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Hello MTAG Members!
My name is Caroline Buckner and I am the President and Founder of Concert for a Cause Inc. We are a 501c3 nonprofit based in Roswell whose mission is to increase awareness for music therapy and its positive benefits for various populations in the therapeutic world. We also fundraise to financially support special projects that utilize music therapy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta by sponsoring and hosting major benefit concerts and other music-centered fundraising events.
I'm a senior music therapy major at Georgia College & State University as well as a member of MTAG. I'm reaching out to try to get our organization more involved with the music therapy practices in the metro Atlanta area. At the end of our current year (June) we will be updating our support services to include more organizations than just Children's and would like MTAG's help with getting our information out to other practices.
How can you help? We want our services to actually be of use to music therapy practices. Our executive board is looking to offer grants, client scholarships, and donated items as our budget allows. We do already have an Amazon wishlist set up for our donors to purchase supplies that will be sent to us for our music therapy partners to choose from. If there are specific items that your practice needs- let us know! We want to be a resource for your organization, but for us to best do that we need to know what you need, whether that be funding or specific items. Please reach out to introduce yourselves and let us know how we can help!
Concert for a Cause Inc is also looking for passionate members who want to help us further our mission! We are always in need of volunteers for our events, performers for our fundraising events throughout the year (yes, this could also be your clients!!) and possible executive board members whose views and passions align with our mission. If any of that interests you, please reach out as well!
I have included our social media and contact information below so you can stay up to date on our events and sponsorships. We would love to invite each of you to our annual community charity concert on Saturday, June 8th at 7pm at The Cherokee Arts Center in Canton, GA.
Concert for a Cause Inc
We had a wonderful time growing in our ability to build improvisational circle songs! Big thanks to Virginia Schenck for presenting on this topic for us!
We also want to say thank you to all who came out to get some CMTE credits, we hope you find it useful in your sessions and growth as a therapist. Here are some picture to highlight the wonderful time we had! We look forward to providing more CMTE opportunities in the future.
Music Therapist of Georgia,
Renewal time is upon us! Joining MTAG connects you to the wonderful network of music therapists in the state of Georgia, allows you to stay updated on current CMTE offerings, job offerings, and networking opportunities in the state!
The MTAG year runs from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019. 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 2018-2019 membership year.
Click Here to JOIN/RENEW!
As an added bonus, we will again for the second year be providing the first 20 members to renew the opportunity to be placed in a drawing to win an amazing prize! Look for that update on the prize on our social media and website this weekend!
World Music Therapy Day is coming up on March 1, 2018! The World Federation of Music Therapy is so excited to host this day of celebration and advocacy across the globe. Our focus this year is to celebrate and advocate for music therapy on social media platforms.
Please plan to join our worldwide music therapy community in the following ways:
1) Post something about music therapy on social media on March 1, 2018 – we recommend once or twice on Facebook, Instagram, etc., and more frequently on Twitter (Twitter users typically only read the most recent tweets) throughout the day. Things to post can include:
a. Pictures of you, your instruments, your work space, etc. paired with captions of why/how much you love music therapy
b. Music therapy fact sheets
c. Create and post advocacy and awareness materials to be shared with music therapy colleagues and friends
d. Status updates about music therapy
e. News stories about music therapy
f. The World Music Therapy Day logo (attached; with thanks to musicheals.ca for creating it)
g. Videos of you and your colleagues/friends celebrating music therapy
h. Advertising Music Therapy Degree programs and opportunities/your alma mater
i. Question and Answer sessions
2) Share things that other people are posting about music therapy on your page or on the music therapy pages that you participate in
3) Include #WorldMusicTherapyDay - March 1, 2018 in your email signature
4) Participate in our Meme Contest (Rules and Guidelines attached)
5) Write and record songs and post them online
6) Host World Music Therapy Day Celebrations in your community – make personal face-to-face connections and also post pictures/videos online.
7) Contact your local media and involve them in running stories about music therapy services and/or World Music Therapy Day celebrations in your community
Remember to use #WorldMusicTherapyDay with all posts and tweets.
SER-AMTA Membership Dues Assistance Program application deadline has been extended to February 14, 2018.
The purpose of the program is to provide AMTA Professional Membership dues payment for SER members/Music Therapists living in the Southeast Region who have experienced job loss, drastic reduction in income or other financial hardship. The assistance amount may be full or partial payment of dues, depending upon number of applicants and stated need. The policies, procedure, and application form can be found in the "Member Documents" section of the "For Music Therapists" section of the website - www.ser-amta.org.
Please scan the completed application and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to exciting, new life changes, one of our amazing board members has to open her position to a new nominee. We are thankful for all that Tasia contributed to our organization and look forward to the year ahead with another motivated professional. Descriptions of the Executive Board position can be found below. Please keep in mind that it is now easier than ever, with FaceTime, Skype, and other digital and video conferencing tools, to stay connected without Executive Board members being in close proximity. We invite professionals from across Georgia near and far to nominate and be nominated!
We are nominating for the following positions:
MTAG 2018 Executive Board Nominations
We will review the current pool of nominees at our Spring meeting at the SER-AMTA Regional conference in Chattanooga, TN on Thursday April 12, 2017. We will also accept nominations from the floor at the Spring meeting. The ballot will be created and sent out electronically within 60 days after the Spring meeting.
For questions related to the nomination and voting process, please contact Kirby Carruth at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support and dedication to MTAG!
MTAG Board Member Duties and Responsibilities
ï Plan yearly CMTEs
ï Contact with student organizations (outreach meetings and David Symons Education Grant)
ï Fill in for the President in their absence
ï Attend CEC meeting at regional conference
ï Social media chair
ï Miscellaneous duties needed to be completed
Wonderful Music Therapy Professionals of the state of Georgia, it is time for the renewal process of our state licensure to begin.
In the link below we have provided the website for the renewal process and application for new therapists. Renewal is a simple process, but it is important to complete this before the deadline of March 31, 2018. Additionally, your required 40 hours of CMTEs for the previous two year cycle should be recorded on your CBMT account.
If you have any questions on the process, don't hesitate to contact us here at MTAG to help with any of your renewal needs!
Music Therapists/Music Therapy Students of Georgia,
Happy Fall! We hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather, and the opportunity to sing all of our Fall favorites!
Now is the perfect time to join/renew your MTAG membership. This year, we are giving away a FREE waterproof ukulele to one lucky member! The first 20 people to join/renew membership will automatically be placed in a drawing for this awesome instrument!
To join/renew, please visit this link:
MTAG exists to advocate, care, and educate the public about music therapy, and to provide support and continuing education opportunities for our amazing group of Georgia music therapists! We believe that we benefit the field of music therapy best when we are all advocating and supporting each other together. When you join MTAG, you support and become a part of the work of keeping our field flourishing in the state of Georgia. We are excited for this year has in store for music therapy in this great state!
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!
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)