Several music therapists who work for West Music Co. have been involved with the Iowa Music Therapy Task Force. The members of the Iowa Task Force, currently made up of seven music therapists, have been working on finding the best way to advocate for music therapy within the state of Iowa. Task Force members have looked into the current language within the Legislative and State Departments of Iowa to assess the status of music therapy from the state’s perspective. A survey of the some 75 music therapists in the state was conducted resulting in fact sheet detailing which counties currently have at least one music therapist, which populations are being served and how many individuals are served on a weekly basis.
Currently, the task force has been involved in organizing an ongoing letter writing campaign within the state to educate local representatives within the Iowa Legislature about music therapy. Music therapists across the state are establishing these relationships and starting a dialogue about the best way to get music therapy recognized at the state level. This recognition is being sought in order to be able to serve more individuals who could benefit from music therapy, and it is hoped that state recognition will also lead to more funding options.
On April 30, 2011 there will be a continuing education opportunity in Washington, Iowa put on by the Iowa Chapter of Music Therapy. Part of this event will be led by the Task Force and will focus on advocacy of the profession and promotion of the letter writing campaign. Rik Shannon from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council will be speaking about the advocacy process.
Click HERE for an in-dept fact sheet detailing music therapy in Iowa, and how West Music is taking part in it.
For inquires contact the Iowa Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org