NON-CMTE: Guitar: Clinical Considerations and “Tips” to Support Development and Performance

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Self-study. This class is full of tips that will help you play, learn, and practice more effectively and will help you optimize the use of guitar in your work. Sign up now!


Instructor: David Putano

CMTE Credits: None

The purpose of this course is to provide music therapy professionals continuing education credits for instruction related to guitar competency. This offering will generally focus on ideas about guitar playing and practicing that are not taught in lessons or college music (therapy) school programs. More specifically, this offering will provide guitar instructional clinical considerations and “tips” to help music therapy professionals optimize the use of the guitar in their work. This course will particularly be educational for those who did NOT have guitar as their applied instrument in college. Even for those more experienced guitar players, David’s “Clinical Considerations” are valuable lessons, gleaned from 20 plus years of music therapy work with many populations including hospice, pediatrics, autism, geriatrics, and more.

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

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

  • Explain the concept of “playing guitar like a rehearsal pianist plays.”  (II-A-5-a, II-A-5-b, II-A-5-i-3)
  • Apply three of the suggested “Clinical Considerations” in their music therapy work. (II-A-5-a,   II-A-5-r, II-A-5-j, II-A-5-z)
  • Demonstrate at least five “practice tips” that are beneficial. (II-A-5-i-3, I-A-5-a, II-A-5-d)
  • List at least two ways to expand you repertoire on the guitar. (II-A-5-a, II-A-5-e, II-A-5-i-3, II-A-5-z)

*** 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.

This education course, “Guitar: Clinical Considerations and “Tips” to Support Development and Performance” is presented as video based lectures that require the participant to watch the individual lessons, practice what is being taught, then take a post test at the end of the course for final evaluation.

***PDF course related handouts will be provided for participants to print off and use.

***Please take note… After each video lesson that teaches a guitar concept or technique, if that  concept or technique is new to you, spend at least 10 minutes practicing that lesson. This time is factored into the course time schedule.