Music Therapy & Enrichment

Music is Multi-Sensory

 
  • Music is a motor experience: it makes us move
  • Music is an emotional experience: it can bring us to tears
  • Music involves the memory: songs can take us back to a different time and place
  • Music activates the brain’s pleasure and reward systems

Music Therapy

 

 

What Is Music Therapy?

  • Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. 
  • Music therapy may only be conducted by a credentialed professional who has a completed the necessary training.
  • Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, improve communication and mobility, and provide unique opportunities for social interaction and learning.

Why Music Therapy?

Research in music therapy supports the effectiveness of interventions in many areas such as facilitating movement and overall physical rehabilitation, increasing motivation to engage in treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and creating an outlet for expression of feelings

 

What is a BC-MT?

  • Graduates of colleges or universities from more than 70 approved music therapy programs across the U.S. are eligible to take a national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), an independent, non-profit certifying agency fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
  • There is a minimum 6-month internship requirement after graduation.
  • After successful completion of the CBMT examination, graduates are issued the credential necessary for professional practice, Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).
  • A significant number of music therapists have a master’s degree or higher.

Music Therapy, Connecting Thru Music (CTM), and First Coast Music Therapy (FCMT)

CTM is a 501 (c) 3 and partners with FCMT who provides the professional board-certified music therapists for our program.

 

CTM is currently providing music therapy, music experiences and learning through music to over 300 children in Duval County with a vision to provide services throughout the northeast region of Florida.

 

Our standard program consists of 2 weekly sessions of music therapy and one session of music enrichment per 5-8 students.

 

The music therapists assess the students and through collaboration with the primary teacher/program director sets class goals which include relevant curriculum and core words.

 

CTM currently has two programs. Our in-school program which provides learning through music to over 180 children in 2 elementary schools. CTM funds this program through grants, donors and community support. Our second program is funded by The Kids Hope Alliance and provides services for after school and holiday/summer camp

Music Enrichment

 

What is Music Enrichment?

  • Music enrichment is a method which helps to instill the value, knowledge and joy of instruments and music.
  • Music enrichment is taught by a music teacher with skills and experience in music. Many music teachers have a four- year college degree.
  • Music enrichment can help develop young minds and can assist with the development of phonological processing, comprehension skills, spatial-temporal and reasoning skills, social and emotional skills.

Why Music Enrichment?

Psychologists, neurologists and experts in early childhood agree that music enrichment can help develop young minds and helps brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Music provides emotional support and joy for clients and their families and creates an outlet for expression of feelings.

Music Enrichment and Connecting Thru Music (CTM)

CTM is a 501 (c) 3 and partners with music teachers who provides the professional music enrichment classes for our program. The music teachers have experience working with children with special needs.

 

CTM is currently providing music therapy, music experiences and learning through music to over 300 children in Duval County with a vison to provide services throughout the northeast region of Florida.

 

Our standard program consists of 2 weekly sessions of music therapy and one session of music enrichment per 5-8 students.

The music teachers integrate the music therapists class plan which includes goals, relevant curriculum and core words.

 

CTM currently has two programs. Our in-school program which provides learning through music to over 180 children in 2 elementary schools. CTM funds this program through grants, donors and community support. Our second program is funded by The Kids Hope Alliance and provides services for afterschool and holiday/summer camps

Kindermusik International is the world’s leading music-and-movement program for children in early childhood! Each class is filled with activities that were created with your child’s whole development in mind. One integrated activity flows to the next and does so in a classroom setting, readying children for future learning environments. Children are exposed to various types of age appropriate instruments and sounds as they work on musical skills and theory as well as language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills, and also sign language. 

Dinah Frilling is a lisenced and certified Kindermusik Educator. She has been a singer and performer since the early age of 8, a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate (99′) who studied Vocal Performance at Jacksonville University. Dinah encompass music into all areas of her life and truly enjoys every opportunity that allows her to connect others with the power of music.

She is an active musician in Jacksonville, the lead singer/song writer/guitarist for the local string band, Cain’t Never Could. Dinah is also a musician for Body and Soul:The Art of Healing, an organization which brings music into hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers as a form of music therapy.

Now, as a Kindermusik Educator, she is so proud to be able to provide children with an incredible music, movement, and learning program! 
Being a working musician and mother to a very busy preschooler, Dinah’s dream is to share music with her son, her husband, and with children and families in her community. Having seen first hand the ability music has to enrich lives and inspire, her desire to give children early access to music education runs strong! 

Bach to Rock has been supporting the Connecting Through Music program at Neptune Beach Elementary since it began in 2016. We send thriving music teachers and our one-of-a-kind curriculum to the special needs wing to light up the lives of these special children.

The classes we bring to NBE are taught by our very own Leighton Serlo. Leighton is a vocalist, an early childhood teacher, and a mother of her own NBE students. Leighton has modified one of B2R’s early childhood programs (called Rock City) to cater specifically towards these kids. Each week, Leighton centers her class around a different instrument. Together they have played everything from hand bells and drums to full-sized guitars!

One of their favorite instruments is the rain stick. The first time Leighton brought the rain stick into class, she saw something incredible. Students who usually aren’t able participate at all suddenly were reaching for the rain stick. They were engaged and focused in the soothing sounds and unique art of the rain stick. This instrument resonated with them in a way that no other had. It truly lit up their lives.

The changes we have seen over the course of this program have been huge. Students are showing verbal growth and improvements in their coordination. They share with each other, they participate, and they learn. These kids face challenges most of us will never understand. Many are unable to communicate, but through this program we are able to connect these children through music.

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