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2018 Concurrent Sessions & Meetings

Planned Concurrent Sessions at the 2018 AMTA Conference

(tentative list as of 9/24/18 information subject to change)
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Friday, November 16, 2018

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Making Safe Spaces: Roundtable Discussion for Music Therapists of Color

For students or professionals who identify as music therapists of color to explore and discuss their personal and professional experiences navigating race, ethnicity, and culture in music therapy spaces, honoring the intersection of various other social identities.

Adenike Webb, MMT, MT-BC; Marisol S. Norris, MA, MT-BC; Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Sangeeta Swamy, PhD, MT-BC

Music Therapists and Social Activism

What are music therapists’ responsibilities around social activism and social justice? Increasingly, headline news seems to be having a direct impact on our daily lives and those of our clients. Explore what music therapists can, and maybe should do, in working to support our clients within and outside the therapy room.

Sandi Curtis, PhD, MTA, MT-BC

Selecting, Arranging, and Teaching Concert Repertoire for an Intergenerational Rock Band

Listen to pragmatic guidelines for planning an intergenerational rock band experience pairing older adult community members and college students. Learn methods for selecting, arranging, and teaching concert repertoire and incorporating unique song arrangements, use of props and handheld percussion, and choreographed movement into concert programs.

Natalie Wlodarczyk, PhD, MT-BC; Matthew Valois

Exploring the Potential of Gender Affirming Voicework in Music Therapy

Through queer autoethnographic research, explore the potential of voicework to assist transgender and nonbinary individuals with accessing a speaking voice through their singing voice that most accurately reflects their sense of self.  This kind of approach holds untapped possibilities.

Maevon Gumble, MT-BC

Effective Practicum Supervision Using the Integrative Developmental Model

The presence of practicum students within the clinical site provides a wide variety of opportunities and challenges for the clinician. Each student arrives with her/his own strengths and areas of need, and the clinician is expected to design learning experiences which address the needs of the student without compromising client care. Learn strategies for effective supervision of practicum students, using the Integrative Developmental Model as a framework.

Emma Moonier, MS, LPCC, MT-BC

Can Music Support Emotion Regulation Development? Creating a Music Intervention Strategy

While Emotion Regulation (ER) develops in early childhood, many clinical populations experience barriers to healthy ER development. Learn about the theoretical constructs that framed a music intervention strategy targeting real-time practice of ER with preschoolers. Examine feasibility and fidelity of the intervention, as will clinical implications.

Kimberly Sena Moore, PhD, MT-BC; Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC

Remix the Music for Pain: Music Use in Adults with Sickle Cell

A survey of adults with sickle cell disease was conducted to investigate 1) current music preferences, music resources, and music-based pain strategies, 2) pain interference, 3) perceived needs, and 4) interest in music therapy services. Results revealed important lessons for music therapists working with African American adults with pain.

Samuel Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC

Conference Chair Presents - Right After Hurricane Maria: Music Therapy for Disaster Relief

Review experiences lived by music therapists in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María. Puerto Rican music therapists served various populations on the island along with clients' relatives in the continental United States.  Fundamental psychological needs addressed inlcluded: provide mental comfort and the opportunity to express emotions creatively.  

Marta Hernández Candelas, PhD, MT-BC; Cindybet Pérez, MM, MT-BC; Natalia Rodríguez, MMT; Jeniris González, BM, MT-BC; Reynaldo Nerez Pulido Quintana; Staphanie Cruz Ortiz, BM; Nilsa Pozo, MMT; Antonio Millán Santiago, MM, MT-BC; Mabel Ortiz, MM, MT-BC

Overworked and Overlooked: Applying the Latest Interdisciplinary Research on Informal Caregivers to Music Therapy Practice

As the aging population continues to rise, a paradigm shift is needed as complex needs of informal caregivers are considered. Learn about biopsychosocial needs, current therapeutic interdisciplinary practices, findings from a current systematic review on music therapy and informal caregivers, and implications for clinical practice.

Adrienne C. Steiner, MM, MT-BC

Lullabies for Life: An Evidence-Based Approach for Bonding and Infant Development

The use of a contingent lullaby intervention was proven effective in the first weeks of life for parent-infant bonding and infant crying time.  Learn about the outcomes of a follow-up study that assessed maternal stress and infant growth during the first two months of life.  Watch videos and hear lullabies from the study.

Amy Robertson, PhD, MT-BC; Michael Detmer, MME, MT-BC

Music Therapy Abroad: Ethics, Implications, and Cultural Considerations

As interest in global music therapy grows and international service projects and field training opportunities multiply, it is timely and essential to explore and discuss implications of such work from a cultural and ethical perspective. Address the sustainable, culturally centered global development of the profession.

Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, LMFT, MT-BC; Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC; Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC; Julianne Parolisi, MA, MT-BC; Ezequiel Bautista, MT-BC; Kelli Maddock, MMT, MT-BC

A Quick Reference Guide to Solution-Focused Lyric Analysis in Psychosocial Music Therapy Treatment

Learn about the development of a theory-driven and research-informed tool designed for use in planning and implementation of lyric analysis interventions. Explore the tool in detail and participate in group experiences using it as a guide in solution-focused and evidence-based application.

Karen Miller, MM, MT-BC

Collaboration in Clinical Research

Researchers often use collaboration create and implement research studies.  This session explores collaboration in clinical research: partnerships between music therapy researchers, music therapy clinicians, and other related professionals.  Examples of how these partnerships developed, the projects that resulted, and ideas for future collaborations will be included.

Ellary Draper, PhD, MT-BC; Laura Brown, PhD, MT-BC

Research Committee Presents - Teaching Music Therapy Research: A Guide for Faculty

Take a look at a new textbook designed for teaching an introduction to music therapy research classes.  This book blends American, Australian, and other international perspectives into an easy-to-read guide to designing research for beginning music therapy researchers. Key principles that include: identifying intriguing topic areas; recognizing how beliefs and values shape research; understanding preferences for different types of research; and creating a refined research question. Listen to engaging case examples which emphasize the importance of being realistic in developing a feasible project.  Discuss how this can be integrated into diverse teaching models.

Katrina S. McFerran, PhD, RMT; Michael J. Silverman, PhD, MT-BC

A New Era for AMTA’s Archives 

Listen to a panel discussion demonstrate exciting developments with the AMTA archives, most notably, the new online link allowing members to view selected digitized items in the collection.  Learn about the importance of the AMTA archives and the need for continued development and digitalization of the collection.

