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G. First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby — Tier I International NICU Music Therapy Training
(Event: 2019 AMTA Conference - Innovate! Integrate! Motivate!)

Nov 20, 2019 8:00 am - Nov 20, 2019 6:00 pm
Session Type: Additional Course
Track: .


An integrative, medical, music therapy team will lead experiential, hands-on training to meet Tier I competency for this international, evidence-based, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit training inclusive of three prongs: environmental music therapy (EMT), trauma training in music psychotherapy with caregivers, and evidence-based live music therapy interventions for premature infants, oriented within a neuropsychological developmental  context. Attendees will visit an NICU and receive a certificate indicating their completion of Tier I of the First Sounds: RBL Training. Prerequisites: MT-BCs, MDs and RNs.  Health professionals aside from music therapists are also invited; to register, contact Cindy Smith @ Smith@musictherapy.org or 301-589-3300 ext.102.  2nd Year music therapy students who have completed two semesters of Fieldwork at an AMTA/equivalent Program may be considered if space permits. 


1. Attendees will design live music applications of the trans-natal environment (1) focused on rhythm, timbre and tonal inter-uterine elements to foster comfort, stability, nurturance, safety, increasing opportunities for entrainment and self-regulation for the premature infant. (CBMT Domain I, D, 10)
2. Attendees will demonstrate knowledge and application of the First Sounds model-live music/sound applications involving entrained rhythms and breathing timbres, contingent singing (2), and evaluation of applicative sounds & music to increase respiratory, sleep, feeding and quiet-alert opportunities (3) with proficiency. (CBMT Domain II, A, 1, f)
3. Attendees will demonstrate and develop the blanket of sound applications: tonal-vocal holding, with competence to develop lullabies catered to address the developmental, physical, emotional and cultural needs of the infant & family. (CBMT Domain II, A, 4, b, d, e, g, h, i)
4. Attendees will effectively evaluate the caregivers’ level of trauma (4) and identify music anchors (5) whereby families of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit infants will entrust music therapy support to enhance the caregiver-infant bonding process. (CBMT Domain II, A, 2, o)

This CMTE will be Tier I for Professionals including MT-BCs, MDs and RNs. Health professionals besides music therapists, (particularly those interested in developing new programs in affiliation with the Louis Armstrong and International First Sounds team of international 'grandparents') Interested trainees may call John Mondanaro at (212) 420-2722 to schedule a time or email info@musicandmedicine.org<mailto:info@musicandmedicine.org><mailto:info@musicandmedicine.org>. 2nd Year Music Therapy students who have completed 2 semesters of Fieldwork at an AMTA/equivalent program may be considered if space permits. Tier II and III are offered at multiple training sites globally.

Course Schedule:

  • First Sounds-History/Rationale
  • Introduction to prematurity-implications for neurological development
  • Three prongs-Parents/Issues and tonal vocal holding/entrainment/attunement
  • Music Psychotherapy-parallel process
  • Lunch
  • Infant prong-interventions -NICU site visit -EMT and shift demos
  • Trauma: Three rings-trauma
  • Sedation/sleep and Grief-Caring for the Caregiver
  • Song of Kin and lullabyes



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