home of a KEYS kid in cancer treatment, and together they put together a play list of “go to” songs that will help keep him inspired and help him endure the long hours of treatment coming in the weeks ahead.


Next stop is the nursing home, where our music therapist is singing songs with a group of elderly patients, when she notices an Alzheimer patient, who was previously withdrawn and not able to communicate is now singing along…word for word.


 She heads down the hall to visit a semi-comatose patient, who opens their eyes and responds as our music therapist begins singing and playing their favorite songs at their bedside.


 From there she heads up to the Cancer Center, where she sets up drums for a group drumming session with the patients while they undergo treatment. After the session, she sits with an adult cancer patient who is struggling with anxiety, elevated heart rate and vitals, and she begins doing musical relaxation exercises with the patient that helps to lower their heart rate and alleviate their agitation.


 She ends her day at the home of a child with autism, who is so excited to see her he is having trouble settling down. She begins playing the hello song that he likes so much and she soon has his full attention. Within minutes he is at her side singing along, tapping the rhythm to the drums, making music and smiling ear to ear! 


Who We Serve 

We provide individual and group music therapy and music lessons.


We provide customized music programs to meet the needs of individuals for self-expression, wellness and therapeutic purposes. Our services are provided to persons of all ages and abilities with cancer, serious illnesses and disabilities, including mental, physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and communicative disorders.  We serve children and adults in Madison and Oneida counties, including, but not limited to individuals with; autism​, depression, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairment, dementia or Alzheimer's disease, stroke victims, cognitive impairments, behavioral disorders, emotional disorders, grief and loss, cancer, chronic and serious illnesses. 


Individual Music Therapy & Lessons Rates

$40 for a 30 minute individual music therapy session or lesson in your home. 


The KEYS Program has a scholarship fund in order to offset the cost of music therapy services for children impacted by cancer and those who are not reimbursed for services through the Direct Service program, insurance or other funding. (Scholarship funds are limited.) We are only able to accept out-of-pocket payments at this time but will be glad to provide a paid invoice for you to submit to your broker or agency so you may be reimbursed for services. We have relationships with many local brokers/agencies so they are familiar with our services and would be glad to provide any documentation you may need to receive reimbursement. Just let us know!


Group Music Therapy Session Rates

We provide group music therapy sessions for special needs sites, nursing homes, oncology units and other groups. 

Rates start at $100 per hour for a group music therapy session at your site. (Rate includes documentation, travel to your site and both group and 1:1 music therapy in the hour.) 

We know each site is unique, so we customize our services to best meet the needs of the sites we are serving.  Please contact us for rate information at 315-363-6446 or  to discuss your needs.



Please contact KEYS Program Coordinator Mike Bennett at or 315-363-6446 for questions or assistance.