William Davis, PhD, RMT, Bryan Hunter, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, Lindsey Wilhelm, PhD, MT-BC, Wendy Woolsey, MA, MT-BC

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium: Aims, Awareness and Assets

Members of the International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium (IMTAC) whose aim is to ensure the development and standardization of research-based assessment will participate in this rountable. Learn about IMTAC’s mission, the status of music therapy assessment, and resources available for music therapy assessment.

Stine Lindahl Jacobsen, PhD; Eric G. Waldon, PhD, MT-BC; Gustavo Gattino, PhD; Wendy Magee, PhD; Daniel Thomas; John A. Carpente, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC; Thomas Wosch; Sanne Storm, PhD

Empathic Distress: An Evidence-Based Look at the Psychological and Physiological Impact of Working in Mental Health

Terminology for secondary traumas and long term effects of working in mental health and crisis populations has changed rapidly.  One of the most current terms is ‘empathic distress,’ which utilizes both neuroscience and psychology to understand the depth of impact and how to develop evidenced-based practices to increase resiliency.  Learn some basics behind the neural mechanisms that often burn us out and wear us down, some warning signs to look for, and some data supported methods to combat this.

Emily Polichette, MM, SCMT, MT-BC

I Am Powerful! Music Therapy, Self-Efficacy, and Recovery for Women with Addictions

Explore music therapy interventions used in an eight-bed residential treatment program incorporating a gender responsive approach for women with addictions. Experience songwriting, drumming, and improvisation interventions that encourage self-expression, validation, and a sense of belonging designed to foster empowerment to positively change one’s life.

Natalie Wlodarczyk, PhD, MT-BC; Jennifer Jester, DMA

Music Therapy in Critical Care: Responding to a Constantly Changing Environment

Join three ICU music therapists to discuss meeting the many unique needs of caring for medically complex and critically ill children amongst multiple specialty ICUs as part of an interdisciplinary team. Review common goals and strategies for prioritizing patients in a constantly changing environment to best meet the needs of patients and their families. 

Hannah Bush, LPMT, MT-BC; Beth Collier, LPMT, MT-BC; Kally Ramminger, LPMT, MT-BC

Beyond Social Niceties: Facilitating Flexible Social Skills in a Neurodevelopment Approach

Social skills require cognitive flexibility and context-specific responses. Learn music therapy applications that help children with ASD develop less rigid social interaction skills. Take away sensory accommodations that help promote optimal social engagement through demonstration and video.

Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC; Michelle Hardy, MM, MT-BC

Clinical Guitar Workshop: A Song-Learning Process for Modern Music Therapists

In this hands-on clinical guitar workshop, take popular songs and adapt them to acoustic guitar by applying foundational stylistic approaches in up to six genres. Look at chordal and rhythmic techniques and introduce a process you can use to sound musically authentic with clients.

Matthew Logan, MA, MT-BC; Evan Reiss

Continuing the Conversation: Asians in Music Therapy

A continuation of the Courageous Conversations panel, discuss the intersection of race, power, privilege, culture, and music therapy - focusing on an Asian context.  An all-Asian panel, consisting of Asian music therapists of various intersectionalities of Asian identities will share personal experiences navigating race in hopes to broaden awareness of the vitality of this discourse in music therapy clinical practice, research, education, and supervision.

Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Sangeeta Swamy, PhD, MT-BC; Risa Isogawa, MT-BC; Clarissa Karlsson, MA, MT-BC; Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Jing-Wen Zhang, MS, MT-BC

Enhancing Spirituality Through Music for Individuals Living with Dementia in Faith Communities

Learn and share the power of music to engage, empower and enhance spirituality and quality of life for individuals, care partners and worship leaders in faith communities. Gather innovative ways to educate non-musicians to use music to connect with individuals living with dementia and apply in places of worship. 

Becky J. Watson, MBA, MT-BC

Latin to Hip-Hop: Drums and Percussion Workshop

Feel more comfortable incorporating rhythm-based music experiences in practice. Review drums and percussion technique, rhythm-coordination exercises, and a variety of rhythmic feels within Latin and Hip-Hop genres. Deepen your sense of rhythm and expand rhythmic vocabulary applicable to other instruments and musical situations.

Ariel Weissberger, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

Working with the Chronically Dying Child: Implications and Ethical Considerations

Pediatric patients continue to undergo more medically advanced procedures and treatments to prolong life. In turn, music therapists are called to work with patients experiencing more complex and chronic symptomology. Explore music therapy’s role and the ethical implications of this work through theoretical constructs and case examples.

Amy Love, MA, MT-BC

A Box of Chocolates: The Importance of Music Therapy's Diversity and Inclusion

Discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion, recognition of privilege, and cultural differences in music therapy settings. Touch upon the difficulties of language barriers, how to fully engage with participants despite challenges, and define “micro-aggressions” in context with stereotypes in a music therapy setting.

Laura Sekarputri; Kathlynn Sell; Meera Sinha

Private Practice Workshop: Effective Strategies to Grow Your Practice without Fear

Music therapists in private practice must learn business skills necessary for connecting with the people who need their help. Hone the skills you need to attract and retain new clients in your practice by learning tried and true marketing and sales techniques to create sustainable growth for your business.

Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC; Mary Altom, MT-BC

Knowledge Frameworks and Philosophical Underpinnings: A Primer

Diversity in music therapy research leads to a need for great understanding and clearer reporting in many facets. This presentation will prepare researchers to better understand and more clearly report philosophical and theoretical positions in their research through the four elements of the knowledge framework.

William Matney, MA, MT-BC

How Do I Get My Research Published?  An Introduction to Peer Review

Submitting a research manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal can be a daunting, mysterious endeavor.  Learn the peer review process to help authors prepare manuscripts accordingly and increase the likelihood of a positive review.  Topics include submission procedures, writing tips, and guidelines for responding to reviewers’ comments.

Shannon K. de l'Etoile, PhD, MT-BC

Uke for Beginners

This little, four-string instrument offers lovely possibilities for music therapists. It is easy to carry, easy to play, and even easy to share with clients when appropriate.  Perfect for song accompaniment, physical therapy, strumming and fingerpicking, the ukulele = joy!  Find new sounds that enhance your practice.

