Self Study- Learn effective music therapy interventions, recent research and their practical application within a special education setting including how to work effectively with learning and communication disabilities, & more. 6 credits

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Presented by Joel Kroeker RCC, MA, MMT, MTA


Course Description

In this online presentation Joel will introduce some of the most effective music therapy interventions used within a special needs context and show how they can be applied by parents, professionals and educators. Through the application of multiple learning styles including lecture presentation format, aural and visual case study material and discussion. 

Students will be shown effective music therapy interventions, recent research and their practical application within a special education setting including how to work effectively with learning and communication disabilities, emotional and behavioural disorders and physical or developmental disabilities.

This workshop addresses a wide spectrum of theories and models of music therapy for this client population and offers step-by-step goals and objectives relating to various cognitive, motor, affective, developmental and social domains. Join us to learn new interventions that actually work within clinical and educational settings and learn how to build effective interventions that are tailor made for your own personal setting.


Learning Objectives

  • Be able to create an effective intervention for a Special Education setting
  • Be able to evaluate how music therapy fits within a given educational setting
  • Be able to identify relevant goals and objectives within a specific educational context
  • Be able to match music therapy goals with current educational goals and collaborate with educational professionals in an effective way 




1 hour  Background, Theory and History of Music Therapy in Special Education

We’ll discover where Special Education is situated historically and theoretically in relation to music therapy and the therapeutic models that you are most familiar with.

1 hour- Overview of Music Therapy Tools and Resources in Special Education

Through clinical examples, extended instrumental techniques and discussion we’ll explore the most essential principles and how you can immediately incorporate these into your own work.

1 hour- Special Education interventions that work!

We’ll discover step-by-step how to work with specific therapeutic goals and objectives throughperforming, composing, improvising and listening in relation to a wide range of situations including individuals, groupwork, non-verbal communication and directive vs. non-directive approaches.

1 hour- How to match educational goals with therapeutic needs

We’ll learn how to work effectively within the scope of Individualized Education Plan programming while still harnessing the inherent inspiration and exuberance of the learners and achieving essential therapeutic goals.

30 minutes:  Q&A and Wrap up

Evaluate by feedback form

1 hr Assignment  


CBMT Domain Areas:

ID (Treatment Planning)

IIA (Implementation) 


Music Therapy in Special Education is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 6 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. . The Spiegel Academy, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106,  maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria


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