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Hello Georgia Music Therapist and MTAG Member,
Happy September! As your new Past-President, I wanted to reach out one last time with a few updates about our new fiscal year!
RENEW, RENEW, RENEW!
The MTAG year runs from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017. If you would like to renew your dues, you may do so by visiting our website at www.georgiamusictherapy.org, where you will find links to renew or join via PayPal, or by downloading and mailing in a new membership form for the 2016-2017 membership year.
Click Here to JOIN/RENEW!
Congratulations to our new EXECUTIVE BOARD!
With the start of our new MTAG year comes the addition of some new faces, which we will be profiling on our website and our facebook page (Go LIKE Us!)
Hello and welcome to all of our new executive board members below:
MTAG Executive Board
Jessica Brodley- Lopez, President
Tasia Carter, President-Elect
Chelsea Kinsler, Secretary
Andrea VerBurg, Treasurer
PROFESSIONALS PLEASE RESPOND.
As many of you know, MTAG is in the process of compiling a working list of music therapy professionals working in the state of Georgia in order to aid in referrals for music therapy services and consultations. If you have already responded to the very brief survey below, we thank you for your time! If you have not yet had a chance to respond, please take a moment to respond so that we may include you on our list of individuals interested in receiving referrals. We are specifically looking for individuals outside of Metro Atlanta, but we would love for everyone to respond!
Music Therapy Professionals in Georgia SURVEY
SEND US YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS!
If you or your agency/company has any announcements, awards won, recitals or events coming up, job openings, continuing education opportunities, ANYTHING- please email our executive board and let them know! WE WOULD LOVE to highlight all of the great music therapy professionals working in our state on our website and our Facebook page, and share the wonderful things you are doing! You can send an email through our website HERE! or by visiting the OFFICERS/CONTACT tab on our website.
Don't forget JOB OPENINGS!!!
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
Are you or is anyone you know providing music therapy services in or near the following areas?
Leesburg or Albany, GA
We have active referrals for professionals in this area or willing to travel to this location to provide services. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can assist.
THANK YOU, from my heart to yours!
As my Presidency with MTAG comes to a close, I just want to say thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you and our state. I am so proud of the growth we've seen, and of the strong individuals we have in this state serving in so many wonderful capacities including business growth, continuing education growth and opportunities, and a high standard of services for the health care community and beyond. I have learned so much, and I have enjoyed working with so many of you! I know that your new Executive Board is going to bring such a fresh, and exciting new perspective to our organization, and I look forward to being a part of this wonderful group of professionals for years to come! Best wishes to all of you!
With warm regards,
Kirby Carruth, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy Association of Georgia
It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces at SER-AMTA 2016 in the fabulous Macon, Ga! Our regional conference, "Researching the Possibilities," was our region's highest attendance conference ever! (Kudos to the local peeps who helped plan, volunteer, and serve on regional and state boards and committees!)
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our state association meeting on Saturday! Below you will find highlights from our meeting. Meeting minutes will be distributed to members by email on file. Nominations were taken from the floor for our upcoming officer elections. More information is forthcoming, so please continue to watch your email for additional details.
Special congratulations to many of our students who were awarded scholarships and grants through our association.
Music Therapy Association of GA Internship Scholarship: Sabrina Riffler, GCSU
David Symons' Memorial Grant: Student Presidents, Hayley Godwin (UGA) and Preston Watson (GCSU)
-Upcoming PR campaign and student outreach program to encourage advocacy and leadership.
-Upcoming CMTE and educational event in June 2016.
-Next (tentative) association meeting, September 2016.
-MTAG donated $100 in memory of Dr. Richard Graham to a scholarship endowment in his name.
-MTAG made several door prize donations to the SER-AMTA conference to be distributed among attendees.
-Please consider membership in our national association for the many benefits, including support in advocacy and government relations. Payment options are available!
-You should have received an email from MTAG with a survey regarding referrals. Please complete that survey. Thank you!
And finally, a special thank you to my MTAG Executive Board for all of their help and support in all things MTAG related, and then some! (And thanks Brittany for the awesome meeting minutes!)
(Pictured L-R) Brittany Taylor-Stewart, Secretary
Jessica Brodley-Lopez, President-Elect
Marsha Lane, Treasurer
Happy Weekend, and Happy (Coming Soon!) Summer!
Hello and Happy Monday MTAG Members!
The MTAG Executive Board hopes that you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying 2016 so far! Below you will find updates and events that we wanted to share! As always, continue to follow our Music Therapy Association of Georgia Facebook page and website for more updates and news! And if you have any questions, click the "Contact" tab on the right hand side of our webpage, and send us an email! We love hearing from you!
