Blog Category: Music Therapy Students

Music Therapy, AMTA and Belonging

-by Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC

AMTA as a community

As with most allied health professions, music therapy has a professional organization, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).  The purpose of AMTA “is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world” (AMTA, 2017).  This advocacy of AMTA includes educating government officials (including national senators and representatives, governors, and state legislators), organizations (including Veteran’s Affairs Administration, National Institute of Health,  and Remo Drums), and the general public.

I have been a member of AMTA since I was a music therapy student, maintaining my membership throughout my career because of the many benefits it has given me. The organization not only works on a therapist’s behalf to increase our visibility, it also increases client access to our services.

Here are some of the other great things about AMTA membership:

  •  Two high quality journals created to keep therapists informed of the latest research and clinical practices within music therapy
  • A forum for music therapists to come together and share knowledge, experience, questions, and music
  • A way for music therapists to share their voices and ideas, as well as an opportunity to shape the field of music therapy as it grows and develops
  • Volunteer members and staff who are working to protect the field of music therapy through countless hours of dedicated service
  • National and regional groups that create and support the growth of music therapy in underdeveloped and new areas
  • Resources, documents, and knowledge that deepen my practices as a music therapist, a music therapist supervisor, and a music therapy educator
  • Opportunities to develop skills outside of clinical music therapy, by taking on leadership roles, conducting research and writing scholarly materials

AMTA as an advocate

For our stakeholders, those who receive our services and those who hire us to provide music therapy services, AMTA works on your behalf as well.  AMTA has been involved in developing and modifying legislation and regulations to make music therapy more readily available to those who need our services.  AMTA works to educate the public about music therapy. Finally, AMTA serves to connect those interested in music therapy services with music therapists in their area.

If you are a music therapist or music therapy student, you can learn more about joining AMTA here!

 

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Here We Grow Again with Two New Team Members!

Helping new music therapists grow!

Alison Albino

Alison Albino

At Roman Music Therapy Services, we have been particularly passionate about doing all we can to grow the talent pool of the next generation of music therapists.

Last year, Alison Albino joined Roman Music Therapy Services as an intern, wowing all of us with her compassion, determination and talent! Watching her confidence grow and her skills expand has been such a rewarding experience!

It’s no wonder that we happily made her a permanent part of our team once she completed her program at Berklee College of Music this past November.

Alison sees a wide spectrum of patients, from folks in hospice care, children and adults with special needs, and older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Outside of work, Alison loves to travel and has been to over 15 different countries! She also has a passion for business and hopes to assist Roman Music Therapy Services grow in the future. We look forward to seeing what she does!

Growth brings new opportunities 

Amadee Castenell III

Amadee Castenell III

Amadee Castenell is a recent graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. He discovered his calling in high school when he learned of music therapy as a career, which combined his love of music, his interest in psychology and his desire to help people.

While Amadee has experience working with many different populations, his real passion lies in hospice work. Following in the footsteps of family who work in the hospice field, Amadee hopes to someday teach and/or advocate for music therapy in hospice settings nationwide.

Amadee is excited to begin his career in music therapy at Roman Music Therapy Services! Proficient in a number of instruments, Amadee often tries to incorporate the use of woodwinds in his sessions when appropriate, so you may see him with a saxophone or a clarinet.

At Roman Music Therapy Services, we really are a team and we are incredibly excited by the energy and passion both Alison and Amadee bring to our office, our clients and the field of music therapy!

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