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I Have a Drum! Now What?

Why Music?

A music therapist’s voice can be so important, especially when reaching out to populations that are not always able to respond and communicate by conventional means. Music has an impact on all areas of growth and development, making it a particularly valuable therapy in early interventionMeredith Pizzi, music therapist for various populations including early intervention work work. Bonding and attachment are just some of the areas that can be enhanced through moving together in music.

On May 9th, our founder, Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC and Laetitia Brundage, MT-BC, one of our music therapists, presented at the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium’s annual conference. Their presentation, entitled I Have a Drum and Maracas! Now What? provided guidance for music therapists working with children and families participating in early intervention work. Intended to offer colleagues some tried and true strategies and tools for behavior management, the training included large and small group experiences, song sharing and writing, as well as a prepared lecture.

Developmental Framework

Elizabeth Schwartz, LCAT, MT-BC, Meredith’s co-founder of Raising Harmony and Sprouting Melodies, created a developmental framework that breaks down skill development into five categories or areas: awareness, trust, independence, control and responsibility. Music therapists can stylize their sessions to target specific traits exhibited in these five categories. For example, if a music therapist is working on control with a group or individual, he or she may use a song that allows for instrument choice.

Learning ObjectivesLaetitia Brundage, music therapist for various populations including early intervention work

Key learning objectives established the goal of the session. The first objective involved participants being able to identify ways that music can be used to facilitate skill development in the areas of gross and fine motor skills, language, communication and social interaction.

The next objective was learning songs that targeted these specific developmental skills in addition to songs that do not require instruments or musical materials. Songs that were shared included:

  • Row It Faster by Elizabeth Schwartz, LCAT,MT-BC (skill development – Awareness)
  • Dancing Kids by Laetitia Brundage, MT-BC (skill development – Independence)
  • Train Ride, by Alison Albino (skill development – Trust)

At the end of the two hour presentation, participants left with the ability to list three ways to support and encourage positive behavior through music, create solutions to challenges with behavior and sing three new songs and suggest functional uses for the songs.

Music therapy can have a profoundly positive effect with early intervention populations. If you are a parent or early intervention provider looking to incorporate music therapy, please contact us!

 

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Join Us at Our Open House April 8th

Have You Seen Our New Space?

We are happily making music In Wakefield. Whether you followed our move from Melrose or have yet to see our new home, we are opening our doors on Saturday, April 8th to show off our new space! Pop in any time between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm on the 8th to tour our new reception area and studio. Our open house will also be a fantastic time to connectChamber Ribbon Cutting with old friends or learn more about all the wonderful services we offer here at Roman Music Therapy!

While our formal ribbon cutting, which happened with representatives from the Chamber, took place on January 30th, this will be an opportunity to welcome the community to our accessible, great new location!

We hope you’ll join us for light refreshments, conversation and of course – music – on April 8th!

There is ample parking behind our building and the lot is off of Yale street. We are located on the first floor, through the glass door and down the hallway. Keep an eye out for the balloons!

Hope to see you all at our Open House on April 8th!

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Here We Grow Again with Two New Team Members!

Helping new music therapists grow!

Alison Albino

Alison Albino

At Roman Music Therapy Services, we have been particularly passionate about doing all we can to grow the talent pool of the next generation of music therapists.

Last year, Alison Albino joined Roman Music Therapy Services as an intern, wowing all of us with her compassion, determination and talent! Watching her confidence grow and her skills expand has been such a rewarding experience!

It’s no wonder that we happily made her a permanent part of our team once she completed her program at Berklee College of Music this past November.

Alison sees a wide spectrum of patients, from folks in hospice care, children and adults with special needs, and older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Outside of work, Alison loves to travel and has been to over 15 different countries! She also has a passion for business and hopes to assist Roman Music Therapy Services grow in the future. We look forward to seeing what she does!

Growth brings new opportunities 

Amadee Castenell III

Amadee Castenell III

Amadee Castenell is a recent graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. He discovered his calling in high school when he learned of music therapy as a career, which combined his love of music, his interest in psychology and his desire to help people.

While Amadee has experience working with many different populations, his real passion lies in hospice work. Following in the footsteps of family who work in the hospice field, Amadee hopes to someday teach and/or advocate for music therapy in hospice settings nationwide.

Amadee is excited to begin his career in music therapy at Roman Music Therapy Services! Proficient in a number of instruments, Amadee often tries to incorporate the use of woodwinds in his sessions when appropriate, so you may see him with a saxophone or a clarinet.

