Written by Gabby Jones, MT-BC
As we prepare for fall, I thought I’d take the time to share a few fall-themed intervention ideas I plan on incorporating this week with some of my groups:
Comment below and tell us about your favorite Fall Intervention ideas!
Written by: Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist
I recently had the opportunity to present “Music for Children with Special Needs” to 2 groups of local elementary school music teachers about how to work with students who have special needs in the music classroom.
Music educators are almost guaranteed to have students with special needs in their classroom due to inclusion with regular classroom related arts classes (e.g. music, art, PE, etc.) Additionally, sometimes music educators also work within special services classrooms where all students have been identified as having special needs. This can be challenging in itself, but even more so when music educators have not had any or very limited training in working with such students. This is where a music therapist can help! Music therapists are trained in adapting and creating musical experiences to persons of all ages and abilities; this ability to “adapt” is the key to working with ALL students.
As defined in my presentation, adaptations do not change the learning objective, but change the learning outcome. There are multiple ways of adapting music lessons to meet the needs of a variety of students. Some examples are as follows:
If you have any questions, please comment below!
Here is an updated resource flier based upon feedback from client families and staff's searches online:
The Self-Care Kits that were distributed in November 2021 included post cards that contain an invalid QR Code. Here is the resource list that was intended to be shared:
About the Guest Author
Yenchun, the volunteer likes to drink black coffee during day and night. The drink is an essential... black coffee was enjoyed while writing this post! ... drinking black coffee makes the author energetic during hard work and also could be a comfort zone after a hustle day.
Greeting in July!
Here is a July calendar from Piedmont Music Therapy (PMT) clinic. The music therapists at PMT are working hard to provide music therapy treatment to individual(s) who in need in the community. The services include traditional music lessons, adapted music lessons as well as music therapy sessions customized for individuals’ selective goals for participation. Our music therapists on staff are serving three different locations including a main clinic in Charlotte, community space in Rock Hill, and mobile locations as well (check out the calendar with paired colors). PMT Main is by appointment only and also available for community events!!!
The following link is the social media channels on Instagram and Facebook. They share spotlights of our work. In addition, PMT is a CBMT Approved Provider for board certified music therapists to receive credits for their continuing education & renewal certification. Those are either in-person, hybrid or asynchronous. PMT did not color-code the additional educational opportunities into the calendar, but maybe in the future calendar.
There are many other music therapists in Charlotte, North Carolina beyond the staff at PMT. In Music Therapy Association of North Carolina (MTANC), visit finding music therapist page,which is helpful for contacting other music therapists. Potential clients are also encouraged to access The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) directory to ensure the music therapist currently maintains their certification. In summary, this profession is increasingly growing. Just like building a village in the community, a lot of our work is advocacy and education!
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its Virtue.
Last but not least, in June, there was an annual event called the Music Therapy Hill Day. It was a great time for advocating music therapy professions and networking with elected officials. What PMT learned was that the more advocates about music therapy the more chances to get recognition in our community. The goal of writing this post is to further advocate for the evidence-based use of music to support a person’s health and wellness. Finally, PMT appreciates and is grateful for this space – please share this blog with other readers or comment below about questions you may have for music therapy service.
Cheers to summer! We are ecstatic at the return of more in-person summer camps. There are added safety precautions, larger instrument inventory and advanced planning which are worth it to ensure that group based music therapy sessions are a safe experience in Charlotte, NC.
Below are the 4 summer camps that we're participating in with 3 of them mobile based:
Piedmont Music Therapy, LLC is grateful to celebrate its ninth anniversary of making music with individuals of all ages and abilities in greater Charlotte.
Staff's work days are spent all around town, from York County in SC (learning and growing with preschoolers in a special needs classroom at St. John's United Methodist Church Preschool (Fun Fact: this was PMT's first community partner) up Interstate -77 to sites in Mecklenburg County of NC.
We could not do our work without accessible and welcoming clinic spaces provided through Rogers Memorial Church of Rock Hill, SC and rented from Stuart Partners, Inc. in Charlotte, NC.
Your support on social media, offering musical instruments and advocating for creative & expressive arts offerings are greatly appreciated.
Here are some special ways that we are recognizing our 9th anniversary as a woman owned, small business this month:
It has been another year of amazing songs and stories. Thank you for supporting our work in the community.
Image Description (ID) 1: A half blue half green background with a laptop screen displaying PMT’s eighth note logo. Writing above and below the laptop reads Piedmont Music Therapy 2021 Wrapped.
ID 2: Blue background with white piano keys, music notes, and a hand holding a heart. In the middle are three circles. Above the circles reads "Total served." Circle one states "Individual MT Sessions: 920", Circle two states "Group MT Sessions: 455", and Circle three reads "Music Lessons: 1,136."
ID 3: Blue background with a picture of a laptop, green music notes, and two circles. Circle one states "Virtual MT Sessions: 164", Circle two states "In-Person MT Sessions: 1,211."
ID 4: Blue background with green lettering lists "Communities Served: NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Charlotte Rescue Mission Dove’s Nest, Magnolia Minds Matter Memory Care, Phillips Academy, InReach, Manus Academy, Camp Blue Skies, Autism After 18, Camp Trusted Parents, Epiphany School of Charlotte." Green Circle at the bottom of the picture states: "35 individual children and 7 individual adults at our clinic."
We are so excited to offer 5 different camps at our new location in 2022!
They vary based upon focus through a music therapy framework or music education emphasis.
Pending weather, we'll spend some of the time having fun outside together - please bring a water bottle!
The cost ranges based upon length of camp (4 or 5 days in length, 1 - 2 hours) and number of staff needed to facilitate.
Here's a flier detailing the choices with children and teens in mind. Let us know if you have any questions about this summer's camp options!
Written by Matrisha Stafford, MT Intern
WOW! SIX. WHOLE. MONTHS. I am so grateful for this moment. To finally say I am only a couple weeks away from finishing my internship is one of the greatest blessings and moments for me to date in life. I am so humbled and grateful to the team at Piedmont for helping me grow and thrive as a new music therapy candidate. As things come to a close here, I have been able to reflect on how much music has been such a big part of the last six months for me. I have used it daily, have gotten stronger as a singer and instrumentalist, acquired new skills on new instruments, and grown so much personally and professionally. Having the music as the focus in both areas really strengthened me and allowed me to push myself to new levels. For my final contribution to the blog, I would like to share a playlist of songs that have pushed me through this time as an intern. There are songs that evoke emotions, songs to dance to, songs I used in sessions and songs that reflect on how thankful I was through all this and still remain. I look forward to all the things that 2022 has to offer, and I appreciate the community around PMT for allowing me to make my mark on this place and your families. Please enjoy my playlist, and comment below a few song selections that pump you up, or get you in the spirit of achieving and overcoming!
Providing music therapy services for early childhood to older adults, music instruction and enrichment plus continuing music therapy education in Greater Charlotte Area of the Carolinas.