Self-Study. For music therapists, OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s, preschool teachers, music specialists, and other therapists/providers working with the preschool population. 6 Credits

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Self-Study – You can watch the recordings on your own time and at your own pace.


Presented by  Jeffrey Friedberg MA, MT-BC


Course Description

This in-depth interactive workshop will present a comprehensive overview to the hows, whats and whys of providing music in the preschool setting. Discussion will cover the following:

  • building a developmentally appropriate repertoire to engage the children
  • building a positive working relationship with your students
  • meeting educational and therapy goals
  • structuring sessions to best meet goals
  • managing challenging behavior
  • integrating the class into a preschool institutional session
  • avoiding burnout

You will be given a homework assignment of designing 4 x 30 minute sessions to meet specific goals. After completing the Course Evaluation Form you will be emailed a certificate of completion.


Learning Objectives

  • Will state 10 songs/activities to use in the pre-school classroom
  • Will recall 4 elements to include when designing structure of classes toengage and build skills
  • Will compare 4 techniques to manage behavior and simultaneously buildtherapeutic relationship
  • Will summarize 4 strategies on how to successfully integrate music therapy into the educational setting



30 minutes –  Introduction and Overview

30 minutes- Therapeutic Preschool Environment: 

Discussion of the realities of being a music therapist in a therapeutic preschool environment. Review of scheduling, staff support, access to information. equipment and treatment planning. 

30 minutes- Needs, Challenges and Strengths: 

What are the needs and challenges as well as strengths of children in therapeutic preschool environment? What are goals and objectives attainable in this environement? 

30 minutes Class Structure: How to structure class to maximize engagement and learning of skills. 

1 hour- Repertoire building: Discussion of traditional, adapted and original songs and how they can be used to meet therapy goals. 

1 hour- Behavior Management and The Therapeutic Relationship: Building a therapeutic relationship is essential in helping children learn and grow. Discussion on how to re-direct challenging behavior in ways that both help build relationship and achieve therapy goals. 

30 minutes Q & A 

1 hour self study assignment


CBMT Domain areas:

II.A.1.a – f
II.A.2.g, h, i, k, q, u
ID. 10, 13 & 15
II. A 5q & cc

music therapy

continuing education


Music Therapy in the Preschool Classroom 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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