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Level One Training- Houston, Texas: Earlybird deadline approaching

Thinking about attending the MTD Level One in Houston, Texas?

The Great Lakes Regional Conference

Thinking you might be interested in an MTD training, or perhaps a regional conference, or both? Check out this video prefacing the Lake Geneva location and GLR conference happenings.

Rhythmic Acuity Part III: Orientation

A rhythmic phrase that cycles over and over again is like an old-fashioned merry-go-round. Orientation is an awareness of how not only to grab onto one “ring” within a rhythmic phrase, but any of the “rings” (notes) within the cycle.

Rhythmic Acuity Pt. 2: Fortitude

We’ve all been in that situation where we are tapping our toe along to a jazz solo (or to some other music style solo), and all of a sudden, we realize that we might not be tapping on the beat we thought we were. This is a description of fortitude, and how it relates to rhythmic acuity.

Rhythmic Acuity: What is it?

The Rhythmic Acuity Measurement Scale, or RAMS, is a tool that assesses one’s current level of rhythmic acuity in nine different developmental categories. RAMS initially seeks to play a role in helping therapists to develop our own rhythmic acuity.

Competency 7.4

One of the many areas every music therapist is required to demonstrate professional competencies within is Music Foundations. Consider the following taken from the AMTA Professional Competencies as listed on the AMTA website as of 9-25-10: (Keyboard Skills) 4.4 Play a basic repertoire of traditional, folk, and popular songs with or without printed music. (Guitar […]

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention

November 10-13, 2010 are the dates for The 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  For anyone with an interest in percussion this convention is paradise!  Percussionists from all over the world come together to meet, present, share ideas, and play.  This is a description from PASIC is the largest percussion event […]

2010 AMTA National Conference – Percussion-Related CMTE’s and Sessions

….three CMTE’s are utilizing percussion as a substantial portion of the topic, and that ten (that I could locate) concurrent sessions were being offered, primarily by music therapists!

Upcoming MTD Courses

The MTD Team is preparing for the 2010-2011 season by scheduling primer and level 1 workshops in the US. MTD Training is open to all Music Therapists. Not sure what music therapy is? Visit the American Music Therapy Association website. If you would like to see the dates and locations for upcoming courses, look here […]

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Music Therapy Drumming is a world drumming and clinical therapy curriculum primarily for Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC). It is designed and presented by MT-BC's who are also professional percussionists.