Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
This workshop is designed for music therapists who want to begin incorporating, or to deepen their use of, clinical improvisation in their work. You will uncover your ability to incorporate improvisation at some level into your practice. You have the knowledge and ability to do this already, but perhaps you have not had the encouragement and guidance needed to begin. In this workshop, you will take part in safe experiential exercises, learn how to intentionally use the elements of music, explore the reasons for using improvisation, watch video examples of improvisation with individuals and groups of various ages and abilities, and will gain confidence in beginning to improvise clinically with the clients with whom you currently work.
Pianos/keyboards, some guitars, and percussion instruments are furnished. Feel free to bring your own guitar and/or primary instrument.
NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
Alan Turry, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist
Managing Director, Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy
Dr. Alan Turry earned his Bachelor's, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music Therapy from New York University. He is the Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy in New York City, and is an active clinician, teacher, and researcher. He joined the NR clinical staff in 1990, became Clinical Director in1997, and assumed the position of Managing Director in 2006. Dr. Turry directs the post masters advanced training in Nordoff-Robbins music therapy and the Graduate Internship and fieldwork Program at the Center. He also designs curriculum and teaches clinical improvisation in the NYU Graduate Music Therapy Program. Dr. Turry has a great deal of experience helping music therapists become more fluent and confident utilizing improvisation in their clinical practice.
Dr. Turry is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in music therapy clinical technique. He taught and presented his work throughout Asia and Europe, is visiting lecturer at the Nordoff-Robbins Centre in London, and a visiting professor at Lesley University in Boston, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, the University of Lisbon in Portugal and Senzoku College, Japan. He led the development of Nordoff-Robbins supervision programs in Japan, the Nordoff-Robbins clinical program in Korea, and has led workshops on clinical improvisation in Denmark, Greece, Poland, Ireland and Italy. Dr. Turry is involved with several ongoing research projects, serves on the editorial board of several leading music therapy journals, and is widely published.
1. Participant will learn 2 ways to use elements of music to achieve therapeutic goals.
2. Participant will display ability to play one church mode on the keyboard, and understand harmonic implications of that mode.
3. Participant will learn 2 reasons to use active listening, creativity, and flexibility in improvisational sessions.
Participant confidence and improvisational skill level will increase at least 1 scale point after completing the workshop.
Participants must hold the credential MT-BC, CMT, RMT, or ACMT.
CBMT Scope of Practice Areas:
- To achieve therapeutic goals: a) apply the elements of music (e.g., tempo, pitch, timbre, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, dynamics). (CBMT Scope of Practice II.A.5.a)
- To apply a variety of scales, modes, and harmonic progressions. (CBMT Scope of Practice II.A.5.b)
- To achieve therapeutic goals: e) employ active listening. g) use creativity and flexibility in meeting client’s changing needs. (CBMT Scope of Practice II.A.5.e. and g.)
- To expand music skills. (CBMT Scope of Practice IV.A.6.)
CBMT Continuing Education:
6 CMTE credits
|9:00 - 10:30am
||Improvisation overview; building confidence; elements of music
|10:40-Noon||Introduce a mode; Video examples; go in pairs or triads to practice rooms
|1:30-3:00||The role of listening, creativity, flexibility; Workshop some clinical challenges
|3:10-4:00||Summary, questions, and wrap up|
Discussion and experiential