Welcome to the Western Region Chapter, American Music Therapy Association, Inc.
WRAMTA Mission Statement: We exist to advocate the value of music therapy to the communities we serve, and develop and support the professional skills of our member base.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (AMTA, 2005).
WRAMTA is one of the regional chapters of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The purpose of this organization is the advancement of music therapy within the western region. The AMTA strives towards the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and U.S. Territories and outlying areas in the Pacific Ocean make up the Western Region.
A note of Thanks from your President,
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Broomfield, Colorado, March 13 – 19, for our first ever co-conference with another AMTA region. The Midwestern region was a wonderful host for us. It was fantastic to welcome over 400 music therapists from over 18 states at such a historic event. Three cheers for Jennifer Buchanan, author of Tune In! who kicked-off Opening Session in style with her heart-felt and truly audience-engaging music-filled story. Sincerest thanks to the untold hours of planning and tireless dedication of the local committee, Conference planning committee, and our very own Vice-President and conference co-chair, Carly Brambila. It truly takes a village, and there were so many hands helping in the village of this conference planning and executing, I thank you all for making this experience unforgettable.
As we look forward to the rest of 2017, I am excited for what the future holds for our region. I am honored that you have elected me to be your President. I will do my very best to live up to that honor to serve the needs of the region. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with concerns, questions and IDEAS! I am excited and passionate about the leadership our membership has chosen. One of the truly remarkable things about the Western region is our sense of the Pioneering Spirit. We are typically the first region to adopt a new method, attempt a new strategy or welcome a new procedure. What impresses me is that YOU, the members are so innovative with ideas and so open to trying new things, to move forward, to forge the path before anyone else. Let’s continue this forward motion together while we never forget the past and the amazing leaders and trail-blazers that led us where we are today.
In closing, I was moved at the luncheon at conference when AMTA President Jennifer Geiger played the 5-minute video which was a small taste, a highlight reel, of the Special Senate Committee Hearing on Aging from 1991. If you’ve never seen the highlights from this monumental moment in music therapy history, I encourage you to take 5 minutes and 16 seconds of your day and watch it right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53gsB81Z6qc&feature=youtu.be So many in that room had not seen this video and knew nothing about the testimony of Alicia Ann Clair, Barbara Crowe, Oliver Sacks, and countless others (including bi-partisan Senator support), on behalf of the music therapy profession. These are the trail-blazers and the leaders who represent some of what has come before us in music therapy. Let’s never stop moving forward for our profession.
Thank you for the honor to serve as your President of the Western Region Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association.
Kymla J. Eubanks, MM, MT-BC
ps – Save the Date – Feb 26th – March 3, 2018, Ontario, California!
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