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Welcome to the self-study AMTA E-courses from the American Music Therapy Association. Order your user-friendly AMTA E-course and receive everything you need to listen and learn at your leisure:

  1. Audio Links. The core of the AMTA E-courses is the speaker sharing their expertise and practical information to enhance your practice.  You will find a link for each e-course to audio files and any other important documents in the first pages of the E-course Workbook.
  2. E-course Workbook. The e-course workbook is a .pdf document includes discussion outline, references, links, and other valuable resources related to the topic. After purchase, you may download the e-course workbook from your account on the AMTA website as many times as you need for up to one year after the purchase date. Once you download the e-course workbook to your local computer, it is yours to keep. After you make your e-course purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, you will need to download the e-course workbook by logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products. Click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer.  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and listening to the audio files. 
  3. CMTE Evaluation. Earn CMTE credits in two steps. Listen to audio discussion, then submit the CMTE Evaluation electronically. Instructions for submitting your CMTE Evaluation to receive CMTE credits can be found in the e-course workbook.  The evaluation submission form is found on the e-course landing page (which is noted in your e-course workbook).
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AMTA Self-Study E-courses Available

New!! Music Therapy Internship Supervision: Training E-course for Intern Supervisors

Presented by: Members of the AMTA Association Internship Approval Committee
Current AMTA members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $150 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Member Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 5 CMTE credits

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InternSupervCoverAMTA Internship Supervision E-course, a self-study e-course designed to provide information to anyone interested in learning more about the music therapy internship process, and to provide training for board certified music therapists interested in supervising music therapy students in AMTA internship programs. Successful completion of this e-course also provides 5 CMTE credits approved by CBMT, and fulfills the requirement for internship supervision training for National Roster Internship Directors. The instructors for this AMTA E-course are members or former members of AMTA’s Association Internship Approval Committee (AIAC), teaching the curriculum they developed for internship supervision training required for National Roster Internship Directors. Clinical internship, a degree requirement for the bachelor’s degree in music therapy, is a capstone experience requiring music therapy students to apply the clinical skills they learned in the classroom. The clinical internship has been an important part of music therapy education since the early years of the profession. Music therapists who are intern supervisors and their places of employment which host the internship opportunities provide a very valuable service to the profession of music therapy by training students, an important step toward a long and rewarding professional career in music therapy. Whether you are just interested in learning more about the internship process, or are beginning to explore the possibility of becoming an intern supervisor, or are completing your National Roster Internship Application by taking this e-course as training required for becoming a music therapy intern supervisor, we extend our best wishes to you. Publish date: June, 2015

Learning Objectives:
  • Learner Objective 1. The e-course learner – a potential intern supervisor – will learn effective, field-tested techniques for successful supervision of music therapy interns. (2015 CMTE Board Certification Domains IV. B. 11)
  • Learner Objective 2. The e-course learner – a potential intern supervisor – will learn steps for maximizing the internship experience for each participant by learning to identify the effective strategies and techniques to utilize with each intern based on the intern’s skills and knowledge , the supervisor’s style of teaching, and the clinical setting and characteristics of the population. (CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. A. 1, 2, 6, 7, and IV.B.6, 7, 8, 10, 12).
  • Learner Objective 3. The e-course learner – a potential intern supervisor – will learn strategies and methods for interacting with each intern in an authentic, ethical, and culturally competent manner that respects their privacy, dignity, and human rights. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. B. 4).

New!!  Ethics & Copyright: An Overview for Music Therapists

Presented by: Barbara Else, MPA, LCAT, MT-BC
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $125 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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Ethics___Copyright_coverUnderstanding the essential components of U.S. copyright law and intellectual property is an important part of music therapy clinical practice. Similarly, it is essential that music therapists understand some basic concepts and terms about licensing and proper use of protected works in music therapy practice. Copyright law in the U.S. has historical and legal ties to intellectual property law in England and Europe. Copyright law and intellectual property are dynamic legal and societal concepts influenced by our values, culture, technology, politics, policy, artists, and ethics. The laws governing copyrights aim to balance the interests of both the public and the copyright owners. The purpose of copyright; therefore, is to improve society through the advancement of knowledge by fostering creativity, developing wisdom, supporting democracy, disseminating knowledge, and enriching the public domain. Technological advances, including digital and online technology, create challenges for music therapists that require vigilance and care to maintain the law and abide by the rights of creators of protected works. At the same time, the law aims to allow the possibility for others to use and enjoy protected works. The main mechanisms in place to use protected works involve obtaining permission, typically via a variety of licensing mechanisms, depending on the purpose.  This course fulfills requirements by the Certification Board for Music Therapists for earning three CMTE credits focusing specifically on ethics in each 5-year recertification cycle. Publish date: August 2014

Learning Objectives:
  • Learning Objective 1. E-course participant will learn five rights of the copyright owner.  (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains – IV.B. 9, 10, 12, 13.)
  • Learning Objective 2. E-course participant will learn the five actions that constitute copyright piracy. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains – IV. A. 2 and IV. B. 10, 13.)
  • Learning Objective 3. E-course participant will learn specific information to consider in the Four Factor Fair Use Test related to copyright.  (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains - IV.B.10.)
  • Leaning Objective 4. E-course participant will learn at least four factors a music therapist should consider when determining the most appropriate response to issues of copyright and proper permissions for use of protected works, and at least three resources available to music therapists considering issues related to copyright.  (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains – IV.A. 2 and IV. B. 7, 12, 13.)

