"It was tone, it was the sound that rings,
Anthroposophic music therapy is the deliberate use of the musical elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, tone, interval, and movement employing a variety of stringed, wind, and percussion instruments as well as the human voice with the intent of supporting the balance and integration of the four members of the human being: the ego, astral, etheric, and physical bodies. Founded upon the spiritual scientific research of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and 60 years of subsequent research by physicians, therapists, and musicians, this approach seeks to reach beyond the temporary calming or motivating effects of a more palliative approach. Using specific musical instruments or vocal sounding to affect the four bodies, the elements of music are combined in individually designed therapeutic exercises which bring support, development, and balance to the spirit, the soul, the life forces, and the physical being of the individual in need of care.
The Mission of the North American Anthroposophic Music Therapy Association (NAAMTA) is to provide a vessel for those individuals who are working with music as a healing art, based on the knowledge of spiritual science. The Association seeks to raise awareness among professionals in medicine, education, and the arts, about the potential of music as a therapeutic modality.
In addition, the Association intends:
Membership is open to:
To begin with, benefits to members will include colleagueship, dialogue, and the sharing of resources as well as group association membership with the Anthroposophic Health Association (AHA).
The founding of NAAMTA has arisen out of the impulse for the Renewal of Music, which is opening new possibilities for future working together with music, so needed in the present time.
For more information, contact: Sally Willig, MT-BC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees: $50 per year, including a $10 per year membership to AHA, which offers a discount to all AHA conferences, among other benefits.