Coronovirus 2019 Response

We stand united with our community and ready to stay engaged while we are all dealing with the changes in our communities related to COVID-19. We will keep this page updated with information from our team, important paperwork or notices for virtual music therapy services, and online resources to support you and your loved ones.  We can, and will, all do our part!

Updates from our Team

5/21/2020 Letter to Stakeholders and Clients

Roman Music Therapy Services continues to adapt and evolve in response to COVID-19. We are thankful that our therapists and our clients were able to make a quick transition to accommodate virtual music therapy services!

We all look forward to the future when it will be safe to resume in-person services. We anticipate that our transition to in-person services will extend over a long period of months with a mixture of virtual and in-person services based on our client needs, health concerns, and programming decisions for our partners. One thing is for sure – we will continue to be here with our instruments, creativity and music, ready to brighten our clients’ days and connect them to the world around them.

We want to acknowledge the challenges our clients are facing and work to provide a consistent availability and routine for therapeutic services. To that end, there are a few updates we have provided to our clients and contract agencies regarding cancelling and rescheduling appointments during this time. If you have you have any questions regarding these policies, please reach out to Nichole Gregg, Operations Manager, at nichole@romanmusictherapy.com.

We will continue to collaborate with our clients and stakeholders to find an optimal service delivery schedule. Some clients have requested more frequent or shortened sessions to maximize engagement for clients in this format. If you think that would be helpful in your situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support of our small business. These have been challenging times for all of us and we are grateful to be able to continue to provide music therapy and connect with our clients each day. If you know someone who you think would benefit from our services, please invite them to explore our website and reach out. We would greatly appreciate your referral. Even with all of the changes and challenges, the music has not stopped! We will continue to provide opportunities for social engagement, meaningful interactions, and most importantly during these times, shared joy through music! If there is anything we can do to help support you, your family or your program at this time, please reach out.

3/21/2020  Supplemental Fact Sheet from US Dept of Education

Guidance addressing concerns around accessible services for children with disabilities. The document includes options for distance based learning for students,  “Consider practices such as distance instruction, teletherapy and tele-intervention, meetings held on digital platforms, online options for data tracking, and documentation.” Read the Department of Education Supplemental Fact Sheet.

3/18/2020  Enrichment Services Available for School Districts

As districts develop supports and enrichment activities for their students, we are offering virtual services to support students and families while at home.

Virtual Music therapy services to support your district, students and families include,

  • Ongoing 1:1 supports – Music Therapists can connect with families and students during this time.
  • Enrichment groups for students in your district through a virtual platform allow for students to come together, engaging socially in real time with their peers and decreasing the isolation and stress that students and families are feeling.
  • Consultations with families to help support this unexpected time at home.

All of the current indicators are that this could go on for a while, and we want to help your district stay connected to the families and continue to provide the necessary services and supports to students.

It is very simple for families to get connected!

  • All they need is a smartphone, tablet, or a computer with a camera, and we can make it happen!
  • We can manage the scheduling, communication with families and all of the technology.
3/17/2020  Sprouting Melodies Email Update

This email was sent out to all of our families to inform them of our increased availability. Enrolled students can participate in unlimited Virtual Sprouting Melodies Classes during the week. Read more.

3/16/2020 Roman Music Therapy Services Goes Virtual

Based on the changing needs of our clients, community members, partners and staff, we have made the decision to have all of our services move to remote delivery. We are so grateful to have technology to help us all stay connected during this time of physical separation as we all do our part to slow the spread of this virus.  All of our current clients will have the opportunity to move to a virtual platform as appropriate. We will also be opening up additional slots for individual and group music therapy services as we move forward to meet the dynamically changing needs of children of all ages, individuals with disabilities, seniors and families in our communities. Know that we are here for you and we will continue doing whatever we can to make music accessible to everyone – wherever they are!

3/12/2020  Sprouting Melodies In Your Living Room

This blog was shared with our Sprouting Melodies families as we transition to Virtual Sprouting Melodies Classes. Watch the video here.

3/9/2020 Letter to Roman Music Therapy Services Stakeholders March 9, 2020

This letter was emailed to all of our Community Partners to inform them of our plans and responses to COVID-19.  Read the Letter here.

3/9/2020 Letter to Sprouting Melodies Families Covid-19 March 9, 2020

This letter was emailed to all of our Sprouting Melodies Families to inform them of our plans and responses to COVID-19. Read the letter here.

 

Virtual Music Therapy Consent Form & School Based Forms

If you’re looking for more information about our online services, visit our Virtual Music Therapy Services page.  Our own tutorials for accessing sessions through Zoom and navigating in the app are also available on our Virtual Music Therapy Services page.

This consent is required as an addendum to our service agreements executed by clients, parents and guardians for music therapy sessions for all services to be delivered virtually while we address the challenges of COVID-19.

Online Submission for Virtual Music Therapy Consent Form
This online form can be submitted without needing to download, email or scan your information. If you have any questions regarding this online form, please email info@romanmusictherapy.com.

Printable PDF – Virtual Music Therapy Consent Form

  • Download and print this pdf file
  • Complete Client Name and Sign noting relationship to client
  • Scan or take a photograph and return to your music therapist or info@RomanMusicTherapy.com

Sign Ready PDF – Virtual MT Consent Fillable PDF March 2020

  • Download the File
  • Open with Adobe Acrobat or other Adobe software
  • Fill in the fields and sign electronically by typing your name or adding your signature
  • Save the file to locally to your computer, GoogleDrive, or Dropbox
  • Email the file to your music therapist or info@RomanMusicTherapy.com

**You may need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader software if you don’t already have it. Be sure to select Adobe as your default application for opening pdf files to make the changes.**

Roman Music Therapy Services School Based Music Therapy Services Form for Parents

 

Resources

Massachusetts COVID-19 Information Page

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education COVID-19 Updates

Center for Disease Control

CDC Coronavirus Information

CDC – Managing Anxiety and Stress

CDC – Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus 2019 and Caring for Someone at Home

Department of Education and Special Education

Federal Department of Education Coronavirus Information

Questions and Answers from the Federal Dept of Education March 2020

Disability News

Disability Scoop