Music Therapy Symposium 2013

Music Therapy Infusion

Seattle Pacific University

Saturday May 4th

The Music Therapy Association of Washington’s 2013 Symposium, “Music Therapy Infusion” opened with a panel discussion focused on providing the community with different perspectives on music therapy and therapeutic use of music by other agencies. The panel discussion addressed how we define needs, make connections with the broader community, access funding and develop partnerships and programs that can be sustained overtime.

Panel participants included:

Kymla J. Eubanks, MT-BC – director of Higher Octave Healing in Tempe, AZ; Continuing Education Director; employee supervisor; volunteer coordinator; marketing coordinator; clinical director; and director in charge of program management and community partnerships.

Patti Catalano, MMT, MT-BC – a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow and the Regional Project Manager for the Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project, a project of the American Music Therapy Association.

Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC – Executive Director Milestone Music Therapy, Portland, OR. Lillieth has been a music therapist for over 20 years specializing in working with children who have neurological impairment, traumatic brain injury, autism, developmental disabilities, and chronic health conditions. She is passionate about the field and holds several regional and national positions with AMTA and WRAMTA.

Curtis Romjue – founder of JUBILEE, the first 501(c)(3) non-profit rock band in the United States, using their live performances and CD sales to fight human trafficking and co-founder of Arts Aftercare.


Concurrent sessions were offered in both morning and afternoon sessions:

Presenters: Wendy Woolsey, MA, MT-BC and  Elizabeth Shain, MME, MT-BC

Music Therapy Nuts and Bolts”

Abstract: Goals and Objectives are basic aspects of our work as music therapists.  Music therapists must be familiar and comfortable with determining, writing and implementing these essential components.  Through demonstration and experiential learning, participants will actively practice these competencies and discuss and participate in possible clinical applications.


Presenter: Julie Flanagan

“Build an Orchestra In An Hour”

Abstract: Participants will learn how to arrange music with very simple parts that anyone can play on any instrument, and organize musicians and non-musicians of all ages and skill levels into an orchestra. Orchestra members are promoted to more difficult parts as their skill levels improve.


Presenter: Wendy Zieve

“Providing Continuing Education for Music Educators”

Abstract: Providing continuing education opportunities for music educators is a much needed service that music therapists can provide. Models for providing this service and content suggestions will be presented. Content suggestions such as to how to best use paraprofessionals, how to adapt materials and instruction, how to use visual schedules and social scripts will be shared.


Presenter: Emily Murer, MS, MT-BC Neurologic Music Therapist

“Think Globally, Act Locally: Developing a Private Practice in the Pacific Northwest”

Abstract: Participants will assess their current professional strengths and weaknesses; professional goals related to private practice will be developed. Special attention will be paid to consulting business professionals, researching the local market, developing collegial relationships with other MT-BCs, establishing a business plan, and making a budget.


Presenters: Barbara Jurgensmeier and Kirsten Hutchison

“Music Therapy Pilot Project with At-Risk Youth in Seattle”

Abstract: The use and research of music therapy techniques with at-risk youth has been limited. This presentation will discuss the efficacy of two pilot programs initiated in downtown Seattle.  Presenters will analyze challenges, observations, and recommendations for future music therapy involvement in the treatment of homeless and at-risk youth.


Presenter: Barbara Dunn, PhD, LICSW, MT-BC

Music Therapy and End-of-Life Care”

Abstract: This workshop will address music therapy and it’s support of end-of-life issues and care.  Music therapy techniques highlighted will include uses of singing, songwriting, instrument playing and recorded music.  We will also explore our own feelings surrounding issues of death and dying and self-care tools.