Cathy Fink; Marcy Marxer

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

The Music Therapy Inclusion Project

Discuss benefits of inclusion for students with and without disabilities, teachers/faculty, and schools/organizations; highlight research on inclusion in music; outline rationale for developing a pilot music therapy inclusion project; and share examples of group treatment plan goals/objectives, music therapy group disability awareness interventions, and music therapy group inclusion interventions.

Ronna S. Kaplan, MA, MT-BC

If I Were You, I'd Listen to #MeToo: Exploring Implications and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Explore ways in we experience sexual harassment in the workplace, and how it can be addressed to create a safe environment for employees and students. Hear implications on music therapist identity as supervisor and professional. Draw the parallel of current societal movements to bring an empowering vision and action plan into your work setting.

Kory Antonacci, MSEd, LPC, MT-BC

Federal Advocacy 101


Rebecca Preddie, BA

Music Therapy and Transgender Identity

Develop knowledge and skills to better serve the transgender community.  Discuss challenges and barriers faced by transgender individuals and develop an understanding of inclusive language and ways to improve the quality of care given to transgender clients and families.

Spencer Hardy, MT-BC; Beth Robinson, MT-BC; Lisa Kynvi, MA, LMHC, MT-BC; Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC

imagine Presents: Intervention Ideas for Young Children of All Abilities

Prepare, implement, and monitor effective song interventions in children’s home, preschool, and community settings. Hear research-informed recommended practices, personal songs, session videos, and practical tips while singing and playing along.

Petra Kern, PhD, MTA, DMtG, MT-BC; Daniel Tague, PhD, MT-BC

Spotlight on WFMT Initiatives

Hear members of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) Council talk about WFMT initiatives; including 2018 and 2019 World Music Therapy Day, and the 2020 World Congress in South Africa. Listen to presentation from the Research and Ethics Commission regarding vision and efforts and as well as the Publications Committee talking about upcoming issues of Music Therapy Today.

Anita L. Swanson, PhD, MT-BC/L; Bronwen Landless, MMT, MT-BC; Katrina Skewes McFerran, PhD; Andrea McGraw Hunt, PhD, MT-BC; Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, LMFT, MT-BC

Measuring Music Therapy Outcomes for Adults with Neurocognitive Disorders

Examine current trends in the older adult research literature. Participate in music therapy interventions for older adults. Discuss pros and cons of collecting different types of data for older adult populations, especially for individuals with neurocognitive disorders.

Andrea M. Cevasco-Trotter, PhD, MT-BC

Music Therapy for Immigrant Patients in Inpatient Psychiatric Care

For most of immigrants, there is a process of adaptation into the new community. The acculturative stress can also be trigger to mental illness.  Learn about work for immigrant patients with mental illness who face challenges and stress pertaining to their immigration background. 

Yu-Ying Chen, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Kenneth Baracaldo, MS, MT-BC

A Context for Hope: Restoring Personal Power

Hope is a cognitive-motivational construct focused on future success and goal-directed behavior. It is a strong predictor of well-being. Understanding hope theory allows the music therapist to develop treatment interventions to address human flourishing and resilience by empowering clients to meet goals.

Bridgett Holmes, MA, MT-BC

Cultural Humility in Supervision

Many are aware of the importance of cultural awareness as it pertains to clinical practice.  However, little attention has been given to diversity as it pertains to clinical supervision. Explore cultural humility as it pertains to the power of the client-therapist-supervisor dynamic within supervision.

Scott Horowitz, MA, LPC, ACS, MT-BC; Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, MA, MT-BC

Authorship Trends in Music Therapy Research: Implications for Collaborative Research

Authorship trends in published research often gives insight into important clinical knowledge and research developments. Learn about these trends (sole vs. collaborative) in published music therapy research over the last 30 years and implications for collaborative clinical work, research, and publication in modern music therapy.

Deborah Layman, MM, MT-BC; Tracey Elliott, MT-BC

Conference Chair Presents - For They Endured: A Look at the Roles and Identities of African-American Women In Music Therapy

Screen the video "For They Endured: A Look at the Roles and Identities of African-American Women In Music Therapy" featuring music therapists Frances Goldberg, Deforia Lane, June Collins Pulliam, and Nellie Doty. Enjoy a roundtable discussion about diversity, identity, equity, and allyship in music therapy.

Kamica King, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapy: What’s Policy Got to Do with It?

Get an overview of music therapy and policy. Learn definitions of policy and policy making, examine current policies that impact music therapy practice, explore areas where policy may impact future practice (e.g., opioid epidemic), and provide examples of successful policy advocacy and discuss strategies used. 

Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC; Barb Else, MPA, MT-BC; Dawn Iwamasa, MA, CCLS, MT-BC; Edward Todd Schwartzberg, MEd, MT-BC

Advanced Uke

This little, four-string instrument offers lovely possibilities for music therapists. It is easy to carry, easy to play, and even easy to share with clients when appropriate.  Perfect for song accompaniment, physical therapy, strumming and fingerpicking, the ukulele = joy!  Find new sounds that enhance your practice.

Cathy Fink; Marcy Marxer

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

In Tune with the Moment: Music Therapy in the Emergency Department

Get evidence-based music therapy protocol to treat stress and pain of emergency department patients. Establish a referral base and music therapy techniques.  Hear results of a three-year matched control study of patient satisfaction and music therapy in the emergency department.

Susan E. Mandel, PhD, MT-BC; Beth A. Davis, BSN, RN; Danielle Musat, BM, MT-BC

Therapeutic Use of Harp, Basic Technique and Improvisation

Learn basics of the lever harp and its use as a therapeutic instrument to be actively utilized by the therapist and client.  Get basic technique and modes for immediate success in solo and/or group improvisation.

Nancy O'Brien, MCAT, RMT

Rhythm & Truth: Methods for Building Empathy and Resilience in Adjudicated Youth

Discuss effective interventions for increasing empathy and resilience in underserved teens, showcasing the findings of a three-year qualitative study with adjudicated youth. Learn ways to create a year-long music therapy curriculum for low-income adolescents combined with other evidenced-based supportive modalities for future applications.

Summer Lall, MT-BC


CBMT Self-Assessment Examination: Identify Strengths and Weaknesses for the Certification Exam


Review how to utilize the Self-Assessment Exam to identify strengths and weaknesses when preparing for the Certification Board Examination.

