I am about to do something I’ve never, ever done before on this blog. Perhaps I’m feeling inspired after conference or maybe just super-productive now that it’s finally getting warm outside again. Regardless, this is a first for the Music Therapy Maven.
I’m going to write a blog post a day for the next five days.
Truthfully, I’m actually doing this to celebrate and introduce you to the wonderful Maven blog sponsors: Emily Ann Peterson, Listen and Learn Music, Music Therapy Tween, and Music Therapy Tunes. Starting tomorrow, I invite you to keep reading and learn about these wonderful blogs, people, and resources.
Why after today?
Today is a special post. No doubt you’ve heard how Japan has recently fallen victim to a horrendous earthquake and tsunami. Thousands have died and thousands more have been affected by this awful tragedy…including music therapists.
Today I ask you to read the letter below and do what you can to support our overseas friends. Whether it’s sharing the information with your family, friends, and network or making a donation yourself…every bit helps.
Yuji Igari is a music therapist in Sendai, the epicenter of the recent earthquake in Japan. One of Yuji’s clients, Kenji, has Down Syndrome. Kenji’s house was washed away by the Tsunami, but luckily he and his family were rescued 3 days later. They still have no electricity in this season of cold weather. Please make a donation to the American Music Therapy Association Disaster Relief Fund to help music therapists continue their work with individuals like Kenji during this difficult time.
To make a donation, click the banner “Ganbaro Japan Music Therapy”, and you’ll be directed to the AMTA Disaster Response page. Once you’re on the page scroll down and click “Click here to make a donation.” (AMTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accepts contributions which support its mission. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.)
If you are also interested in posting the banner on your blogs or websites, please email Megumi Azekawa, MM, MT-BC, NMT (megumi@MusicClinic.com).
We appreciate your support!
AMTA Disaster Response Program
Japan Disaster Response Activity Team
Yumi Sato, MA, MT-BC
Nami Yoshihara, MS, MT-BC
Megumi Azekawa, MM, MT-BC, NMT