At Roman Music Therapy Services, we really are a team and we are incredibly excited by the energy and passion both Alison and Amadee bring to our office, our clients and the field of music therapy!

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A Message From Our Founder

Founder’s Message

Meredith PizziI have always loved living in New England. I love seeing the snow coated trees glisten in the sun and the excitement the kids have when they hear those beloved New England words, “Snow Day.”  I also love the first warm mornings of springtime when you can go outside with a light jacket, or even the thrill of no jacket at all, after being bundled up for what seemed like an eternity! Then the warmth of the summer blankets us for a few months and I soak in all the Vitamin D I can! And then all of a sudden, the cool, crisp air of fall moves in and I take in the familiar smell of the autumn leaves. I really do love it all!

 

Reflecting On The Past 10 Years

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary this past year provided me with a similar opportunity to reflect back on the seasons of change in the journey of Roman Music Therapy Services. It really did start out with me and my car, driving from session to session. I began with services for two agencies when I moved to Massachusetts in 2006. Eventually I added Saturday morning sessions for individuals in my basement and an increasing number of clients and contracts.  Over time, the work load grew, and as I am not one to turn down a request for help, I began to expand our services by bringing on additional music therapists, first as contractors and then as employees.

Growing Roman Music Therapy Services to the organization that we are today has truly been one of the greatest joys of my life! The children and adults I have met and had the pleasure of working with, the music therapists I have trained and supervised, and the administrative support staff who have provided their skills and energies to our mission and vision have all played a part in the story of Roman Music Therapy Services. To everyone who has given me the opportunity over these past 10 years to be a better music therapist and a better person, I offer you my sincere thanks! I am honored and delighted to work with an incredible team of professionals, amazing families, service providers and clients to fulfill our mission every day!

10 year timeline

Making Music, Transforming Lives

As I walk into our new Music Therapy Center in Wakefield and I see our mission on the wall, I am filled with a sense of purpose and commitment each and every day! I know that music and my involvement in making music with others had a tremendous impact on my life’s course and my development as a person. I would not be who I am today if I hadn’t been the only girl trumpet player in school. I don’t remember the name of all of my childhood teachers, but I do remember the names of each and every music teacher I had, and I remember the hours I spent practicing to perfect my craft – to be the very best trumpet player I could be!  All State auditions and performances, playing in orchestras, jazz bands, marching bands and chamber ensembles gave me a voice, a community, a sense of belonging. Yes, I was that tall redhead in the back of the jazz band, dancing as I counted my rests or played my part, and taking my shoes off in rehearsals and performances to really feel the music!

With my parents’ support and encouragement, I followed my heart into a field that I knew had the capacity to change lives. I had no idea what it would look like, and believe me, neither did my parents! But that didn’t stop me from following my convictions and my call to making music part of everyone’s life.

Forging Connections Through Music

Today, our team of 12 employees at Roman Music Therapy Services is making this vision a reality each and every day. In our next 10 years, our dream is to expand opportunities for music making even further. We want ALL people to have the experience of community and belonging that comes with music making. It seems that too often, our daily lives pull us apart from the people around us. And even the way that we consume music with our headphones, we are missing the chance to come together as common people. At the end of the day, we are all humans – Human beings with beautiful and unique differences. And we are all humans who can share in the joy, fun, and community of music making.

I hope that you will continue to join us in this mission of bringing music to everyone!

If you are the new parent who feels isolated and stressed, or just feel like you have a lot to learn as a new parent, please come join us for a Sprouting Melodies class! For families with children with special needs, we are committed to providing community programming and specialized services to help build bridges and bring families together. We are here for you! For adults living and working in our communities who experience the challenges of physical or developmental disabilities, or struggles with pain, depression or isolation, we are here to open up new doors to communication, friendships, and learning, all through the joy of music making! And for our aging adults, we offer a way to communicate, reflect on the past, and participate with others in a way that brings meaning, joy and purpose to our daily lives.

As we expand our community offerings to bring people together to make music, we hope that you will look for and take advantage of our intergenerational music making events. We truly believe that by focusing on the goals of shared joy and experiencing community through music making, we can help transform lives and communities to be the very best that we can be!

 

 

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2016 Changes And A Special Welcome To Annette!

2016 – A Year of Change!

