AMTA.Pro - Online Symposium - For Music Therapists, By Music Therapists

Barbara Wheeler: Involvement is the Key

Our music therapy colleague Barbara Wheeler realized early in life that she wanted to share music beyond an elementary school classroom, so she embarked on a music therapy career. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Barbara tells us of her privilege to cross paths with many people over the year in her work as a clinician, as a college professor in two universities, as an active volunteer in national and world music therapy organizations, as an author and editor of music therapy literature, and as a speaker around the world. The text accompanying this podcast on the AMTA website includes some memorable photos of some of these opportunities. Barbara tells us her connections over the years have helped her understand the broad nature of our field with music therapists around the world working in very different ways. She encourages all of us to get involved with other professionals and to spend some time near the ocean.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Barbara Wheeler: Involvement is the Key leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Michelle Hairston: Early Connections to Music Therapy

Our MT-BC colleague Michelle Hairston was introduced to music therapy as a toddler. Her dad, Dr. Olin Parker, studied at University of Kansas with Dr. E. Thayer Gaston, the “Father of Music Therapy.” During one of his many visits to their home over the years, Dr. Gaston asked Michelle about her interests. When the 13-year-old told him she really liked playing in the junior high band and she enjoyed volunteering at a local nursing home. Dr. Gaston took time over the dinner table that evening to tell her about the ins and outs of a career in music therapy, firmly convincing Michelle of her career path. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Michelle tells us the interesting story of her professional life and of the “of course you can!” encouragement she received from several key figures. You will also want to look at the pictures of Michelle’s personal interaction with music therapy pioneers as well as her long music therapy career.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Michelle Hairston: Early Connections to Music Therapy leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Suzanne Hanser: Music Therapy Insights

As described by our colleague Suzanne Hanser, our music therapy careers allow us to “share our time, creativity, imagination, and compassion with others” while at the same time learning from all we meet. Suzanne has a long and illustrious career as a student, clinician, professor, author, speaker, researcher, and volunteer leader in professional associations. In this AMTA-Pro podcast she shares insights gained during music therapy sessions from several individuals facing challenges in their lives, and she talks about the fulfilling time spent with music therapy colleagues and students she has met over the years.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Suzanne Hanser: Music Therapy Insights leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Robert Groene: A Winding Road to Music Therapy

Our colleague Robert Groene eventually ended up as a professor of Music Therapy at UMKC, but his long and winding musical road all started when he picked out the riff for “Louie Louie” on the piano when his piano teacher preferred he play “Happy Hoptoads” for a recital. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Robert tells of his adventures as he played in rock bands, got drafted, taught guitar to at-risk adolescents as a Conscientious Objector, started and quit college, then played in more bands and at coffeehouses. All of this before he had even heard of music therapy! Tune in to this AMTA-Pro podcast where Dr. Robert Groene, a recipient of the AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award, tells many anecdotes about his interesting career as a musician and as a music therapist.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Robert Groene: A Winding Road to Music Therapy leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Adonia Calhoun Coates: Introducing AMTA’s CEO

This AMTA-Pro podcast features a conversation with AMTA’s new Chief Executive Officer, Adonia Calhoun Coates, CAE, CMP. After talking briefly about her previous professional experience, Adonia tells the podcast listeners about her enthusiasm for joining the AMTA team and working with the dedicated community of music therapists. She shares stories about her hearing of the AMTA CEO job opportunity and about her personal long-term connection with music therapy through a family member. Adonia talks about some ideas, immediate projects, and future plans for advancing AMTA’s mission and goals as well as for  heightening awareness, increasing collaboration, and a strengthening commitment to expanding the reach of music therapy. You can also see this conversation in video on the AMTA YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/Y4VmUIELWB8


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Adonia Calhoun Coates: Introducing AMTA’s CEO leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Marilyn Sandness: Music Therapy Visionary

When in 7th grade, our colleague and AMTA Honorary Life Member Marilyn Sandness was recruited to play saxophone in a dance band. With the money made on those gigs, she purchased more instruments and lessons, embarking on a long, illustrious career in music and music therapy. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Marilyn shares engaging stories about her professional journey including her college studies beginning with a degree from Eastman in 1958, her clinical work in some challenging situations in the early 1960s and through major transformation in the nature of services in the 1970s, her twenty-four rewarding years as a music therapy professor, and her thirty-four intense years as a volunteer with NAMT and AMTA, helping shape the nature of education and training music therapists today.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Marilyn Sandness: Music Therapy Visionary leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

AMTA’s Federal Advocacy for Music Therapy

AMTA’s Federal Advocacy for Music Therapy
AMTA-Pro Podcast ~ February 2021
Judy Simpson, MT-BC and Rebecca Preddie

— + —

In this AMTA-Pro podcast, AMTA’s Government Relations Director Judy Simpson and AMTA’s Senior Federal Policy and Programs Analyst Rebecca Preddie overview the extensive work of AMTA’s Government Relations team on behalf of the profession of music therapy and the people music therapists serve. This discussion provides the information and contacts music therapists need to get involved in helping raise the impact and efficacy of music therapy services and to increase access to music therapy in the areas of health, education, veteran services, and the health care work force. The AMTA-Pro podcast notes provide a wealth of advocacy resources for music therapists.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on AMTA’s Federal Advocacy for Music Therapy leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

