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Workshops and Trainings

IMPACT: Since 2006, we have trained over 611 teachers, parents and graduate students and as a result have impacted over 8,681 children.

“Best session I attended in the conference — the presentation team far exceeded my expectations for gaining insights into the special needs population.” —Workshop attendee

The Music Therapy Center of California provides versatile, knowledgeable and dynamic presentations. People across the country, from parents to medical professionals, have benefited from MTCCA’s informative and interactive workshops.MTCCA’s staff customizes their presentations to meet the needs of almost any group or organization. With a solid understanding of scientific research, the staff at MTCCA is able draw from real-life experience in a variety of educational and medical settings, to demonstrate the efficacy and importance of music therapy with various diagnoses and challenges. But it’s their warmth and charisma that inspire and challenge participants to unlock the musical creativity within to change the world around them. Presentations are experiential, bringing music therapy to life through demonstrations and “hands-on” strategies. Believing in the potential of each person, MTCCA’s staff demonstrates how music can bring out a person’s strengths, inspire them, and equip their audiences to do the same.The Music Therapy of California has extensive experience providing drum circles, music trainings and workshops nationally and locally and would love to customize a workshop for your school, clinic or organization. Here are some of our most frequently requested workshops requested:

  • Behind the Music: Effective Songwriting Strategies
  • Building your Toolbox: Music Therapy Strategies for Autism
  • In Harmony Training Program: Music Strategies for Preschool Teachers
  • Integrating Speech and Music Therapy
  • Rock out: Music Therapy Strategies for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs
  • Taking Your Music Therapy Business to the Next Level
  • Technology Tools, Techniques and Tips for Your Music Therapy Practice
  • Staff development and team building

Click here are a few of of the organizations and events we have presented for since 2002:

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Associations and Organizations

  • Autism Tree Project Foundation
  • City of San Diego Therapeutic Recreational Services
  • Kids Included Together
  • National Association for Music-Making (NAMM)
  • Rotary Club of Poway
  • San Diego Center for Children
  • Santa Clara County Speech and Hearing Association
  • Wayne County Speech and Language Association


  • American Music Therapy Association National Conferences
  • Angelman Syndrome Foundation Biennial Conference
  • Autism Tree Project Foundation Inaugural Neuroscience Conference, Sanford Consortium
  • Los Angeles After School Regional Conference
  • Western Region American Music Therapy Association Conferences
  • Williams Syndrome Association National Conference

Preschools, Elementary and School Districts

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Head Start Program (Head Start) El Cajon
  • Beth Am Preschool
  • Canyon Crest Elementary School
  • College Lutheran Preschool
  • Coronado School District
  • Eastlake Preschool
  • Honey Bear Preschool
  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Preschool
  • La Mesa School District
  • San Marcos School District


  • Armed Services YMCA Naval Medical Center
    EPIC Support Group (Marines)

Support Groups

  • Autism Society of America San Diego Chapter
  • Exceptional Family Resource Center
  • Parkinson’s Support Group of ???
  • Talk About Curing Autism Now
  • Rett Syndrome Support Group of ???

Staff Development

  • AEFCT Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together
  • Autism Fitt
  • Catalyst Therapy
  • San Diego Center for Vision Care


  • Brandman University
  • La Sierra University
  • San Jose State University
  • Southwestern College Child Development Center

University of California San Diego


Professional Consulting for Music Therapy Business Owners

Whether starting a new private practice or looking for ways to get your business to the next level, MTCCA cofounders, Angela and Julie, are here to help!  With over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, this dynamic duo built their “center” from the trunks of their cars to two office locations, a team of 5 full-time employees, two interns, 6 subcontractors, serve over 100 individual clients and 12 facility contracts. From floods to shipping faux pauxs to staffing challenges, they have a wealth of real life experience to pull from as they help guide your business journey.

We will create an individual coaching package that will work best for you and the needs of your business. How can we help?

Julie Guy has provided business consulting for my private practice throughout all stages of business: from initial ideas and getting started, to growth in the form of hiring contractors and employees. She always presents information in ways that are clear, practical, responsible, and realistic; demonstrates the rationale for her suggestions; and clearly articulates different options with advantages and disadvantages to each. In many cases, she has presented questions I didn’t know to ask, and steps I didn’t know I needed to take. I highly recommend consultations with Julie Guy for all stages and types of music therapy businesses.”–Melissa Hirokawa, Living Spirit Music Therapy Services

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Online Video CMTE Courses

We have partnered with two wonderful companies to bring you online CMTE courses right into your living room! Learn tools to help grow your practice and serve your clients without ever getting out of your pajamas! Our courses are CBMT compliant so you can get the credit that you need to maintain your board-certification.


Self Study CMTE:
Neurologic Strategies for Speech
& Language for Individuals with
Autism and Other Special Needs

Description: Fill your music therapy toolbox with  strategies for speech and language to increase your “toolbelt” for your work with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays. Learn practical tools and strategies for working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays. 6 credit self study. Presented by Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC and Angela Neve, M.M., MT-BC.

Link where can be purchased: https://uh185.isrefer.com/go/sla/themusictherapycenter/

More information click: https://uh185.infusionsoft.com/app/storeFront/showProductDetail?productId=183

“Thanks for a really wonderful course. I have taken many online music therapy courses and I honestly feel this was the most informative and most useful one to date. Pretty much everything you presented I plan on implementing into my practice. Thank you thank you thank you!” —Stephanie Bianchi

“I have a notebook full of interventions, songs, and tips that I’ve already incorporated into this week’s sessions. This was far and away the most useful session I attended, perhaps because of the length, but the team was able to present huge amounts of information inside every hour.” —AMTA National Conference CMTE Attendee

Growing Pains: Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Description: You’ve owned your music therapy business for a few years and you’re ready to take the next step. Or perhaps you’ve hit a point where something needs to change and you’re not sure what to do! Sound familiar? This course will help you assess where you are and define where you want to go and set a plan for how to get there. Whether decided to hire a subcontractor or an employee, renting space or managing your finances, the CMTE will help you expand your music therapy practice to the next level!

5 credit self study.
Presented by Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC

Click here for more information or to purchase: http://www.mtned.com/courses/growing-pains/

“Thank you for providing so much valuable information in one session. You clearly know your craft, and you shared your expertise in a wonderfully compact way.”  WRAMTA Conference CMTE Attendee