Reflecting back, 2016 brought change and excitement for Roman Music Therapy Services! We reached the truly awe-inspiring and gratifying milestone of being in business for ten years. Our in-studio program offerings expanded with the addition of Sprouting Sibs and drop-off class, Sprouting Melodies 5. Additionally, our outside contracts grew! Growth was really the theme for us as we took on more clients, hired an Operations Manager and moved into a larger space.

Another wonderful change included the addition of a Senior Clinical Supervisor for our music therapy team, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC. Annette comes to Roman Music Therapy Services with an impressive and diverse background in music therapy. With over twenty years in the field, Annette’s clinical experience includes outpatient care for victims of domestic violence, psychiatric hospitals, hospice, special education classrooms and working in the Boston Shriners Hospital pediatric burn unit where Annette and her team were featured on WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station.

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux is Shriners’ first music therapist. (George Hicks/WBUR)

While providing music therapy to a variety of populations, Annette is also an adjunct faculty member at three colleges/universities where she teaches masters and undergraduate coursework.

Involved in several music therapy research programs throughout her career, Annette is also a prolific writer and has a number of peer-reviewed articles as well as published book contributions. In early 2017, the book she co-edited with Dr. Xueli Tan, “Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health and the Individual”, will be published by Barcelona Publishing.

Annette is an incredibly accomplished member of the music therapy community and on the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association.

“For many years, a translated quote has hung above my computer on my desk, which says

‘ A human being becomes human through other human beings.’  

To me, this is the essence of music therapy, being human with other humans through music.”

– Annette Whitehead-Pleaux

Supervising our multi-faceted, multi-talented team!

As Senior Clinical Supervisor, Annette will be facilitating weekly, biweekly and monthly supervision with our therapists. Additionally, she will lead “Supervising the Supervisors,” a program that mentors our music therapy leads. In addition, she will lend her unique expertise in program development, outreach and skill set enrichment.

In her “spare time” (!), Annette is also leading our new program, Meeting of the Musical Minds Supervision, which offers one-on-one supervision to music therapists across the country. Stay tuned or contact us for more details.

To say we are excited to have her on our team — as a colleague, a mentor and an innovator — is an understatement! Please help us welcome Annette with a quick note via Facebook or a smile next time you’re here for a visit.

Stay warm and see you soon!

Musically Yours,

Meredith

 

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To Wakefield And Beyond! Moving To A New Home

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

moving announcement

As many of you know, whether from Meredith’s announcement at our recent 10th Anniversary Celebration, or from attending a Spouting Melodies class last week, we’ve outgrown our space here on Main Street in Melrose and are moving to a larger space just next door in Wakefield, MA. With all of the support from the community and all of you these past 10 years, we are growing in leaps and bounds!  After a robust search, we’ve found a great new spot that can grow with us, so it is time to pack up our drums, maracas and tambourines! Continue reading

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Drumming With Heart

As many of you know, we celebrated our 10th anniversary last Saturday at Melrose Memorial Hall. It truly was an event to honor not only the work we do in providing individual and group music therapy services, but also to express appreciation for the community connections we have made and partners we have gained along the way. Continuing our mission of uniting the generations, bringing music to everyone, and transforming lives through music making, the celebration offered an opportunity to bring our entire music-making community together in a party atmosphere.

Meredith Meredith singing with guitaropened the event with a few words of acknowledgement and thanks to clients, supporters, community partners and employees who have been part of the 10 year journey. She also sampled for the crowd one of the opening songs often used by the music therapists, Today Is A Beautiful Day, kicking off the event and setting an upbeat and inclusive tone for the day’s events. Later in the afternoon Meredith shared the news Roman Music Therapy Services’ growth and success have created the need to expand into a bigger space, and that our new home is right down the road in Wakefield, MA. (Stay tuned or follow us on Facebook for up-to-the minute details).  Continue reading

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Positive Post-It!

I’m Rubber You’re Glue…

positive post it

Remember the saying, “I’m rubber your glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you” ? You could hear it in the school yard, a way to turn around someone’s unkind words and brush off insults. What if positive words stuck as easily as negative?

This month we had a positive post it note party to celebrate our team and pass some sunshine around. Continue reading

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Providing the Beat at the Provider’s Council Expo

Cultivating connections

Providers CouncilAs our organization has grown over the last 9 years, we have met wonderful people and had the opportunity to work with fabulous organizations along the way. This past year, through the LEND Fellowship, our professional network continued to grow. Through the process, we were introduced to The Provider’s Council. With member organizations throughout the state, The Provider’s Council is the largest association of community-based human service providers in Massachusetts. Continue reading

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Winter Session II Open for Registration With NEW Enrollment System

Hello new and current Sprouting Melodies Families!

