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Music Therapy Education


In line with the CBMT Board Certification Domains, Tempo! offers mentorship for fellow music therapists who are seeking supervision. Our Team is comprised of MT-BC’s in good standing, the majority of whom have Master’s level training or have sufficient years of experience to provide feedback.


Tempo! therapists have presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences including the Kennedy Center. Attendees included high school and college students, health care professionals, teachers, professors, colleagues, and administrators.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Music Therapy (Can be tailored to any group including community groups and school in-service.)
  • Overview of Adapted Music Education (Can be tailored to any group including community groups and school in-service.)
  • The Importance of an Inclusive Music Therapy Group on the Overall Education of Students with Special Needs
  • The Impact of the Integration of Music Therapy and Yoga on Children with Disabilities and their Caregivers
  • A Multi-Sensory Approach to Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs
  • Adapting Music Instruction for Students With Special Needs: From Theory to Practice
  • Fair is Not Always Equal, Equal is Not Always Fair: Moving from Music Standards and Curriculum into the Classroom
  • The Importance of Music and Movement for Preschoolers With Special Needs
  • Reunifying Families in Crisis Through Music Therapy and Music Together (CMTE)
  • Exploring Music and Movement Activities of Cultures from Around the World
  • Music Educators and Music Therapists Collaborating to Teach Students with Special Needs

    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 chosen based upon:

    • Appropriate credentials related to the topic proposed
    • Relevant professional experience related to the topic proposed
    • 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.

    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: interactions with other professionals, ethics, boundaries, 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 (video conferencing)

    Time/Dates: See our calendar for current dates

    Instructors: Facilitated peer supervision is led by Tori Conicello-Emery, MA, MT-BC, Gregory Perkins, MT-BC, and Coleen Shanagher, MT-BC. Please see the calendar for the current schedule and the instructor bios to learn more.


    $20/once per month

    $30/twice per month


    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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