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Red River Valley                                                    Winter 2016
A publication of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association                                                                                             

Greetings from the SWAMTAS board!

We have three important and exciting things to announce:

This year SWAMTAS is excited to announce the launching of the Educational Intervention Project. The goal of this project is to have all of SWAMTAS members (and professionals) upload videos of an intervention they have used in their clinical work that other student music therapists could implement in their practicum settings.

Upload your videos to either You Tube or the SWAMTAS Facebook page. Please also send your videos to after posting in order to be placed into the drawing of a conference door prize that will be distributed at the regional student business meeting. Tag your friends when uploading and spread the word!

Video Guidelines:

  • ·      Include the goals you are addressing
  • ·      Target population
  • ·      Make them fun and unique

A few of the officers have already uploaded their interventions and they may be viewed on either the SWAMTAS Facebook page or YouTube.

SWAMTAS has also created two scholarships for current MT students. One is for sophomores and the other is directed toward seniors or students currently at internship. Applications will be evaluated based on extra-curricular activities, participation in music therapy school organizations and community services, GPA, recommendation letters, resume, a personal statement, and answers to the questions on the scholarship application. Applicant must be present at the Spring SWAMTA Regional Conference in Austin, TX, in order to be awarded the scholarship if chosen by the SWAMTAS board. Completed applications are due March 1st, 2016, and must be emailed to the current SWAMTAS president at Please view the scholarship applications on the scholarship page by visiting for more information.

The Regional Conference in Austin is going to be a wonderful and student-focused experience this year. SWAMTAS wants to work on getting all the students together to meet one another after the opening ceremony. Plan on attending the Regional Conference Student Meet & Greet social event for desserts, snacks, prizes, original songs, and to make friends with students from around the region. SWAMTAS hopes to see ALL students who attend conference at the social! While at conference, be sure to put your name into the raffle for one of the three (or more) music therapy baskets that will be at the SWAMTAS booth! They will be filled with goodies certain to help students or even practicing music therapists. SWAMTAS is looking forward to seeing everyone at the Regional Conference!

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