Katie Opher (Music Therapy, Music Group Leader, Director of Day Camps)

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Katie Opher is The Center on Central’s Program Manager and Director of Day Camps, as well as being a provider of Music and Music Therapy. Katie is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and Master’s Level Board Certified music therapist (MT-BC) and has been in practice for over 20 years. Katie earned her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University (now part of Drexel University).

Katie is adept at integrating verbal processing within the arts and focusing on purposeful use of the arts to address therapeutic goals. She believes that the verbal processing is essential to having the arts experience relate to real life and to making progress within therapy.

Katie brings her musical expertise into her therapy practice by using live music; she specializes in meeting her clients in their areas of strength, in order to address whatever issues they need to work on and goals they seek to reach. Katie has worked varying populations which include: infants in the NICU, toddlers in mommy and me music groups, non-verbal students on the autism spectrum, out-patient pediatric cancer patients, brain injured teens and adults in rehabilitation, normal and emotionally disturbed adolescents, moms-to-be and new mothers, normal adults (using music to decrease anxiety and work to alleviate depression), and seniors in assisted living and Alzheimer’s units.

In 2000, Katie founded a non-profit, called Creative Arts for Everyone®, and has administered a grant from the Department of Human Services in the City of Philadelphia for a total of 15 years, managing and supervising a groundbreaking program which provides Creative Arts Therapy services in the supervised visitation program in the Family Court of Philadelphia.

Current Programs by Katie Opher

Combo Class - Young Rembrandts® Preschool Drawing and Cooking Activity (Thursdays 1:30pm)

Group: Kindergarten, Preschool & Toddler
Provider: Katie Opher
Day/Time: Thursday, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: $20 per class, with 6-class minimum, plus $15 materials fee.
Individual/drop-in sessions: drop-in accepted if space available at $27 per class (includes materials) - please call ahead

COMBO CLASS – Young Rembrandts® Pre-School Drawing Class and Cooking activity

This offering is currently on a waiting list; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you if/when space is available.


Register for Combo Class – Young Rembrandts® Preschool Drawing and Cooking Activity (Thursdays 1:30pm)

Step 1: Submit Your Registration via our new registration system at MindBody Inc. – click on this box to open a new browser window and begin the registration process

Things you’ll need to know:

• Please be careful in choosing the correct session dates and times – there may be a lot of information to scroll through. If you choose the wrong item before purchase, you will have the opportunity to remove it from your shopping cart. If you make the purchase and get a confirmation that appears to not be for what you wanted to purchase, please contact us and we’ll sort it out.

• The link above in orange will send you to a page where you can scroll through the remaining calendar of Young Rembrandts® Elementary Drawing sessions for the rest of this program year. That page also has a calendar search feature in the upper right-hand corner where you can focus on the date(s) of interest to you.

• Clicking on the blue “Sign Up Now” button takes you to a page where you need to log in before making a purchase. If you are an existing client of ours, but new to the MindBody Inc. registration software, you should be able to find your profile by entering your first and last name and then you will need to enter your email address in order to set up a password. There is also an option to log in using your Facebook account.

• Once logged in, you will be shown a page with your selected item for purchase. If this is the correct item, you may click on the blue “enroll” button.

(If this is not the correct item, you should be able to hit the “back” button on your browser to get back to the list of choices. If that does not work, you may navigate through the MindBody Inc. site using the tabs at the top of the page to guide you – or close that window and start again on this page. We are also available to help you during our regular business hours at 610-710-1487.)

• Once clicking the blue “enroll” button, you will be taken to the shopping cart, where again the item(s) you selected will be displayed. If an item appears that you did not wish to purchase (or appears twice), you may remove it by clicking on the gray circled “X” to the far right of the item

• Once you are satisfied that the correct items appear, you may either click on the “Continue Shopping” link to find more items for your shopping cart (such as other offerings or adding another family member’s selection to the shopping cart), or you may click on the blue “CHECK OUT” button.

NOTE: YOU MAY HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN A BIT ON THE SHOPPING CART PAGE TO SEE THE CONTINUE SHOPPING LINK AND CHECK OUT BUTTON!

• If you have any applied credit with The Center on Central, such as a gift card on file, those funds will be applied first (unless you choose otherwise in the radio button prompt). If you don’t have applied credit, this is the place where you will enter your credit card information. You have the option to store your credit card information securely on the MindBody, Inc. servers if you choose.

