Winter Workshop 2023

Join GRAOSA as they host a Winter Workshop with Wade Richards! Wade’s workshop will focus on the Modes. The workshop will take place in the Medaille Formal Lounge at Nazareth College on January 28, 2023.

Songwriting with the Modes

Musical modes offer a unique and accessible approach to improvisation and songwriting in the music classroom and music therapy.  We will be exploring common connotations, progressions, cadences, and defining notes within modes to open new doors for expressive music-making. Popular music that exemplifies each of the modes will be highlighted as a reference tool. Original modal compositions and songwriting approaches will be shared that include a variety of experiences for different grade levels and learners. You will be immersed in opportunities to practice using the modes to kickstart you own creativity. 

Wade received his bachelor of science degree in music therapy and applied voice from S.U.N.Y at Fredonia, completing his internship at the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Binghamton, New York.  He has been providing music therapy services in the Greater Rochester, New York area for close to 30 years.  

In 1995, Wade established his own private practice and business called Time for Music.  Through Time for Music, Wade and other music therapy subcontractors, provided music therapy services for a variety of school districts and charter schools in Wayne, Livingston, and Monroe County, as well as, several area Montessori Schools, and various agencies in the Greater Rochester area.

Wade also served as Chair of the Music Therapy Department and Orff-Schulwerk Department at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance for 15 years. In 2011, he became Program Director of the Trinity Assistance Corporation Blue Ridge Music Therapy Center.  In 2013, Wade combined his practice with two other local music therapists to open Spectrum Creative Arts in Pittsford.  He continues to offer classes for the Music Education Department at the Eastman School of Music. 

Wade completed the International Training Institute in Neurologic Music Therapy and Advanced Fellowship Training from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University.  Under the guidance of Dr. Louise Montello, Director of Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program at the New School and Director of Psychology at New York University, he completed Level I and Level II training in Performance Wellness. He completed his Orff-Schulwerk level courses from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Kentucky, and Arizona State University. 

All Saturday workshops are from 9:00 am until 2 pm; participants can receive 5 professional development credit hours. Participants must be present for the entire session to receive their PD certificate and/or CTLE credit. Continental breakfast is available from 8:30-9:00 am. Participants can bring a bag lunch or order pizza for lunch. See our membership page for registration information.

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