The Illinois Association for Music Therapy (IAMT) is a chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). IAMT shall promote the advancement of Music Therapy as a professional discipline in the state of Illinois through public education and advocacy. IAMT shall provide professional development and continuing education opportunities for all of its members. IAMT shall offer resources for the community to access quality Music Therapy services provided by a qualified and credentialed professional. The purpose of IAMT shall support the goals and objectives of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Great Lakes Region of AMTA and their respective governing documents.
Welcome to the Illinois Association for Music Therapy (IAMT) website. In the spirit of our mission statement, we hope that this website can provide clear, current and accurate information about the profession of Music Therapy in Illinois.
Take a moment to explore our site and learn more about the our field, including answers to the questions “What is Music Therapy? Who are Music Therapists? and What services do they provide?”If you are a prospective or current student or a Music Therapy professional, take a moment to learn about how our organization, its resources and the ways we can your professional development needs.
Please feel free to contact us for further information or with any questions.
Melaine T. Pohlman, MT-BC, DT
Introducing Membership Auto Renewal
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Music Therapy Week!
It’s Music Therapy Week in Illinois. Every day we will be sharing an MT resource that has been provided through our membership. Spread the vibe and advocate for our wonderful profession!
1) TAPPING, SHAKING, MUSIC MAKING
Our first resource comes with a discount! Illinois’ own Rachel Rambach, owner and MT-BC at Music Therapy Connections, is offering a 25% discount on her songbook “Tapping, Shaking, Music Making”. Get your copy today for only $9! Visit the following link and enter the discount code MTWeek at checkout.
2) ONSONG APP
This was the most popular resource MT’s submitted. The OnSong iPad app. $9.99 in the iTunes store. This app is a music therapist’s dream. Instead of lugging around binders of music, you can upload lead sheets directly from an online resource or from your own computer. With a touch you can transpose, highlight chords, import songs from your online sources, play music from your iPod library, play a click track to a metronome AND set a tempo that allows you to play WHILE the lead sheet scrolls for you! If you have an iPad, we HIGHLY recommend giving this one a try.
3) SPEECH RESOURCES
Many MT-BC’s in Illinois work on speech goals with clients of all ages. We’ve decided to include several website resources that both MT’s and SLP’s utilize in their practice that may be beneficial to you and your clients.
Phonology & Articulation Resources for Speech-Language Pathologists: worksheets, handouts, pictures and words. Words are organized by different phonemes and CV combinations. Pictures are included to assist with word retrieval as well as exercises or “tricks” for targeting different speech sounds.
Assessment of Speech: Sound Production
Phonetics. Gives a visual diagram representing the oral motor mechanisms and process for articulation of different speech sounds. Includes exercises for you to test your knowledge. Drag mouse over parts of the mouth to see how air flow and oral motor movement are used to produce sounds.
We all know how important evidence-based research is to our practice and growth as a profession. One great resource for finding reliable clinical research is PubMed.gov. PubMed is a free database accessing the MEDLINE database of citations, abstracts and full text articles on life sciences and biomedical topics. Registration is free and can help you build your knowledge base as well as provide easy access to research that can help educate our clients and facilities on the many benefits of music therapy.
5) ONLINE CMTEs at MUSICTHERAPYED.COM
Need to get some more CMTE’s? Having difficulty finding CMTE’s that fit into your busy schedule? MusicTherapyEd.com to the rescue! This MT-BC run website is a fantastic resource that provides CBMT approved courses available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all from your computer, iPad, tablet or iPhone. Through the website you can access a wide variety of CMTE courses that you can take wherever you are, at your own pace, and from a number of qualified instructors. MT-BC’s around the country have given this resource rave reviews and we suggest you give it a try!
6) Free Chord and Lead Sheet Databases: ULTIMATE GUITAR and WIKIFONIA
UltimateGuitar.com is one of the most extensive FREE guitar chord/tab databases online. You can search and submit chords to songs from just about any genre or decade. Ultimate Guitar also has an app available for download on your iPhone or iPad so that you can have your own personal folder of music ready at the touch of a button. The app now comes equipped with autoscroll, similar to OnSong.
Wikifonia is a FREE online lead sheet database on which musicians can download or submit lead sheets with the melody, chords, and words. Songs are transposable for differently-tuned instruments. For those with iPads, you can save the files as PDFs for quick access.
7) CLINICAL SUPERVISION
Many IL MT-BC’s have noted clinical supervision to be an indispensable resource for his/her professional growth. Clinical supervisors and supervision groups are led by MT-BC’s and provide an opportunity to enhance your work as a clinician by integrating the perspectives of other experienced music therapists into your clinical practice through in depth discussion with other MT-BC’s. They provide opportunities to network with other MT-BC’s in the area, promote self-care in order to protect the longevity of your career as a healthcare professional and further your professional development through exposure to new applications of your treatment modality. Supervision groups will be resuming at ITA’s new location in Evanston, IL in the near future so stay tuned! For individual clinical supervision, contact Jenni Rook at email@example.com or Christine Hazelett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Music Therapy Job Opening To Post?
Contact Rachel Rambach, IAMT Website Coordinator
Job listings are available to members of the Illinois Association of Music Therapy. Please let Rachel know once the position has been filled, and your job opening will be removed.
40th Anniversary & Advocacy Celebrations
IAMT celebrated its 40th anniversary last fall at the 2012 AMTA National Conference. Read more about the celebration and the awards that were given here.
The IAMT Government Relations task force partnered with GLR to host an advocacy breakfast at the 2012 AMTA National Conference. For photos and a list of awards presented, click here.