AMTA 2017 – What a Year!

Meredith and I not only love our careers. We love our profession! Both of us are committed to giving back to the American Music Therapy through service and sharing our expertise.  But AMTA 2017 might be our busiest year yet!

Here is the line up. If you are traveling to the AMTA conference in St. Louis, please stop us for a chat. If you would like to know more about any of the presentations, send us an email next week. We would love to know all about how YOU support the profession.

AMTA Leadership Academy*

Nov 15, 2017 12:30 pm – 05:30 pm

Presenter(s): Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC; Alicia Ann Clair, PhD, MT-BC, Anthony Meadows, PhD, LPC, MT-BC, Deanna Bush, MM, MT-BC; Kamica King, MT-BC

CMTE F. Developing and Expanding Supervision Skills*

November 16, 2017

Presenter(s): Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC; Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC; Katie Bagley, MT-BC; Laetitia Brundage, MT-BC

A Preventive Model of Music Therapy for Children in Limited Resource Communities

November 17, 2017 8:00 am-9:15 am

Presenter(s): Varvara Pasiali, PhD, MT-BC; Elizabeth K. Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

The Music Therapy Pyramid Model: From Theory to Practice

November 17, 2017 2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Presenter(s): Meredith R. Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC; Ronna Kaplan, MA, MT-BC

Community Engagement in Music Therapy Practice

November 18, 2017 3:15 pm-4:30 pm

Presenter(s): Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC; Ellary Draper, PhD, MT-BC; Grant Hales, MT-BC; Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC; Tom Sweitzer, MA, MT-BC

The Music is Enough – Stepping Up Your Interventions and Repertoire for Children

November 19, 2017 9:30 am-10:45 am

Presenter(s): Meredith R. Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC; Elizabeth K. Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

Happy 3rd Birthday

Happy birthday, Raising Harmony!

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The idea,

                that became the dream,

                                                  that became the reality is three years old today.

Raising Harmony co-founders Meredith Pizzi and Elizabeth Schwartz are more committed than ever to the profession of music therapy and to the clients and families that are served through music therapy.

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They are proud to support the American Music Therapy Association, the Certification Board for Music Therapists and  international music therapists through training, 0n-line courses, publications, advocacy and career opportunities.

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Hey, Siri. You’re Wrong.

I took a long road trip several weekends ago to spend time with very dear friends. As you can imagine, there was talk, walks, laughter, and tears along with a little bit of whine and a little bit of wine. It was a great time of introspection and much needed rejuvenation.

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Then came the trip home. Yuck! More for company than anything else, I turned on the GPS and listened as the female voice guided my route. I should have turned it off when I was back in familiar territory, but for some perverse reason I didn’t. So for fifty miles I listened to her shouting at me to follow her commands (or so it seemed).  Of course she had all the latest satellite information on distance and traffic. On the surface, her way should have been the right way. But since this was my home turf, I knew that the way she was directing me would have lots of lights. And with my luck, they would be all red. She also didn’t recognize that her way took me by a large shopping mall. It was a Sunday and of course everyone would be out shopping. She didn’t care.  It would be much more relaxing for me to stay on the highway with no lights and no traffic even if it meant a few extra miles. She kept insisting on taking me the way that fit with her programmed plans.

All this annoyance got me thinking about my work in music therapy and the continuing conversations about Evidence Based Practice (EBP).  What’s the connection there, you might ask? Well Siri, or that disembodied voice in the machine, is a little bit like one part of EBP – the best available research.  She has empirical data to back up her choices. Our best available research has empirical data to back up recommended clinical choices.

But there are two other critical components of EBP – clinical expertise and individual differences.  In my drive home, I had the expert knowledge of the local roads with information that the data would not know or measure such as a blow-out sale at the mall. In our clinical work, we have local information from our sessions that make rigid following of research protocols ineffective.  One instance comes to my mind – the use of minor keys or modes for very young children with autism. Some research I have read seems to indicate that simple melodies in diatonic keys are best. Well that might have been accurate for the limited confines of the research protocol, but every week in my sessions when I sing those songs in minor I see and hear young children with autism turn their faces toward mine and begin to vocalize in a way that I had not heard before.  The clinical outcomes support the validity of my clinical expertise.

