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Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Training hosted by Chroma


Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Training hosted by Chroma

This course will be delivered by Dr Corene Thaut, Program Director and primary faculty and co-founder of the Academy training programs and Dr Michael H. Thaut, founding Faculty Member of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy and currently Professor of Music with cross appointments in Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto.

The training is open to music therapists, allied health professionals, rehabilitation and neurologic professionals, and students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of neurologic music therapy (NMT) and music therapists interested in utilizing NMT methodology and techniques.

Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Neurologic Music Therapy is research-based. Its treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). The 4-day, 30-hour workshop will provide therapists with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the field of NMT. Upon completion of this course, participants will:

Be able to demonstrate a basic definition and introductory knowledge about neurologic music therapy (NMT), including the taxonomy of techniques used in NMT;

Demonstrate an increased knowledge of current research supporting NMT techniques;

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Transformational Design Model; a model to assist in treatment selection based on functional goals;

Identify current clinical assessments that can be used by NMT’s for treatment evaluation;

Be able to answer basic neuroanatomy and pathology questions related to a variety of neurologic disorders. 

Upon successful completion of this course and a written test, a certificate of completion in advanced Neurologic Music Therapy training will be issued by the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy.  Completion of the NMT training allows the board-certified music therapist to practice and use the credential of NMT for three years.  This training is open to other students and professionals outside of the field of music therapy, however, completion of the NMT training does NOT allow one to practice outside their professional licensure-training-certification. There are no required prerequisites to take this training.

Training will begin at 8:30 am on Thursday 19th September 2019 and end at lunctime on Sunday 22nd September 2019.  Please note that completion of the training in its entirety is required to gain the NMT credential and certificate.


Scientific Foundations of NMT

Neuropathology/ Disease Review

Sensorimotor Techniques:

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation

Pattern Sensory Enhancement

Therapeutic Instrumental Playing

Speech Techniques:

Melodic Intonation Therapy

Musical Speech Stimulation

Rhythmic Speech Cueing

Vocal Intonation Therapy

Therapeutic Singing

Oral Motor and Respiratory Exercises

Developmental Speech and Language Training through Music

Symbolic Communication Training through Music

Cognitive Techniques:

Music Neglect Training

Auditory perception Training

Musical Attention Control Training

Musical Mnemonics Training

Associative Mood and Memory Training

Musical Executive Functions Training

Music Psychosocial Training

This International Training Program of the Academy is endorsed by the World Federation of Neurologic Rehabilitation (WFNR), by the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies (EFNS), and the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology (CNM). Training is also approved by the U.S.Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) as advanced provider for Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits  [The Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, #P-105, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria].


Where can I find accommodation?

There are a wide selection of hotels within walking distance of the venue.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the venue?

For those travelling by train, Maple house is a short 10min walk from Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations or 5mins from Snow Hill

If coming by car, discounted parking is available at Londonderry House NCP (Dalton Street - B4 7LX) and High Street/Albert Street NCP (Dale End - B4 7LN). Collect your ticket as usual on your arrival at the car park and keep on your person until you return to leave. As you leave Maple House, collect a ‘follow-on’ ticket. from Reception When you return to the car park, insert your original ticket into the machine as usual followed by your ‘follow-on’ ticket. The process will only work if the tickets are inserted in this order. As a result, parking charges will not exceed £6.00. (Please note that parking is subject to availability)

Birmingham Airport is a 25min train ride away with regular services into New Street Station

What Payment Options are there?

We have three ticket options (please see the ticket details for more information):

1. An Early Bird ticket if registration and payment is made before 30th June 2019.

2. The standard ticket for all registrations made from 1st July 2019..

3. Student tickets are available - please email bm10IHwgd2VhcmVjaHJvbWEgISBjb20= for more details (proof of student status is required).

What is your refund policy?

For cancellations on or before 1st August 2019, 90% of the fees will be refunded

For cancellations on or before 1st September 2019, 75% of the fees will be refunded

For cancellations after 1st September 2019, we are unable to make any refund

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For all queries on this event, please telephone Chroma Therapies on 0330 440 1838 or email us at bm10IHwgd2VhcmVjaHJvbWEgISBjb20=

Ticket Information Ticket Price
NMT Training Course (Early Bird Offer if booked before 30th June) GBP 550

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