Sprouting Melodies Training

Take your early childhood skills and knowledge to the next level!

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
  • Trainings are offered both live and online
  • Journey with an intimate group of Board Certified Music Therapists
  • Become a member of the Raising Harmony™ Community

Registration for the March round of Sprouting Melodies Training is OPENING SOON.

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

“I’m already finding ways to incorporate the information! Just yesterday, I pulled from some of last week’s module in a conversation with a parent.”


About the Sprouting Melodies Training

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 Sprouting Melodies® Online Trainings are offered throughout the year.  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.

All participants will also be invited to a Live Zoom Call with Meredith and Elizabeth to complement all that you are learning in the course! And don’t worry! If you can’t join the Zoom Call live, you will be able to watch a recording later.

2024 Course Dates

  • March 27, 2024 – May 29, 2024
  • June 12, 2024 – August 14, 2024
  • September 11, 2024 – November 13, 2024

About the Instructors

Meredith R. Pizzi, MT-BC, Co-Founder of Raising Harmony™, is also the Owner and Executive Director of Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC, a vibrant music therapy agency in Eastern Massachusetts. She developed Sprouting Melodies®, a community early childhood music program which is deeply grounded in music therapy principles and strategies.

Elizabeth K. Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC has been practicing music therapy in New York for over 30 years. She is internationally recognized as an expert in early childhood music therapy and is the author of the books Music, Therapy, and Early Childhood: A Developmental Approach and Basic Verbal Skills for Music Therapists, as well as the songbooks, You and Me Makes We: A Developmental Songbook and Together With The Beat: Songs for Me…and You…and Us (coming soon!!!).

Online Moderator

Erika M. Svolos, MT-BC, is the online moderator for the Sprouting Melodies Online Training and recently opened her own private practice, Music Therapy Services of New Jersey, LLC, in Northwestern, New Jersey. She completed the Sprouting Melodies Online Training and began providing early childhood programming in 2013.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will list and describe 10 musical responses typical in early childhood (BCD 2020 / II. B. 3. c.).
  • Participants will learn and describe 5 key criteria for selecting developmentally appropriate music for therapeutic use in early childhood (BCD 2020 / II. D. 2. c.).
  • Participants will identify and discuss principles and strategies of the Sprouting Melodies program (BCD 2020 / II. D. 10.).
  • Participants will identify 3 ways to advocate for the profession of music therapy as a Sprouting Melodies Provider (BCD 2020 / V. B. 18.).

Updated 5/2023

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

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

“Yes! I am very excited to make early childhood programming a part of my practice. I really enjoyed seeing how the Sprouting Melodies® model can benefit my community and my music therapy practice.”


Participants must be a Board Certified Music Therapist or music therapy student interested in expanding their practice into early childhood. Music therapy students will not receive continuing education credits for taking the course but may participate in the training.

International Music Therapists

Music therapists practicing in other countries are welcome to complete the Raising Harmony™ Training and then take advantage of a business package to become a Sprouting Melodies® Provider. All music therapists must have required credentials to practice in their country and must contact us directly to register by emailing info@RaisingHarmony.com.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We are confident that once you enter into the world of early childhood music therapy with Raising Harmony™ in our Sprouting Melodies® Training, you won’t want to cancel! If you do need to cancel and let us know at least 30 days before the course begins, you will receive a credit for a future CMTE through Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC. Need to cancel 15-30 days before a class begins? You can receive a credit for half of your course fee towards future CMTE’s through Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC. There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations less than two weeks before the class begins.

The Sprouting Melodies® Online Training is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 23 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Provider, Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC, P-118, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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