No Gimmicks

It seems certain that 2020 and 2021 will go down in history as years of challenge on many levels. How has it been for you? And more importantly – how can we help? While the difficulties loom large, Meredith and I have been so moved by the resilience and flexibility of music therapists and of you as part of the Raising Harmony community. We are determined to work harder than ever to provide support, resources, and maybe motivation for you. That is what community is all about.
Our most recent Sprouting Melodies Training really highlighted the hope that music therapists bring to their work. When we met through Zoom last week, the mood was one of excitement for the possibilities of the future. Can you use that kind of atmosphere right now? Below is a list of opportunities we have scheduled for this fall and into next year, and we would love to have you join us.
On a personal note, I am THRILLED to share that the year of COVID motivated me to finally finish my second book of songs. ‘Together with the Beat: Songs for Me, and You, and Us’ will be available in a few weeks! We are hoping to have a celebratory launch, so look for more information coming soon. If you have used ‘You and Me Makes…We: A Growing Together Songbook’ you are going to love this new book.
Whether its new music, coaching, fresh ideas, support or motivation – how can we help you?

Beth


Additional Fall Opportunities

Fall Sprouting Melodies Training
We’ve all seen it. Images of an expecting mother with headphones over her belly, playing classical music through the speakers to soothe and calm her baby. Now more than ever, parents are looking for ways to support their children through their developmental journey. Join us for the fall session of the Sprouting Melodies Training while we explore songs, developmental stages and music interventions for early childhood. This training will begin on September 8th and end on November 17th. The registration link can be found here. We hope to see you!

Music Therapy Job Opportunities
Many of you are familiar with Sprouting Melodies & Raising Harmony, but you may not be familiar with Raising Harmony’s sister company, Roman Music Therapy Services. Raising Harmony’s Co-Founder and Roman Music Therapy Services Executive Director, Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC invites you to explore the potential for your next career opportunity with Roman Music Therapy Services. We are hiring qualified, people-driven professionals to join a small, dynamic team that provides music therapy to communities across eastern Massachusetts. Open positions include Board Certified Music Therapists as well as a Customer Service Coordinator. Click here for the job postings, or reach out to jobs@romanmusictherapy.com with any questions.


Graduate Education Opportunity

Are you looking for an opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn from an experienced Music Therapy Business Owner? Meredith Pizzi, Raising Harmony’s Co-Founder, will be teaching Music Therapy Business Development at Alverno College this fall. Enrollment is open until the end of August. Classes begin this week, so reach out today! See the flyer for more information or click here to register now.

Feeling Lost?

Dear Raising Harmony Friends,

Let’s be honest. This is a really challenging time on so many levels. And it is also a really challenging time to be a music therapist. I’ve seen so many music therapists who are feeling confused, overwhelmed, and lost.

When I’m feeling this way, I know I need to get back to the basics – to the things that really matter. I think this is one reason I love early childhood music so much. Young children bring me back to what’s real and honest. I’d like to share that feeling with you, especially if you are finding that you’ve lost your way in music therapy.

So today, I invite you to join me for the next Sprouting Melodies Training course to help you get back to the basics of music and renew your sense of why you went into music therapy – for the music, the relationships, and the sense of purpose and meaning.

Because money is tight right now for so many, I’m going to urge you to sign up for our Early Bird Discount from now until August 12. You can read all about the course and register here.

For those of you who have taken the Sprouting Melodies course over the last seven years, thank you for your support and suggestions. Earlier this year, we refreshed and revamped the training and we’ve had wonderful comments for the recent group of participants. The one thing we haven’t changed though is our basic commitment to provide quality content and a vibrant community of support for music therapists.

Hope you’ll consider joining us.

Beth

Elizabeth K. Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC
Co-Founder; Education and Training Director
Raising Harmony: Music Therapy for Young Children
www.RaisingHarmony.com  www.SproutingMelodies.com

We Need You

I rarely cry. But just the other week I found myself tearing up at the most unusual time – during a Zoom call. I was the faculty supervisor observing a music therapy student. She was part of a program for adults with developmental disabilities, and when the Covid-19 shutdown happened the music therapists quickly moved to on-line services. Watching her make musical connections with the people in these little screens was so inspirational. But it was a staff member’s impassioned comment that brought on the tears – ‘We need you.’

The challenges of the past months have uncovered depths of unmet needs in our country. I need you. You need me. We need each other.

At Raising Harmony, Meredith and I have poured our hearts into creating a community for you and for us, so that we can be there for others. We sincerely hope that our trainings give music therapists new ideas and skills so that we can be the place for all people to join together and be there for each other in community.