Joy Schneck, MM, MT-BC; Karen Howat

World Rhythms - Sing, Strum, and Drum Up Your Sessions

Learn songs and rhythms that have proved themselves over the years to be accessible, fun, motivational, and meaningful. Revive your practice with a variety of world music from the Caribbean, Brazil, and West Africa. Every song has a theme you can use to help your clients personalize and deepen their music therapy experience.

Kalani Das, MT-BC

Mixing 101 for Music Therapists

What kind of microphone should I get? How do I EQ? What is a compressor? Why does it still sound so soft? Learn the basics of recording, mixing, and mastering from live demonstrations! Bring your recent recording project. Bring your laptop and download “Skitch” for note-taking.

Jonathan “Jaytee” Tang, MT-BC; Christopher Millett, MM, MT-BC; Rich Abante Moats, MT-BC

All Roads Lead to Where I Stand: A Veteran Case Review

Explore music therapy and trauma treatment for veterans with PTSD.  Integrative theory will be combined with body-centered therapy, illustrating the use of felt-sense experience to resolve fixated physiologic states due to traumatic stress. Use current trauma treatment models to inform music therapy and trauma practices.

Kristen Stewart, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

How to Translate Research into Clinical Practice

Keeping up with (and understanding) music therapy research can feel intimidating. Discuss strategies to break down and summarize research articles into digestible takeaways for clinical practice. Analyze literature in a variety of disciplines (music perception, music cognition, music therapy) and learn to translate it for the working clinician.

Brea Murakami, MM, MT-BC; Daniel Goldschmidt, MT-BC; Jessica Jarvis, PhD, MT-BC

Tips for Submitting Strong Presentation Proposals: Meet the AMTA Continuing Education Committee

The AMTA Continuing Education Committee is comprised of volunteers from each region to support members through facilitating pre-approved CMTEs as CBMT Approved Providers.  Hear an overview of what makes a strong proposal for selection at regional conference and what components are reported to comprise a successful course.

Emily Polichette, MM, SCMT, MT-BC; Clare Arezina, MME, CCLS, MT-BC; Kellee Coviak Hansen, MS, MT-BC; Bernadette Skodack, MM, CBIS, MT-BC; Charlie Seaman, MM, MT-BC; Julie Andring, PhD, MT-BC; Jennifer Townsend MMT, MT-BC; Natalie Generally, LPMT, MMEd, MT-BC

Music Therapy Private Practice: Recommendations from 200 Music Therapists

The number of music therapists in private practice is growing. However, very little in the music therapy curriculum or literature is helpful to future business owners. Hear practical recommendations from a survey of 200 therapists regarding business matters including marketing, financial matters, useful instruments, props, and resources.

Kyle Wilhelm, MA, MT-BC

Neurobiological and Neurochemical Processing of Music Stimuli: A Guide for Clinical Application

We are taught about the iso-principle, preferred music, and impacts of musical elements. However, the neurobiological and neurochemical bases of these aspects of music therapy are rarely discussed. These bases can inform clinical practice and provide further evidence for the efficacy of music therapy.

Anastasia Canfield, MM, RP, MT-BC

Individual and Group Music Therapy for Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

Discuss common assessment tools used with patients in low awareness state and hear appropriate intervention examples for use in both acute and long-term rehabilitation settings.  Watch video examples to further enhance your understanding of this unique population.

Rachel Nowels, LPMT, MT-BC; Jennifer Schafer, LPMT, MT-BC; Alexandra Robison, LPMT, MT-BC

5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Music Therapy with Families with Children with Autism 16 Years Later

Watch documentary film clips combine excerpts of music therapy sessions with 10 families of pre-school children diagnosd with autism along.  Then see follow-up interviews with the same families 16 years later. This film is presented by a film director received music therapy as a child.

Amelia Oldfield, PhD, LGSM; Maxim Thompson, BA

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Latin Dance Party

Hosted by the Latin American Music Therapy Network, come learn basic dance moves for your favorite Latin rhythms. Learn to dance merengue, salsa, bachata and more. Unwind, have fun, and dance the night away! (Cash bar available)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

7:00 am - 7:55 am

Roundtable for Educators and Internship Directors/Supervisors: Continuing Collaboration and Dialogue

This roundtable is for educators and internship directors/supervisors to engage in dialogue and collaborate on issues related to the AMTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training. Various issues will be highlighted for group discussion, focusing on how academic and internship sites work together to develop student competencies.

Lauren DiMaio, PhD, MT-BC; Rebecca Engen, PhD, MT-BC; Betsey King, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC; Eve Montague, MSM, MT-BC

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Publication Ethics: Six Questions Facing Authors and Editors

AMTA journal panelists will explore and address six common publication ethics questions, followed by open questions from session participants. Questions include: What constitutes authorship?  What is token authorship? Is it plagiarism if…? What should students/mentors consider with regard to authorship? What is meant by fragmented publication? What about intellectual property and copyright?

Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC; Barb Else, MPA, LCAT, MT-BC; Tony Meadows, PhD, LPC, MT-BC; Laura Beer, PhD, MT-BC; Jennifer Jones, PhD, MT-BC; Helen Shoemark, PhD, RMT

Music Therapy and Transgender Adolescents: A Community-Based Workshop to Promote Resilience

Empowerment and anti-oppressive approaches to music therapy were utilized to research the impact of a community-based music therapy workshop on the resilience of transgender adolescents. Outcomes from this research study, exploring a one-day workshop focused on identity, self-esteem, positive coping, and enhancing community bonding, will be presented.

Spencer Hardy, MA, MT-BC

Hot Topics in Special Education: ‘Specially Designed Instruction’ and Other Big Ideas

Music therapists need to stay up to date with current language and practices in special education. Specially Designed Instruction, High-Leverage Practices, Explicit Instruction, and Intensive Instruction are terms used in special education related to individualized instruction. Discuss current vocabulary regarding special education trends with application to music therapy. 

Mary S. Adamek, PhD, MT-BC; Alice-Ann Darrow, PhD, MT-BC; Judith Jellison, PhD, RMT

Survive and Thrive: An Autoethnographic Exploration of New Music Therapy Faculty

Over the past decade, there has been increased scholarship related to music therapy pedagogy, but a missing perspective has been that of new faculty. Hear initial findings of a year-long autoethnographic study into the experiences of three new music therapy faculty members across distinct positions (coordinator, assistant professor, and lecturer), universities, and regions.