Music Therapy & Military Populations

Published by: American Music Therapy Association, Inc.
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $125 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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MusicTherapyMilitaryPops_2014_ECourseCoverThe Music Therapy and Military Populations AMTA E-course is based on a 2014 status report titled, Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy presented by the American Music Therapy Association in 2014. It is a briefing paper for military leadership, military support personnel, federal government officials, representatives of arts and other related organizations, music therapy professionals, and non-profit policy makers. The information provides the groundwork to improve access to music therapy services among military populations and to inform strategic plans for expanded and prioritized implementation of music therapy programs, research, and practice policy in the military. This AMTA E-course allows board certified music therapists an opportunity to earn 3 CMTE credits approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists by reading the briefing paper and submitting the required CMTE Evaluation form. This landmark report discusses the profession of music therapy with a focus on both active duty service members and veterans, and explores the music therapy profession’s rich, enduring contributions to readiness, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness among America’s military populations. The white paper presents exemplary model programs and highlights the strong foundation of published research and evidence to inform practice. Recommendations contained in the paper span research, policy, and program development. Fascinating and important research in music therapy interventions on topics affecting today’s service members and their families is active and growing among various related populations. It is critically important for this research to be tested, replicated and conducted with service members and veterans. Recommendations in the area of practice policy include a call for an updated review of federal job classifications that enable board certified music therapists to provide music therapy interventions.  Publish date, August 2014

Learning Objectives:
  • Learning Objective 1. E-course participants will read the entire briefing report and learn details about current music therapy treatment, programs, and practice policy with military populations. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domain IV.A.2.)
  • Learning Objective 2. Through reviewing the relevant collaborative research and music therapy research with military populations included in the briefing report, e-course participants will identify three needs of service members that could be addressed by interventions designed to restore function. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domain IV.A.2.)
  • Learning Objective 3. Participants will articulate two goals and objectives which integrate current treatment planning competency with specific information from the briefing report about model music therapy programs for military personnel, their families, service members in transition, and veterans. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domain I.A.1, and I.D.2, 3, 4.)
     

Advocacy for Music Therapy: Engage in the Process

Presented by: Judy Simpson, MT-BC

Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $125 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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Advocacy E-course CoverAdvocacy for music therapy is something we are all involved in every day as we provide quality services to our clients, as we continue our educations and sharpen our skills, as we read new research and new approaches to clinical practice, and as we talk to families, staff members, caregivers, community members, stakeholders, and decision makers. Advocacy is an ongoing process. Whether we are striving to expand our own services, to develop new jobs in our community, to expand the reach of music therapy in our area or state, or increase the general awareness of our profession, each music therapist can play a role in the process. In this AMTA E-course - “Advocacy for Music Therapy: Engage in the Process” - AMTA’s Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, MT-BC, teaches the fundamentals of music therapy advocacy in practical terms, helping e-course participants build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. This AMTA E-course equips each listener with the information and tools required for being an effective advocate for music therapy with the goal of making top-quality music therapy services more accessible to individuals of all ages in a variety of clinical settings.  Publish date: June 2014

Learning Objectives:
  • Learning Objective 1. E-course participant will learn to define advocacy and to know how it can positively impact music therapy. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. B. 20.)
  • Learning Objective 2. E-course participant will learn about the collaborative AMTA and CBMT state recognition process. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. A. 4, and IV. B. 20.)
  • Learning Objective 3. E-course participant will learn techniques and explore skills necessary to communicate effectively with state officials and health and education stakeholders to advocate for music therapy in personal community. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. B. 5, 6, 8, 20.)
  • Learning Objective 4. E-course participant will learn successful strategies for future advocacy efforts. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. A. 1, 2, 4, and IV.B. 5, 6, 7, 8, 20.)