We are pleased to announce that our Winter Session II Sprouting Melodies classes are open for enrollment. This session begins February 16 and ends March 28. Our EARLY BIRD Special offers you $15 off the normal price.

We also offer a new class enrollment/registration system to not only accommodate enrollment but to serve as an online complement to the Sprouting Melodies class experience. A Family Dashboard contains resource pages and various other goodies that will inform, inspire, and guide you along as a caregiver making music with those you love.

The new platform is called “Mainstreetsites” and is a popular tool used for music, dance, and other extracurricular class offerings.

What’s different about it:

  1. New url – http://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn2554/classes.htm
  2. New page about Sprouting Melodies – along with updated FAQS
  3. A simpler process of registering
  4. Password protected pages of information, called “Family Dashboard”
  5. Integration with Facebook
  6. You can schedule attendance to a makeup class
  7. Newcomers can schedule a “test drive” (demo) of a class

What you need to do:

For our current Sprouting Melodies families, we ask that you please create a new account. even though you may have already enrolled a child in one or more classes.

Thank you for your help transitioning!!!! We know it will be worth a bit of extra trouble. And do share your feedback about what can be better!!!! We are ALL ears.

Register

Here it is, the official button to our new enrollment system

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Roman Music Therapy Services Facilitates Drum Circle for C-4 Analytics, one of the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™

Drum Circles Are Becoming an Increasingly Popular Tool for Innovative Companies

Saugus, Mass., Dec. 17, 2014 – C-4 Analytics has had plenty of reasons to be upbeat lately, thanks to its impressive growth and recognition for employee appeal. On Wednesday, December 17, the digital marketing agency continued to drum up success, enlisting the help of Roman Music Therapy Services to organize a drum circle for its employees.

Drum circles are a modern application of an ancient practice. They are comprised of groups of people who drum and create rhythm together to achieve more than music. Group cohesion and synergy, as well as stress reduction and enhanced wellbeing for individual participants, are common objectives. These effects are achieved by the power of music and rhythm, as well as the democratic nature of drum circles. Each player is a vital part in the emergent sound and, as legendary drummer Mickey Hart puts it, “a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.”

Meredith Pizzi, executive director of Roman Music Therapy Services, along with colleagues Steven Clarke and Sarah Tree, board-certified music therapists, facilitated the drum circle for the employees of C-4 Analytics. This was the second such occasion held for the digital marketing agency headquartered in Saugus, Massachusetts.

Named by the National Association for Business Resources as a 2014 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™, C-4 Analytics has clearly fostered a culture that employees are happy and productive in. It is no surprise, then, that C-4 Analytics uses drum circles as one way to empower individual contributors and teams.

Not yet a mainstream employee enrichment tactic, drum circles are beginning to gain traction for early adopters as a fun way to build community and enhance wellbeing and group impact. Offered in a variety of settings, this practice is gaining some popularity, more recently as a catalyst for businesses to harness the team and promote collaborative creativity.

About C-4 Analytics, LLC
Headquartered in Saugus, Mass., C-4 Analytics is a top-10 company on Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500, a fastest-growing private company on the Inc. 5000, a certified Google Partner and the first agency to bring accountability to online marketing with a thoughtful, measurable approach to services like search-engine marketing, paid-search management, online-reputation management, behavioral retargeting and social-media campaigns. C-4 Analytics delivers real, measurable results to its clients by using analytics to identify and track customer-acquisition channels — and the related costs — so that they can determine which marketing streams are most profitable. Find C-4 Analytics online at www.c-4analytics.com, on Google+ and on LinkedIn. They can also be reached by phone at 617-250-8888.

About Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC
Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC is a leading music therapy business in Massachusetts, offering individual and group music therapy as well as music programming for early childhood development and adult enrichment. Founded and led by entrepreneur, thought leader, board-certified music therapist, and LEND Fellow, Meredith Pizzi, Roman Music Therapy Services exists to expand the reach of music making to all spheres of society. “Using music to unlock closed doors, exposing potential, possibilities and opportunities,” Roman Music Therapy is bringing the power of music to a growing number of families, communities, and businesses. To learn more about Roman Music Therapy, visit http://romanmusictherapy.com, call 781-665-0700, or email help@romanmusictherapy.com.

