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Frequently Asked Questions

 
How does ETM benefit children?
  • Develops focus and attentiveness while reducing distractibility and impulsivity.
  • Enhances working memory, strategizing, language structures and auditory processing.
  • Creates a classroom of eager, alert children with eyes and faces brightened.
  • Stabilizes the emotional system, promoting self-monitoring and motivation.
  • Cultivates social interactive skills and regard for others while reducing aggression.
  • Increases both spatial awareness and sequential thinking.
  • Promotes complex symbolization abilities - increasing meaning, understanding and literacy.
 
 
Who uses ETM?
  • Classroom, music, special education, pre-school and middle school teachers.
  • Speech-Language pathologists, occupational therapists, physicians, clinical psychologists and researchers.
  • Parents, grandparents, and daycare providers.
 
 
Where is ETM used?
Just about anywhere adults are engaged with children - elementary, middle schools, pre-school/daycare, Churches/Synagogues, after-school programs, summer camps, etc.
 

 
What is a "course", a "camp", and a "colloquium"?
Courses typically span the school year in various locales throughout the U.S. Periodically, a two-week International Summer Course is offered. A course is designed to instruct participants in the use of ETM activities and their impact on: child development, artful teaching, and brain development and learning.
 
Camps are "day-camps" (no over-night lodging) and are weeklong, local summer events. A camp is designed to immerse the individual in ETM experiences and philosophy. To that end, adults and children are all "campers," spending the entire day together in interactional experiences - song & play; storytelling, and creative art. Adults find this immersion a valuable study of the art of play, the observable growth and development of the children, power of the aesthetic experience, and the importance of the adult-child relationship.
 
The International Summer Colloquium is a one-week, intensive study of ETM designed towards participants who have already taken a course in ETM. Unlike a traditional conference, it is designed to be interactive, with opportunities for participants to pose questions, pursue topics of specific interest, and network with peers from across the country and abroad.
 
Why should I enroll in an ETM class?
  • Have more energy at the end of your day than you did at the beginning.
  • Enhance your teaching by understanding how the brain functions.
  • Experience the laughter, joy and elan that ETM activities offer; revitalizing your spirit.
  • Learn engaging, unique and successful materials for teaching music and language literacy.
  • Enter the "state of play" - the state for optimal learning.
  • Gain new and helpful tools for guiding the stabilization of children.
  • Build strong, secure adult-child relationships rooted in attachment.
 
 
 How do I get an ETM course in my area?
A new course site may be set up in spring for a fall start date.  New courses must have 30 registrations. The site must be conducive to movement and lecture/discussion format. Each course needs 1-3 people to serve as local course coordinators to draw participants, secure the site, and maintain contact with the Richards Institute.  For further information, contact the Richards Institute at info@richardsinstitute.org or laura@richardsinstitute.org



 Who do I contact for Purchase Order requests? 
Purchase orders are accepted by Marie Butler through email at marie@richardsinstitute.org

University Credit:
 
Is University Credit Available?
Yes.
 
 
How many credits do I receive per class?
Students receive 5 quarter hour credits, equivalent to 3.1 semester hour credits.
 
 
What University Grants Course Credit?
As a service to its students, the Richards Institute has made arrangements with the California State University - Bakersfield Campus to make available graduate credit for interested individuals attending a course in Education Through Music.
 
 
Is the credit transferable to my program?
The California State University system is a fully accredited university. Graduate credit should therefore be transferable to most universities throughout the United States. However, the student is responsible for confirming transferability to any specific institution. Thus, the student must confirm with his/her advisor and/or their graduate committee that credit will be accepted as part of his/her graduate program.
 
How many classes may I take for credit?
Students may receive graduate credit for five (5) full courses in ETM (Winter or Summer).   
 
 
Is a course syllabus available?
Yes, a course syllabus may be attained by either contacting your local Course Coordinator or by requesting one on our Contact Page
 
What if I can't attend all of the class sessions?
Since credit is provided for attendance and participation in a specific course, students must attend all sessions of the course in which they are enrolled in order to be eligible to receive credit. With prior consent of the course instructor, students may attend one class session (one evening or one Saturday session) in another locale, if available, to substitute for being absent from an equivalent session of the course in which they are enrolled. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may be requested of the instructor in writing.
 
 
Can you tell me what courses I've already registered for?
 It is the responsibility of the student to track course name, number, and year for credits received. The Richards Institute keeps no records of an individual's university credit.
 
How do I get a transcript or view my grade?
Grades and transcripts are available online at the CSU-B website. Click the appropriate link below.
 
To request an official transcript:
Requests can be made through the mail via check or online via credit card payment:  http://www.csub.edu/admissions/officialforms/instTranscPmt.shtml 
 To view an online grade report (Note: this is not an official transcript):
 NOTE:  New CSU-B has a new online system for student information.   Starting with Summer 2008, all new student information (inlcuding grade reports) is available through "MyCSUB."  Information regarding classes prior to Summer 2008 will still be accessed through the "CSUB BannerWeb" system (see link below). 
  • Sign in using your first initial of first name and your last name. Your password will be the year of your birth (ex. 1964) and the last 4 digits of your SS#. This should equal 8 digits. 
  • You will then be at your center. Under Academics, click on the box that says "other academic" and select "unofficial transcript" and click on the double arrows that will say go.
  • You will then be at a page with your name at the top. Below that it will say "View unofficial transcript". 
  • In the blue box under where it says the university, select the arrow that says "Report type" and select "unofficial transcript".
  • Click "go" and you should be at your transcript.

Summer 2008 and beyond:
https://cmsweb.csub.edu/psp/HBAKPRD/?cmd=login

Prior to Summer 2008:
https://banner.csub.edu/PROD/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin
 

 
What is my CSU-B Student ID # and password?
Sign in using your first initial of first name and your last name. Your password will be the year of your birth (ex. 1964) and the last 4 digits of your SS#. This should equal 8 digits.
 
 
When are grades available?
Depending on CSU-B, sometime between June 30 and July 7.  If your grade has not been posted by July 8, please kindly contact the Institute with your concern.
 
 
Do I need to check my grade right away?
While the Institute never intentionally fails to post registrations or grades, and, while the university never intentionally fails to post them correctly, mistakes do occur.  It is in your very best interest to check each registration you make for accuracy of the course number and to make certain that the grade for that course has been posted.  Even if you don't need the grade at the present time, this step assures you have what you need when you need it.
 
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