Articles for 2013

Georgia Becomes Third State to Require Licensure for Music Therapists


“There were no paid lobbyists for this bill. It passed because of a huge grassroots effort,” said Jamie George, owner/director of the Georgia Center for Music Therapy.

By Laura Raines

Pulse editor

On May 1 of last year, Georgia became the third state in the nation to require licensure for music therapists. The minimum credential to practice music therapy in the state is the MT-BC (music therapist board certified).

The new law is considered a win by people who work in the growing profession and anyone seeking music therapy.

“As the demand for alternative therapies continues to grow, it is crucial to strengthen the law, which governs how music therapists practice in Georgia, said state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, who sponsored the bill. “With the passing of SB 414, patients can rest assured knowing their music therapist is operating under the highest level of professionalism.”

Music therapy — in the broadest sense — has a long history.

“Using music therapeutically goes back to the beginning of time, really; every culture has examples of it.

ASU Music Therapy Assists Veterans

Guitars For Vets and ASU Music Therapy Make a Great Duo

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From Left to Right, Tim McAlee, music therapy student, Wes Ricks, veteran, Robin Rio, Director of ASU’s Music Therapy Clinic, and Scott Tonkinson, graduate candidate of music therapy (Photo Credit Lanni Solochek)

Click Here to listen to the radio news story on KBAQ regarding ASU Music Therapy and helping veterans.

Guitars for Vets, a national non-profit, was founded in 2007,with the aim of enhancing the lives of ailing and injured military veterans by providing them with guitars and music instruction. In 2012, ASU’s Music Therapy Clinic collaborated with the program, aiming to deepen the healing experience for veterans.
To learn more about Guitars for Vet, contact: Anthony Taddei

To learn more about ASU Music Therapy, regarding programs to be a participant in a music therapy session, or admission to ASU, Majoring in Music Therapy, contact: Robin Rio at



Music Therapy and the Military – R. Kaplan, M.A.

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. – Immediate Past President, American Music Therapy Association

It was very fitting that between Veterans’ Day, when we recognize our veterans and all they have done for our country, and Thanksgiving, when we show our gratitude for so many and for so much, the creation of a music therapy program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) was announced. What an appropriate way to honor and provide assistance to those who serve our country!

Come Celebrate Our Veterans & Music Therapy!

Guitars for Vets in collaboration with Wounded Warriors Project and Alice Cooper’s Cooperstown, is hosting an event Friday, open to the public. There will be a $10 donation collected at the door, and the funds raised will support programs for Veterans, which includes the Guitars for Vets Music Therapy Group at ASU. Come on down and join the fun on June 14th beginning at 6:00pm at Cooperstown, 101 E. Jackson Street, Phoenix.

Click on the attached link for more information:

Guitars 4 Vets Phoenix Event

Local AZ Event – Honoring One’s Cultural Roots on June 1st

Please join us for a community event, “Honoring One’s Cultural Roots,” on Saturday, June 1, 2013. We will screen the award winning film documentary, “The Invisible Red Thread,” from writer and director Maureen Marovitch. Following the movie, Stephanie Withrow, M.S., LPC, and adoptive parent, will facilitate a discussion as we explore the intersection of adoption, culture, and identity and what it means to honor one’s cultural roots.

The event will be held at the Chandler Public Library, Downtown Branch, 22. S. Delaware St., Chandler, 85225,  from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The screening will begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, children 12 and under receive free admission. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Please contact Marijane Nguyen at, or (480) 516-7468, to reserve your seats. To pre-pay, go to and click on the link, “The Invisible Red Thread- An AZ Premier,” at the top of the page. For further information contact Marijane.

Brief synopsis of movie:
The Invisible Red Thread follows fifteen year old Vivian Lum from Canada to China to discover the land she was adopted from in 1995. She returns to her birth city and orphanage and also meets Shumin Zhu, a locally adopted teen girl. The girls compare lives as the film explores the ripple effects of China’s Family Planning/ One Child Policy. The Invisible Red Thread travels the twists of fate that brought these girls to very different worlds, and the ties that still connect Vivian to China.

Thanks again, Debi. Let me know if you need anything else.

Mj Nguyen



Music Therapy at Work for Veterans

Arizona State University has partnered its Music Therapy Department with a volunteer organization called Guitar 4 Vets. Veterans who have struggled with the challenges of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  are selected and receive 10 free guitar lessons as well as a new guitar when finished with the lessons.  ASU Music Therapy offers the guitar instruction combined with music therapy activities.  This video showcases the new Phoenix chapter taking place at ASU’s Music Therapy Clinic.  Featured music therapists include Jessica Christensen, MM, MT-BC, Scott Tonkinson, MTS, ASU Music Therapy Masters Program, and Tim McAlee, MTS, ASU Music Therapy Program.