Courtney Belt, MA, MT-BC; Carolyn Moore, PhD, MT-BC; Noah Potvin, PhD, MT-BC

Bilingual Music Therapy with Spanish-Speaking Clients: Perspectives Across Settings and Cultures

Understand the different Spanish-speaking communities and how to better facilitate the therapeutic process with musical and cultural sensitivity. Learn culturally relevant repertoire, rapport building, and population-specific interventions, as well as existing evidence-based practice.

Christina Stock, MA, MT-BC; Antonio Milland Santiago, MT-BC; Bill Matney, PhD, MT-BC

Ready to Work! Using Data to Build a Music Therapy Program

Music therapists are often tasked with creating or growing positions. Learn to effectively gather and use both quantitative and qualitative data to support and advocate for music therapy program growth. Hear examples of conducting pilot programs, writing position proposals, writing grant applications, and eliciting philanthropic support.

Kayla Shafer, MA, MT-BC

Emerging Techniques in Music and Neuroscience Research: fNIRS

Keeping up with current research can be challenging, especially as new trends and techniques are manifesting. In the realm of neuroscience and music, a neuroimaging technique called fNIRS is emerging. Hear background and interpretation of fNRIS, a summary of current research, and the possibilities of future research.

Carly Flaagan, MT-BC

Exploring Resilience-Focused Therapeutic Songwriting for Adolescents who are Grieving

Experiencing the death of a loved one during adolescence can leave a lasting impact on one’s life. The Resilience Songwriting Program was theoretically designed to nurture one’s inner resources and promote resilient adaptation to bereavement. Learn about the program as well as findings from a mixed methods study evaluating it.

Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC

Music Therapy and the #MeToo Movement

Explore what harassment is and how schools can best protect interns from harassment in the workplace during internship and practice. Topics include internship contracts, school internship policies, and the rights of interns, employees, and supervisors under the law.

Zach Williams, MA

Converting Numbers into Words: The Development of IMCAP-ND's Automated Assessment Report Generator

Music therapists may spend countless hours writing assessment reports communicating music therapy data in accessible language. Discuss the development of a report generator for the IMCAP-ND assessment tool that reduces time and cost while establishing consistent language.  See a showcase of automation in action.

Nick Farr, MT-BC; John Carpente, PhD, LCAT, DIR-C, MT-BC

Music Therapy Respite: Creating a Community of Care for Families with Dementia

With more families choosing to “age in place” with their loved ones who have dementia, music therapists alter approaches and provide home-based, family centered care. Learn about a successful music therapy respite program paired with a caregiver support group to offer such interventions.

Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC

Show Me the Money: Accessing Music Therapy Services for Individuals with ASD

The AMTA Strategic Priority on music therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder conducted a national survey regarding funding options for music therapy services for individuals with ASD.  Review findings covering early intervention, school age, and transition age through adulthood. Participate in small group, regional-specific discussions and brainstorming with government relations colleagues.

Jennifer Whipple, PhD, MT-BC; Todd Schwartzberg, MEd, MT-BC; Ericha Rupp, MA, MT-BC; C. J. Shiloh, MT-BC

Bystander Effect of Music Therapy on the Wellbeing of Healthcare Professionals

Investigate the bystander effects of music therapy on the wellbeing of healthcare professionals in a community hospital. In this study, staff members who participated in or witnessed a session responded to a questionnaire. Results indicated significant differences in their perception of work positivity, stress, support, and therapeutic connections with their patients.

Wang Feng Ng, MMT, MT-BC; Xueli Tan, PhD, MT-BC

Let's Make Music: The Art of Clinical Composition in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy

Play and discuss pieces written for therapy by Nordoff-Robbins therapists. Explore the many elements to consider when composing for clinical settings, focusing on musical components, meeting client needs, and leading. Learn compositions and songs that have proven successful with a wide variety of clients.

Jacqueline Bimbaum, MSEd, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

From 1:1 to Successful Group Participation: Social Emotional Learning in Action

Students with music therapy on the IEP are often seen in one to one settings. However, the academic setting is a group experience from classroom, to recess, to the bus ride home. Learn about case studies and interventions utilized in an urban school district to transition students to being successful group learners.

Amy Furman, MM, MT-BC

Historical Research: The Incredible Stories of Three Music Therapy Pioneers

Learn about the lives of three little-known music therapy pioneers – Felice Wolmut, Arthur Perrow, and Vally Weigl. Enjoy historical research methods and resources that help share the stories of these immigrants to the United States who contributed to the early days of post-World-War II music therapy.

Ted Ficken, PhD, CPHQ, MT-BC/L

More Than a Song: Clinical Voice Use in Music Therapy

Using the voice in clinical settings requires more than singing songs. Through small and large group discussion, gain a practical and meaningful understanding of therapeutic situations warranting more extensive voice skills in clinical work.  Review clinical voice skill components and engage with experienced voice-based clinicians/educators.

Elizabeth Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Sharon R, Boyle, MM, MT-BC; Rebecca Engen, PhD, MT-BC

Returning from the Dark Side of Music

Many people rely on music to make them feel better when times are tough. But what if you discovered it’s not music that does something to you, it’s what you do with the music that is powerful? Because we hold the power for how music affects us, we can use it to make us feel better, or take us deeper into the darkside.

Katrina Skewes McFerran, PhD

LGBTQAI+ Ally Roundtable: Exploring Our Intersecting Identities

LGBTQAI+ allies are welcomed to a supportive, safe space to discuss experiences as being LGBTQAI+ ally and how it intersects with music therapy careers and identities.  Everyone (queer, straight, cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, student, professional, educators, etc.) is welcome to attend and participate in this open discussion.

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC; Amy Donnenwerth, MA, MT-BC

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Share Our Stories

We all have a cadre of great stories and successes, those moments when art and science come together to create an awareness, an accomplishment, a breakthrough. Used properly, these stories can cultivate an understanding of what music therapy is as well as further your practice and the profession. Learn how to share your moments to inspire others while respecting our clients as individuals. Start writing your story and share the power of music therapy with others for education and for advocacy.

Angie Elkins, MT-BC; Rebecca Preddie, BA

A Sense of Belonging: The Importance of Ethnic Identity Assessment in Working with a Multicultural Client Population

Do you wonder why some clients who are ethnic minorities don’t listen to music from their native country? Ethnic identity assessment is the key to understanding the needs of a culturally diverse clientele. Through case studies and original research, learn about traditional and arts based ethnic identity assessment models.

