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CMTE (Continuing Education) Courses

Board Certified Music Therapists are required to participate in continuing education to maintain their certification. One way to obtain these credits, called CMTE (Continuing Music Therapy Education) is by attending courses offered by an Approved Provider (AP). The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) has declared Tempo! to be an AP, please check back frequently to see updated schedules of CMTE courses. Please contact us to be added to our email list for new courses we will offer in the future.

If you are interested in applying to present a continuing education course at Tempo! please submit your resume or CV and a proposal for the session. Qualified instructors will be chose based upon:

  1. Appropriate credentials related to the topic proposed
  2. Relevant professional experience related to the topic proposed
  3. Previous presentation experience

CMTE Course Descriptions

Facilitated Peer Supervision (3 credits)


This course meets in 1.5 hour sessions ( 2 sessions = 3 credits ). Participants must accrue a minimum of 3 credits between January-June or July-December to receive CBMT credit. Maximum credits awarded during a six month period would be 9 credits.

Professional growth and development are important ongoing aspects of the career of a music therapist. Discussions will involve clinical challenges, exploration of participants' feelings and reactions to work with clients, and professional accountability. 

This training is applicable for all music therapists and educators, regardless of theoretical orientation, focus of clinical population, or age range of clients.

New MT-BCs:  While our groups are open to all MT-BCs, we have a designated group for those new to working in the field.  The goal of Facilitated Peer Supervision for New Professionals is to assist music therapists in finding support among their peers, and mentors in the music therapy community. The main objective of the group is to positively support individuals in starting their professional career, and to have a place to discuss any difficulties in a confidential and nurturing environment.

It has long been recognized that the first few years of a music therapist’s practice dictate many aspects of their entire professional career, such as population(s) served and additional certifications/education attained. Therefore, music therapists who are new to the field are highly encouraged to seek supervision in order to develop the characteristics and skills needed to have a promising and fulfilling career.

Discussion topics may include: resume building, finding a job in music therapy, interactions with other professionals, ethics, boundaries, earning CMTEs and recertification, attendance at professional conferences, further education (such as Music Therapy certifications and/or graduate school), appropriate use of specific interventions, etc.   Ideally, participants will bring their own personal questions and discussion topics to the peer supervision session. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify and examine ethical issues that may arise in the therapeutic relationship.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss and explore characteristics of their own feelings and reactions to their work with clients.
  3. Participants will be able to gain self-knowledge about the therapeutic process and the therapeutic relationship.

Statement of relationship to CBMT: Facilitated Peer Supervision is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTEs). Tempo! Music Therapy Services, P-127, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.


Statement of confidentiality: Participating in a peer supervision group in a web-based format can provide a convenient venue for music therapists to access feedback and support. Due to the nature of the topic, we expect all participants to maintain strict confidence, access the password-protected course from a secure location, and to not share the password or web address with anyone.

Location: Online

Time/Dates: See our calendar for current dates

*all courses 8-9:30 PM EST ( Eastern Standard Time )

*Additional session 10-11:30 PM EST First and Third Thursdays with Lisa

First and Third Thursdays with Lisa (for music therapists in their first 5 years of professional clinical practice)

8-9:30 PM EST & 10-11:30 PM EST (for the Mountains, West coast and Night Owls)

First and Third Tuesdays with Coleen

Second and Fourth Wednesdays with Tori


$20/once per month

$30/twice per month

$25/drop in



Tori Conicello-Emery, MA, MT-BC and Coleen Shanagher, MT-BC


Lisa Marie Kincaide, MT-BC

Contract Music Therapist for 10+ years


                   BM, Music Therapy, Ohio University

                   Concentration: Percussion Performance and Pedagogy

                   Master’s Level courses towards completion of a Master’s of Social Work degree (MSW)


                  MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified)

                  Practitioner of Martial Arts and Self Defense for Women

                  Certified Life Guard and Water Safety Instructor (WSI)


Clinical work with clients from all walks of life, specifically including expectant parents, Head Start preschoolers, music groups for grade schoolers with various levels of developments, MAR (Music Assisted Relaxation) with adolescents and adults, group and individual sessions for children (birth-17) and young adults (age 18-30).

Expertise working with grief (including complicated grief such as suicide and miscarriage), at-risk youth, autism spectrum disorders, mental illness and addiction in adolescents (12-17) and young adults (age 18-30), chronic pain and hospitalized adults.

Facilitator of Drum Talk, Creator and Facilitator of Rhythm Jams (Registered Trademark)


Frequent presenter/facilitator for the following organizations: Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association Annual Conferences (GLR-AMTA), Colleges (Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio University, Arkansas State University), Defensive Concepts training, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation/National Suicide Prevention & Education Annual Conferences, and Arkansas YOUTH MOVE Annual Conferences

Mentor to music therapy students in the Great Lakes Region of AMTA, including the “Professional MT-BC Guest Speaker” for the inaugural “Students Conference,” 2010 GLR-AMTA Conference.

Creator and Administrator for "Music Therapists: The Silver Lining," closed Facebook group for professional music therapists and interns. 

Obtained “Therapy Dog” certification with her Basset Hound, Chelsea, who often assists during client MT sessions.

Percussion Instructor and Writer/Arranger for Marching Percussion, winning local, state and regional awards.

Created a swim team for children with disabilities (mainly autism spectrum) and their "neurotypical" siblings and friends. Continues to teach swim lessons and coach swimmers of all ages and ability levels. 


Refund policy: CMTE Courses: A 75% refund if you cancel one week prior to your course, 50% refund if you cancel within 48 hours prior to your course. There are no refunds for cancellations with less than 48 hours' notice. Tempo! reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will be notified by phone and email within 48 hours prior to the course; full refunds will be issued.

Grievance policy: Participants in any Tempo! program have the right to file a grievance. Clients must provide written documentation of the complaint within 30 days of the activity, outline the problem as it is perceived, and state the preferred solution. Mail the grievance letter to Tempo! 7 North Five Points Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Once the grievance letter is received, the director will review the information, and then respond in writing within 14 days of receipt of the grievance letter. If you disagree with the resolution of the grievance, you have the right to appeal the decision within 14 days. State the reasons for your appeal in a letter and mail it to Tempo! 7 North Five Points Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Tempo! will review the appeal and respond in writing within 14 days of receipt of the appeal letter. If the grievance involves a CMTE course and it is still not resolved satisfactorily, you have the right to ask CBMT's Continuing Education Committee to address the unresolved grievance.

Confidentiality policy: All information received from clients will be treated as confidential information. Tempo! will protect the legal, professional, and personal rights of all clients. Statement of relationship to CBMT: Tempo! Music Therapy Services is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) to award Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits (CMTE). Tempo! Music Therapy Services, P-127, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Earning CMTE credits requires participant assessment, an evaluation form for CBMT, and a course fee.


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