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Calling All Music Therapy Business Owners!

The not-to-be-missed MTBO Event of 2013!

Music Therapy Business Owners Mastermind Retreat

 

  • Are you passionate about music therapy?
  • Do you have a music therapy practice that excites you and inspires you every single day? Does it also sometimes frighten you?
  • Do you want to get a handle on your business so that it creates the perfect work-life “fit” for you?
  • Do you want to choose the direction of your business and see that it goes in the direction you choose, rather than having your dream of self-employment become nothing more than a day (and night!) job?
  • Do you want to use your degree and your training to create work that fits with your life and your personal purpose and mission?

You are in the Right Place!

Learn More and Register Today!

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Our New CD!

Gather Round Music CDGather Round: Music Time is Family Time

Hopefully you’ve already had a chance to hear some of the songs on our new CD! If not, buy your copy now!





This CD has been such fun to record, produce and share with you, our families. We are confident that you will enjoy listening to this music as much as we do. It’s been playing non-stop in our music therapy center in our homes. Our children, nieces and nephews have all had a chance to hear it and the responses we’ve heard so far have been wonderful!

Girls Listening Girls-Recording-small-300x225 Laura RecordingKristina RecordingMer Recording

My son, who is 2 and a half and attends Sprouting Melodies has been asking for “Laura’s songs” all the time! He asks for “More Bye Bye Music Time is Done” all of the time as that is his favorite song at the moment! He also loves listening to the songs he’s heard in class and is singing them along to the CD. I’ve also seen him run over to get a drum to march with the marching song! This is exactly what the CD was intended for! So we want to know, how is the recording being used in your home? What is your favorite song? Which song do your children keep asking for again and again? Let us know by contacting us!

And mark your calendars for February 3, 2013 when we will have our very first CD Release Party!

 

CD Release PartyCome to our CD Release Party!

The Prince has been gracious enough to let us use their space to celebrate the release of Gather Round! The best part is you can order anything off their full menu to enjoy a family lunch, great music, and our amazing Roman Music Therapy Service Community of great families!

There will be two shows – One at 11am for families with young children, and another one at 1 for families with children from 6-14 years of age of All Abilities!!! Everyone is welcome!


February 3, 2013 Gather Round Family CD Release Party

11:00am-12:30pm For families with children 0-5 years old
1:00pm-2:30pm For families with children 6-12
More Details to Come Soon!

BONUS!!
Bring a friend with you and be entered into our “Friend of a Friend Raffle”

Bring a new friend who has never been to one of our programs or events before and they will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate good towards merchandise, classes or a birthday party!

If your friend wins….you do too!

Please spread the word.  This will be a great time for all.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Meredith

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Meredith R. Pizzi featured in Boston Business Journal Article about Women-Owned Businesses

Obstacles linger that keep many women-owned businesses from hitting the $1M mark
Boston Business Journal by Mary K. Pratt

Date: Friday, December 9, 2011

Meredith Roman Pizzi, MT-BC, owner and founder of Roman Music Therapy Services, was featured in a Boston Business Journal article this past week. Pizzi was interviewed about what it takes to be a woman business owner, and how women today are making strides to correct the discrepancy between males and females in the workplace. Winner of the Make Mine a Million Dollar Business competition, Pizzi is aiming to grow her business to gross $1 million dollars, but her main motivation is not the money. Her goal is to use music therapy to help as many people as possible and spread the word of the healing benefits of music. She says that one of the biggest roadblocks women face is their unwillingness to think big, and Count Me In and Make Mine a Million Dollar Business have helped countless women change that.

Million Dollar Business

Read more: Page-1-BBJ-article …Page-2-BBJ-article

 

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New Sprouting Melodies Logo!

Sprouting Melodies LogoCheck out our new and improved Sprouting Melodies logo! You will be seeing this more and more around town in future months. Roman Music Therapy Services is growing, and we thought it would be appropriate for our graphic designs to be updated as well.  Please feel free to email us with your comments and feedback at help@romanmusictherapy.com.

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RMTS Executive Director named winner of Make Mine a Million $ Business National Event

Meredith Roman Pizzi, MT-BC, of Roman Music Therapy Services in Melrose received $1000 prize for winning business pitch in national competition.

m3-1000-AwardeeView this Press Release on Melrose Patch and in the Melrose Free Press.

