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

Report from the President-Elect

It is with pleasure that I continue to serve SWAMTA as president-elect. I am impressed with the dedication and commitment from our regional board members who all volunteer their time and energy to supporting the mission of AMTA in our region. As president-elect, part of my role is to represent SWAMTA by serving on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates. The Assembly met for several hours at our national conference in Sandusky, Ohio, and it was a tremendous learning experience to witness the passionate and respectful discussions and debates from music therapists across the country. If you attend national conference, I encourage you to attend an Assembly of Delegates meeting and learn more about this policy-making body of AMTA.

Another part of my position as president-elect is to track our membership numbers in the region. Interestingly, the more members we have in our region, the more representation SWAMTA will have on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates. As we begin 2017, it is a reminder to renew your membership to AMTA. Membership helps to sustain the profession of music therapy in many ways including ensuring the existence of quality academic and clinical training programs for our students. If the American Music Therapy Association did not exist, none of us would have become music therapists because there would be no organization to establish educational and clinical training standards. In calculating the expense of our membership over the year, the approximate cost of $4.77/week is an investment in our students, ourselves, and the clients we serve.

One of the main duties I have as president-elect is to annually review and make recommendations for revisions to the SWAMTA bylaws. The SWAMTA bylaws are a living and breathing document that changes to meet the rapidly changing world we live in. Since our regional board is exploring ways to implement online voting of regional officers, there will most likely be recommendations for revisions to vote upon at our upcoming regional business meeting during the SWAMTA conference in Ft. Worth.

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention the Harmony Award. This award is the highest recognition members can receive in our region and I encourage you to strongly consider nominating a colleague you know who has shown exceptional contributions to our field. We can award more than one Harmony Award each year so your nomination will make an impact. Below is more information about this prestigious award and how to submit nominations:

Call for 2017 Harmony Award Nominations

Now is the time to recognize and honor our SWAMTA colleagues for outstanding and significant contributions to our profession in at least one of the following areas: Education, Clinical Practice, Research, and/or Service. Multiple awards can be given so please take time to nominate someone. All nominees must be current members of SWAMTA. 

Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2017. The nomination form and the criteria for the award categories are located on the SWAMTA website (SWAMTA.COM) or you can contact me directly:

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