Global Music Therapy 

Medicinal Melodies LLC & Umoja Community Music Therapy



                          Introduction To Global Music Therapy:

    Introductory Course in Developing Sustainable International Programs

A 3 Credit CMTE course

Umoja Community Music Therapy 501 (c ) Board Members & CBMT Approved Provider, Medicinal Melodies LLC

Saturday November 3rd, 2018 12:00PM-3:00PM EST (10:00AM-12:00PM PCT)


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About the Course

As globalization makes our world more intricately connected, it is no surprise to see the innovative field of music therapy reaching more international communities than ever before. Introduction to Global Music Therapy is the first of three steps to becoming a Global Music Therapist. The course series offers insight for the music therapist interested in developments on the international stage.

Gain deeper understanding of cultural competency, of navigating socio-political landscapes and how to lean in to a community’s pre-existing therapeutic music culture while harmoniously introducing the evidence-based Western Music Therapy model we have all been trained within.


Completing this course will help you contemplate how music therapy addresses humanity’s needs within today’s diverse and complex global issues, while allowing you to integrate this knowledge into your own practice at home. As a Global Music Therapist you will be able to more effectively survey if and how music therapy programs can be built where they previously were not available and ultimately help make music therapy accessible to all.

Course Schedule


3 Hour long course. Please see our events tab or email us for dates and times of course offerings. 

This course is offered ONLINE and also in person at select conferences and times/locations. 

Hour 1: Introductions, discussion about participant’s interest in the course (10 min)

    Defining “Global Music Therapy” (20 min)

    Background information about Umoja Community Music Therapy (10 min)

Defining “Cultural Competency” and understanding a culture’s existing use of therapeutic music (20 min)

Hour 2: Top 5 Things to Consider for initiating sustainable programs abroad (25 min)

    How music therapy addresses global issues (20 min)

Case examples (15 minutes)

Hour 3: The first steps in initiating programs abroad (20 minutes)

    Information about Umoja’s service trip to East Africa (10 minutes)

    Experiential activity (10 minutes)

    Questions, discussion, wrap-up (20 minutes)    

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Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define “Global Music Therapy” & Cultural Competency.

  2. Participants will be able to identify the steps towards assessing a culture’s existing use of therapeutic music and their receptivity to new approaches.

  3. Participants will be able to name the top 5 considerations suggested for building sustainable programs abroad.

  4. Participants will be able to demonstrate the integration of global music into traditional western Music

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Cost: $150 for a 3 hour electronic course

100% of all proceeds from course costs go directly to Umoja Community Music Therapy, a U.S IRS tax-exempt 501(c )3 non-profit organization. EIN# 82-2621408  

"Introduction to Global Music Therapy: Introductory Course in Developing Sustainable International Programs" is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for  3 CMTEs Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Medicinal Melodies LLC CBMT Approved Provider # P-183 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.