2019 CTMTA Scholarship Application
2019 marks the 10th year that the Central Texas Music Therapy Association has offered a scholarship to students.  This year's recipient will receive a "Welcome to the Profession Box" with instruments hand selected by professional music therapists in the Austin and San Antonio areas.  The value of this instrument box is approximately $500.  Click the link for a detailed list of the instruments included in the box: http://bit.ly/2SQEZfE

***The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, March 8th, 2019***

The scholarship winner will be announced at the Southwestern Regional Conference in Georgetown, Texas on Saturday, March 30, 2019, during the closing luncheon.  Winners do not need to be present to win.

To apply to this scholarship, you must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:

1. Applicants must be a music therapy student (undergraduate, equivalency or intern) and either a) attending a university in the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association, or b) residing in the Southwestern Region while completing an online music therapy program.  Students who have already received their MT-BC credential are ineligible to apply.

2. Applicants must be a member of at least one music therapy support organization.

3. Applicants must have a student GPA of at least 3.0 (please provide an unofficial copy of your current transcript where indicated below).

Please direct all questions to the CTMTA Scholarship Chair at CTMTAscholarship@gmail.com .
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Applicant Information
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Please describe your current participation in music therapy support/student organizations. *
Application Submission
Please pick ONE of the below scenarios and submit a detailed plan for a sample session.  The session plan format is flexible but should include ALL of the following:

1) Goals/objectives to be addressed during the session
2) Interventions planned, with a description of how each would be implemented
3) Instruments and materials needed for session

As a part of the application, please submit a recording of yourself performing a song or piece of music included in your Session Plan (either audio file, video file, or link to an online video e.g. YouTube).  The song does NOT have to be an original composition, but it should address a goal from the scenario you choose.


A.   You are working with a small group of clients in a memory care community who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias. You have the help of one staff member during your sessions. Of the 8 individuals in your group, two are in late-stage dementia and are non-verbal. Two are in earlier stages of dementia and can easily contribute to discussion, and the remaining 4 are in moderate-stage dementia. The group meets once a week for 60 minutes. One of your clients, C, occasionally becomes confused and refuses to give back an instrument she is using. Another client, S, cries and becomes agitated about her husband coming to pick her up, and he died several years ago. Sessions are one hour long.

B.   M is a 12 year-old male with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  He is receiving music therapy sessions in-home once per week for 60 minutes.  M communicates verbally and reads on a third grade level, but has difficulty with reading comprehension.  M answers questions about basic emotions (such as happy and sad) accurately, but he has difficulty identifying his own emotional state and using calming strategies when frustrated or upset.  As a result of this, M’s parents report that he has difficulty interacting with peers and forming relationships both in and out of school.  M’s parents state that they would love for music therapy to address M’s social skills and self-regulation.  M loves the guitar and drums; he is also very interested in technology and enjoys playing video games.

C.   B is a 64-year-old female that recently experienced a stroke in her right hemisphere. B presents with left hemisphere stroke with right neglect. B also has several speech-related deficits including expressive aphasia and dysarthria. The speech therapist working with B states that B’s receptive comprehension is only mildly affected and that B was able to sing along to overlearned songs such as, “Happy Birthday.” The occupational therapist working with B states that B has gained some return in her arm, but motor function and strength is limited. B has not yet demonstrated return in her left foot or leg. All members of the interdisciplinary team have stated that B frequently becomes upset when she is unable to communicate with others which has led to increased social isolation and decreased overall mood.
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