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2014 Friends of Music Therapy Awards

On March 27, 2014, the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA) hosted our annual regional conference in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Association for Music Therapy hosted a community forum that brought in both professional music therapists from the Oregon community and professionals with whom they partner. Following this Community Forum, WRAMTA kicked off Opening Session where we had the opportunity to honor some of the strongest advocates of music therapy from our community. 20140327_200139

Accepting for Providence ElderPlace was Marketing & Enrollment Manager, Jeannie Frederick, MSW, LCSW. For more than 15 years, music therapy services have been provided at 5 of their 7 locations in the Portland-metropolitan area.


Greg Roberts is the Superintendent for Oregon State Hospital. The Oregon State Hospital in Salem currently has 13 professional music therapists on staff! Music therapy has also been part of their recreation therapy services for more than 30 years.


Accepting for Willamette Valley Hospice  was Pam Matthews, Executive Director. Willamette Valley Hospice is a significant supporter of music therapy in Oregon. They have two staff music therapists and are also involved in community education of music therapy.

The following individuals are members of the Oregon State Legislature and are significant supporters of music therapy:

Julie Parrish
Oregon State Representative Julie Parrish
Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick
Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

As a music therapist in private practice, I want to thank everyone for their support in the past, present and the future as we endeavor to find more ways to provide individuals with music therapy services.

Angie KopshyAngie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and owner of Music Therapy Services of Portland.

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March is Music Therapy Month in Oregon

March is Music Therapy Month in Oregon. we invite you to join us in celebration & education.

As many families prepare for Spring Break , Oregon music therapists are gearing up to host their regional music therapy conference. As Local Chair for this year’s conference, I’m delighted to invite you to our Community Forum on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. This event is sponsored by the Oregon Association for Music Therapy and will feature a panel of local music therapists working with a variety of populations.

I know many of you are already familiar with music therapy and are eager to help educate the community. Please consider inviting teachers, doctors, parents of children with special needs, hospital administrators, local officials, legislators, human resources personnel, program directors, administrators, clinical managers, and others who may benefit from this educational opportunity.

The Community Forum is followed by the Opening Session of conference featuring keynote speaker, Jana Stanfield. The thirty minutes of time between the Community Forum and Opening Session will give you an opportunity to peruse our Silent Auction and enjoy live music by Portland based Indie band, Stoneface Honey. Both of these fantastic events are free and open to the public.


Finally, I want to thank Governor John Kitzhaber, MD, for proclaiming March as Music Therapy Month in Oregon. We are grateful for the support and appreciate the acknowledgement. Our proclamation:

  • Music therapy, as a profession, provides excellence in service to the citizens of Oregon and beyond.
  • The profession of music therapy was founded by a group of  pioneers dedicated to clinical services, education, and research over 60 years ago.
  • Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of  music interventions  to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.
  • Music therapists work with individuals of all ages who require special services because of behavior, social learning or physical challenges.
  • Marylhurst University and Pacific University train highly qualified music therapists in the Beaver State.
  • Music Therapy Month celebrates the efforts of board certified music therapists working with patients, clients, health and education facilities and the community to provide quality music therapy services.
  • The Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association has chosen Portland, Oregon, to officially hold their 2014 conference.

Angie KopshyAngie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and owner of Music Therapy Services of Portland.