Recently added to our Events/Continuing Ed tab is information regarding a CMTE opportunity at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. The CMTE entitled, "Sensorimotor Music Therapy Treatment Approaches: Eurhythmics for Autism and other Neurophysiologic Diagnoses," presented by Dr. Dorita Berger will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Details and registration information can be found HERE on our website.
All music therapy professionals are required to renew their license every 2 years, even numbered years. Due to this, we will all be required to renew our license this year by March 31. Many of you have contacted us regarding the application process, saying that you were unable to find the appropriate documents for renewal. Those documents are not currently available, but we have been told that when they are available, we will receive an email from the SOS. In addition, there is more information forthcoming from our Advisory Committee that we plan to disseminate when we receive it. For now, please make sure that you are utilizing the CBMT website to log your CMTE hours, and that you have logged at least 40 hours of your 100 (total in 5 years) during this 2-year license cycle.
MTAG Internship Scholarship
Thank you to Paula James and the entire Internship Scholarship committee for sharing the application and guidelines for our scholarship. Universities in Georgia have been notified of this scholarship and have shared this with their students. The recipient of our scholarship will be announced at our state association meeting at regional conference. Dates and times for that meeting will be shared at a later date. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact me at email@example.com for more information.
Music Therapy: Researching the Possibilities
March 31-April 2
Our upcoming regional conference will be held in Macon, Ga this year and we look forward to seeing you there! Because of its close proximity, we would love to see LOTS of Georgia music therapists attend! MTAG will be assisting the local committee in securing volunteers, door prizes, and entertainment. As time nears, we will be reaching out to professionals in our state for assistance in this area, so please stay tuned and consider how you might be willing to help! This year's conference will focus on research, and we already know there are going to be many wonderful opportunities for learning and networking! For more information about the conference schedule or to register, please visit the SER-AMTA Conference page. Early-bird registration ends February 21st. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity!
Referral Information and Music Therapists Needed
MTAG is very often getting email requests looking for music therapists in various parts of the state. Because of this, we are looking at streamlined ways for listing professionals on our website, or ways of knowing/recording what areas various professionals are working. In the next few weeks, as we work on this process, we may be reaching out to you and your staff regarding your location, and various areas that you might be willing to travel to. Until then, I will continue to post updates on our Facebook page or on our Blog when looking for music therapists in certain locations. See below for a few opportunities, and please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these listings.
--Music Therapy services: Columbus, GA area/ willing to travel to Fort Benning
--Music Therapy services: Columbus, GA area
--Music Therapy services: Evans, Ga (Augusta)
--Educational Presentation: Murray County (Woodlawn Elementary, Spring Place Elementary) Chatsworth, GA
Again, make sure to keep an eye on our WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE for more information and updates as it becomes available! And feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or exciting updates/events that you'd like to share with our membership!
Kirby Carruth, LPMT, MMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy Association of Georgia
Check out this awesome video showcasing the collaboration between the Alchemy Sky Foundation and Metro Music Therapy in metro Atlanta! Be sure to see the Alchemy Sky website at www.alchemysky.org to find out about all of the wonderful projects they have going on, as well as ways to contact them regarding music therapy partnerships! Their mission is simple: The Alchemy Sky Foundation brings the healing power of music to those who need it. They partner with organizations in the community along with a broad network of music and health professionals to create needs-based programs for our clients.
Check them out!
Below is the flyer describing the upcoming presentation Side By Side - A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Depression. Presenters include John Carter, MA, LPC, Lorraine Pugh, MA, CTRS, Sarah Pregnall, MM, MT-BC, Betsy Neal, MT-BC, Ashley Hermann, Music Therapy Intern (MTI) and Caitlin Swett, MTI. This presentation is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits.
See attachment for the learner objectives and schedule. To register for CMTE e-mail Carol Shultis at Carol.email@example.com by February 26, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Carol via e-mail or phone (864) 596-9621.
The MTASC Spring Business Meeting will be held after lunch. Send request to join group reservation for lunch at the nearby Zorba's Greek Restaurant to Jennie Band at firstname.lastname@example.org by next Friday, 2/20/15.
We hope that you'll be able to join us in Irmo, SC for the event!
A few updates from MTAG on this Terrific Thursday!
- Have you registered for regional conference yet? The early bird deadline to register is February 15th and we would LOVE to see you there! We are planning a networking/social session with our MTAG members so stay tuned for more information! On Saturday, March 28th at 10:15am we will be having our state meetings, and we have lots of new information to share including meeting your new Executive Board! Register now so you don't miss out on this awesome opportunity! See you in Columbia!
Nominate a Deserving Professional!
- Please consider nominating a fellow MTAG Member who exemplifies
dedication to 1) Professional Practice, 2) Research, or 3) Service. A 4th award is available to individuals that are not music therapists but have contributed to our field through being a Music Therapy Advocate.
