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

MAY 20, 2016
Antoinette Neff, MT-BC

Vice-President's Report

Summer Board Meeting 2016

Date: May 31, 2016

Goals of the summer board meeting included coordinating the planning for the regional conference to be held in 2017.

The 2017 SWAMTA conference will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.  The local committee chair will be Mary Altom.

Upcoming tasks include preparing and handing over relevant information to the current VP elect, prior to my departure from the position on August 1, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Smith, MA, CCSL, MT-BC
Vice President, Southwestern Region

Dr. Nancy Hadsell, MT-BC

Get to know music therapists in the southwestern region in the Red River Valley's featured interview, conducted and written by RRV co-editor Karen Sholander.

Report from the President Elect

Christine Neugebauer, MS, MT-BC, LPC

As I prepare this report, I am amazed how quickly time passes. It seems like we were just in Austin enjoying a fantastic conference filled with high quality sessions and networking with esteemed colleagues. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteered their valuable time to make our regional conference possible. The success of our region depends upon the volunteer service of our membership and their dedication and commitment is truly impressive. If any of you are interested in serving the region, please do not hesitate to contact me to learn the many ways you can be involved to support music therapy in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

One of the pleasures I have as President-Elect is recognizing outstanding members in our region through the Harmony Awards. At this year’s conference, we honored four members in our region in the areas of service, clinical practice, and education. Please take time to read about these exceptional professionals in our field.

Music Therapy Advocacy & Government Relations Report

Updates on the Oklahoma and Texas State Taskforces, Music and Memory relationships, and other government relations issues.

Continuing Education Committee Report

The following upcoming CMTE opportunities are available in our region:


o   Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Level II training is to be offered at Texas Women's University, Denton TX. The deadline for registration is July 10, 2016.

Click here to learn more about GIM training at Texas Woman's University.

View a .pdf flier with details about this educational opportunity, or to learn more about the use of Guided Imagery and Music, watch this video from the MIAA (Music and Imagery Association in Australia):

o   Orchestrating Affective Relationships in Musical-Play: Working Towards a Developmental Relationship-based Music Therapy Approach for Children with ASD at Texas Woman's University, Denton TX, June 24-25, 2016

Also, be on the look out for a survey email regarding conference/continuing education needs and wishes!

Jennifer Townsend MMT, MT-BC

Continuing Education Committee Chair


We need your help to publish a new column to be included in every edition of the Red River Valley newsletter. 

"Ask a Music Therapist" will be an answer column that provides opportunities for music therapy students at all levels to submit questions to professional music therapists working in our region.  Do you have questions about internship, need tips for developing your musical skills, or want ideas about novel resources for designing effective, evidence-based music therapy interventions?  Would you like to know what an experienced professionals thinks about an ethical dilemma or ways to enhance your education, training, and resulting career prospects?  Want tips for the job interview, or help preparing to open a private practice?

Music Therapy students with questions, and professionals willing to volunteer to answer student's questions can contact the Red River Valley editors, Karen Sholander (ksholander.mtbc@gmail.comand/or Jessica Leza ( with your request.

Students, please note, it is not required that we publish you name or identifying information along with your question.  
Please do not include a client's identifying details with protected health information in your queries.

Have suggestions or ideas for future editions of the Red River Valley?  Please contact your editors with your comments.  We are eager to continually improve the Red River Valley as a resource for music therapists and music therapy students in the southwestern region.

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