Village Song Training at a Glance
We teach the Village Song Method over the course of seven weekends.
- Weekend 1: Creating Community | Experiencing Music’s Therapeutic Power
- Weekend 2: Understanding the World of Alzheimer’s | Making Music with Alzheimer’s Communities
- Weekend 3: Using Drumming to Inspire Community
- Weekend 4: Looking at Life and Death| The Roles of Caregivers | Being with Dying
- Weekend 5: Launching Your Business—Marketing Yourself and Your Music
- Weekend 6: Integrating What We’ve Learned
- Weekend 7: Closing Ritual
Two Levels of Commitment
After completing the course, and gaining an intimate understanding of the Village Song Method, you’ll receive a graduation certificate. At this point, you’re qualified to employ the spirit of the method anywhere you go and to use ideas you’ve gleaned from the training, but you can’t claim to be a qualified practitioner.
To work as a fully qualified practitioner, you’ll need to become a Certitied Village Song Practitioner, a designation that requires a personal evaluation of your skills by a Village Song Trainer. To be certified, you’ll need to prove your knowledge of the Village Song’s curriculum and your ability to apply it. You can accomplish this in a number of ways, including demonstrating your skills directly with memory care patients.
Get Certified. Become a Practitioner.
Becoming a Certified Village Song Practitioner takes more time and dedication but it’s well worth it. The designation allows you to take the Method wherever you’d like, even if you personalize it. You’ll also be able to use the Village Song logo in your marketing materials and, as the program grows in reputation, your practitioner certification will become increasingly valuable.