Rapper Kris Warren Attends American Music Therapy Association National Conference
"It seems much can be gained when people with different backgrounds and talents can share ideas."
Having already traveled throughout the USA to meet personally with a list full of Music Therapist, Kris Warren landed in Jacksonville this past November to attend the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) national conference.
The conference hosted roughly 1400 attendees which included Licensed Music Therapist, college students, and business professionals from around the world. In attendance was Chicago Rapper Kris Warren, whom was introduced to the AMTA by Jody Wilfong. Kris met Jody on a trip to California during his pursuit of Music Therapy research. Jody, a Board Certified Music Therapist from the Bay Area most recently gave a lecture at Stanford University on Music Therapy models, techniques, and impacts in children and adults.
Speaking on his experience at the conference Kris said "I already admire the clinical work Music Therapist do on a daily basis, but to see so many multi-talented therapist in action musically was breathtaking and inspiring. My voice is my main instrument. I was a percussionist for a few years in grade school, but nothing that can compare to the high level of talent I saw at the conference. I was actually inspired to lean another instrument. I’m starting guitar lessons next week!
I had the pleasure to meet a lot of passionate therapist and also had the opportunity to film a great interview with Shana Summers for the Music Is My Therapy documentary" he concludes.
Shana, a Board Certified Music Therapist based in Illinois spoke on the documentary “I have truly enjoyed being a part of this project. It is great to see music therapy being represented and exposed to people who could benefit from this field. I hope many people can learn from this documentary and can see how music can be therapy,” Shana said.
Among business professionals in attendance was Colorado based psychiatrist Brian McAlpine. “As a psychiatrist just beginning to explore the world of Music Therapy, I certainly see one natural area for collaboration as working together toward improving outcomes in mental health care. It seems much can be gained when people with different backgrounds and talents can share ideas. For example, how cool is it that a hip-hop artist wants to collaborate to produce a documentary on various aspects of Music Therapy,” Brain explained.
The Music Is My Therapy documentary is due to be released in 2014.
For more information about the AMTA or to donate to the AMTA please visit http://www.musictherapy.org/
For more information on Kris Warren and his latest projects please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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