MTAM Service Award

MTAM Service Award
1. Awarded to a Music Therapist who is a member of the Great Lakes Region, and who has demonstrated a pattern of outstanding service and dedication to the Region through contributions as a clinician, clinical trainer, educator, government or public relations proponent, etc.
2. Nominee may not be an elected MTAM board member. People who have previously served on the board or are currently serving on the board in an appointed capacity are eligible.
3. Nomination process: Nominator must write a 1 page essay detailing nominee’s contributions to music therapy in Minnesota.
4. Contributions of nominee are preferred to have occurred in the year nominated but are not required.
5. Must be nominated by a member of MTAM.
6. Nomination must be received two weeks prior to Spring conference.
7. Award will be presented at either Spring or Fall conferences.
8. Email all award nominations to Jessica De Villers at

Becky Pansch

Spring 2017 MTAM Service Award

Nominated by Erin Fox
Becky Pansch Collage
(From Nomination Letter)
I am writing to nominate Becky Pansch, MT-BC for the MTAM Service Award. This year Becky is stepping down from a voluntary position on the Minnesota Hospice and Palliative Care Education and Training Committee, on which she had served for 11 years. Becky’s involvement with this committee has been greatly important to the increased awareness of music therapy and growth of jobs, thus increasing access of services to hospice patients and families. Through advocacy and education she gained the support of MNHPC and music therapy has become increasingly visible in conference presentations and educational materials.

Becky also had the support of MNHPC to recruit volunteer music therapists at their yearly conferences to play improvised music 15 minutes before each presentation. Conference attendees were able to experience music themselves and notice the physiological and mental effects. The presence of music therapists became instantly popular and has been requested each year. The yearly conference occurred earlier this month and many Minnesota music therapists were present to provide music and represent the field. MNHPC allows volunteer music therapists to attend for free. In past conferences she included a list of hospices that provided music therapy in the folders given to all attendees. MNHPC also now offers CMTE credits to music therapists.

Through Becky’s tireless efforts our Minnesota hospice community has become well educated on music therapy, and many job have been created. In fact, there are very few hospices in the metro area who do not offer music therapy. It has become the “norm” in service provision. As a result, many hospice patients and family’s lives have been touched by the involvement of music therapists on their care teams, powerfully providing meaningful support in a time of grief and loss.

Becky’s service and efforts deserve to be recognized.