Siri also could not observe or measure my individual needs on that long, long trip home. I really just wanted to keep my foot on the gas rather than the brake pedal. For me, that would make for a better quality trip than shaving seven minutes off my drive time. That’s an individual difference. There is a considerable amount of written evidence used to select a treatment plan for young children with autism (ABA, Floortime, TEEACH). I know this one little boy in particular who does not and will not respond to any demanded outcome, external reward or not. But come and watch him in a music therapy session. Given some freedom in musical expression, he not only says but sings words. And furthermore he sings them with understanding and intent. His individual differences, especially his unique response to music, are just as important as that large research study that says that kids like him should have better outcomes with an M & M or other external reward system.

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So just like ignoring or talking back to Siri, we need to value our own experiences and respect the differences of our young clients and be confident in our choices as clinicians.  This means knowing and understanding our best research, but also knowing and understanding our clinical effectiveness and our client’s unique strengths.

Here at Raising Harmony, we try and bring you quality research in both music therapy and early childhood. But we also appreciate your clinical skills and your intimate knowledge of your clients, your families and your communities.

Now, back to re-programming that machine!

Beth

 

Are You Passionate about your Work? We are!

Sprouting Melodies® Training is Coming to You!

Next On-Line Course Begins September 10, 2104

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Whether you are from a big city, small town or rural village Sprouting Melodies can be a chance for you to grow your music therapy practice and provide a valuable service to the families of your community. 23 CMTEs in the comfort of your own home.

For More Information or to Register Now!

https://raisingharmony.com/training/

The Sprouting Melodies® Provider Training provides comprehensive, research-based and clinically relevant information and resources on:

  • Early childhood development
  • Early music development
  • Treatment planning for early childhood music therapy
  • Creating and adapting developmentally appropriate music
  • Theoretical and practical guidelines for music therapy based parent/child groups in     the community
  • Specific strategies for successful business practices in providing early childhood community groups

Completion of the Training will allow the participant to be eligible to become a Sprouting Melodies Provider™.

Here’s what our course participants have to say about the training.

“…the Sprouting Melodies training has given me a strong base to stand on as my base of young clients grows. I definitely recommend it!!”

“The material and information was so well organized.”

“I really enjoyed seeing how Sprouting Melodies™ can benefit my community and my music therapy practice.”

“All of it was wonderful! I loved the discussion the most –brainstorming and discussing these ideas with Music Therapists is so valuable.”

 Please join us in this exciting new program designed by music therapists, for music therapists!

Register Now!

https://raisingharmony.com/training/

 

Transform your Music Therapy Practice and Earn 23 CMTE Credits

largeSpring is the time for new beginnings! Take advantage of this opportunity to transform your music therapy practice and earn 23 CMTE credits by signing up for

Music Therapy and Early Childhood: The Sprouting Melodies® Provider Training. 

On-Line training: Beginning April 23, 2014

Information and Registration @https://raisingharmony.com/training/

The on-line course is delivered to your in-box every Wednesday for 10 weeks. You can access the content on your own time and in the comfort of your own home. Included in the course materials:

  • Interactive on-line forum where you will meet other course participants and share music and ideas.
  • A complimentary copy of Music, Therapy and Early Childhood: A Developmental Approach by Elizabeth Schwartz
  • Two optional phone conference calls with Meredith and Beth

The Sprouting Melodies® Provider Training gives you comprehensive, research-based and clinically relevant information and resources on:

  • early childhood development
  • early music development
  • treatment planning for early childhood music therapy
  • creating and adapting developmentally appropriate music
  • theoretical and practical guidelines for music therapy based parent/child groups in the community
  • specific strategies for successful business practices in providing early childhood community groupsCompletion of the Institute will allow the participant to be eligible to become a Sprouting Melodies Provider™

The Sprouting Melodies® Provider Training is taught by Meredith Pizzi, MT-BC and Elizabeth Schwartz, LCAT MT-BC. Meredith and Beth are co-founders of Raising Harmony: Music Therapy for Young Children – a resource for professionals and parents on music and early childhood. Visit them at www.RaisingHarmony.com.

To find out more about Sprouting Melodies® visit www.SproutingMelodies.com .

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Sprouting Melodies Online Course Begins April 23, 2014!

