Making Music Therapy Happen in Public Education Conference

Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA: Making Music Therapy Happen in Public Education
(7 CMTEs/LCATs CE credits)

Friday, September 27, 2019,  from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Elizabeth K. Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC
Larini Room, Public Square Molloy College, NY 

Conference Handouts
Conference participants will be able to download the handouts for the conference by clicking here and using the password that was emailed to them.

Conference Description
Federal legislation that became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA has been in effect for almost 45 years. This law was designed to allow students of all abilities to have access to publically funded education system. However, the promise of a free and appropriate education for all is still not completely fulfilled for all students.  While research and clinical practice supports the efficacy of providing music therapy to support student learning and engagement in education, many children and families across the country still encounter difficulties in accessing music therapy services within the school setting. This session will first share up-to-date IDEA regulations and clarifications pertaining to music therapy in special education and provide resources from state and local levels. Specific information on IDEA Part C (Early Intervention), IDEA Part B (preschool and school age) will be presented. Participants in this session will examine essential supporting documents and learn how to access and use them to advocate for music therapy. Next, different program models will be presented including contract, grant, and staff funding for related service provision, enhancement, staff development, and consultation. Information on referrals, assessment, eligibility and required documentation will be examined including specific music therapy assessment tools. Finally the presenter will facilitate small group discussions that will provide participants with the tools they need to create opportunities for children to access music therapy within their school program. Participants will be encouraged to ask specific questions about IDEA law and music therapy as well as share practice concerns or successes. Last, participants will work in small groups to develop and practice advocacy strategies to create or support school-based music therapy programs.

A continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided and are included in your tuition.

Learning Objectives:

For clients served in public education through the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) course participants will learn to:

1. Identify appropriate referral protocols for music therapy as a related service under federal and state educational regulations. (CBD I. A. 1. Utilize or develop appropriate referral protocol for population.)

2. Identify and summarize recognized music therapy assessment tools used in school based service provision. (CBD I. C. Draw conclusions and make recommendations based on analysis and synthesis of assessment findings.)

3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of special education law and regulations pertinent to the provision of music therapy in public education. (CBD III. A. 6. Adhere to internal and external legal, regulatory, and reimbursement requirements.)

4. Develop advocacy strategies to promote music therapy in public education. (CBD IV. B. 9. Work within a facility's organizational structure, policies, standards, and procedures.)

Elizabeth K. Schwartz,
MA, LCAT, MT-BC, recently retired after thirty years of service as the senior music therapist at Alternatives for Children in Suffolk County, New York where she specialized in Early Intervention and preschool treatment. Through Alternatives, Beth provided staff development for local public schools on music therapy, music and special education, and music education. She is an adjunct instructor in Music Therapy at Molloy College and Shenandoah University and a supervisor for internship and fieldwork students.

Beth is the author of Music, Therapy, and Early Childhood: A Developmental Approach and a contributing author for Effective Clinical Practice in Music Therapy: Early Childhood and School Age Educational
Developments in Music Therapy Practice: Case Study Perspectives and Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Developmental Health. She is a frequent contributor to the AMTA early childhood music therapy magazine, Imagine.  Her song book, You and Me Makes...We: A Growing Together Songbook, has 101 newly composed or adapted songs based in therapeutic and developmental music making
in early childhood. She recently co-authored a new book, Functional Voice Skills for Music Therapists, published by Barcelona Publishers. 

Beth is past Chair of the Educational and Training Advisory Board of the American Music Therapy Association and a past member of the New York State Mental Health Practitioners Board which oversees licensure of Creative Arts Therapists. She is a former music therapy liaison from music therapy to the New York State Music Educators Association and served on the AMTA Task Force on Advanced Competencies. For many years, Beth was Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association. In this role she advocated for music therapy access on the regional, state and federal level. She currently serves on the New York State Task Force for Occupational Regulations.

Beth's is co-founder and education and training director of Raising Harmony: Music Therapy for Young Children which provides training and resources on early childhood music, early childhood music therapy,
and early music development. Part of Raising Harmony is Sprouting Melodies TM, a national parent/child music program that focuses on music making in early development. Beth blogs on music therapy and
early childhood music at and She is a frequent presenter both locally and nationally on music therapy , music in early childhood, and the voice in music therapy practice.

9:00 - 9:20          Introductions and Course Overview
9:20 - 9:40          Brief Overview of IDEA (individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Lecture
9:40 - 10:00        
Music Therapy services under IDEA- Overview of current practice  Small Group
10:00 - 10:15      
Student Needs, Family Needs, and the Education System Needs  Experiential
10:15 - 11:00      
Documents supporting Music Therapy provision under IDEA part B  Lecture
11:00 - 11:15      
11:15 - 11:30     
Documents supporting Music Therapy provision under IDEA Part C  Lecture
11:30 - 12:15     
Referral, Assessment, and Eligibility Lecture
12:15 - 12:30     
Documentation  Lecture
12:30 - 1:00        
1:00 -   1:30        Education and Therapy - Meeting in the Music Experiential
1:30 -    1:50      
 Funding and Reimbursement  Lecture
1:50 -   2:15       
State specific law and regulations  Small Group
2:15 -  2:30        
2:30 -    2:50       Creating and sustaining school based Music Therapy programs  Lecture
2:50 -   3:00       
Music Therapy Advocacy in Public Education   Discussion
3:00 -   3:30       
Advocacy - networking and brainstorming  Small Group
3: 30 -  3:45       
Comments, Questions and Sharing
3:45 -   4:00        Wrap Up and Course Evaluation 
Continuing Education Credit
Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 7 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: LCAT
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 7 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

CTLE Credit (Teachers and Education Professionals)
This conference is approved for 7 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). 

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form.

Tuition Rates:
After September 20 or at the door:  $135
Molloy Full-Time Students, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): $15
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $60
Molloy Faculty and Staff (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Refund Policy:  You may withdraw from the conference for a full refund up until September 20. No refunds are permitted after that date. However, substitutions can be made up until the day of the conference.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A) on the second floor of the Public Square Building on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3550.

Conference Brochure
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Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program