Make Therapy Musical-Creative Arts Therapy PLLC Offers Continuing Education to New York Licensed Creative Arts Therapists


 We are pleased to announce that, as of January 10, 2018, Make Therapy Musical – Creative Arts Therapy PLLC is an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) in New York State. Therapists who hold the LCAT license are permitted to earn up to 12 credits (CE's) through self-study courses during each 36-month registration period.

Currently, LCAT's can earn up to 13 credits by enrolling in the courses Clinical Composition I & II which are also approved by CBMT for MT-BC credits. In the coming months, new self-study courses with a variety of learning opportunities will be added. Stay tuned!


The Lives of Music Therapists: Profiles in Creativity-Volume 2 Barcelona Publishers

I am honored to have contributed the profile on my dear mentor and colleague Carol Anne Matteson Robbins in Barcelona Publishers' in the newly released second volume on the music therapists who have created the platform from which we work.

Carol's work and musical gifts can be experienced in 4 video examples within the chapter. In her own way and with her own voice, she carried carried forward the work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins. Carol inspired the next generation of music therapists-- by example and through her presence and work ethic--to explore how deeply music can touch and transform.


Make Therapy Musical Interviewed for Pigeons and Planes Music Site

Music making with a therapist can be looked at as a unique and precious form of companionship,” Ritholz says, explaining the power of music making as a healing tool for depression. “With or without words, clients may be activated to play when usually passive, express feelings, and move toward other emotional states as they feel enlivened and comforted by the music.
— Michele Ritholz quoted in Pigeons and Planes
 Pictured above, Isaiah Rashad, whose story you can read about in the  the full article .  

Pictured above, Isaiah Rashad, whose story you can read about in the the full article.  

Recently, I had the unexpected opportunity to speak with a writer from Pigeons and Planes, a website focusing on new music discovery. 

In "Hip-Hop as Therapy: The Healing Qualities of Rap", Donna-Claire Chesman ties together ideas from music therapy with the work being done by Beats Rhymes and Life, an organization that "helps youth tell their authentic stories and narratives, and look at their stories from a place of resilience as opposed to deficit."  A sixteen-week process leads to the production of a group album and performance.

Check out the entire article on Pigeons and Planes!


New Online Self-Study CMTE Courses Launched

Make Therapy Musical (MTM) reflects the vision that music therapists possess a unique means of engagement—music itself—and that our responsive musical/therapeutic skills can be continually refined to support professional growth, treatment implementation and the meeting of therapeutic goals.

In that spirit, MTM is pleased to announce the launch of 2 CBMT-Approved Self-Study Courses on the uses of Composition in Music Therapy. 

The self-study course “Principles of Clinical Composition I: Creative Musical Strategies that Support Therapy Goals” will provide the participant with a clinical understanding of the goal-directed use of musical elements that can be incorporated in instrumental compositions, through 1) Instructor introduction, 2) Reading material, 3) Written musical examples and analysis and 4) Video excerpt with explanatory material.

The self-study course “Principles of Clinical Composition II: Crafting Instrumental Compositions for Music Therapy” will provide an opportunity for the participant to apply the ideas gained in the pre-requisite self-study course “Principles of Clinical Composition I: Creative Musical Strategies that Support Therapy Goals.” Video intro, readings, compositional guidelines, independent work and instructor feedback will culminate in the creation of a piece which is aesthetically pleasing and provides a musical arena in which to work on specific clinical goals and objectives with a client(s).

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