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It’s #MWAMTA11 Time! Gearing up for Regional Conference

by Kimberly on April 6, 2011 · 3 comments

We are the last ones. Two weeks ago it was Southwest and Great Lakes. Last week, it was Southeastern, Western, Mid-Atlantic, and New England. This week…it’s our turn!

In two days, the Midwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association will kick-off it’s annual regional conference in Overland Park, Kansas. Professional and student music therapists will descend upon the Doubletree Hotel for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun.

Where to Find Me at MWAMTA11

This year, I’m absolutely honored to be giving the Keynote address to music therapy students at their Passages conference! Not only am I honored, but…I’m more nervous about this speech than any I’ve given before! Yikes!!! I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes, both on the blog next week and on Twitter (be sure to follow the #mwamta11 hashtag).

What’s less nerve-wracking (yet equally exciting) are the two CMTE trainings I’m co-facilitating. The first is with Denver-based music therapist Sarah Thompson, who owns and manages both Clinical Rhythms and Rehabilitative Rhythms. Our training, called “Marketing A to Z: Online and Offline Strategies for Growing a Thriving Practice,” is intended for any professional or student who needs a little boost in their marketing skills. I hope you can join us!

Then on Sunday, I’ll be putting on my CBMT hat when Dena Register and I spend 3 hours talking about advocacy. One of my favorite topics! Regardless of what you do, you ARE an advocate, so why not get a little help and do it better? If you’re free Sunday afternoon, I highly recommend you take this training!

If you’re coming to the conference, please stop by the registration table on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 and say hi! I’ll be “manning the booth” and would love to see you, meet you, and chat you up.

And if you’re not coming? Be sure to follow all the conference happenings by following the #mwamta11 hashtag on Twitter! You can also follow me on Twitter or like my page on Facebook–I’ll be posting updates regularly.

P.S. And what am I looking forward to most at conference? There looks to be lots of wonderful speakers and presentations lined up, but I’m most partial to seeing:

  • former Neurosong employee Megumi Azekawa present the findings of her research on singing and speech impairments in those with Parkinson’s disease
  • the ever-lovely Dr. Alicia Clair give the conference Keynote presentation
  • regional state task force members, led by MT-BC Rachelle Norman, provide updates on the state of state recognition in their…state (sounds funny, doesn’t it?)
  • all my friends and colleagues from North Dakota, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska (with a special shout-out to the Music Therapy Tween Michelle Erfurt who’ll be flying in from Florida!)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachelle April 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Yay for #MWAMTA11! I’m looking forward to the state recognition session, too, as well as the advocacy CMTE. See you there!

Natalie April 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The fact that you are nervous about presenting to the students makes me feel so much better about my pre-presentation nerves! You’ll be awesome! I’d love to hear how it goes and maybe swap notes 🙂

Michelle Erfurt April 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Woo Woo! Don’t forget… we’ll be taping the Music Therapy Round Table podcast in the exhibit hall on Saturday… visit the Music Therapy Tween booth & Twitter for details. 🙂

I’m looking forward to this conference as well… will be my first conference in the Mid-Western region!

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