As this year winds down our private practice and studio reflect upon the highlights of 2018. We've experienced continue growth with regards to our service offerings and community partners.
PMT learned about the following discovery through a client's family. We became an approved vendor through NCSEAA and as a result yielded another outlet for families to access music therapy services in Charlotte, NC!
Our team of passionate music therapists has continued to grow with our newest team member, Miriam Tart from Charlotte, NC joining us this month. She'll be practicing on Mondays & Thursdays at our clinic in 2019 and we're grateful for her presence.
Becoming an Approved Provider for Certification Board For Music Therapists has been an accomplishment in offering seven trainings through out 2018. These live and online courses were convenient for Charlotteeans and we welcomed attendees from all over the Carolinas. Stay tuned for new and returning course offerings to continue education next year.
Our clinical staff has experienced another year of conversations and inquiries about music therapy treatment and efficacy. With the countdown to 2019, our team is eager for the next legislative cycle to hopefully receive support for the passing of music therapy licensure in the Carolinas. Here is a linked map to State Task Forces across our country. You may also more through a recent article that included responses by PMT Director/Owner, Gretchen Benner:
Also to help clarify, music therapy has been a path of college study since 1944. Here's the historical background on music therapy stemming from working with veterans from World War II. Closest training programs to PMT include Converse College - Spartanburg, SC, Charleston Southern University - Charleston, SC, Queens University of Charlotte - Charlotte, NC, and Appalachian State University - Boone, NC.
We are honored to recognize our longstanding partnerships of 3 years of weekly services provided by Ashley Tisdale, MT-BC at Charlotte Rescue Mission - Dove's Nest in Charlotte, NC, almost 4 years at St. John's United Methodist Church Preschool Special Setting Class in Rock Hill, SC led by Gretchen Benner, LMSW, MT-BC, Perrin Jones, MT-BC and currently Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC, plus five summers of music therapy groups incorporated at Camp Boomerang - an inclusion based summer camp through Brace Family YMCA in Matthews, NC facilitated by Gretchen Benner, LMSW, MT-BC, Gabby Ritter, MMT, MT-BC and Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC.
PMT partners as an off-campus clinical training opportunity for undergraduate or equivalency music therapy college students. Our clinicians appreciate the many students who completed course work under their supervision and grew in their understanding from the direct practice work with our clients. As well as the several high school students who interviewed our staff through the year and the volunteers that shared many hours supporting our practice behind the scenes.
As we conclude our list of brief highlights from 2018, we share a special note commemorating all of the clients, students and their families who have allowed our staff to play a small role in their lives. We are grateful for this year of connections and all of the cherished memories that we have witnessed through our combined years of treatment and music instruction.
Wishing you a safe and healthy start to the New Year. Please feel welcomed to share a highlight that is connected to PMT Clinic & Studio in a comment below:
Thanks to all who attended the presentation given by Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC at this morning's Olde English Consortium School Counselors Conference hosted at Chesterfield High School. On behalf of our current and potential clients, thank you for advocating for your students. The slideshow is available below. Please let us know if you have further questions!
Our team of music therapists has a full season of community events planned this Fall 2018. PMT will have a booth at Art on Tap, Senior Expo and Baxter Fall Festival. Visit our tent to enter free giveaways and make music with provided instruments. The Scarecrow Crawl will be our second year participating. It's a great way to help reduce the stigma to treatment and health services, plus allow our creativity to make a music based craft. The final planned community event will be the annual Fall Studio Recital which is a festive occasion to celebrate the musical pursuits of our individual students.
We hope that you'll be able to visit one of
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Our newest school partnership is with Philips Academy of Charlotte, NC. Their mission: to provide students with the academic, occupational and social skills needed to be self-reliant, confident and contributing members of their communities.
We feel that the weekly music therapy group sessions offered for some of the students will be a great support to their social skill based goals through the fall semester.
Plus we're continuing to welcome undergraduate students from Queens University of Charlotte who are working on their bachelor degree in music therapy. One of the practicum students will be attending off-campus practicum with Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC at Philips Academy.
Our staff of board certified music therapists work with clients and students in our suite off Westinghouse Blvd. plus meeting clients out in the community... from Matthews, NC south to Rock Hill, SC. Learn about other community partnerships on our Partner Page!
