Our mission is to encourage growth and nurture community through music making. At CNY Music Therapy we are board certified practitioners who are passionate about supporting and resourcing music therapy in the greater Central New York region. We believe we are stronger together than we ever could be individually and our aim is to provide a growing number of services that are inclusive and accessible for all, with open and transparent practices that encourage feedback and authentic connection. We are committed to work to the highest standards of best practice in the music therapy profession and to nurture community through music-making, both as a local resource embedded into local projects and as an online presence.
A COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & MUTUALITY
At CNY Music Therapy LLC we actively work together to address our own privilege; to uncover inherent biases in our systems and our approaches; to educate ourselves on the stories of oppression and the language that people in underrepresented/ misrepresented groups use to identify their struggle. This is important for all BIPOC communities and also must include people with visible and non-visible disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community and all culutral expressions. We respect difference in all its forms and we commit to listen to and amplify the voices of these individuals and communities and join as allies and advocates in celebrating a diverse and colorful world.
Music Therapy as a profession works to a Code of Ethics which includes this statement:
“We aim to provide quality client care regardless of race, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, ethnic or national origin, disability, health status, socioeconomic status, marital status, or political affiliation.”
[Read full Code of Ethics here: AMTA Code of Ethics | Official Documents]
CNY Music Therapy LLC has zero tolerance for discrimination and we will always tackle prejudice, bigotry and inequity. We also actively promote fully inclusive practices in our language and community engagement as well as our client sessions.
Our goal is to provide equitable services ‘regardless’, and also to commit to ensure that we fully respect and are mindful to address the inequities that can remain hidden and often silenced due to all forms of privilege (e.g. white privilege, ableism,
cis-gender privilege, etc).”
In recognition that the current capitalist system in America results in the cost of services being a barrier to many, our community music therapy programs offer a sliding scale for payments, and we are also actively seeking community partners to secure funding streams that make our programs more widely accessible.
CNY MUSIC THERAPY BLACK LIVES MATTER STATEMENT
At CNY Music Therapy, we are appalled by the killing of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor and many other black lives by police officers across this nation and we wholeheartedly support the call echoing around the world to address these injustices and challenge white supremacy.
As a women owned business and members of a therapeutic community, our values are clear:
We aim to provide quality client care regardless of race, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, ethnic or national origin, disability, health status, socioeconomic status, marital status, or political affiliation.
CNY Music Therapy LLC has zero tolerance for discrimination and we will always tackle prejudice, bigotry and inequity.
We recognize that there is a lack of diversity within Music Therapy and we are committed to addressing this by becoming an equal opportunities employer and internship provider to contribute towards addressing the imbalance that exists.
ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER
RECOGNISING THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE
CNY Music Therapy LLC acknowledges with respect the Onondaga Nation, the “people of the hills”, the central firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Indigenous peoples on whose unceded ancestral lands CNY Music Therapy now operates. We recognise the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations, their elders both past and present, as well as the future seven generations yet to come. CNY Music Therapy commits to cultivating relationships with Native American communities through partnerships, historical recognitions, and community service in order to do our part in helping dismantle the legacies of conquest and colonization and to see the land returned to its rightful stewards.
We are passionate about serving everyone in our community and do not believe cost should be a barrier.
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