IAMM With You: In Conversation

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Join us for this series of live-streamed interviews with professionals around the world who work and play at the intersection of music and medicine/health, meeting approximately twice per month.

Leading scholars, researchers, educators, therapists, musicians, practitioners, and other visionaries offer their expertise in various specialties through an online interview or concert/presentation and open discussion. In the first 30 minutes, they present their current work, its development, and perspectives on the future of music and medicine/health, then respond to questions and comments for another 30 minutes. Immediately following the Q&A, students will be invited to meet together for an additional 30 minutes to continue the discussion with a student moderator.

These experts will also provide reading lists, playlists, websites, or audio/video files for future reference and investigation. The series is being developed with IAMM student members in mind, as well as colleagues who love to learn. 


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In Conversation With: Latin American Music Therapy Network

The LAMTN is an online network that aims to build community for music therapists who identify as of Latinx/a/o/es both in the United States and abroad. This network creates programming and opportunities to provide love, support and guidance, dismantle racism and inequity within Latin American cultures, and celebrate intersectionality within latinidad.

The LAMTN serves as a platform for continuing education to music therapists or allied health professionals serving latinx clients through international presentations and peer supervision groups. Music therapy advocacy and community building with the use of diverse platforms, such as social media as well as virtual support gatherings, online mixers and conference dance parties have been essential in building the network.

La LAMTN es una red en línea que tiene como objetivo construir una comunidad para los musicoterapeutas que se identifican como Latinx/a/o/es tanto en los Estados Unidos como en el extranjero. Esta red crea programas y oportunidades para proporcionar amor, apoyo y orientación, desmantelar el racismo y la desigualdad dentro de las culturas latinoamericanas, y celebrar la interseccionalidad dentro de la latinidad.

La LAMTN sirve como plataforma para la formación continua de musicoterapeutas o profesionales de la salud aliados que atienden a clientes latinos a través de presentaciones internacionales y grupos de supervisión. En el desarrollo de la red ha sido esencial la defensa de la musicoterapia y la construcción de la comunidad con el uso de diversas plataformas, como las redes sociales, así como reuniones de apoyo virtual, reuniones en línea y fiestas de baile en conferencias. 

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In this presentation, a panel of diverse LAMTN leaders and members will share professional stories and anecdotes as well as an overview of the network’s history, current projects, and vision for the future. The panel will also highlight and discuss some of the work that our members are currently doing in the intersection of music and health care across Latin American countries including Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. 

En esta presentación, un panel de diversos líderes y miembros de la LAMTN compartirá historias y anécdotas profesionales, así como una visión general de la historia de la red, los proyectos actuales y la visión para el futuro. El panel también destacará y discutirá algunos de los trabajos que nuestros miembros están realizando actualmente en la intersección de la música y el cuidado de la salud en varios países de América Latina, incluyendo Puerto Rico, Panamá, Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Uruguay. 



Maria Hernandez, MD, MT-BC


Jeniris Garay, EdM, MT-BC, LPMT

Music Therapist, Clinical Educator, President of LAMTN

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Jeniris is an educator and licensed, board certified neurologic music therapist with clinical experience in various fields including intensive care, special education, prematurity, neurological conditions and humanitarian aid. Jeniris holds a master's degree in Education from Harvard University with specialization in Human Development and Psychology, as well as a Bachelors in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music. Fluent in 4 languages and proficient in over 10 musical instruments, Jeniris has organized community service trips and presented at conferences throughout the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. Currently, Jeniris is part of Hands in Harmony, a non-profit organization that offers Neurological Music Therapy services to the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts in psychiatric and medical hospitals, educational centers and in the field of early intervention. Jeniris also teaches clinical guitar methods for music therapy students at the University of Rhode Island and is President of the Latin American Music Therapy Network.

Patricia Zarate, Music Therapist

Berklee College of Music Professor, Co-Founder of LAMTN

Perez graduated with the first generation of music therapists from Berklee College of Music in 1999. She has worked advocating for the development of music therapy in America and the world for over 20 years. She is the Founder of several organizations and music therapy centers in America, and works in Panama and Chile with Community, Medical, and Performance Music Therapy. For more info visit www.patriciazarateperez.com

Marlen Rodriguez-Wolfe, M.M.

CEO of Ukulele Kids Club, Co-Founder of LAMTN

Marlen Rodriguez Wolfe is a music therapist currently living in Queretaro, Mexico. She holds a bachelor's in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Miami. She is currently on the board of directors and is CEO of the Ukulele Kids Club, a nonprofit that supports music therapy around the world. She is also on the board of directors for the Center for Cultural Responsiveness.

Cynthia Koskela, MT-BC, Ed.M.

Music Therapist, Co-Founder of LAMTN

Cynthia Pimentel Koskela, MT-BC, Ed.M., holds a Bachelors degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music and a masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate school of Education. Cynthia has clinical experience as a music therapist in early intervention, hospital, and school settings in the Boston metro area. As a first generation Mexican American music therapist, her passion has always been to advocate for the expansion of  music therapy services for diverse communities. She currently holds a position as Esperanza Academy’s first music therapist and is one of the founders and current president of the Latin American music therapy network.

