2 AMTA PublicationsWait! What’s up? I thought these posts were each about one book? This says two publications.

Well, yes that was the concept. But, these are two great sources available through AMTA. As part of the Music Sparks Book Blitz 2014, I wanted to share ways you can add quality music to your early childhood, geriatric, and intergenerational programs. AMTA has some great books at the ready.

What is AMTA? 

AMTA is the American Music Therapy Association. It is the national association for music therapists in the US. They help advance the profession through education, training, research, and establishment of professional standards.

So, what are these two publications you think I should know about? Why are they important?

They are “Bright Start Music” and “Music Therapy in Geriatric Populations“. (not affiliate links) You want to know about these two AMTA publications as they can assist you in provide quality music experiences for early childhood and for older adults. Theses resources DO NOT replace hiring a music therapist. But, they help bridge the gap.

What gap?

Let’s use Kansas as an example. According to the Certification Board for Music Therapist, there are 89 board certified therapist in the state. A majority of those are in the northeastern part of the state. That can mean you live many miles away from a music therapist.

Got, it. Now, why is “Bright Start Music” important?

Darcy Walworth, PhD, MT-BC has compiled a curriculum including songs, suggested equipment and visual aids for music therapists, early childhood educators and staff. The materials came out of a program developed to meet the needs of premature infants after going home from the hospital. Engaging and developmentally appropriate are two descriptors for this program. This book is a wonderful new resource.

Ok! So “Music Therapy and Geriatric Populations”  sound like a book that will tell me (my facility)  what a music therapist does with this population.

While it does that, it also is a resource filled with ways you, the staff and volunteers can use music in your work. The book has ideas for the following four populations: Alzheimer’s disease; hospice care; health and wellness; and intergenerational programs. Think of it as a type of recipe book for adding music.  “Music Therapy and Geriatric Populations” is in my opinion a MUST HAVE for senior living communities without a music therapist.

Thanks for sharing these resources. I’ll head over the AMTA Bookstore and check them out.

Please do. And, consider locating a music therapist to support you in the best use of them. You can also learn more about music therapy advocacy efforts and a listing of related posts by visiting  Music Therapy State Recognition.

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