Hello all,

I hope this post finds you well.

I have a bunch of new things going that I would like to share with you all. So, if you’re interested check out what’s happening…


Guest Bloggers Writing on “Relationship in Music Therapy”

I have a line-up of various therapists who have graciously agreed to share their knowledge and expertise on the topic of Relationship in Music Therapy. The first series of guest bloggers will feature music therapists, Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, MA, MT-BC, LCAT and Nancy Jackson, Ph.D., MT-BC

Suzannah’s blog is entitled Building a Healthy Relationship to Music,” while Nancy’s focuses on  “The importance of Listening.” Stay tuned to read both blog posts…


New York Yankees legendary Center Fielder, Bernie Williams and his band will be performing a benefit concert for the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy! We are VERY exciting about this event and we are extremely grateful to Bernie Williams and Molloy College for supporting such an event. For more info: http://madisontheatreny.org/bernie-williams.php#top


The IMCAP-ND: Understand Relationship in Musical-Play, American Music Therapy Association’s National Conference in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday November 19th. For more info: http://www.musictherapy.org/assets/1/13/Mini_Prelimi_7-25-11.pdf

 Musically Conceptualizing Clients in Musical-Play: The Encounter, the Interaction, the Intention,Temple University in Philadelphia on February 24, 2012.  For more info: http://temple.edu/boyer/ResearchCenter/NewsEventsMain.htm


If you’re interested in learning more about DIR/Floortime and Music Therapy check out a chapter that was recently published in: New Developments in Music Therapy Practice: Case Study Perspectives by Barcelona Publishers: Addressing Core Features of Autism: Integrating Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy within the Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR)/FloortimeTM Model. http://www.barcelonapublishers.com/developmentsinmusictherapy/


Supervision & Clinical Musicianship Tutoring for Music Therapists. This is available through video conferencing as well as in-person meetings. For more information email developmusic@gmail.com


About drjohnmtbc

John A. Carpente, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT, Assistant Professor in Music and Music Therapy at Molloy College, is the Founder and Executive Dir

7 responses »

  1. Jill says:

    Looking forward to hearing from the guest bloggers!

  2. Michelle says:

    Is that book of case studies out to be purchased?

  3. There is a theory that 995 of the autism population has perfect pitch. Have you found that to be true in your work?

    • drjohnmtbc says:

      Hi, thanks so much for your question. Although research indicates that individuals with autism do have a propensity for pitch, melody recognition as well as the ability to recognize embedded melodies (in each of the studies that I reviewed I’m not sure if would generalize the findings to all) , I can not say that I have found, clinically or in the literature, that all or even most people with autism have perfect pitch. That being said, it has been my experience that the majority of children and teens with autism that I have worked with in music therapy have demonstrated capacities of musical awareness in at least 1 or more musical elements (I.e tempo, tone, timbre, musical sequencing, etc.), however, I’m not sure if I would attribute that to their diagnosis. There are many variables that may contribute to an individual’s ability to be musically aware that go beyond pathology, diagnosis, etc.
      I hope this helps. Thoughts?



  4. There is a theory that 99% of the autism population has perfect pitch. Have you found that to be true in your work?

  5. So you have a theory about some phenomenon out there in the world that you test using your cutting edge methodology.

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