In December, our team loaded our luggage, our laptops, a handful of guitars, and a lot of food into 3 cars and headed up to a cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.
This was our very first company vision casting retreat, and MAN, did I have an agenda planned. I was so excited to get the team together (we are scattered throughout the Metro Atlanta area during the week). I had plans. I had an agenda. I had a lot of food to feed my team. I was ready to sink my teeth into creating the vision for our company!
Well, little did I know, my team had plans, too. Long story short, I sat in a room with 6 other music therapists and music therapy interns and was floored by the ideas they shared. The plans, the dreams, the vision. And not just for my company, but for the field of music therapy.
I think it is a positive occupational hazard, being a visionary. As a music therapist, I always feel driven to educate and advocate in all manners relating to our field. My team is of the same mindset, and most other music therapists that I know are just as excited to go tell the world about what we do.
So what does vision have to do with Music Therapy Advocacy?
Kimberly Sena Moore puts it this way:
As the profession of music therapy has been moving forward with recognition at the state level, it has been identified that a document was needed to reflect a similar format to other health care professional organizations Scopes of Practice. CBMT and AMTA worked together to create a Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) for the profession based on published documents from both organizations. This new document entitled Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) is available as an educational tool and legislative support document that broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification.
Without vision, our field would not be gaining recognition at the state level. Without vision, our field would have no need for the Scope of Music Therapy Practice. And without vision, us music therapists would have no one with whom to work. What a devastating thought, because this world needs more music therapy, not less.
So let’s get moving, friends! Have you cast your vision yet?
“Conferences are only once a year and are really expensive.”
“Online education is great for some courses, but some things have to be taught in person.”
“I only see my MT colleagues once a year, and that’s *if* we can all make it to a conference.”
“It’s too hard to get enough credits with umbrella groupings.”
We hear you, seasoned music therapist…
“Courses offered at conferences are not always relevant to the issues I face as a music therapist.”
“We’re music therapists. We should be making music together in CMTE courses.”
We hear you, music therapy business owner…
“I simply cannot afford to send my entire team to an out-of-state conference.”
“I would love for our continuing education opportunities to also be team-building opportunities. I just haven’t found something like that yet.”
We’ve been listening. And here are our Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose The MMT Academy for your Continuing Education needs:
5. Course Content – We promise you will LOVE our courses and will find them valuable to your music therapy practice. How do we know, you ask? Simple: we conduct market research to find out what YOU want to learn and then create our courses to specifically meet your needs.
4. Expertise – Our course instructors are from all walks of life: private practices, mental health, hospitals, hospices, schools, etc. Not only does the Metro Music Therapy team lead courses, but we also recruit some of the most influential music therapists in our field to teach our courses. And we are ALL ready to share our expertise with you.
3. Location (Location, Location!) – Because we have so many diverse music therapy programs here in the SER-AMTA, Atlanta has essentially become the hub for music therapy in the Southeast. And guess what?! Even if you are not local, with enough interest generated in your region, The MMT Academy can bring their courses to YOU.
2. Face-to-Face Instruction – Sometimes you just need to be in a the same space as your peers, interacting with others around you; making music, learning from each other, laughing, growing, and experiencing together. Some of us learn best that way, and some material is better presented in this setting.
1. Affordability – Let’s face it. We all need affordable CMTE options, because we all need CTMEs! Our course fees are comparable, if not lower, to those offered at conferences, but with us you can earn up to 12 CMTE credits in 2 days! More bang for your buck!
If you live in the Atlanta area, you only need to pay for course registration fees. No membership dues. No travel. No hotel. No fluff. If you don’t live in Atlanta, we give you all of the info you need to find the best hotel to fit your budget.
We guarantee to give you a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience that will immediately impact the way you practice music therapy. We can’t to see you in Atlanta this spring!
Metro Music Therapy owns and operates The Metro Music Therapy Academy, which is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education courses through the Certification Board for Music Therapists. The MMT Academy,