MTAM 2021 Fall Conference Registration Form

An Improvisational Approach to Music Making

Presented by: Sarah M. Greer, BSS AAS

Distance Learning via Zoom 4 hours

November 13, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Business Meeting 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This session will be recorded and available for further access until December 4, 2021.
Number of CMTE Credits: 4 (this fulfills 0 credits in ethics)

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Melody Schuldt
5213 145th Street W
Apple Valley, MN 55124

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Amber Stefan at

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Refunds for cancellations are made available by written request only and must be mailed to Melody Schuldt.
Full refunds cannot be made.
50% of fees will be refunded if request is postmarked by Friday November 12, 2021.
No refunds will be made after Friday November 12, 2021.
Refunds will be processed within 45 days of the conference.

Grievance Policy and Procedure:
Participants of Continuing Music Therapy Education opportunities are entitled to submit a grievance in writing to Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM) in regard to any Continuing Education event within 14 days of completing the opportunity. The MTAM Executive Board will confirm receipt of the submission within 14 days with a possible request for additional information and respond with a resolution within 30 days to the submitted grievance. The grievance will be considered on an individual basis and appropriate measures will be carried out upon agreement from the Executive Board. If the issue is not resolved, the participant has the right to appeal to the CBMT Continuing Education Committee. A copy of this policy will be provided in promotional materials for Continued Education opportunities.

“An Improvisational Approach to Music Making” presented by Sarah M. Greer, BSS, AAS is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for four (4) continuing music therapy education credits. The Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM), provider #P-052, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

If we have learned anything since March 2020, it is the power of improvisation to help us remain flexible and meet new and unforeseen challenges. In this presentation, vocalist, improviser and songleader Sarah M. Greer outlines ways in which we can use improvisation in music to develop and enhance our ability to improvise in our lives and classrooms, helping us to connect to students, staff and one another. Including a blend of topic talks, interactive discussions and voice-on experiences, participants will develop new skills to bring to the classroom, even when the classroom is online.


2021 MTAM Fall Virtual Conference Agenda

Conference begins promptly at 10 am

9:45-10:00 Logging on and Settling In
10:00-10:20 Getting Started: Meeting in Music
10:20-11:15 Improvising to Develop Life Skills
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Singing Together Online – Part 1: The Gifts and Challenges of Technology 12:00-12:20 Setting Up to Sing Together Online (Technology How to)
12:20-12:30 Break
12:30-1 Songtaneous Demonstrations (Singing Sessions)

Spontaneous: Creating and connecting communities through the power of spontaneous singing (improvising)

1-1:15 Break
1:15-2 Singing Together Online Part 2 Improvisation Forms, Structures and Approaches for Online Song Circles
2:00-3:00 Question and Answer, Business Meeting

Learner objectives:
Participants will demonstrate understanding of improvisation with the voice.
V.A.6, III.A.5.f.6, III.A.5.g
Participants will be able to identify methods for singing “together” online (technology and exercises)
V.A.7, III.A.5.x
Participants will demonstrate forms to use to improvise with clients of varied musical skills and abilities.
Participants will demonstrate knowledge and application of improvisation as an approach to music making and community building.

Presenter Bio:

Sarah M. Greer ( has a degree in vocal performance, a BSS which includes a concentration in music and has studied vocal improvisation for over 18 years with singers from around the world. She works as vocal instructor at Minneapolis College, as an artist in residence in Saint Paul Public Schools and coached students in the Northeast Middle School musical theater program for 10 years.

Sarah created her improv-based, community singing project, Songtaneous, in 2006 and has conducted monthly sessions in person and online for the past 15 years. She co-created and co-facilitated Circlesongs MN with Judi Vinar, Lynn O’Brien and Barbara McAfee (pre-Covid).

An accomplished performer and recording artist, Sarah has invented music on local and international stages. She released her highly improvised and original jazz album “What the Music Says Do” in 2018.

Sarah sings with the a cappella ensemble, Give Get Sistet who have begun work on Serenading the Wounded Spaces, a project to go and sing at spaces in Minneapolis where Black people have experienced harm or injury. She is passionate about every person’s right to sing and the power of singing to change the world.

Please note that STUDENTS AND INTERNS wishing to register may do so by e-mailing Melody Schuldt, Treasurer directly at with the name of the school where you are currently a student OR the site where you are currently an intern.

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