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SER-AMTA Continuing Music Therapy Education

Exploring Cultural Humility in Music Therapy: Continuing Courageous Conversations

Melody Schwantes, PhD, MT-BC; Ezekiel Bautista, MT-BC; Jessica Donley, MT-BC; Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC; Joyu Lee, MM, MT-BC; Hannah Lingafelt, MT-BC; Katie Muir; Freddy Perkins, MT-BC
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Schedule & Credits
Course Objectives
Fees & Refunds

Course Abstract:
Participants will discuss dimensions of multiculturalism including: race, privilege, class, power, and culture. Through experiential learning, participants will examine their prejudices within these areas and how they may negatively affect their work. The need for cultural humility and considerations of instruments and songs will also be explored.

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Prerequisites: No prerequisites. For students, MT professionals, music educators, other health professionals.

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Format: Lecture, Discussion, Small Group, Activity Based, Experiential Learning

Presented by:
Ezequiel Bautista, MT-BC, (he, him, his) is a Hispanic, non-disabled, neurotypical, cisgender, heterosexual, Christian male. Son of an immigrant father from Mexico, he grew up in south Texas before attending Appalachian State University. He currently works at the Autism Academy of South Carolina in Columbia. Jessica Donley, MT-BC, (she, her, hers) is a white, non-disabled, neurotypical, cisgender, heterosexual, Christian woman. She is a graduate music therapy student at Appalachian State University and enjoys working with children in the special education setting. For her specialty area, she is pursuing a Systemic Multicultural Counseling certificate. Susan Hadley, Ph.D., MT-BC, is a white, non-disabled, neurotypical, cisgender, heterosexual, married middle-aged, Christian woman, who is socio-economically comfortable. She is the mother of four bi-racial sons. She teaches courses in the MMT program at Slippery Rock University, which has a strong emphasis throughout on culture and social justice. Joyu Lee, MM, MT-BC, (she, her, hers) is a Taiwanese, non-disabled, neurotypical, cisgender, hetrosexual, spiritual non-religious woman, who currently works at a Cherry Hospital, serving the mental health population of Eastern NC region. She learned to speak English before Mandarin and lived and worked in various parts in the US, Japan and Taiwan. Hannah Lingafelt, MT-BC, (she, her, hers) is a white, cisgender, bisexual, spiritual non-religious woman in her final year pursuing an MMT in Music Therapy and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, with a focus on body-centered music therapy and counseling. Katie Muir (she, her, hers) is a black, neurotypical, non-disabled, cisgender, heterosexual, Christian woman in an interracial marriage. She graduated from Appalachian State University and completed her internship at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She enjoys working with pediatrics and children with autism. She is currently beginning her journey as a new professional. Freddy Perkins, MT-BC, is a black, non-disabled, neurotypical, cisgender, homosexual, non-religious male. He grew up in a household with a black mother and white stepfather. He currently facilitates music therapy groups in urban and rural areas for individuals with intellectual disabilities and adolescents who have experienced various forms of trauma. Melody Schwantes, PhD, MT-BC (she, her, hers) is a white, non-disabled, neurotypical, cisgender, married, woman, who is socio-economically comfortable. She teaches at Appalachian State University and appreciates how her students continually challenge her assumptions.

Schedule and Credits:
This course will be offered at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, TN,
The course schedule is as follows:
    Thursday, March 30, 7:00-10:00 pm
Approval for CMTE credits:
This CMTE course, " Exploring Cultural Humility in Music Therapy: Continuing Courageous Conversations," is approved by the CBMT for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Southeastern Region, AMTA, Inc. maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. (Pre-approved provider # P-024. )

Course Objectives:
(Relevant 2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains listed in parentheses.)
The learner will:
  1. Demonstrate awareness of the influence of race, ethnicity, language, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, socioeconomic status, or political affiliation on the therapeutic process. (I.D.9; )
  2. Demonstrate skill in working with culturally diverse populations. (I.D. 10)
  3. Select and implement effective culturally-based methods for assessing the client's strengths, needs, musical preferences, level of musical functioning, and development. (I.D.9; I. D. 10)
  4. Implement music therapy approaches based on knowledge of and sensitivity to the roles and meanings of musics in diverse cultures(II.4.b)
  5. Apply knowledge of social justice and disability studies in upholding the human rights of individuals served.
  6. Select, adapt and utilize musical materials for different musical cultures and subcultures.

Fees and Refunds:
The fee for this CMTE course is $ 45 for AMTA members, $ 85 for non-members registered for the conference.
The fee is $115 for persons not registering for the SER conference.

Registrants for this workshop will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until spaces are filled. Refund of CMTE fees will be made only upon written request or email received by March 18, 2018. Request for refund of fees should be directed to:
SER-AMTA Conference
c/o Rachel Coon-Arnott
2580 Glaramara Terrace
Cumming, GA 30041.
Or, Send a Request by Email to the Registration Center.


Conference management reserves the right to cancel this CMTE program due to insufficient number of registrants or instructor illness. In case of cancellation, persons registered for this CMTE program will be notified by phone or email by March 25, 2018, and will be entitled to a full refund of fees.

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