MT Advocacy: Make a Real Impact

In reality, a music therapist’s daily work is the strongest advocacy tool for spreading the word about music therapy. At the same time, every MT-BC can more purposefully contribute to the critical task of increasing the strength and frequency of advocacy efforts for our profession in keeping with the mission of AMTA – “to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.” In this AMTA-Pro podcast, our colleague Leslie Henry, co-chair of AMTA’s Professional Advocacy group, shares a wealth of helpful advocacy guidelines based on her own experiences as well as some years of working with MT-BCs around the country. Leslie leads listeners through an exploration of their own networks and how to tend these networks, approaches that can be used based on the timing of the idea you are advocating for, and time-tested tips on being persuasive in different situations. The text notes for this AMTA-Pro podcast include valuable guidelines and resources,


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on MT Advocacy: Make a Real Impact leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Resiliency & Staff Care Program Model

Because MT-BCs respond to unit needs throughout the hospital system, Houston Methodist recognizes music therapy as an opportunity to provide opportunities for self-care, wellness support, and resilience training for the staff. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, three of our music therapy colleagues, Jennifer Townsend, Virginia Gray, and Audrey Zybura, share details about their program that provides both wellness support and staff care for their fellow healthcare professionals at Houston Methodist. They talk about various aspects of the programs, including boundaries, collaboration, costs, and specific unit needs, and the music therapy team shares a number of creativity-focused and education-focused opportunities that have proven helpful to staff. The music therapists also discuss points music therapists would want to consider when establishing a resiliency and staff care program. The podcast notes include resources, details about their program, and an outline for establishing similar support in other agencies.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Resiliency & Staff Care Program Model leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Music Industry Issues for Music Therapists

Why should music therapists be concerned with music industry issues? How are songwriters compensated for their work? What are fair use principles? How do fair use, copyrights, streaming, and other music industry issues impact music therapy?  In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Tracy Richardson shares her knowledge and insights about these issues based on extensive personal experience in both music therapy and the music industry. In addition to being a serious singer/songwriter who has opened for major artists and has 3 original CDs to her credit, Tracy has over 30 years of experience as a music therapy clinician and educator. Her podcast provides some food for thought and helpful resources for all music therapists.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Music Industry Issues for Music Therapists leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Self-Care Toolbox for MT Students

Stress and anxiety impact music therapy students daily. Not only freshmen, but also upperclass and graduate students often struggle with schedules, new surroundings, finances, grades, expectations by self and others, over commitment, and other pressures. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Jennifer Fiore shares her work with music therapy students in learning to recognize the need for self-care and to develop their own self-care toolbox with personalized strategies addressing their unique situation and needs. Dr. Fiore provides many helpful tips and resources for music therapy professors and music therapy students, including suggestions for coping with particular stresses related to COVID-19.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Self-Care Toolbox for MT Students leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

MT & Speaking Voice in Parkinson’s Disease

Speaking voice is an area of concern for many individuals with Parkinson’s Disease since being able to communicate makes a real difference in our daily quality of life. People with PD often experience softer voices and find it harder to talk to others, potentially leading to self-isolation and to lose of desire to attempt communicating with people around them. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, our MT-BC colleague Sarah Swann Solberg discusses some of these issues and overviews her research about the impact of music therapy interventions on improving the speaking voice of individuals with PD. Susan recommends continued research because of the potential significance on the quality of lives of over 10 million people worldwide currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.


Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on MT & Speaking Voice in Parkinson’s Disease leave a reply In: AMTA.Pro Symposium

Get our RSS Feed
Use username: music & password: coda

Check it out

AMTA-Pro is filled to the brim with a wealth of podcasts featuring your colleagues sharing reflections, strategies, insider tips, and details about every aspect of music therapy. Don't miss even one of several dozen AMTA-Pro podcasts on a wide variety of topics, including:
+ Music therapy programs, clinical applications, and research in a broad range of areas such as Alzheimer's disease, eating disorders, stroke rehab, inpatient mental health, early childhood behavior issues, medical settings, wellness, NICU, wound care, hospice, and more.
+ Job Solutions, reimbursement, networking, and thriving in any economy.
+ Interviews with music therapy professionals, students, and interns, as well as special guests.
+ Podcasts capturing special AMTA events, conference speakers, and memorial tributes.

Subscribe!

Did you know that you can now subscribe to AMTA-pro in a feed reader or with iTunes?

Click the orange RSS Feed button above, enter the
username: music & password: coda
and then choose the method of subscription you would like.

You can also subscribe by email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Copyright

© Copyright 2018 by the American Music Therapy

Association, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Content herein is

for personal use only. No part may be reproduced in any

form or by any means, electronic or mechanical,

including photocopying or recording by any information

storage or retrieval system, without express written

permission from the American Music Therapy Association.


Neither the American Music Therapy Association nor its Board of Directors is responsible for the conclusions reached or the opinions expressed in any of the AMTA.Pro symposiums.

Meta