NON-CMTE: Guitar: Song Introductions & Endings

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Self-study. Learn useful song introductions & endings to perform more diverse, music interpretations of songs when playing live guitar in your music therapy work i.e., for pre-composed songs, original compositions or improvisation.


Instructor: David Putano

CMTE Credits: None


The purpose of this course, Guitar: Song Introductions & Endings, is to provide music therapy professionals continuing education credits for instruction related to guitar competency. This offering will specifically provide guitar instruction that  demonstrates useful song introduction and ending possibilities. The idea is to suggest musical song introductions and endings that players of all levels can utilize for songs they perform, compose and use for improvisation. Also, students are encouraged to be self reliant, i.e., learn from concepts discussed here to compose and/or identify song introductions and endings that are not discussed here.

Goals and Objectives   (relevant CBMT scope and practice items):

By the end of the course instruction participants will be able to (***or begin to):

  •  Apply three of the suggested song introductions and endings to songs they currently play. (II-A-5-b, II-A-5-c, II-A-5-w-3, II-A-5-v)
  • List at least five song introduction and five song ending concepts that they could consider using in the future.  (II-A-5-b, II-A-5-j)
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply at least three of the suggested song introductions and endings to pieces that you improvise or compose. (II-A-5-b, II-A-5-c, II-A-5-d, II-A-5-h, II-A-5-w-3)
  • Explain at least three song introduction and song ending concepts that they were exposed to during this course.  (II-A-5-b, II-A-5-j)

*** the reason the language “begin to” is included is because all guitar players are at varying degrees of development and competency. This course covers basic information that all music therapy professionals can play and information that at times, is of a more advanced level. At this time, those  with less experience can be exposed to this information then apply the more advanced techniques in the future as their skills develop.