Melinda Gardiner, pictured here, is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sound and Music Alliance (SAMA). The Board and nearly 90 participants met at Wisdom House in April to set future directions for the organization. The organization's mission follows.
SAMA is a professional association dedicated to the use of the transformative power of sound and music throughout the full spectrum of life cycles.
SAMA affirms the diversity of disciplines that utilize sound and music and advocates its use in health, education, research, technology, science, and the holistic arts. SAMA promotes the professional development and welfare of its members. SAMA upholds a code of ethics applicable to its membership. SAMA advances harmonious collegial relationships, ethical behaviors, and professional competencies.
SAMA acknowledges the timeless bond between sound and life, and honors the indigenous, traditional, historic, scientific, and aesthetic wisdom from which sound and music methods, practices, and knowledge evolve.
SAMA recognizes reputable and responsible sound and music disciplines, educational programs, practitioners, and products. SAMA affirms the value of both qualitative and quantitative research. SAMA serves its members, the public, institutions, employers, and policy makers through its support of excellence in education, practice and research. ( See www.SoundAndMusicAlliance.org )
Melinda Gardiner, RN, CMP is also the Executive Director of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. (www.mhtp.org ).