Music Therapy in Early Childhood: Meaningful Music from Infancy to Kindergarten

Presented by: Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC; Ronna Kaplan, MA, MT-BC; Amelia Greenwald Furman, MM, MT-BC
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $150 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $100 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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ECearlychildcThe Music Therapy in Early Childhood E-course features the work of three music therapy clinicians with many decades of experience working with young children. First, Marcia Humpal talks in chapters 1 through 4 about music therapy for infants and toddlers, exploring the manner in which very young children learn through play, and discussing considerations for planning effective music therapy for little ones. In chapters 5, 6, and 7, music therapist Ronna Kaplan talks about music therapy in preschool groups, using examples from her experiences at The Music Settlement and community outreach programs, and providing details about the Hierarchical Model of Music Therapy and the Art Integration Model. Music therapist Amy Furman talks in Chapters 8, 9, and 10 about the application of music in therapy for young children in the public schools, based on her extensive experience in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Amy provides numerous examples of programmatic and IEP-specific music therapy in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Chapter 11 features Ten Take-Away Points, and Chapter 12 contains numerous supplemental resources. Among other helpful links, references, and other materials in Chapter 12 is a valuable bonus - a complimentary copy of the 62-page booklet from the well-received 2011 AMTA Institute, "Developmental Approaches to Early Childhood Music Therapy," featuring Marcia Humpal, Dr. Rebecca Wellman, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Dr. Darcy Walworth.  Publish date: June 2013.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learning Objective 1. E-course participant will learn to identify at least three attributes and levels of play in music therapy interventions for children in various stages from infancy through age 6. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. A. 2.)
  • Learning Objective 2. E-course participant will learn at least four ways parents, caregivers, or professionals can facilitate musical play with young children. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains II. A. 5. m, u, x, aa.)
  • Learning Objective 3. E-course participant will learn at least four developmentally appropriate music experiences for young children in various stages. 2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains II. A. 1. a - f. II. A. 2. b, d, g, k, l, p, q, s, v, w, x, y, z, aa, ac, ad, ag, ao, aq, as, av, ax, ba.)
  • Learning Objective 4. E-course participant will learn to cite and describe at least four models of hierarchical development both within and outside the music therapy profession. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. A. 2.)
  • Learning Objective 5. E-course participant will learn to define arts integration and state examples of at least two non-arts standards and related goals and two music standards and goals addressed in a music therapy arts integration program for children ages 3-6. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains I. D. 2, 3, 4.)
  • Learning Objective 6. E-course participant will learn possible roles of music therapists in music therapy settings for young children, infancy through age 6. (2015 Board Certification Domains I. D. 2, 3, 4, and IV. A. 2, 4.)
  • Learning Objective 7. E-course participant will learn to consider what is developmentally appropriate given client’s age, culture, music background, and preferences when designing music therapy experiences. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains 1.D.9.)

Music Therapy Reimbursement: Sources and Steps to Success

Presented by: Judy Simpson, MT-BC, Managed Healthcare Professional
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $150 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $100 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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ReimbecoursecoverAMTA’s Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, teaches the fundamentals of reimbursement in practical terms, helping E-course participants build a solid foundation of knowledge about multiple reimbursement sources, about public and private third party payment systems, and about the specific steps required to access coverage. E-course participants will discover how the process of funding music therapy can vary by clinical setting, client diagnosis, and payment source, and will learn industry terminology, procedural coding information, billing forms, and other key elements of reimbursement. This AMTA E-course equips each listener with the knowledge and tools that make it possible to secure funding for making top-quality music therapy services more accessible to individuals of all ages in a variety of clinical settings.  Publish date: November 2012.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learning Objective 1. Learner will Identify reimbursement sources and demonstrate awareness of music therapy coverage from each source. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains IV. B. 13, 16, 17, 18.)
  • Learning Objective 2. Learner will demonstrate understanding of the steps required when seeking reimbursement for music therapy services from private insurance companies. (III. A. 6, 7, and IV. B. 9, 10.)
  • Learning Objective 3. Learner will define common terminology and list coding systems used within the insurance industry. (III. A. 6, 7. and IV. B. 13, 18.)
  • Learning Objective 4. Learner will demonstrate knowledge of professional resources and tools recommended for pursuing third party coverage. (III. A. 6, 7. and IV. A. 2. and IV. B. 7.)

 

Music Therapy and Dementia: Protocols for Managing Problem Behaviors

Presented by Alicia Clair, PhD, MT-BC
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $150 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $100 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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DementiaECourseCoverDr. Alicia Clair's AMTA E-course, "Music Therapy and Dementia: Protocols for Managing Problem Behaviors" includes detailed descriptions of behavior issues, a theoretical framework, and operating principles for music therapy interventions, as well as step-by-step details about music therapy protocols to facilitate predictable outcomes when addressing problem behaviors resulting from dementia. Participants listen to the audio discussion at their leisure. If they choose to earn 5 CMTE credits from AMTA, a CBMT Approved Provider, participants simply need to submit a CMTE Evaluation after listening to the audio.  Publish date: January 2013.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learning Objective 1. E-course participants will learn techniques for effectively observing the individual with dementia in music and non-music setting and to otherwise obtain information necessary for developing effective music therapy protocols. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains I. B. 1, 2, 3, 4.)
  • Learning Objective 2. E-course participants will learn techniques for identifying the individual’s musical preferences as well as their responses to different styles of music and different musical elements. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. B. 13, a, b, c, d.)
  • Learning Objective 3. E-course participants will learn protocols for developing a therapeutic relationship with individuals with dementia and for providing music therapy experiences to address the individual’s needs. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: II. A. 1, 2.)
  • Learning Objective 4. E-course participants will learn protocols for using music to achieve therapeutic goals. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: II. A. 5.)

 

 

 

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