Voice is the Primary Instrument in Music Therapy: Learning By Doing

Voice is the Primary Instrument in Music Therapy: Learning By Doing


Fri, Jan 17 – 6:00pm

BKCM Music Therapy presents a three hour intensive professional development workshop for music therapists and music therapy degree program students as part of its Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) program. This workshop is eligible for three continuing education credits for MT-BCs.

In this three hour workshop, participants will discover ways to use the voice for self-care and clinical practice.  Whether you identify the voice as your primary instrument, or second or third, all that matters is that you feel free to play. Through speaking, singing and laughing, we connect with each other using our voices. This workshop is designed to give practical skills that can be used in clinical practice and in life to make meaningful change through music.

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Participants will practice creating an environment conducive to client engagement and development of a therapeutic relationship (BCD I.D.8, BCD II.A.1).
Participants will provide a musical experience to explore empathy, self-care, interactive response, initiation and self-motivation, spontaneous community/interactions, verbal and nonverbal expression, vocal production, wellness.(BCD II.A. 2).
Participants will improvise vocally, compose vocal music, using the elements of music and functional voice skills in ways that can apply to achieving therapeutic goals (BCD.II.A.5.a, f, i.1, o).
Participants will practice receptive music and active listening skills that can apply to achieving therapeutic goals (BCD.II.A.5.b, h).
Participants will exercise leadership and facilitate community building activities using verbal and nonverbal guidance that can apply to achieving therapeutic goals (BCD.II.A.5.k,l, t).
Participants will engage in collaborative work and expand music skills.(BCD IV.A.3, 4, 6).


6:00-6:30pm Orientation and Introduction
6:30-7:20pm Increase awareness and create a conducive environment
7:20-8:00pm Practice transitions, pacing, sequencing, energy level, intensity
8:00-8:40pm Practice skills to develop a therapeutic relationship
8:40-8:50pm Vocal Improvisation within a context
8:50-9:00pm Course Evaluation



Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, received an MA in Music Therapy from NYU in 1997. Her training includes Medical Music Therapy in Pediatrics, Neurology, Oncology, along with Advanced Voicework and Clinical Improvisation. She has worked in medical settings, schools, and community centers providing clinical services to individuals and groups of all ages with the goal of improving the Quality of Life through live, interactive music making. Her program, Sing for Yourself, demonstrates how a regular singing practice can create meaningful and lasting change in individuals and communities. Currently in Los Angeles, Kate serves as Music Wellness Director at Urban Voices Project, engaging individuals and families who are coping with the conditions of homelessness. “Music is the bridge to health, community and understanding.”

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Non-BKCM Music Therapists, BKCM Music Therapists, BKCM Music Therapy Interns, Music Therapy Degree Program Students