International Training Institutes in NMT

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 non-musical 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, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). This 4-day, 30-hour workshop will provide therapists with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the field of NMT.

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 designation of Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) for three years. This training is open to 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. Completion of the training in its entirety is expected to gain the NMT designation and certificate.  The NMT Academy training is endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (WFNR), the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies (EFNS), and by the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology (CNM). The NMT Academy is approved by the U.S. Certification Board of Music Therapy (CBMT) as an advanced provider for Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). Successful course completion will result in 36 CMTE credits.

Schedule and Faculty

Due to COVID this training has moved to an online format through April when we will re-evaluate in person training.  We realize that this change will require participants to have the resources at home to participate.  Each attendee will receive a link along with a secure password to enter the training each day.  You will need to have access to a computer with internet access, a quiet place to concentrate, and ideally a keyboard/piano to practice some of the concepts as they are being taught.  In addition, during the face to face training, there are many opportunities for the participants to break into small groups and practice the concepts being taught.  This will still be possible, and during these breakout sessions, it would be helpful but not necessary if you can have any additional musical resources such as Orff or percussion instruments, a guitar, autoharp, or wind instruments (such as harmonicas, recorders, melodicas) available.

West Coast Time NMT Training
February 4-7, 2021
update- This event will be online
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University of Toronto-George Ignatieff Theatre
Toronto, Ontario
May 6-9, 2021
update- This event will be online
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While this intensive training was created to introduce basic introductory knowledge about neurologic music therapy (NMT), all of the content may be difficult for some to absorb within the 4 day training period. Therefore, anyone who has completed this initial training and remains in good standing in the Academy is welcome to retake the training at any time for a discounted fee.

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.

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