Melrose, Massachusetts October 6, 2011 – Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education, and community support for women entrepreneurs, has named Meredith Roman Pizzi of Malden as one of 44 Pitch Winners selected in the latest Make Mine a Million $ Business event, M3 1000, which was held Monday, September 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.

M3 1000 is the largest business pitch competition for women in the United States. The Philadelphia event featured more than 300 women entrepreneurs from across the nation pitching their businesses, participating in business growth education sessions, and building business opportunities with each other.

Described as a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol,” the M3 1000 pitch competition invites women business owners with at least $85,000 in annual business revenues that have been in business for two years or more to present their business in a two minute “elevator pitch” to a panel of small business experts and judges.

Pitch Winners came away with a $1000 American Express gift card, an introductory cycle of professional coaching from The Coach Connection (TCC), and a chance to participate in the next round of competition to win a coveted spot in the renowned Make Mine a Million $ Business program, along with a business development package that includes additional cycles of coaching, national PR, and financing assistance to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises. A complete list of M3 1000 Philadelphia pitch winners can be found at http://makemineamillion.org/features/M3-1000-Philadelphia.

Meredith Roman Pizzi of Malden, MA is the local winner of the M3 1000 competition. After hearing Meredith’s two minute pitch, Nell Merlino, the founder of Count Me In, said, “You have a very important business and there are many people who need you!”

She has been a Board Certified Music Therapist for 7 years. A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, Pizzi has always been passionate about music and chose to pursue music therapy to help others using music. Beginning originally with the trumpet in fifth grade, Meredith continued studying piano, guitar, and voice in her music therapy training. In addition to her musical background, Pizzi also has an affinity for business. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Roman Music Therapy Services, a music therapy agency providing music therapy services for young children, children and adults with disabilities, and the elderly.

Meredith also developed Sprouting Melodies, an early childhood program focused on development and growth through participation in music. Sprouting Melodies is looking to sprout up soon in other Boston communities. Meredith’s passion for music therapy and serving others has been the driving force behind the growth of Roman Music Therapy Services. She resides in Malden with her husband, Felix, and their three children.

Launched in 2005 by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and founding partner American Express OPEN, the Make Mine a Million $ Business program was created to help post-start up, women-owned businesses grow to one million dollars in annual revenue. Since its inception, the program has hosted over 20 competitions in cities around the country with thousands of women entrepreneurs participating, and grown into a nationwide movement.

To date more than 28% of Make Mine a Million $ Business program participants have surpassed the $1 million mark in annual revenues versus the 2.6% national average for women business owners. A year-to-date investment of $12 million in the program has yielded $160 million in revenues for Make Mine a Million $ Business Awardees. The ultimate goal of the program is to elevate one million women businesses to over $1M in annual revenue generating $1 trillion in revenues and creating over 4 million jobs by 2020.

“We are thrilled by the eagerness of women across the country to grow their businesses, create jobs in their communities, and create stability for their families and the national economy,” said Nell Merlino, Founder and President of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence.”

About Count Me In and Roman Music Therapy Services

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education, and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business Competition to inspire one million women entrepreneurs scale their businesses to a million dollars in business revenues in the next decade by providing tools, skills, and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.

Roman Music Therapy Services was founded in 2006 by Meredith Roman Pizzi, MT-BC as a private practice. Today with a team of four Board Certified music therapists, Roman Music Therapy Services is making huge strides and asserting itself as Massachusetts’ premier music therapy agency. In addition to their community work, Roman Music Therapy Services a childhood program, “Sprouting Melodies,” and individual and group clinical sessions at their center on Main Street in Melrose.

Our music therapists use the power of music to motivate and engage clients to meet their full potential. Roman Music Therapy Services plans to scale the business by increasing their services to daycares and preschool programs, special education programs and nursing homes and assisted living communities in the Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts area. There are also plans to expand Sprouting Melodies to other communities in the South Shore and Metrowest areas.

 

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Look Where We Are!

Roman Music Therapy provides services to communities all over Massachusetts.
Check out this map to view the cities and towns where we work.

Map

Where Our Music Therapists Work:

  • schools
  • homes
  • centers
  • hospitals
  • hospices
  • recreation programs
  • libraries
  • rehab
  • dayhabs
  • assisted living
  • preschools
  • early intervention
  • senior centers
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Introducing Music Makers

Music Makers

Graduating from Sprouting Melodies is a proud moment for participants but when the party’s over, your 3 to 6 year old can get bored and lonely mighty fast without a follow-up program that is every bit as compelling as Sprouting Melodies while continuing to offer them new and exciting experiences.