Will you join us? Our next Sprouting Melodies Course is a good place to start. The summer session begins June 17. The course is ten weeks and totally on-line. (We’ve been doing virtual for a long time 😉 www.RaisingHarmony.com/training

Sprouting Melodies Training – June 2020

And if you need me, just email! Elizabeth@RaisingHarmony.com. I’ll be there for you.

Elizabeth

Thoughts and Tips on Teletherapy for Music Therapists

Need a Summer Boost? Try Mixing Meters!

I always looked forward to the change of seasons.  Fall to winter. Winter to spring.  Especially spring to summer when school let out and everything seemed more relaxed and care-free. But as a music therapist, I have learned that the children and families that I work with do not get a break from the challenges that they face. The preschool program in which I work runs year round so that the children will have the consistent support that they require.

Even though I know that this is often best for the children, I get sad when the children or families tell me that they don’t have the time or energy for normal fun. Fun, like going to the beach to swim.  So if the children can’t get to the beach, how about bringing the beach to them? We don’t need actual sand and water, we just need music that gives the feeling of the waves and surf.

Here is a new song you can use this summer. It relies on mixing the meters of 2 and 3 to give the sense of momentum and flow that we feel in the cool water. Give it a try with instruments or lovely flowing scarves. I use one that I picked up on a vacation a long time ago.

 

Come With Me and Swim…E.K. Schwartz 2017

Come with me and swim. Come hold hands and jump right in.

Come with me and swim. Come hold hands and jump right in.

The water is cool, the weather is fine. So take a deep breath, it’s almost time.

Bend your knees. Curl your toes. Take a breath. Hold your nose.

Ready. Set. Go! OH!!

Enjoy!

Beth

By Music Therapists, For Music Therapists


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It was so great to meet and sing with so many of you at the regional conference!

Check out the Raising Harmony web site to learn about one of the newest ways we support music therapists…
And if you’ve been thinking about signing up for the Sprouting Melodies Training, but need to break up the payments, you can now register and pay your registration in installments!
It is not too late to sign up for the Spring 2016 course starting April 6.

Register Today to Get Started!

Can’t Sit Still?

Can’t sit still? Neither can we!

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Come and join us and other like-minded music therapists.
The next Sprouting Melodies Training begins April 6, 2016.

New thinking, new music, new career opportunities!

Visit www.RaisingHarmony.com/training.

Still can’t sit still?

Head on over to www.SproutingMelodies.com/blog for a brand new song all about how hard it is to sit still!

Perfect for you next early childhood group!

http://sproutingmelodies.com/2016/03/13/cant-sit-still/

Joy to the World!

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Are you ready to bring this kind of Joy to the World?

Come join us for Sprouting Melodies Training to learn how. Our next on-line course begins January 13, 2016.

Register Now! @ www.RaisingHarmony.com/training

The Sprouting Melodies® program offers music therapists a chance to use your education, skills and experience to bring the best possible early childhood music experience to families in your community. Learn how to recognize early childhood musical responses and how responses function in the overall development of the child.

*Earn 23 Continuing Education Credits
*Journey with an intimate group of Board Certified Music Therapists
*Become a member of the Raising Harmony™ Community

Sprouting Melodies® training will give you an extensive background in planning for, creating and presenting music that is developmentally appropriate as well as engaging and motivating for children as well as families. A core repertoire of quality interventions and songs will be available through Sprouting Melodies® in order to help you design session plans. There will also be support and guidance if you choose to create unique musical material.

The weekly trainings are accessed via the Community Login from the Raising Harmony™ website. Each weekly session includes recorded presentations and self-guided assignments, supported with student and teacher forums. A participants will also be invited to  Live Conference Calls with Meredith and Beth to complement all that you are learning in the course!

Our Next Online Course Begins January 13, 2016!

The fee for this 10 week course is $395  and includes all course materials, web-based learning forums with the instructors and other music therapist participants and includes a copy of Elizabeth’s Schwartz’s book, Music, Therapy and Early Childhood: A Developmental Approach.

Visit the Sprouting Melodies Training link on www.RaisingHarmony.com to register today!

 

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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Early Bird ends February 15. Register now!

Hurry and get your Valentine’s gift from Raising Harmony!

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This brand new e-book with over 30 blogs on music and early childhood is FREE with your Early Bird registration for the March 2014 Sprouting Melodies Training Course. Everything from using minor keys and modes to the ‘do’s and don’ts’ in early childhood settings are covered in this inspirational yet practical book.

Early Bird ends February 15, so register now.

https://raisingharmony.com/training/sprouting-melodies-training-info/

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