Music Therapist Jeffrey Wolfe and Music Interns Ava Marvin and Clare Hogan Follow the Music to St. Louis
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) held their annual national conference this November in St. Louis, MO. ITA’s music therapist Jeffrey Wolfe, and music therapy interns Ava Marvin and Clare Hogan attended the conference where they gained a wealth of knowledge from concurrent sessions, participated in AMTA leadership, and connected with other Music Therapy professionals.
At the beginning of the week, the three joined the conference early so to attend special trainings and meet with national level committees; Ava serves as the student representative on the Standards of Clinical Practice Committee and Jeffery serves on the Student Affairs Advisory Board. Clare attended trainings focused on drumming and learning new therapeutic techniques.
On Thursday The American Music Therapy Association Students (AMTAS) celebrated their 40th year as a part of the AMTA organization by engaging students in dancing, games, music, and cake! Jeffrey Wolfe is the professional advisor for AMTAS and helped host the event.
AMTAS hosted it’s annual Passages sessions for students. At Passages, Ava Marvin presented on her research project and the importance of research in undergraduate education. At the conference’s award ceremony, Ava received the E. Thayer Gaston Research Writing award. At this ceremony, Jeffrey presented awards on behalf of AMTAS.
The trio also talked to many students and shared information about ITA at the conference’s internship fair.
The national AMTA conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and connect with old friends and colleagues. Jeff, Ava, and Clare learned about new research emerging in music therapy through attending sessions and helped build a strong organization by taking part in events and committees. The trio is looking forward to the spring for the AMTA Great Lakes Region’s conference in Ypsilanti, MI!