Webinars & Classes


A Primer on Gregorian Chant

This webinar workshop is offered for anyone interested in learning how to read Gregorian notation and how to sing and play freely from that notation.   It is particularly useful for liturgical musicians, and for therapeutic musicians who would like to expand their repertoire of un-metered music.

The workshop will cover the fundamentals of reading Gregorian notation, the eight Gregorian modes, sources of repertoire, possibilities for composition and improvisation using the underlying principles of Gregorian chant, and the use of this music as therapeutic repertoire. 

I loved the way you affirmed our freedom to play with these, to improvise with them, to create our own from texts that are prayers for us.  To use language or no language.  To harmonize, to repeat.  I have been thirsty for this kind of support, and you poured it out.  LB

What a gift, and what a great experience. I am very excited to put into practice what I learned. I am inspired.  AB

Session length - 5 hours – 5 MHTP CEUs

This webinar is being offered Saturday, November 16, 2019.  See Events to register.


Unitative Listening & Beyond

This webinar workshop is for Certified Music Practitioners or students in the Music for Healing & Transition Program. 

Unitative Listening is a trans-personal practice and process developed by Melinda Gardiner for use by the Music for Healing & Transition Program.  It is based on the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch.  Unitative Listening enhances the ability of Certified Music Practitioners (CMPs) to prepare themselves purposefully to deliver prescriptive therapeutic music at the bedside. 

This presentation expands the understanding of the underlying assumptions upon which Unitative Listening rests. It examines and expands the practice so that workshop participants may use it as part of their regular self-care practice, deepening their ability to remain emotionally healthy, grounded, and able to avoid burn-out.  This presentation will help participants increase sensitivity and confidence in assessing, and then meeting patients' needs.

As usual any wisdom you share with us is so valuable. It helped deepening my understanding of the Unitative Listening, and the importance of going through the process each time. I need to get back on my little rituals… SN

Such a great workshop as some said, for reconnecting us with Unitative Listening.  For me, learning about it during the modules is very different from thinking about it after having practiced as a CMP.   

Session length - 3 hours - 3 MHTP CEUs

This webinar is being offered Saturday, September 7, 2019.  See Events to register.


An Introduction to St. Hildegard of Bingen & Her Music

St. Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th century "Renaissance" woman, whose visionary experiences inspired her music and writings.  She composed the earliest liturgical drama and mystery play, as well as over 60 beautiful and unusual pieces of music. 

In this workshop, you will learn about her fascinating life, her philosophy of music, the requirements of sung prayer, and particularly her unusual and therapeutic use of intervals and modes.  You will learn how to approach the songs vocally and instrumentally, and will learn to sing and/or play several short pieces of her music. Her music can be an inspiration for your own compositions and liturgical or therapeutic work.

Session length - 3 hours

This webinar is being offered Saturday, October 26, 2019.  See Events to register.


The Voice & Chant: enhancing your therapeutic presence with your voice

This webinar workshop is directed at therapeutic musicians and liturgical musicians.   

Are you a therapeutic musician who is primarily a singer?  Are you a therapeutic musician who sings, and would like to add voice to your certification, and/or integrate your voice into your work with patients?  Are you a liturgical musician who would like to understand how you can use your voice to enhance your ministry and prayer?  Would you simply like to use your voice as part of your self-care, and understand how tone and singing affects the body/mind?

Simple chants from different cultures can provide a lovely vehicle for enriching your repertoire, focusing your intentionality, deepening intimacy and connection, and facilitating healing or prayer.   

This workshop will cover these topics:

Why the voice is a vehicle that can intensify the possibility for greater intimacy and healing as you serve.        How therapeutic singing differs from “performance” singing    Exploration of the vowels & consonants, and how sounding them affects the body/mind  Beginning exploration of intervals and how they affect the body/mind.   Exercises that will help you embody the therapeutic voice.  How chants can be used to open up possibilities for improvisation on your instrument.   Chants from diverse cultures that you can use in your therapeutic music practice

 Session length - 3 hours - 3 MHTP CEUs

 This webinar is being offered Saturday October 19, 2019.  See Events to register.


Therapeutic Music and the End-of-Life Vigil

This workshop is primarily for Healthcare providers, particularly hospital and hospice workers and volunteers. 

It introduces clinicians and volunteers to the profession of Therapeutic Music, and covers the ways in which live music, when provided skillfully by a therapeutic musician, can create a healing environment.  The presentation covers how the elements of music may be used non-intrusively to honor the patient’s immediate experience, enhance comfort and safety, and assist the mind/body in letting-go.

Session length - 2-4 hours, depending on need


An Introduction to the Labyrinth

This workshop is an introduction to the labyrinth, a unicursal path --- as pictured above -- for prayer and ceremony that has been present in many cultures and in varied forms since the Bronze Age.  Labyrinths are most known by their presence in churches, especially the Gothic cathedrals.  We will explore the history of the labyrinth with many images, as well as how it was and continues to be used for prayer and meditation.

Sessions:   Webinar - 90 minutes.   On-site (at a labyrinth) - 3 hours.  This option may include harp music accompanying walking the labyrinth.


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