"Laurel's presentation at my NATS chapter's mini-conference at Boise State university was eye-opening.  Her pedagogical model is well-tested, well-organized, and accessible.  She teaches it with compelling enthusiasm and warmth.  I would encourage all voice teachers and choral directors who work with pitch-challenged students to take a look at Laurel's research and consider doing a training with her." 

Laura Rushing-Raynes, DMA
Head of Voice Studies, Boise State University, Department of Music  



Vocal Instructors, Instrumental Instructors, Music Therapists, and Music Educators interested in becoming Certified Trainers of The Pumphrey Method® of music training and amusia therapy can

Check the events Page for Upcoming Trainings or

Contact Laurel to Schedule a Workshop Near You!  

Teacher training covers:

  • Assessment Techniques
  • The Eight Teaching Modules of The Pumphrey Method®of Music Training and Amusia Therapy
  • Specific Techniques For Teaching Rhythm, Pitch and Intonation Challenges Including Tone-Deafness (Amusia)
  • Foundational Ear-Training (Aural Skills) That Meet the Needs of This Group 
  • Eighteen Skills and Abilities to Improve and How to Identify Them in Your Students
  • Unique Teaching Strategies for This Population and Why They are Necessary
  • Correct Sequencing for Optimum Success
  • The Pumphrey Method® of Music Training and Amusia Therapy Teaching Philosophy
  • Modification Strategies for Teaching to Special Needs
  • Hands on Method Practice to Prepare For Successful Teaching In Your Studio

continuing research

With the intent of adding to the knowledge gained through 17 years of anecdotal evidence and multiple case studies, Certified Instructors will be encouraged to participate in a longitudinal study as they practice The Pumphrey Method® of music training and amusia therapy.   Instructors will be provided with materials to effectively track timeline trends in skill development, a background questionnaire to further understand the population affected and assessment forms to track beginning skill levels.  By gathering this data we will be able to track the efficacy of the method on a larger population, analyze expected outcomes and gather background data on clients to further study the concept of Amusia as a spectrum (The Amusia Spectrum). 

Examining the ability to improve pitch and rhythm deficit in individuals using The Pumphrey Method® of music training and amusia therapy may include researching the following topics:  music in general, music education, pitch deficiencies, diction, kinesiology, tactile and visual learning, vocalization, cognition, singing, pitch and rhythm, music perception, tone perception, tone-deafness, amusia therapy, listening, aural training, ear-training and intonation.


The Pumphrey Method® is the life’s work of Laurel Pumphrey, and is the product of many, many years of teaching, thinking, creating, writing, and imagining a better way to connect students and song.  All intellectual property rights in the Pumphrey Method®, training in how to teach the Pumphrey Method®, and all training materials, which include trademarks, copyrights, and other rights, are wholly owned by Laurel Pumphrey Music, LLC.  You may not copy, distribute, modify, publicly perform, or publish any portion of the Pumphrey Method®, including materials describing or providing training in the Pumphrey Method®, without express written permission from Laurel Pumphrey Music, LLC.   

Disclaimer:  This site does not provide medical advice.  The content is for informational purposes only.  Results of The Pumphrey Method® of music training and amusia therapy are individual and there is no guarantee of outcome.  We do not claim to diagnose or treat any illness or condition.  Please see your medical provider for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. 
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