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


Introducing the New Board

Hello from the SWAMTAS board! My name is Siobhan Kelley and I am serving as the SWAMTAS President for the 2016-2017 school year. I am currently a senior at SMU, planning to start my internship in the summer of 2017. This year at SWAMTAS we plan to continue to increase communication and connections between all seven schools in the region. The board hopes that our regional projects will help to connect students while also serving as music therapy advocacy tools. I am excited to see what we can accomplish this year, and as always the students are grateful for all the professional members do to help us further our passion and goals as music therapy students!  

Siobhan Kelley
Southern Methodist University

Kevin Bock

Southern Methodist University

Mariela Fuentes
University of the Incarnate Word

Marques Roberson
Texas Woman’s University

  • Provide Music Therapy students the opportunity to develop as professionals
  • Advance and promote Music Therapy as a viable health profession
  • Implement the goals and purpose of AMTAS
  • Represent the region at Regional and National Conferences
  • Support communication and collaboration between Music Therapy schools in the region
  • Keep members updated with any opportunities presented by AMTAS

SWAMTAS Regional Projects (2016-2017)

School Organization Challenge

Each school’s music therapy organization is given a monthly social media challenge. The first challenge is: post a picture from one of your first general meetings using #SWAMTASchallenge and #WelcomeMTstudents. Second challenge: post a picture of your organization watching SWAMTAS board videos #whatisSWAMTAS #SWAMTASchallenge

Individual Advocacy Challenge

Answer the question “What is Music Therapy?” in your own creative way! You could make an Instagram post, a video, write a song, or make a drawing. Make sure you tag your post with #swamtas and #whatismusictherapy. We will display some of the best responses at regional conference!

SWAMTAS at "Cowtown Connection"

This year SWAMTAS will give out multiple scholarships at regional conference so look for those applications in January of 2017. We will host the second annual Student Social where we hope to encourage students from schools all across the region to meet one another, play some games, and get to know the other schools programs better. Also make sure you plan to attend the SWAMTAS business meetings for new officer elections, scholarship announcements, and other important business.

Go like our new Facebook page: “Southwestern American Music Therapy Association of Students” and keep an eye out for the SWAMTAS newsletter coming at the end of November!

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