That’s why, after serious consideration, we’ve decided to offer a follow-on program. Music Makers will be equally delightful and transformative for your wee folks (pre-school through kindergarten).

At Music Makers we–surprise! –make music in small group environments. Enrolled children will sing, play instruments, learn how to get along with their peers, and learn how to build foundations for lasting friendships.

Music Makers is a drop-off program. This means you (parents and caregivers) can drop off your charges and cool your heels in a nearby room or at our new on-site Coffee, Tea, and Me coffee shop located downstairs from our Music Therapy Center, while your preschooler enjoys independent music-making time. And as a Sprouting Melodies Class, your child will continue to earn stamps towards on their Repetition Reaps Rewards Card. After 5 Full Sessions, the 6th Session is 50% off!

The program, led by Board Certified Music Therapists, will focus on peer interaction, communication, and social skills development. The groups will be inclusive and integrated so children become aware of the rainbow of diversity that exists across our great land. Children with special needs of any kind will be enthusiastically welcomed and treasured. The therapists will model appropriate attitudes and behaviors so that children without clinical challenges or difficulties learn that another person’s differences aren’t deal breakers and that they can find good friends everywhere.  For more about the program, click here.

Music Makers Class

We would love to have your youngsters join us. We promise to provide  wonderful experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.  Please give us a call, send us an email or go online to sign up nowSpaces are limited and filling fast.

We know you want to establish a weekly routine by the second week of summer, so don’t delay! When the spaces are gone, they’re gone!

Program web page

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Repetition Reaps Rewards

Our Sprouting Melodies Program has really grown over the past year and has provided an enriching, playful, and supportive music class to more than 60 children. We have seen the children

  • Grow in language development as they sing greeting songs, body awareness songs, and books set to music
  • Develop motor skills as they learn to shake maracas with a musical cue, march, run and jump to music and play the drum with one or two mallets
  • Request and giggle with glee during lap rides, which give the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers the sensory stimulation they greatly need, especially during this time of year when playground time is limited.
  • Foster new friendships with each other, asking for their friends during the week and identifying them by name when they come in the room each week!

This winter session, we are rolling out our New Repetition Reaps Rewards Program. This program aims:

        1. To reinforce that repetition is the real secret to learning, and

 

      2. To thank all of the loyal families who continue to participate in Sprouting Melodies with their children.

Early Childhood Music

Here are the details…

  • For every full session that you register for, you will receive a stamp on your Repetition Reaps Rewards Card. (Prorated Sessions will not count towards your 5 classes.)
  • After five full sessions, you will receive 50% Off your 6th class!
  • Repetition Reaps Rewards cards are for each individual child and stamps can not be combined within your family.
  • Stamps can be earned within any Sprouting Melodies class and can be redeemed throughout the year.

We are so excited to offer this opportunity to both thank you, the parents, and to support your children in their overall early childhood development!

Please read all about it on the Repetition Reaps Rewards program page!

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Announcing New Birthday Party Packages!

You’re Invited!

When?

Saturdays and Sundays
Weekdays at Schools and Daycares also available!

Where?

Our place or yours!

What happens at Roman Music Therapy Services?

1 hour of fun and interactive music making!
Pizza and cake downstairs at Papa Gino’s

Papa Gino'sRoman Music Therapy Services is announcing that we have teamed up with Papa Gino’s to offer a brand new option for Birthday Parties for children. Here’s a fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday in developmentally and age appropriate ways in which the kids and grown ups all have a blast!

Forget those crazy places that spin you around for an hour and a half and you come out feeling dizzy! Come on in to our comfortable music therapy center for a Music and Movement Birthday Party for children 1-5 or a Let’s Rock! Birthday Party for children 6-12. We’ll make music, play instruments, sing songs, and have a great time for your child’s birthday.

Then downstairs to Papa Gino’s for Pizza and Cake! Everything is included!!

I’m so excited about this! If you’re interested in having a birthday party with us, give us a call!

For More Information, check out:
Music Therapy Birthday Party Flyer
Music Therapy Birthday Party Agreement

Contact Meredith R. Pizzi, MT-BC at 781-665-0700 or mpizzi@romanmusictherapy.com

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