Music Therapy Association of Washington

Music Therapy Symposium 2014:  Emerging Trends in Early Childhood

Friday, May 2 & Saturday, May 3

Early Childhood Education has long been considered one of the best investments monetarily to ensure the success of children throughout their childhood into adulthood. It is so important that the City of Seattle has been considering providing preschool for 3 and 4 year olds for free or on a sliding scale. This move is reflected federally as well. Join the Music Therapy Association of Washington as we examine the emerging trends in Early Childhood and take a closer look at the importance of music during those years. Nationally known early childhood music specialists and therapists Ronna Kaplan and Marcia Humpal will share their expertise with us as we learn how to incorporate music into the lives of children at this very critical stage in their lives. This symposium is open to all professionals who work with young children. No prerequisites are required. Participants can attend both or only one day of the symposium and will receive continuing education credits for whatever dates they attended.

Seattle Pacific University  3307 3rd Ave. W  Seattle, WA 98103

Friday, May 2

Continuing Music Therapy Education (3 CMTEs):

Emerging Elements: Uses of Orff Schulwerk in Early Childhood Music Therapy

Ronna Kaplan, M.A., MT-BC

Registration: 4:00-4:30pm
Institute: 4:30-7:30pm (includes 10 min. break)

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This 3-hour CMTE workshop will provide the audience with theoretical and practical information as to how to incorporate Orff-Schulwerk into music therapy practice with young children of varying ages, level of functioning, and diagnoses.

The basic Orff-Schulwerk terminology and brief history will be introduced in an interactive format. Also, the four components of the Orff-Schulwerk Process and various Orff-Schulwerk media will be linked to music therapy goal areas through discussion and live examples.

The presenter will discuss and/or demonstrate a variety of simple adaptations and special equipment, including visual aids and augmentative communication devices that are useful in providing Orff-Schulwerk music therapy experiences for young clients with a variety of special needs to address vocal/verbal, instrumental, movement, and behavioral goals.

Throughout the workshop short group experiential projects will be assigned. These include writing or choosing a bordun, ostinato or accompaniment to fit a melody or chant and dramatizing/orchestrating a short story, fable, or fairy tale. Musical, theoretical and research resources, as well as samples of Orff-Schulwerk notation of music therapy experiences, will be discussed and shared in handout form.

Ronna Kaplan, M.A., MT-BC is a past President of American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Forest City Enterprises Chair of the Center for Music Therapy at The Music Settlement, a community music school in Cleveland, Ohio, serving clients ranging from premature infants to adults through the age of 103 years with varied disabilities and levels of functioning. Her special interests are young children and individuals with diagnoses on the autism spectrum, language delays and/or problems in the area of social skills, as well as teen parents or those with mental illness. She Has published articles and book chapters, guest lectured at several colleges and universities, and presented nationally and internationally. She co-chaired AMTA’s Autism Think Tank/Task Force from 2008-09 and Early Childhood Music Therapy Network from its inception in 1994 until 2006. She writes a column on music therapy for the Huffington Post.


Saturday, May 3

Keynote Address:  9:30-11:00am  (Otto Miller Hall)

Marcia Humpal, M. Ed., MT-BC

“Music Therapy with Young Children – Past, Present and Future”      (Part 1 slides / Part 2 slides)

This keynote will provide an overview of how young children and music have been viewed throughout history, how music and music therapy have evolved to become unique developmentally appropriate vehicles present across all early childhood venues and domains, and insights into trends and expanding opportunities for the future.

Marcia Humpal, M.Ed., MT-BC is one of the music therapists for the Toddler Rock program at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. She is also a co-founder and former co-chair of the Early Childhood Network of American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the chair of AMTA’s Strategic Prioriy of Autism. She has presented nationally and internationally, and published numerous articles and book chapters including Effective Clinical Practice in Music Therapy: Early Childhood and School Age Educational Setting (2006) and Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families (2012).


Morning Break: 11:00-11:15am  Breakout sessions:  11:15am – 5:00pm  (Otto Miller Hall)

11:15am -12:15pm Session 1

12:15pm – 1:15pm  Networking Lunch

1:15pm – 3:00pm  Session 2

3:00pm – 3:15pm  Afternoon Break

3:15pm – 5:00pm  Session 3

Breakout Session Details

Session 1: 11-15am – 12:15pm

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Presenter: Wendy Zieve, MA, MT-BC

“Music Therapy for Facilitation of Social Communication in Early Childhood”

Abstract: Research has shown that music therapy can be an effective treatment for young children who have delays in their social communication skills. Typical development in social communication skills will be covered, as well as populations that show impairment. Music therapy interventions will be facilitated in a participatory session using props, visuals, and instruments with vocabulary taken from published social skills curriculums.

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Presenter: Christine Roberts

“The Power of Movement and Music Using Nursery Rhymes with Infants and Toddlers”   (Part 1 slides / Part 2 slides)


Using nursery rhymes in a therapeutic setting can provide countless benefits. The session will teach a collection of rhymes and chants that can be used with infants and toddlers. The neuroscience on why rhymes improve language skills, beat competency, working memory, attachment and strengthen the sensory motor systems will be explained. Participants will walk away with why and what to do with infants and toddlers.

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“Early Childhood Panel: A Discussion of the Use of Music Therapy to Address Neurological and Medical Issues in Early Childhood.”

Patricia Catalano, MM, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow

David Knott, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow

Annie Dillon, MT-BC

Session 2: 1:15pm – 3:00pm

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Presenter: Marcia Humpal, M. Ed, MT-BC

“Early Childhood Music Therapy and ASD”

Abstract: The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is increasing at an alarming rate. This session will examine recent reserach on evience-based practice for young children with ASD and the implications for embedding strategis in music therapy practice to facilitate effective treatment.

Session 3: 3:15pm – 5:00pm

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Presenter: Ronna Kaplan, M.A., MT-BC

“Lullaby 101 – A music therapy program for At-Risk expectant and parenting teens and adults”

Abstract: This presentation describes a program involving partnerships between a community music school and local social service and medical agencies to educate expectant and parenting teens and expectant and parenting adults with depression and other mental illnesses. Program rationale and logic model, interventions, outcomes, results, and responses will be shared.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this CMTE,

1)    Participants will identify and describe at least 2 music therapy treatment approaches for use with young children. (CBMT Scope of Practice:III.B.1;IV.A.6)

2)    Participants will state goals and objectives appropriate for young children.(CBMT Scope of Practice: I.C.4, 5)

3)    Participants will communicate research findings that support music therapy interventions with young children. (CBMT Scope of Practice: I.C.2a; IV.A.2)


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