Sangeeta Swamy, PhD, MT-BC

CBMT Recertification 101: Make Your Credits Work for You

Acquiring 100 recertification credits does not have to be confusing or costly! Review the most updated recertification requirements, identify and evaluate various economical options for obtaining credits, and review the online platform for recording continuing education.  Bring your recertification questions and scenarios for thoughtful discussion and suggestions!

Michelle Hintz, PsyD, MMT, MT-BC

Creative Forces Military Healing Arts Network: Music Therapy with Military Populations

The National Endowment for the Arts' Creative Forces Military Healing Arts Network places creative arts therapists as a core of interdisciplinary treatment for service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and psychological health concerns. Hear descriptions of clinical programs, research, and community engagement across the network.

Hannah Bronson, MT-BC; Amy Dunlap, MM, MT-BC; Nathaniel McLaughlan, MA, MT-BC; Danielle Vetro-Kalseth, MM, MT-BC; Megan Wong, MM, MT-BC

Making the Most of Internship: Perspectives and Experiences of New Professionals

Four new professionals who recently completed internships in pediatric healthcare, hospice, private practice, and a school program will discuss  experiences they had during internship, focusing on practices that facilitated their own personal growth and helped overcome various challenges.

Kenneth Farinelli; Brooke Witherite, MT-BC; Kevin Farinelli, MT-BC; Mara Flannery

Ethical Marketing and Private Practice

How will you ever grow your private practice if you don’t get the word out there? How do you market your private practice while respecting the AMTA Code of Ethics? In this roundtable discussion, review areas in the Code of Ethics that relate directly to marketing and dissect several scenarios.

Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC

Queering Music Therapy Spaces: Listening and Looking with Radical Inclusivity

Queering our listening, looking, and clinical spaces can redefine the ways music therapists perceive voices, bodies, and clinical practice. Learn to develop an authentic appreciation for identities and expressions different from your own or that go beyond familiar or dominant narratives of gender, sexuality, race, and disability.

Maevon Gumble, MT-BC; Rachel Reed, MT-BC; Candice Bain, MT-BC; Kristen McSorley, MT-BC; Victoria Fansler, MT-BC; Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC

Neurological Mechanisms of Improvisational Music Therapy

In this study, clients were monitored with EEG before and after individualized sessions to understand the neurological mechanisms involved in Improvisational Music Therapy. Results indicated several functional areas of the brain were involved. Participate in an experiential demonstration of improvisational music imagery.

Mark Rider, PhD

Mothers in Recovery: A New Model for a Growing Need

Explore a blended music therapy treatment model for mothers in addictions recovery that is a response to the growing need in our nation.  Combine both early childhood and addictions recovery treatment techniques.  Appropriate for both students and professionals.  

Christina L. Watson, MT-BC; Rebekah Tarplin, MT-BC

A Growing Impact:  Innovative Interventions for Short-term and Long-term Pediatric Palliative Care.

Through a series of case examples, explore a variety of short-term and long-term music therapy interventions that can be offered to pediatric patients and caregivers when approaching the end of life. Discuss ethical and cultural considerations and hear from an experienced critical care physician providing medical and ethical perspectives.

Matthew Logan, MA, MT-BC; Brianna Negrete, MM, MT-BC; Jennifer Goldhammer, MA, MT-BC; Efrat Lelkes, MD; Keshia Williams, LCSW

From Reentry to Rediscovery: Embracing Cultural Reflexivity in Music Therapy Education

Many international students experience a kind of reverse culture shock returning home as music therapists. Is this only relevant to international students? Could educators help better prepare for this transition? How can we add cultural reflexivity into our existing curriculum? Explore these questions with us. 

Yu-Ling Chen, PhD, MT-BC; Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz, MME, MT-BC; Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Alison Cole, MBA, MT-BC

Ethical Dilemmas in a Correctional Setting

The number of prisoners requiring mental health treatment in California is still on rise.  Get practical information and perspectives on working with this challenging population. Discuss music therapists’ roles, multi-cultural contexts the population faces, and address ethical dilemmas music therapists may encounter.

Hiromi Itoh, MM, MT-BC; Ryan LeBlanc, MT-BC

Conducting Clinical Studies in Community Health Settings: Challenges and Opportunities

Conducting clinical studies in a community healthcare setting does not come without challenges. Discuss frequently encountered challenges including selection of the control condition, duration of the intervention, recruitment, study burden, and contamination of treatment groups. Highlight important opportunities that may stem from conducting clinical studies.

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC; Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC; Clarissa Karlsson, MA, MT-BC

Help or Serve? Development of Therapeutic Identity and Cultural Sensitivity through Service-Learning

Focus on the process of development of therapeutic identity through a service-learning trip with the Guatemalan Mayan people. Listen to reflective insights of presenters as well as engage in experiential activities. Participate in selected songs and activities from the trip experience.

Hakeem Leonard, PhD, MT-BC;Keith Jones Pomeroy; Kacie Johnson; Nicole Bohnett; Stephen Smith; Olivia Spahr; Kevin Carlton; Avery Apgar; Quincy Crowther; Ethan Gross; Morgan Potter; Lydia Heitman; Jennifer Reith; Rachel Holliday; Rebecca Pszczolski

Contemporary Approaches to Music Therapy Treatment Planning

Become acquainted with a data-based model of music therapy treatment planning consistent with the AMTA Standards of Practice and MTR 2025. Takes into account new directions in healthcare and education, including: cultural humility, neurodiversity, integrative medicine, holistic health, community music therapy, and evidence-based practice and protocol development.

Suzanne B. Hanser, EdD, MT-BC

Critical Pedagogy: Educational Approaches for Co-Investigating The Dominant Narratives In Music Therapy. 

Critical pedagogy challenges stakeholders within educational systems to question overt and subtle power structures by asking the question, "Who benefits?"  Explore closely held beliefs and action steps empowering you to be aware of power structures inherent within society and systems in which music therapists work.

Patricia Winter, PhD, MT-BC

Interfaces between Music Therapy and Cardiology in Different Settings

Music Therapy has been provided in cardiology in several clinical contexts. Hear visiting Professor, Claudia Zanini,  discuss research, teaching, techniques, and applied projects in music therapy and cardiology. An overview of various music therapy interventions will be provided focusing on patients affected by, or at risk for, cardiovascular disease. Clinical work delivered in closed and open groups with outpatients will be discussed, including with hypertension and with heart valve implantations.

