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The Story of SAMA Australia

In April 2010, Elizabeth Lecoanet, along with about 100 other Sound and Music professionals and experts, were invited to attend the pre-launch of SAMA in the USA…

It was here that Elizabeth gave her commitment to “getting the Australian sound and music community on board”; to connect both the public to the professionals; and the professionals to their colleagues; to strengthen the growth, resource and awareness of the hugely beneficial work being done with Sound and Music throughout different industries and the wider community.

"SAMA Australia" is simply a NETWORK of individuals (does not cost anything to join) which lists Australians working intentionally with Sound &/or Music in all the different aspects of the community. SAMA Australia also provides a link to the SAMA USA site, and Sound Travels UK.

For further enquires or if you would like to be a part of this group, please contact Liz on: or 0438 524 842

Background on SAMA USA

Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut was the site of the Sound and Music Alliance (SAMA) first professional symposium April 14-17, 2010. A group of nearly 100 people from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and Puerto Rico gathered to affirm and add their ideas and enthusiasm to the SAMA vision.

This group of sonic activists represents diverse professionals including music therapists, psychologists, clinicians, educators, musicians, researchers, sound and music practitioners, indigenous teachers, program developers, and product manufactures. They spent two and a half days sharing their passions, hopes and dreams in round-table discussion groups. What was revealed was a shared vision of creating sustainable harmonious business models, remembering the ancient roots from which all our work has evolved, and recognizing that in this age of social media and networking our mission and vision for this new organization will touch people around the world.

SAMA provides an opportunity for collaborative work amongst many allied fields including medicine, neuroscience, music therapy, expressive arts, therapeutic bedside musicians, and music and sound practitioners. Although the use of sound and music for well-being, ceremony, and ritual has existed since the beginning of human history, intentional sound and music practices offer a vehicle for physical well-being, grounded in science.

SAMA has a founding board of directors, as well as many leaders and pioneers on their advisory board. SAMA is a 501(c)6 professional membership organization.

SAMA (USA) Mission Statement

  • SAMA is an interdisciplinary alliance that promotes our mutual interests in the intentional use and 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 advances harmonious collegial relationships, ethical behaviors, and multi-disciplinary competencies.
  • SAMA promotes the professional development and welfare of its members.
  • SAMA upholds a code of ethics applicable to its membership.
  • 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.
  • SAMA develops educational objectives, programs, curricula and/or continuing education events, in support of our 501(c) 6 status, to provide learning opportunities for those working with music and sound.
  • 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.

Professional Ethics

SAMA was formed for the purpose of promoting and supporting the professional use of intentional sound and music throughout the spectrum of life, in all possible settings and applications. To further this goal, and to honor the diversity of our respective fields, SAMA recognized the need for an inclusive Code of Professional Ethics encompassing all aspects of the field – including clinical practice, education, research standards, product claims, and more.

The Ethics Committee of SAMA formulated a code that encompasses the traditional tenants of professional behavior, while also approaching ethical issues from a place of vision and intention. SAMA is in a unique position to incorporate the principles and standards of practice from many diverse fields that utilize the transformative power of sound and music. SAMA also chooses to develop this code in light of newer, emerging approaches that avoid sterile legalism and instead, highlight the potential and subtlety of relationship, exchange, interconnectedness, holism, etc.

Overview of the Code

The SAMA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (hereinafter referred to as the Ethics Code) consists of five sections:

  • Introduction
  • Preamble
  • Mission Statement
  • General Principles
  • Ethical Standards

The Introduction discusses the intent, organization, and scope of application of the Ethics Code.

The Preamble and General Principles are aspirational; they provide broad guidelines for ethical decision-making. In contrast, the Ethical Standards are expected and mandatory provisions.

Most of the Ethical Standards are written broadly, in order to apply to intentional sound and music providers in varied roles, although the application of an Ethical Standard may vary depending on the context. The Ethical Standards are not exhaustive.

The SAMA Code of Ethics integrated a variety of approaches to ethics and ethical behavior to create a new synergy that supports the basic intention of “do no harm.” The code addresses issues of professional behavior in a number of areas, including:

  • Professional Competence
  • Integrity
  • Social Awareness
  • Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity
  • Education and Training
  • Professional and Scientific Responsibilities
  • Social Responsibility
  • Concern for Others’Welfare
  • Relationships and Boundaries
  • Social Awareness
  • Integrity in Practice
  • Education and Training
  • Research
  • Announcing Services
  • Products
  • Enforcement

Ethics Committee Members:

  • Barbara Crowe, MMT. MT-BC (Committee Chair)
    Director of the Music Therapy degree program at Arizona State University. Past-president of the National Association for Music Therapy and an Honorary Life Member of the American Association for Music Therapy. Author of Music and Soulmaking: Toward a New Theory of Music Therapy and Music Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Mental Disorders.
  • Pat Moffitt Cook, Ph.D.
    Cross-cultural Sound and Music Healing researcher, educator, consultant and clinician. Founder and Director of the Open Ear Center. Publications include book and CD Music Healers of Indigenous Cultures: Shaman, Jhankri and Nele.
  • Donna Carey, Ph.D, LAc
    Acupuncturist, sound healer, educator, researcher, and poet, co-founder Kairos Institute of Sound Healing, co-creator Acutonics® Healing System, co-author Acutonics: There¹s No Place Like Ohm, Acutonics the Planets, from Galaxies to Cells, innovator sound and sustainable agriculture, former
    clinical dean of leading acupuncture college.
  • Molly Scott, Ed.D., LMHC
    Singer, psychologist, educator and poet. Leads international training in therapy with embodied voice through Creative Resonance Institute and Sumitra Foundation. Social activist, recording artist and psychotherapist in private practice, also works with equine assisted psychotherapy.
  • David Surrenda, Ph.D.
    Psychologist, national & international organizational consultation, executive coach, Board member (Rippel Foundation & Bravewell Collaborative).  Dean & Founder of John F. Kennedy University Graduate School of Holistic Studies. Co-author of books including Retooling on the Run, Domestic Crisis Intervention.