ABCs of IEPs

Music Therapy as a Related Service
with Bessie Barth, MT-BC, Kaitlyn McEowen, MT-BC, and Amy Murakami, MT-BC

Bessie Barth

   4 Approved CMTEs

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Get ready to explore music therapy in the related service setting from assessments to recommendations! In this CMTE course, you will get up to speed on music therapy in the IEP setting by diving into assessments, IEP meetings, interventions in this setting, goals appropriate for assessment, ethical considerations in this population, and more.

You will walk away with

  • 8 tried & true, SOLID intervention ideas based upon real IEP goals (including math, science, health, history, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language arts, and expressive language.
  • Specific modifications for the SEMTAP based on the needs of your students & respective districts
  • How to determine qualifying students versus non-qualifying students based on assessment
  • 3 specific ethical considerations when completing assessments & treatment plans
  • Telehealth challenges – conquered, pivoted, adapted, struggled, changed, eliminated, and everything in between! Music To Grow On team has expertly navigated these difficult times 

If serving clients in the special education setting is your dream job, then this course is for you!

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  • Monthly Jam Alongs to improve your repertoire (with lead sheets & tutorials!)
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Bessie Barth’s expertise was instrumental in assisting my students with understanding the IEP process. Utilizing research-based knowledge, clinical case studies and creative methods, Bessie delivered the content in a concise and inspiring manner.

Maya Zebley, MA, MT-BC

Assistant Professor of Practice, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific

About the Instructors

Bessie Barth

Bessie Barth, MT-BC received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from Willamette University in 1996. During her schooling she worked with a variety of clientele including children with hearing impairments, high school special day classes, skilled nursing, psychiatric facilities, and children’s units in hospitals. She completed her internship at Welborn Hospital, Mulberry Center in Evansville, IN, a short-term psychiatric unit for children and adolescents. After completing her internship, Bessie spent two and a half years as a Music Therapist at Southside Arts Center in Sacramento, CA, an adult day program for adults with developmental disabilities. She then spent time working at the Veterans Home in Yountville, CA in the shortterm acute hospital and skilled nursing units. In May of 2000, Bessie began her private practice by becoming a vendor through ALTA California Regional Center. As her work continued, she was able to develop contracts with school districts in the Sacramento area. She spent two years working independently before expanding her practice to develop Music To Grow On and increase the number of therapists servicing children with special needs. As the business has expanded, the diversity of populations grew to cover all ages and capacities.

In April 2006, Bessie was approved to hold a National Roster Internship site at Music To Grow on through AMTA. She is the Internship Director and supervises two interns. She also provides in-services to various groups including Speech Therapists, preschool teachers, and parent support groups about the benefits of Music Therapy. In 2007, she completed advanced training in NMT through the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, earning the title of  Neurologic Music Therapist. Bessie is also an adjunct faculty member at University of the Pacific and supervises Music Therapy fieldwork students and guest lectures in the Music Therapy in Special Education course.

Kaitlyn McEowen

Kaitlyn McEowen, MT-BC is a December 2017 graduate from the University of Iowa in Music Therapy with an emphasis in Voice. She completed her music therapy internship with Music To Grow On in September 2018 and has remained with the team as a board certified music therapist ever since! Having had the chance to explore a diverse range of populations and settings, she has found great passion working with students in schools of a variety of backgrounds and needs. During internship, she found a new love for advocating music therapy in the school setting and has since presented to two school districts on the music therapy assessment process, implementing services and ideas for using music therapy for academic success. In Fall 2020, Kaitlyn took over the position of Assessment Music Therapist and has been able to develop new skills in understanding both how to best implement a music therapy assessment process in the school setting, but how to best express to other professionals the values of music therapy for academics!

Amy Murakami

Amy Murakami, MT-BC graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy in April of 2010, and a Special Education Teaching Credential from California State University-Sacramento in May of 2013. She completed her Music Therapy internship with Music To Grow On under the direction of Bessie Barth and the supervision of Kimberly Smith-Ensign. Amy has experience working with individuals with various disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, brain damage, and severe multiple impairments. Her clientele has ranged from toddler to the elderly, and mild to profound disabilities. She also has experience working with groups. Amy’s teaching credential is in mild/moderate disabilities with the authorization to teach English Language Learners and those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, Amy is the Assessment Coordinator for Music To Grow On, completing all assessments requested by local school districts.

Music therapy has provided enrichment for our son in a way that no other therapy has. His world opens up when he has his sessions with Music to Grow On. The team of Music Therapists at MTGO are creative, compassionate, and above all highly musically talented and educated. I have the greatest confidence in their philosophy and style of delivery because it has worked for us for over 17 years.

Cori Asbell

Parent and Advocate

CBMT Relationship: ABCs of IEPs: Music Therapy as a Related Service with Bessie Barth, MT-BC is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 4 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. MusicTherapyEd.Com, Approved Provider #P-110, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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