Marta Hernandez, Ph. D., MT-BC

Professor at Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, Outreach Coordinator for LAMTN

Marta Hernández Candelas has dedicated her life to the use of music for well beings. In 2013 he founded the music therapy program in the HIMA San Pablo hospital system. She is an Associate Professor at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where she offers graduate and undergraduate courses in Music Education and Music Therapy. She works with various settings including medical, perinatal, neurocritical music therapy, oncology, trauma, HIV, victims of violence and special education. In addition, she collaborates in music therapy projects with the Música y País Foundation, Music Alliance and the Network of Providers of the Ryan White Part C Program of Lares, Inc. In the musical artistic field, she has collaborated as a professional violist with the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and in various chamber music ensembles. She has a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Granada in Spain, a Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance and a Master's in String Pedagogy, both from Temple University, and a second Master's in Music Therapy from Illinois State University. In addition, she is a board-certified music therapist. She has published articles in the following peer-reviewed journals: Revista Psicodidaáctica, National Association of Laboratory Schools Journal [NALS], Research Perspectives in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Eufonía and MUSIKE. In addition, she collaborated in a chapter of the book "Music in early childhood education: Research and music" (Gluschankov & Pérez, 2017). 

Cindybet Perez, PhD, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist, Caribbean Region Representative for LAMTN

Cindybet Pérez Martínez, PhD, MT-BC, NMT is a board-certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist with over 10 years of experience. She is also a music educator and special education specialist certified in Puerto Rico, the State of Florida and the State of Alabama. She completed her BA in Music Education at the University of Puerto Rico, her Masters in Music Therapy at Illinois State University and her Doctorate in Music Therapy at Cambridge International University, Spain. She has experience working with neonates, infants, children, youth, adults, elderly and families in a great diversity of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hospice, among others, helping individuals and families improve their quality of life and health through music therapy. Cindybet resides in Puerto Rico where in 2019 she started the music therapy program in the Primary Stroke Center at HIMA.San Pablo Hospital in Caguas, PR, specializing in serving neuro critical patients. She also is a professor of music therapy at the Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce, PR, and has a private practice office in the heart of the City of Caguas. Has been a presenter in conferences in Puerto Rico, USA, Guatemala and Colombia. She continues to offer conferences, classes and workshops; to educate the community and promote the uses and benefits of music therapy and offers counseling, supervision and training to other music therapists in order to expand the field in the island which is one of her passions.

As a Regional Representative of the Caribbean, she hopes to be able to connect other music therapists living in Puerto Rico and the sister islands to the care, support, and community that the Latin American Music Therapy Network represents.

Lic. Cecilia di Prinzio

Music Therapist, Latin American Regional Vice President for LAMTN

Lic. Cecilia Di Prinzio lives in Argentina and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Music Therapy from the Universidad del Salvador, Argentina. She has clinical experience in older adults, especially Parkinson's disease. She is a member o the WFMT. As well as she conducts meetings for stress management, and especially conducts research on teacher stress, she participates in the music therapy community as a speaker at scientific conferences.

-She is Certified in Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) The Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurological Music Therapy

-Also has her own company and is Managing director at Musicoterapia Norte / 

-Since 2007 she began to be a professor at the Universidad del Salvador as at the Clinic in motor and sensory disabilities in the Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy, Universidad del Salvador Argentina. Also she is a mentor and supervisor of students in their early years of clinical practice.

-Since 2014, she is the Founder and Coordinator of the Latin American Network of Music Therapy for Early Childhood, coordinating a group of professional Latin American music therapists specialized in early childhood. And she is the general editor of the Latin American Journal of Music Therapy for early childhood.

- Co-founder of the Music Therapy Forum for the elderly

She currently has the honor of participating in the Latin American Music Therapy Network as Vice President of the Latin American region

In Conversation with the Latin American Music Therapy Network is a free sample of IAMM With You: In Conversation.

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In Conversation With: Maya Artis

Hosted by Andrew Rossetti, PhD cand, LCAT, MT-BC

What is bias? It’s a shortcut your brain makes, based on your background, and cultural and personal experiences, to help you quickly assess situation. Your brain also employs these shortcuts when meeting new people. Everyone’s brain does this. Everyone has biases and it has nothing to do with being a good or bad person. In a time when people are becoming increasingly committed to undoing the racist, sexist, ableist, and oppressive systems at work in society, understanding and uncovering these personal biases is the first step.

In fields like medicine and music, it is even more imperative that practitioners do their own personal work in this area, so that they can help their clients in the best way possible. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither can the topic of bias be fully explored in one conversation, but it is important to take the first step to being the work. In this talk, the science behind biases will be explored as well as practical ways to recognize our own and then move past them.

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Maya Artis is a board-certified music therapist who specializes in working with children, ages of 5 to 18, both group and individually. Maya completed her clinical internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel  Medical Center in New York City and received her M.A. in music with a concentration in music therapy from Montclair State University. Currently, Maya is the Director of Communications at Olive Branch Educators (OBE), a diversity consulting firm. OBE works with different organizations to help them attain their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals. She co-chairs IAMM’s Ethics Committee.

This event will be hosted by Andrew Rossetti, PhD cand, LCAT, MT-BC, Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee.

All of IAMM With You: In Conversation events follow the format: 

30 min presentation by the featured speaker(s)

30 min Q&A session led by the host

30 min student discussion

In Conversation with Maya Artis is a free sample of IAMM With You: In Conversation.

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