Submissions are due to Dr. Varvara Pasiali by 3/10/15... either mailing a paper copy or electronically (preferred) (email@example.com).
There are many music therapists who have contributed to our profession in one or more of those areas. Further details on the four awards are described on the SER-AMTA Website. The SER-AMTA Professional Awards Nomination Form is also on the website.
CMTE Credits Available
- The MMT Academy (owned by Metro Music Therapy) is offering 4 CMTE courses on March 7th & 8th, meaning you can earn up to 12 credit hours in only 2 days!
Course topics include Utilizing Gear in Your Everyday Practice, Implementing Gear Knowledge during a live music therapy session at one of MMT's facility contracts, Insurance Reimbursement, and Marketing/Writing Program Proposals. All courses are experiential in nature and will be taught by Sam Shanine, Mallory Even, and Jamie George.
And here's some great news! MTAG members will receive 10% off any and every course offered by the MMT Academy when entering promotional code "mtag" at checkout (located below the course selection boxes on the Eventbrite website).
All course info can be found here: www.metromusictherapyga.com/cmte
And you can register for all courses here: www.eventbrite.com/e/mmt-academy-spring-2015-weekend
Email Mallory Even (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!
And finally, if you have not already renewed your MTAG membership it is not too late! Go to our website and click Join/Renew to find all of the easy options for renewal!
From all of us at MTAG, have a fantastic Valentine's Day! We love you and your dedication to Music Therapy!
Kirby Carruth, LPMT, MMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy Association of Georgia
You will be so proud to call yourself a music therapist after watching this #MTAdvocacy video. Congratulations to The George Center for Music Therapy on another job well done!
Check out all of the 2015 #MTAdvocacy posts here.
Have you renewed your AMTA membership this year?
Membership for the 2015 calendar year is now being accepted in the online store. Invest in your profession and invest in improving your practice of music therapy! The more music therapists who support AMTA's mission by becoming a member in 2015, the better we can address our mission, to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services, and the better your membership becomes!
Go to www.musictherapy.org. Log in with your online account credentials and go to the online store. Then Shop for: "Membership" and click "Go." Select your desired type of membership, put it in your shopping cart and check out. It's that easy! Or, if you prefer, print out a 2015 Membership form and mail in your payment to AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.
Don't let your membership benefits end, renew today! And if you've never been a member before, check out this page for all the benefits membership in AMTA brings you.
Hello and Happy New Year! Welcome Home!
They say “Home is where the heart is …” And the passion for music therapy practice is alive and well here in our home state of Georgia! Professionals in our state are working in private practice, education, with clients dealing with substance abuse and addiction, in mental health facilities, and with patients on oncology units (to name just a few!) We have recently adopted a new licensure law to increase access to services and awareness of our growing profession. AND, the knowledge and training of professionals in our state continues to grow and expand as our colleagues present at conferences, in-services, and continuing education events.
As a member of MTAG, we want you to feel at home here in the state of Georgia! We want you to know your colleagues and be able to network with other professionals; we want to offer you in-depth, relevant, and current topics in continuing education; and we want to lead a state association that cares about you and your practice and provides the tools needed to be a successful music therapist in our state.
Just a few of the ways we plan to do that:
ü Provide relevant continuing music therapy education events and opportunities across the state at a reasonable price
ü Allow access to a multi-faceted website with up-to-date information about current events, government relations, and professional practice across the state
ü Serve as a liaison between professionals in the state of Georgia and the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State’s Licensing Board
ü Create the opportunity for networking and friendly alliances with other professionals in music therapy and allied health professions, and
ü Introduce students and new professionals to a flourishing music therapy community in the state of Georgia
So welcome to MTAG, and invite some friends! We want to reach out to all of the professionals working in the state so that we can provide all of this and more. Make it your goal to reach out to one friend and recommend MTAG, so that they too can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Let’s create a supportive, caring environment for our “family” here in Georgia, and let’s show everyone just how passionate we are about our home.
SB 414, Georgia’s music therapy licensure law was signed into law by Governor Deal in May 2012. You can access a copy of the music therapy licensure law through this link to the Georgia General Assembly website. Music therapists started applying for their licenses in Fall of 2013, and beginning January 1, 2014 all music therapists must have obtained their license in order to practice in the state of Georgia.
Current News: Check out our newest Blog Post for updates and information!
Welcome to the website of the Music Therapy Association of Georgia! We look forward to hearing from you!
Jessica Brodley-Lopez, LPMT, MT-BC
Georgia Academic Programs in Music Therapy
(Bachelor and Master's Programs)
The University of Georgia
(Bachelor and Equivalency Degrees)
Georgia Internship Sites
List of approved National Roster sites from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
(Please contact MTAG regarding sites that may not appear in current search, and the latest news on site openings)
©2015 Music Therapy Association of Georgia