Claudia Regina de Oliveira Zanini, PhD, MSc, MT-BC

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Critical Conversations: Continued Reflections and Dialogue on Privilege and Oppression in Music Therapy

In 2017, music therapists started a critical conversation examining race, religion, disability, and privilege in music therapy practice. Continue discussing sources of privilege and oppression for therapists and clients, and explore how privilege and oppression play out in therapy planning and implementation.

Meganne K. Masko, PhD, MT-BC/L; Natasha Thomas, MS, MT-BC/L; Kaiti Shelton

Health and Wellbeing for the Music Therapist

As many as 76% of musicians have suffered, or will suffer, some debilitating condition which will affect ability to perform on their instruments. An orthopedic surgeon, voice specialist, and athletic trainer share how to put into practice proactive strategies for reducing injury specific to a music therapists work.

Todd Siff, MD; Carina Nasrallah; Jeremy Hathway, MS, CCC-SLP; Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC

Early Childhood Music Therapy and ASD: Supporting Young Children and Their Families

What are the indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder? Which evidence-based practices are effective? How can music therapists use behavioral approach, instructional practices, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Social Stories™, and neurodevelopmental approach with these individuals? Which sensory and communication issues should be considered? Attend this engaging Q&A roundtable offered by renowned experts to learn more.

Petra Kern, PhD, MT-BC, MTA, DMtG; Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC; +12 Invited Speakers

The B in LGBTQ, The Unseen Majority

Bisexual people make up 54% of those who are attracted to the same sex, yet despite being the majority, they are often invisible, oppressed, face higher rates of violence, and experience high levels of minority stress. Gain strategies to validate bisexuals identity and build resilience.

Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC; Beth Robinson, MT-BC

AMTA Ethics Board Presents - Untangling the Maze of Aspirational Codes of Ethics

Aspirational codes of ethics call us to a commitment to our highest selves.  An aspirational code of ethics defines virtuous practice and outlines standards that provide guidance to members of a group.  AMTA's Ethics Board has embarked on a journey to define these virtues and standards and invites members to join in the discussion

AMTA Ethics Board Members

Get Out Of Your Rut: Make It More Musical In Senior Living

Stuck in a rut with your senior living sessions? The answer: think musically. Apply music-centered theory to help you improve your movement, instrument, and singing experiences for eldercare groups. Come ready to make music, and plan to take home a fresh perspective for your sessions next week!

Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC

Living Through Legacy: Utilizing Legacy Projects to Achieve Therapeutic Goals

Utilizing music, art, and play-based legacy projects in music therapy sessions provides patients and families facing life-limiting and terminal illnesses with meaningful, lasting connections. Explore the development and implementations of various legacy projects to address goals related to quality of life, anticipatory grief, as well as family bonding.

Jessica Sturgeon, MT-BC

Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Music Therapy Education

As the number of students with disabilities on college campuses increases, it is important to implement strategies that facilitate teaching and learning for all students. Gather information related to students with disabilities in the college classroom including applicable legislation, accommodations, universal design, and student/faculty rights and responsibilities.

Lori F. Gooding, PhD, MT-BC

Advocacy for the Profession of Music Therapy: International Perspectives

Focus on the issue of advocacy within the profession of music therapy. The profession is in differing stages of development around the world and there are issues related to advocacy in every country. Three music therapists from different regions will share experiences related to advocacy.

Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, MT-BC, LMFT; Angel Leung, MM, MT-BC, MTA; Carol Lotter, PhD, HPCSA

Resumes for a Growing World

With an evolving workforce, visual resumes are received as creative and innovative. Learn how to build a resume to suit each employment opportunity, use current buzz words, and format for traditional and visual resume needs which differentiate you from competitors. 

Amber Bellew, MA, MT-BC

Psychology of Performing

Performing is a complex part of music therapy that can be explored from either a therapist's or a client's point of view. Explore the history of performance psychology, major performance issues, performance development trajectory, and occupational challenges. Learn about research and strategies from a variety of professions.

Lauren DiMaio PhD, MT-BC

Cream and Sugar: Novel Songwriting and Music to Improve Spoken Language

Research supports strong neural relationships between music and language.  Learn benefits of pairing music therapy and speech-language pathology students with faculty to facilitate improved verbal expression in an individual with aphasia.  Watch engaging video clips that demonstrate using client-centered vocabulary to write novel songs targeting functional speech and language.

Laurie Keough, MSEd, LCAT, MT-BC; Natalie Tyce; Allison Kadin, BS, TSSLD; Heather E. Coles, MA, CCC-SLP

MTex Session 1
  • The Opioid Crisis: From Policy to Music Therapy Practice: The opioid crisis is the largest drug epidemic in American history and music therapists need to know the policies that impact advocacy for services. Discuss current evidence-based practices in medical music therapy and addictions treatment, documentation best practices, and future research implications. Dawn Iwamasa, MA, CCLS, MT-BC
  • Inclusion for Digital Musicians in Music Therapy: The use of digital music and inclusion of digital musicians is a growing need in our profession. Although there is an increased demand for digital music, we’re not seeing this echoed in our practice. Hear a critical analysis of why we do not see more digital musicianship in music therapy. Grace O'Leary, MT-BC
  • Best Laid Plans of an MT-BC: Listen to experienced MT-BCs share snapshots of some best laid plans gone awry as music therapists - in sessions, in careers, and in life. Hear responses to these situations, and, in some cases, discuss what Plan B should have been. Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC; Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC
Re-search, Me-search, We-search: Adventures in Arts-based Research

Hear a panel of artists-as-researchers share research, discuss its impact on clinical work, pedagogy, research, and the communities with which music therapist work. Take advantage of an opportunity to experience and discuss art, music, and video performance from the panel's research, focusing on the transformative nature of arts-based research.

Michael Viega, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC; Diane Austin, LCAT, ACMT; Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Laura Beer, PhD, MT-BC; Rebecca Zarate PhD, LCAT, AVPT, MT-BC

TIME- A Study of Effectiveness of Improvisational Music Therapy: A Step Forward?

The TIME-A study reported in JAMA 2017 found no support for the use of improvisational music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or effects according to treatment intensity.  Review questions related to research design, treatment integrity, and intensity which may have contributed to the findings.

Stella Manne, PhD

Growing your Team: Skills for Effective Management

Learning to lead effectively is a difficult process, and a skill set that many music therapists need to develop as they enter into management roles within organizations. Focus on effective leadership styles as well as lessons learned in team building and communication.

