There is so much news to cover, that I am going to take the next 7 days to talk about all the cool developments resulting from the AMTA 2011 national conference in Atlanta! Do you recognize the building in the picture? It is a view of the 191 Peachtree Tower built in 1990. I met some friends on the 72nd floor of the Westin in the turning restaurant when I took this picture. National conferences are great for networking and reconnecting with old friends!
One of the friends I was able to see was the wonderful Kat Fulton who writes the blog, Rhythm for Good. Kat was very busy at this conference and involved in at least three different conference presentations. One of the presentations she gave was part of an entire session about on-line music therapy interactions. I learned that there will be another on-line music therapy conference on February 18th, 2012. This will be the second one of its kind and will run for 24 hours from start to finish. It will truly be a world-wide conference! They are accepting papers now if you are interested in submitting. You can see the Facebook page here.
Kat is also an awesome drum circle facilitator and queen of boomwhackers! This conference was filled with drum circles and presentations about how to use drums and drum circles in therapy. Christine Stevens, Kalani, and Bill Matney were all there sharing their knowledge. Mickey Hart became ill and did not end up joining the conference, and Remo Belli's wife arrived without Remo. We missed them both, but there is always next year!
Kat has made a wonderful video that I promote on my blog. Her Drumify! dvd is a great resource for working with older adults. I think the dvd is done very well, with great examples and easy to follow cues and information. I encourage my students to use the dvd and have successfully used some of the song activities myself!
If you have missed her dvd before here is a link to get you on your way:
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