Conference Diary Entry 7/24/12

AMTA 2012 Conference Diary

~ Sandi Curtis, VP & Conference Chair

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Days before the Conference: 79 days

Hours before the Conference: 1,896 hours

Minutes before the Conference: 113,760 minutes

What a great video from the folks putting on AMTA CMTE U “Everyday I get the Blues”:

Their session looks great. (

“What is it about the sound of Blues guitar that is so special? Blues is both a cultural expression and emotional expression. This session begins with a brief history of the blues and some of its performers, followed by opportunity for participants to learn basic blues song forms, harmony, scales, and improvisation. Breakout sessions provide participants opportunity to learn the musical fundamentals of blues guitar from different eras. The session concludes with music therapy applications, including use of the blues to facilitate creativity, the benefits to mental health, and use of blues-style guitar for ensemble approaches with music therapy instruments.”

And the other folks offering CMTEs, Trainings, and Institutes are no slouches either –

What a great line up – and they are filling up quickly. The NMT Training is almost full, and some of the others have limited enrollment – GIM, and Self-Supervision for Music Therapy Internship Supervisors, to name just a few.

Plus we have GRAMMY® Award winners on the slate – Cathy Fink offering a Songwriting Boot Camp and Marcy Marxer offering Swing Guitar. I may have to sign up for all of them. I wonder if anyone would notice my absence. Hmmm….

Plus, I must remember to thank the Local Planning gang – they are really going all out and terribly creative. I may have to stop being a couch potato. Here’s what they sent me:

Want a cool way to spread the word about music therapy? We’re looking for a great and punny slogan to place on our music therapy workout shirts. Share your ideas and you could win an awesome prize! Check out the blog for more details!

Well Diary, I’d better go. Gotta check out the latest on our AMTA 2012 in the social media:

Twitter (@AMTA2012)
WordPress (

Facebook (Amta2012)

Sandi Curtis


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