DME Training – Developmental Music Education Training

The Developmental Music Education DME® 6-week training course is a professional certification program which is conducted at the Doogri Institute in San Diego, California. Graduates of the program may take the exam to earn their license to practice as a Developmental Music Educator, and teach piano to students with a special need in accordance with the Rancer Method.

The fundamentals, seminar, and practicum are two weeks in length each. The concentrated teaching in this 6-week course is intended for piano teachers, music therapists, and music professionals with a serious interest in pedagogy informed by neurological development.

A course for professionals is offered each semester (spring, summer & fall). Trainees are in a cohort comprised of qualified professionals who learn as a class. The 6-week course requires residency at the Doogri institute, daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, (max 4 participants).  The training focuses heavily on the tools necessary for a global private practice catering to piano students will special needs, with the potential for for a six-figure income.


Dates for next courses offered:

Winter 2018

  • October 22, 2018 – December 3, 2018

Spring 2019

  • February 18, 2019 – April 1, 2019

Summer 2019

  • July 8, 2019 – August 19, 2019

The training course is for educational purposes only and is meant to introduce the methodology and implementation of the Rancer Method. Attendees that complete this course are not permitted to conduct their own training or hold workshops or presentations on the method.

The tuition is $6,500 per person, including bed and breakfast for 6 weeks in San Diego. Accommodations are handicap accessible.

Applicants that we are unable to accommodate for the upcoming course will be placed on a waitlist for the next scheduled course. Courses may be offered each semester for a total of 3 courses each year. Applications must be complete with signature and date. Applications must be submitted via email or mail ONLY (please, no faxes). Once we receive the max number of applicants for the course, each applicant will be notified of course date, times and due date for full payment and pre requisites.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have a professional music degree from a NASM accredited institution
  3. Apply for your required prelicense DME education (training course application)
  4. Complete your post-requisite requirements
  5. Pass your DME® license examination

Post-Requisite Requirements:

  1. Within 90 days of completing the course, you must submit video archives of 6 sequential lessons demonstrating the application of DME in the lesson plan.
  2. The video must be submitted with a confidentiality release from the parent guardian, and the student must have a diagnosed special need.
  3. Upon receipt, you will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute oral exam to over Skype, included in the course fee.
  4. An invitation to complete the licensing exam will be sent to you via email in 14 business days after the email is submitted. Licenses are awarded at the end of each semester season and a virtual graduation ceremony is held online.

Developmental Music Education DME® Training Course:


An intensive, interactive introduction to DME, which will combine daily lecture, guided and critiqued practice, viewing of video footage, class discussion, and oral & written coursework.

Week 1-2: Introduction to Developmental Music Education – The high musical aptitude in individuals with developmental disabilities, including savants and prodigies, contribute to the near-100% correlation between autism and perfect pitch. Students will explore current practices and unique needs that involve intellectual, sensory, motor, neurological, social, and emotional origins. Students will learn how to apply developmentally appropriate principles, research based methods, and practical techniques into their practice. They will develop a curriculum to improve the learning for their students who exhibit abilities across a wide range. CBMT Domain areas: I-B3, II-A1, II-A2 II-A3, and NASM music competencies: 3(b)2, 3(d)3. This course is the first in a series of three for eligibility toward DME® board certification.

Week 3-4: Seminar in Developmental Music Education: In this course, students will think critically about developmental music education (DME) when they encounter it in a controlled setting. This seminar is designed to address the DME® clinical foundations and professional competencies: sensory assessment, accommodation, musical aptitude, learning style, visual distortion, absolute pitch, curriculum planning, method implementation, promotion, termination, or discharge. Students are expected to review the material of practical situations as encountered by human service providers, such as Licensed Creative Arts Therapists and other music education, special education, and mental health practitioners and apply previous experience to gain independant application in their clinical work. CBMT Domain areas: I-B3, II-A1, II-A2 II-A3, and NASM music competencies: 3(b)2, 3(d)3. This course is the second in a series of three for eligibility toward DME® board certification.

Week 5-6: Developmental Music Education Practicum: The course serves as an audit of the senior developmental music education students’ knowledge and skills listed on the DME Association Professional Competencies and results in recommendation and eligibility for board exams and certification upon completion of the practicum. This course is the third and final in a series of three for eligibility toward DME® board certification. CBMT Domain areas: I-B3, II-A1, II-A2 II-A3, and NASM music competencies: 3(b)2, 3(d)3.  

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