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Red River Valley                                                                Winter 2017
A publication of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association                                                                                             
President's Report
Antoinette Neff, MT-BC, President

Greetings and Happy New Year!

It was wonderful to see many of you at the AMTA national conference in Sandusky, Ohio last November.

The 2017 SWAMTA Regional Conference registration is now open! 

It will be held in Fort Worth, TX from
March 23rd-25th,2017 
at the Sheraton Downtown Ft Worth. 

This year’s theme is “Cowtown Connection: Recharge at the Music Therapy Round-Up!”. 

Our opening session will be sponsored by Houston Methodist. We are extremely grateful for this generous support! Thank you to Jennifer Townsend and all she has done to help with this sponsorship. Jennifer has also been coordinating some fabulous CMTE offerings, so register early! Vice President, Diane Powell, Local Committee Chair, Mary Altom, the local committee, and the SWAMTA Board have been working hard to make sure this will be a conference you won’t want to miss. 

Check out the our website at to register and for conference updates. I’ll see you there!

SWAMTA President-Elect, Christine Neugebauer, discusses her role and responsibilities to the region, and draws attention to the open nominations for the Harmony Award.

Touching Base with the Website Administrator

Christina Stock relays information about changes in the process of registering for conference online and invites you to explore the SWAMTA website.

Board of Director's Fall Meeting
Summary of Motions


SWAMTAS is looking forward to regional conference! 

We will be releasing applications for three student scholarships in February and they will be due just prior to conference. 

We hope all students will attend the
2nd annual student social,
immediately following the opening ceremony. 

Students should also plan to attend our two business meetings to understand what all the schools and the region have been doing this year. 

 Students! Please apply to be a part of Passages - student presentations given during conference. 

Information about passages can be found at

We wish all students and professionals a wonderful spring semester!

Siobhan Kelley
SWAMTAS President


Stay up to date with SWAMTA's social network presence online.  Get inspired by seeing the success stories of music therapists in the region profiled in the media.

Veronica Butler, MSEd, MT-BC

Ask Eva

"Ask Eva" is a brand new column in the Red River Valley aimed at answering student and new professional music therapist’s questions about the professional and personal aspects of this field.

“Eva” is actually a panel of experts from around the Southwestern Region that pool their vast knowledge. The column is named as a tribute to Eva Augusta Vescelius who was a pioneer in the field of music therapy in the 1920’s. She founded the National Society of Musical Therapeutics, one of the first music therapy organizations which eventually paved the way to the American Music Therapy Association and your very own Southwest Region of the AMTA.

Vice-President's Report

We are so excited that the registration for our upcoming regional conference is open! The Cowtown Connection will be held March 23-25 at the Sheraton in downtown Ft. Worth. There is continually new information going up on the SWAMTA website, so please check it out for the latest news or if you have any questions. The schedule of sessions will be posted soon, as well as more details about the exciting things being planned by our local committee. On the website there is also a link to reserve your hotel room for your stay. Start making your plans to join us for what is sure to be a fantastic conference! 

Diane Powell,
SWAMTA Vice-President

Continuing Education 

This year the Continuing Education committee is helping to bring you CMTE courses at conference relating to special education, accounting, leadership, data collection techniques, and burnout, as well as a special training institute in suicide risk assessment. 

Getting to Know Janice Lindstrom

In this edition of the interview series brought to you by the editor's of the Red River Valley, meet Janice Lindstrom, a board certified music therapist who turned losing funding into diverse career experiences, which now allow her to train the next generation of Music Therapists.   

Assembly of Delegates

The Assembly of Delegates reports on their meeting at national conference in 2016, discussing motions passed, including accepting a recommendation not to increase membership dues in 2018.

RRV Editors' Report to the Board, dated Oct 22, 2016

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