2017 IAMT Student Retreat

Presented By:
Professor Kitty Karn
Anna Matlack, MT-BC
Lori Schwerer, CTRS
Elisabeth Tinnes, MT-BC

Date: March 4, 2017

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Room: Please meet in the Browne Hall Lobby


Start the day with self-care, yoga and movement.
Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel.

“I provide music therapy under the Indiana Medicaid waiver.” Now, what does that exactly mean? This presentation will describe what opportunities the Indiana Medicaid waiver provides for individuals with ID and DD. What is the Medicaid waiver and what it means for future music therapists? What population, types of goals, and what a typical a day would look like for a music therapist. This presentation will also describe recreational therapy and how it can provide a holistic approach when paired with music therapy.

Internship, Business Ownership, and Beyond: Curious about internship? Has private practice crossed your mind? Elisabeth Tinnes, MT-BC, will offer practical information on internship that includes mock interviews and answers to the question “what is a clinical training director really looking for and how can I prepare?”
Beyond internship, Elisabeth will outline the steps to creating a music therapy business, generating clients, employees vs sub contractors, maintaining the work you have and expanding your business.

Additional information and details can be found in this document.

Please register by February 28th. Non-IAMT members will need to pay $15 upon arrival to the retreat.

Please contact Mia Meacher with any questions at student_coordinator@musictherapyillinois.org


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Beth Blankenship, MT-BC

This quarter, we are proud to feature Beth Blankenship, MT-BC. Beth currently serves as the Fair Salary Committee Chair, and has recently taken on the role of Internship Program Chair as well.

Where do you work and who are your clients?
I work at Helping Hand Center in Countryside, IL with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is probably seeing how the many different genres of music reach each client in such unique ways. When working with both children and adults, a typical day could include playing Johnny Cash one hour to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry the next!

What inspired you to become a music therapist?
I have two big passions for helping people and for music. Music therapy is the perfect combination of those two things.

What do you do for self-care?

For self-care, I really enjoy going on bike rides and walks. I also really enjoy playing music with my husband, painting my nails, spending time on Pinterest, and spending time with family and friends.

What’s one piece of advice you have for students or new therapists in the field?

A piece of advice that I would offer to students and new professionals would be to keep learning and growing in areas related to the music therapy field. When I finished my internship, I worked as a case manager for a year and that was a great learning experience and a huge stepping stone to my position at Helping Hand today.