President, David Farsetti
School and Region: Univeristy of Louisville, Senior
Primary Instrument: Flute
Why I want to be a music therapist: I find the ability of music to serve as a cognitive motivator to be uniquely powerful, and want this power to be shared with those who need encouragement for growth.
Why I became an AMTA member: AMTA is a uniting force within our profession, and I feel we must stand as a United from in order to further advocate for the professional recognition of our field. In addition to this, AMTA serves as an excellent resource for research, networking, and professional information.
Fun fact: I just recently had an amazing trip to Peru!
President-Elect, David Farsetti
Info: David assumed both the role of President and President-Elect following the resignation of the previous President.
Treasurer, Rachel Williams
Region: Mid-Atlantic (MAR)
School & year: State University of New York at Fredonia, Junior
Primary instrument: Voice
Why I want to be a music therapist: To help children who have cancer win the battle of a lifetime.
Why I became a member of AMTA: To learn as much as I possibly can about Music Therapy and to make connections with professionals and other students. I also strongly believe in MT advocacy and know that AMTA is the best way to find opportunities to do so.
Fun fact: I am on a DIII Collegiate Track and Field Team. I throw shot put, weight throw, hammer throw, and the discus.
Secretary, Grace Ham
Region: South Eastern Region (SER)
School and year: East Carolina University, Senior
Primary instrument: Voice
Why I want to be a music therapist: Music doesn't need words to reach someone. Music was there for me when I needed it most. It helped me crawl out of some pretty dark places. Music shaped the person I am today and it's also shaping me to become the person I eventually want to be. I wanted to help as many people become the happiest and the healthiest they could be through music, since music helped me the most during my difficult times.
Why I became a member of AMTA: I joined AMTAS because I wanted to become the best future music therapist and professional I could be. That meant using the resources and opportunities around me to push myself completely out of my comfort zone. I never realized how joining AMTAS would lead me to meeting so many wonderful people and taking so many new opportunities.
Fun fact: I love animals and I also probably drink coffee more often than I breathe air...
Parliamentarian, Kenny Farinelli
Region: Mid-Atlantic (MAR)
School & year: Slippery Rock University, Senior
Primary instrument: Trombone
Why I want to be a music therapist: Music is a powerful tool that can enrich and contribute to people's lives in innumerable ways. I can't think of anything better that being able to share and provide music to help benefit the lives of those in need.
Why I became a member of AMTA: There are so many benefits to being a member! Between access to music therapy publications, discounts on pretty much everything, and being able to have your voice heard in the continual development of this profession, getting membership was an easy decision to make.
Fun fact: I stole a tiny part of my identical twin brother's ear when we were in the process of being born.
Student Affairs Advisory Board Advisor (Chair), Jeffrey Wolfe
Region: Great Lakes (GLR)
Place of employment: Institute for Therapy through the Arts
Primary instrument: Percussion
Why I wanted to be a music therapist: When I was a sophomore at The University of Akron I became interested in Harry Partch, a percussionist/composer, who devised innovative instruments and tuning systems. Meanwhile, I was employed at Midpark High School as a Concert Band and Drumline Instructor. As I learned more about the mathematical concepts and scientific relationships of frequencies in music, I began to wonder how different elements of music affected people on a physiological and psychological level. I started to observe more and more at Midpark and noticed the unifying agent that music created. It enabled individuals on all levels to come together as one to create art. I had a few students with disabilities at that time. I found that they were empowered by performing music and engaging in the social process of making music. I found this experience to be rewarding on several levels; personally, spiritually, and from the community of those parents of individuals I was working with. As I learned more about research I began to talk more about my experience on a daily basis. I was engaged in an intense conversation with a colleague about my two experiences when she mentioned that what I was referring to sounded like the work of a music therapist. After realizing such an amazing profession existed, I sought out to make the rewarding experience of helping others through music my future. To this day I find it a truly rewarding and increasingly fascinating experience.
Why I became a member of AMTA: I grew up attending networking events with my family business. At a young age I realized how interaction in professional organizations such as AMTA helps you grow and feel supported in what you do. It allows an opportunity to witness professionals applying their knowledge on a daily basis, ideas developing through partnerships that enhance the quality of each organization, and how organizations provide support so you can ask questions and receive resources. I am also a member so I can support others and share my knowledge. In comparison to many organizations, I have always been amazed at the positive energy and sense of community that AMTA creates amongst music therapists.
Fun fact: My face was once used on a giant 700 sq. ft. billboard for the University of Akron.