One of our music therapists will return at South County Regional Library tomorrow morning for the monthly music class! We celebrated one year of partnering with kiddos and their families in the Down syndrome community this summer.
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Curious about more details? Contact us or check the sponsoring non-profit: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte! Plus DSA-GC just received new leadership with Holly Zipperer as Executive Director. You can check out her reordered address to the Town Hall Meeting on their Facebook Page!
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Thanks again to folks that expressed interest and visited last weekend's Open House! We celebrated meeting many new neighbors in the community and welcomed familiar friends. We are grateful to continue as a local resource for music therapy services in Charlotte, NC - happy one year anniversary to us at our S. CLT Location!
Reminder: If your family took Intake Paperwork, please scan completed version to us so we can schedule an Intake Conversation then Assessment.
We are grateful for the approaching first-year anniversary of partnering with families through the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte - Roots & Shoots Little Achievers. Do you or a friend have a young child with Down syndrome? Please share this flier with planned Music Classes through the summer that our staff will facilitate and help spread the news about this community offering!!
Somehow it’s already been a full month since the Southeastern Region of American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Conference was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Remarkably there were over three hundred music therapy folks that gathered despite changed dates and locations that the regional conference committee and leadership resolved.
The trip began earlier in the day because of a delightful opportunity that PMT enjoyed... mingling at a networking breakfast hosted by ASC Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. Since then PMT has partnered to become a Business Blitzer through the Anne Springs Close - Greenway and enjoyed networking with fellow Blitzers and Trailblazers in our community who share passions for keeping green space, enjoying and preserving nature.
On a personal most it was most restful staying off of the conference hotel site to catch up with local family. Many memories surrounded their piano pictured at left, from holiday rituals to family get togethers, plus new ones from sight-reading pieces stored in the bench. One of the highlights of music therapy trainings and conferences is the incorporation of music making and instruments since that is the craft with which we hone. This home away from home helped fill my enjoyment of spontaneously making music outside of clinical or instructional applications.
Some of the educational highlights in Chattanooga included dynamic concurrent sessions especially by hospice and bereavement clinicians. I was impressed by many of the research poster sessions that I visited and was proud to know many of the students and a newly certified music therapist through my work as a clinical supervisor at a nearby music therapy training program.
An appealing draw on Friday after the closing session was discounted continuing education trainings. I opted for the ethics course and only regretted the winding journey home through the mountains at nighttime!
A refreshing amenity at the conference hotel was fruit infused water available every day. Pictured on the left is a glass dispenser at a local restaurant that boasted having several of these. Each dispenser required dozens of pineapples - that's a lot of prep! Work conferences that have healthy perks incorporated are always delightful. Having attended this year's regional conference without one of my children in tandem, it was also restorative catching up on uninterrupted sleep.
Reuniting with music therapy mentors, colleagues and friends is a privilege and a huge appeal to attending music therapy conferences. There were several important meeting sprinkled throughout the three days such as state business, regional business and continuing discussion for master's level entry in the profession. Plus at the awards luncheon and portions of meetings it was exciting to celebrate the successes of role models in our region including retirement and being awarded for supervising over one hundred music therapy interns... congrats again to Dr. Beth York at Converse College and Betsy Neal at Palmetto Health Baptist!
The same timeframe was nostalgic for me since the Mid-Atlantic Region of AMTA was hosting its conference in Pittsburgh PA. I appreciated following photos and updates through social media and friends still living in the area who attended the conference held at the scenic location of Station Square. As my undergrad program at Duquesne University and first music therapy job was near Downtown, I was reminiscing about the three rivers and the vibrant community of creative and expressive arts folks.
In conclusion, I am grateful to be an active member of the state, regional and national associations of AMTA. It is through these networks that I receive support and mentorship with my private practice that is continuing to serve the Greater Charlotte Area of the Carolinas. We are fortunate to have our own ADA compliant clinic space in South Charlotte, NC. Stay tuned for some open houses coming later this summer to drop-in for a casual meet and greet or music making.
Thanks for following along to read PMT's blog and hearing a recap of the south eastern regional conference in Tennessee. It is with your interest and support that PMT can continue music therapy services, music instruction, in-services and continuing education for music therapy professionals and students... now reaching beyond the Charlotte Metro Area by offering its first online CMTE Course through The Certification Board for Music Therapists "Aging, Intellectual Disabilities, and Implications for Music Therapists."
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