Augmenting Ability, LLC is a private music therapy practice established to assist clients in reaching their fullest potential through music therapy experiences. The practice, established by Melissa A. Ward, MT-BC in October 2007, serves individuals in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

It has become evident to Melissa throughout her education and professional career that she is only a facilitator in the success of her clients - it is the client that achieves goals and holds responsibility for their success!

For this reason, Augmenting Ability, LLC states that we are helping clients to reach their fullest potential. In addition to music therapy services, Augmenting Ability, LLC also provides music lessons to the community on piano, voice, and guitar.

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What is Music Therapy?

The American Music Therapy Association defines “Music Therapy [as] an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to” meet specific, individual needs. (

Who benefits from Music Therapy?

People of all abilities and all ages who enjoy music can benefit from music therapy. Music is a very motivating force in our lives and is therefore a powerful medium for therapy.