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Register before April 12 and save with our early bird discount!

What makes Sprouting Melodies® unique?

Sprouting Melodies® is unique in approach, attitude and qualification of Providers.

  • The focus of Sprouting Melodies® is to provide families with an opportunity for overall growth and development through music experiences.
  • The Sprouting Melodies® attitude is one of support and community in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
  • The Providers are all Board Certified Music Therapists with additional early childhood training and their professional qualifications are the key ingredient to success in each Sprouting Melodies® class.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

This month Raising Harmony turns 2! It was a crisp, sunny February day in Boston when Meredith and I shook hands and signed the documents that began the journey of creating a place to support, share and celebrate early childhood music therapy.

Like any two-year-old, Raising Harmony is growing and moving fast.

Who has nurtured this growth? You!

It is through your backing and encouragement that we have been able to train almost 100 board-certified music therapists in understanding and serving the children and families of their communities. The seeds that these trainings have planted are coming into bloom with a growing number of Sprouting Melodies Providers all around the country. Read about your colleagues who have already launched a program on Sprouting Melodies Find a Class Page.

Here is a Birthday gift for you!

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This has been one of my most popular song interventions. Some of you may have heard me present it at conferences. It is one of the songs from “You and Me Makes…We: A Growing Together Songbook”.  I am so happy to be able to share it with you a birthday present and I hope that you will pass it along to your children and their families. 

And make sure you visit www.RaisingHarmony.com and click the link on the right to get five free song downloads.  Each song comes with full notation and some ideas on how to get the most meaningful interactions as you sing them with young children and families/

Here’s to another great year of transformation and growth!

Beth

 
 

 

Sprouting Melodies® Training is Coming to the Great Lakes Region!

GLR 2014Early Bird Registration for the Conference is open now until February 26th.

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Whether you are from a big city, small town or rural area in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin, Sprouting Melodies can be a chance for you to grow your music therapy practice and provide a valuable service to the families of your community.

 

Pre-Conference Institute: Sprouting Melodies Training

22 CMTEs      $440

Wednesday, March 26,2014    8:30am -12:30pm & 1:30pm-6:00pm

Thursday, March 27, 2014      8:30am -12:30pm & 1:30pm-6:00pm

 Friday, March 28, 2014      7:00pm-9:00pm  

What is Sprouting Melodies®?

Sprouting Melodies® is a unique, award-winning early childhood music program in which young children and their grownup sing, play, and move to music that is specially designed to promote healthy early development.

Who runs Sprouting Melodies® classes?

Every Sprouting Melodies Provider™ is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who has received specialized training in early childhood development and early childhood music. As a qualified professional, the Sprouting Melodies Provider™ is skilled at making the early music experience a successful one for all children and families. At Sprouting Melodies® we have the extensive training and experience to create and lead musical adventures that meet every child’s needs and move the whole group forward developmentally on a weekly basis. We also have the clinical training and judgment to modify classes to meet unique individual needs.

Why Sprouting Melodies®?

The Sprouting Melodies® program offers music therapists a chance to use all their education, skills and experience to bring the best possible early childhood music experience to families in the community. Sprouting Melodies® also offers you, the Board-Certified Music Therapist, with an opportunity to expand your practice and enhance your career.

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The Sprouting Melodies® Provider Training provides comprehensive, research-based and clinically relevant information and resources on:

•        Early childhood development

•        Early music development

•        Treatment planning for early childhood music therapy

•        Creating and adapting developmentally appropriate music

•        Theoretical and practical guidelines for music therapy based parent/child groups in     the community

•        Specific strategies for successful business practices in providing early childhood community groups

 

Completion of the Institute will allow the participant to be eligible to become

a Sprouting Melodies Provider™.

 

Here’s what our course participants have to say about the training.

“…the Sprouting Melodies training has given me a strong base to stand on as my base of young clients grows. I definitely recommend it!!” 

“The material and information was so well organized.” 

“I really enjoyed seeing how Sprouting Melodies™ can benefit my community and my music therapy practice.” 

“All of it was wonderful! I loved the discussion the most –brainstorming and discussing these ideas with Music Therapists is so valuable.”

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 Please join us in this exciting new program designed by music therapists,

for music therapists!

 Register Now!

2014 GLR Conference Registration