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Sound Associations


The following information is in reference to Chapter 19, page 257 of The Power Of Sound.

Additional Soundwork Associations

There are two other organizations that have come into being between 2001–2010. As with SAMA, they’re indicative of the networking and self-organizing taking place within the ever-expanding fields of soundwork.

• International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM)

The inaugural meeting of the International Association for Music and Medicine took place in 2009 at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The founding members elected officers and developed by-laws in preparation for incorporation. IAMM offers an integrative perspective on applied music in health care delivery settings that highlights both clinical practice and research initiatives in one forum. IAMM’s goals include the sharing of methods and practices from a variety of clinical and research perspectives. IAMM will promote expansion of knowledge in the field that will foster program development and research initiatives throughout the world, but particularly in countries of need, where no initiatives exist.

The founders of IAMM include doctors, creative arts therapists, clergy, nurses, and musicians from a broad array of disciplines and who practice music and medicine in hospitals, clinics, and universities worldwide. Membership will be open to the public forum of those interested in music and medicine in 2010. Membership includes the journal Music and Medicine available online (http://mmd.sagepub.com).

• The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM)

Established in January of 2004, The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians consists of leaders in the therapeutic music field who have joined together to develop and maintain standards for therapeutic musician training programs and their graduates.

A therapeutic musician is a musician that plays live music at the bedside of persons who are faced with physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. Their interaction generally occurs in the person’s home, a hospice, or in a clinical setting.

The NSBTM defines the Courses of Study, Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics and other rules of conduct for the certified therapeutic musician.


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