Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a musician and/or a therapist. Can I still benefit from your training?
Yes! We are creating a new way for Alzheimer’s patients experience the world. To learn our methods, you must only be interested in and/or open to experiencing the healing power of music and experimenting with how to incorporate this experience into your interaction with Alzheimer’s patients. It is helpful if you are comfortable using your voice, but there are many ways we can help you create and develop a practice that supports and improves Alzheimer’s patients’ lives.
I have a loved one who has Alzheimer's and I'd like to learn some ways I can help him/her. Is this training the right place for me?
Yes. Village Song is a method that was developed after working with thousands of Alzheimer’s patients. The method is specifically designed to support and bring joy and ease to Alzheimer’s patients through the healing power of music. You will learn how to use different musical healing modalities and you can use this information and experience in many settings — working with large groups, small groups, individuals and loved ones.
Is it possible to only take one or two of the weekend trainings? If I miss some of the trainings, will I still receive the certification?
We do not offer individual registration for specific weekends. The Village Song training is structured in such a way that each weekend focuses on a different aspect of the whole method and each weekend builds on the weekend before. In order to preserve the integrity of the method and to ensure that students learn and experience the entire curriculum, we ask that you only register if you are able to commit to attending the whole training. To receive Village Song certification, participants must attend at least six of the seven weekends.
Is the Village Song certification recognized by Alzheimer and/or other elder care facilities?
The Village Song method is currently being used in more than 25 facilities in the Bay Area with more demand for it each year. Being a Village Song certified practitioner will be recognized by many Bay Area facilities, and eventually with other areas as well. We are a new movement with the mission of changing Alzheimer’s patients’ lives by bringing music to a very intense, powerful, and important stage of life. Join us!
I am very interested in this work, but I can't afford the training. Do you have any sort of scholarship or work trade options available?
We offer multiple payment plans if you are unable to pay for the entire training up front. We are also willing to find ways to help students attend the training if the cost is prohibitive for them. Please contact us for further information.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations are accepted via email or phone. Students who withdraw before the first day of training will receive a full tuition refund less the $400 non-refundable deposit. Students may withdraw up to 9 days after the first day of the training and receive an 80% tuition refund. No refunds will be granted after that date or for any future non-attendance.
What forms of payment do you take?
We accept checks and payments via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.
How do I register for the training?
To register for the training, please go to our enrollment page.