• Once you have completed entering your credit card information, click on the blue “PLACE ORDER” button (you may also wish to take note of our business policies at the bottom of this page). Do not navigate away from the window until your order is confirmed. You should also receive a confirmation email (you may receive 2 – one as a purchase receipt and one as a specific schedule enrollment confirmation).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if something doesn’t seem right – we are working through this transition and appreciate your patience. We think once we all get used to the new software, it will provide you with a better registration experience!

Step 2: Tell Others!

You can help us spread the word about Combo Class – Young Rembrandts® Preschool Drawing and Cooking Activity (Thursdays 1:30pm) at The Center on Central by sharing this page on Facebook. Simply click on the “Like” button at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Music Group - Mommy & Me for ages infant-5 years (Saturdays 9:30am)

Type: Music Groups
Group: Kindergarten, Preschool & Toddler
Provider: Katie Opher, Lynne Hockenbury
Day/Time: Saturday, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Cost: $15 per class when signing up for a full 7-class set; $18 per class for individual classes, or when signing up for less than a full 7-class set.
Individual/drop-in sessions: check ahead for space availability.

MOMMY (or Daddy or caregiver) AND ME MUSIC GROUP
For one adult per child ages infant-5 years

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Music Lessons

Type: Music Lessons
Group: Adults, Elementary School, High School, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Middle School
Provider: Katie Opher, Lynne Hockenbury
Day/Time: By Appointment, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $30 for 30-minute lesson, $45 for 45-minute lesson, $60 for 1-hour lesson.

If you have not had success with music lessons in the past, or might be intimidated by the prospect of learning a new skill, you will want to try taking lessons with us here at The Center on Central. Our teachers work with your learning style and utilize creative techniques to ensure successful musical experiences.

While acknowledging that there is a basic curriculum necessary for musical knowledge and growth, we make sure to provide literature and instruction that is age-appropriate. Students learn the instrument of their choice, but also have the option to use their theory and skills on xylophones, drums and other rhythm instruments we have in our studio. Many students learn chord progressions in a relatively short span of time, and are playing entire songs and even writing songs within a month.

We offer piano lessons to children starting at age 4 ½, guitar lessons beginning at age 7, voice lessons beginning at age 10 – and continuing into adulthood – and have instructors available for other instruments based on your inquiry and a brief telephone interview.

Read Lynne Hockenbury’s article entitled “Why Music?

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At the end of the program year, we have a recital for those who want to participate:

Cost is $30 for a 30-minute individual private lesson.


Music Therapy - Individual Sessions and New Groups

Type: Music Therapy
Group: Special Needs Programs
Provider: Katie Opher
Day/Time: By Appointment

If you are interested in individual music therapy sessions, please complete the contact form. We will contact you to learn more about your needs and pair you with a masters-degreed music therapist.

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Reviewed via Google: “My son liked the music therapy classes and learned some nice social skills. He also enjoyed Camp 24 in the summer! The staff was great with him!!”

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Please also contact The Center if you are interested in hearing about the formation of new music therapy groups, such as:

  • Social Skills Group for children ages 2-4
  • Everybody Play…Music Therapy! group for grades K-5

Music Therapy - Social Skills Group for elementary

Type: Music Therapy
Group: Elementary School, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Special Needs Programs
Provider: Katie Opher
Day/Time: Tuesday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: $300 for 6 consecutive group meetings., with 6-class minimum. Deposit: $50.
Individual/drop-in sessions: Sign ups for less than 6 consecutive group meetings are at $60 per session.

A weekly Music Therapy Social Skills Group for elementary school-age children who can benefit from activities designed to foster positive interactions with peers.

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Reviewed via Google: “My son liked the music therapy classes and learned some nice social skills. He also enjoyed Camp 24 in the summer! The staff was great with him!!”

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This offering is currently forming; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you if/when we have sufficient interest to have a group get underway for Tuesday, or possibly on a different day/time.

Music Therapy - Social Skills Group for teens

Type: Music Therapy
Group: High School, Middle School, Special Needs Programs
Provider: Katie Opher
Day/Time: Thursday, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $300 for 6 consecutive group meetings.
Individual/drop-in sessions: Sign ups for less than 6 consecutive group meetings are at $60 per group meeting.

A weekly Music Therapy Social Skills Group for teens who can benefit from activities designed to foster positive interactions with peers.

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Reviewed via Google: “My son liked the music therapy classes and learned some nice social skills. He also enjoyed Camp 24 in the summer! The staff was great with him!!”

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This offering is currently forming; please feel free to submit your contact information below in order that we may reach out to you if/when we have sufficient interest to have a group get underway for Thursday, or possibly on a different day/time.

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