Corey Olver, MA, MT-BC, LPC, ACS

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Trauma’s Silver Linings: Post-Traumatic Growth and Vicarious Resilience

Trauma work can be difficult. However, research is revealing another side to trauma that can bring hope to both the client and the therapist. Gain a balanced perspective to view both trauma and trauma work with implications and strategies for client care, self-care, and burnout prevention.

Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC

LGBTQ+ and Music Therapist: Intersecting Identities

In this roundtable, music therapists and students who identify as LGBTQ+ are invited to come together in a supportive safe space to discuss topics including: being out at work, discrimination, intersectionality, disclosure, and benefits of being LGBTQ+.

Michele Forinash, DA, LMHC, MT-BC; Spencer Hardy, MT-BC; Lisa Kynvi, MA, MT-BC; Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC; Beth Robinson, MT-BC

Rhythmical Alchemy Playshop

Express Your Rhythmical Spirit... with Arthur Hull.  Create musical fun exploring expressive activities such as musical improvisation using variety of percussion instruments, body-music, musical ice-breakers, rhythm-play, hand-drumming, vocal games, movement, and drum circle consciousness. Gain rhythm skills as you touch, feel, listen and express yourself. Learn innovative techniques and inspirational activities to share with your community.

Arthur Hull

Toward a Unified Approach:  Current Pediatric Music Therapy Practice and Future Directions

AMTA’s Pediatric Work Group presents findings from a 2017 survey of music therapists working with infants, children and adolescents in hospitals.  Learn what pediatric music therapy looks like across the nation, engage in self-assessment of programs, and gain access to a prioritization tool for triaging caseloads.

Marial Biard, MM, MT-BC; David Knott, MM, MT-BC; Clare Arezina, MME, CCLS, MT-BC

Performance-Based Music Therapy

Learn about performance-based assessment, documentation, implementation, and performance itself. Explore the main pillars of this method: safety, story, preparation, rehearsal, expression, performance, validation, and joy in this interactive and inspiring session.

Tom Sweitzer, MMT, MT-BC

What’s in a Label? The Importance of Intervention Reporting Quality and Terminology

Discuss outcomes from a large systematic review examining reporting quality of music intervention research in healthcare. Findings show clear differences in intervention content and delivery based on interventionist qualifications, as well as problems with terminology. Discuss the clinical relevance of findings and importance of creating shared language to improve interprofessional communication.

Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC; Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC

Creativity as a Functional Goal in a Biomedical/Neurodevelopmental Music Therapy Practice

Creativity is essential for humans and is a viable outcome for therapy when treating people with disabilities. However, in music therapy education and research, creativity has never been considered as a targeted therapeutic outcome. Learn to write functional goals for creativity, through description, case studies, and demonstration.

Janice Lindstrom, MA, MT-BC; Morgan Wood, MT-BC

Addressing Challenging Topics in Addiction Treatment: Research Findings and Lessons Learned

Throughout recovery-oriented substance use disorder treatment, patients often discuss sensitive and challenging issues.  Hear about results and implications of two music therapy studies targeting stigma, shame, and guilt.  The medical and social models of addiction provide a framework to structure positive clinical interactions.

Michael J. Silverman, PhD, MT-BC

Stats are Fun! Yes… Really!

Statistics can be daunting. However, evidence-based practice and AMTA guidelines require that we incorporate research findings to our daily practice. Explore basic concepts that will allow you to read research articles without completely skipping the results section. Warning: Aliens might be invited to teach.

Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz, MT-BC

Using Hip Hop in Music Therapy: Discussing Challenges, Conflicts, and Successes

Rap and Hip Hop remain controversial genres in music therapy. Hear from a panel of music therapists who have been immersed in Hip Hop in clinical work discussing their own experiences, apprehensions, and successes. Address issues of censorship, appropriation, and ethical implications of implementing the genre into practice.

CharCarol Fisher, MA, MT-BC; Hakeem Leonard, PhD, MT-BC; Victoria Druziako, MA, MT-BC; Jessica S. Fletcher, MM, MT-BC; Dr. Alexander Crooke; Presider, Michael Viega, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC

Songs! Expand Your Repertoire and Clinical Creativity in Early Childhood Music Therapy

Learn new songs, chants, fingerplays, small and large movement, prop, and instrument experiences that you can immediately implement in your work with young children.  Deepen and broaden your approaches to songs in innovative, client-centered ways for children and adults.

Andrew Knight, MT-BC; Kayla Hughes, MT-BC

Take a Moment

A major theme of the 2017 conference was “take a moment.”   Conference is an exciting time to connect, learn, inspirem and celebrate, but what about taking a moment to recharge?  Experience three forms of stress reduction by focusing on the breath and using the voice.     

Deborah Benkovitz Williams, LSW, MT-BC; Robert Miller, MS, MT-BC

Philosophy Slam V

The Philosophy Slam is in its fifth year and has been successful in engaging a rousing philosophical debate concerning the past, present, and future of music therapy. Explore a literature review of historical philosophies that have influenced the work of music therapists.  Engage in reflective experiential activities. This exploration of personal and communal philosophical values through the arts, inform and inspire group discussion as it pertains to the clinical work of music therapy.  Discussion questions will be introduced without bias, personal input, or opinion.

Kayla C. Daly MA, MT-BC, LMHC, NMT

MTex Session 2
  • The role of Allies, Advocates and Activists in a Changing, Growing World: In a world where music therapists strive to bring improved health and wellness to many communities and individuals, it is important to understand our roles as allies, advocates and activists. Look at how these roles are defined and how they impact our changing, growing world. Amy M. Donnenwerth, MA, MT-BC
  • Songwriting as Trauma-Informed Care for Music Therapy: Trauma-informed care is becoming an increasingly important topic as we learn each week of a new local, national, or global tragedy. Trauma may cause major health detriments that can impact physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Songwriting is a tool that can help us empower and strengthen those affected by trauma. Natalie Cole, MT-BC
  • Expanding and Refining Music Therapy Services in the Changing World of Eldercare:How can music therapists thrive in the changing world of eldercare? Explore how music therapists can best serve older adults by reaching a greater number of long-term care communities, structuring effective and meaningful clinical sessions, and addressing an increase in music-based products and services aimed at the senior population.Tara Jenkins, MT-BC; Meredith Hamons, MT-BC; Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC
AMTA Leadership for Students and New Professionals

Take advantage of the chance to develop and deepen your leadership skills and capacity.  Experience multiple frameworks for thinking about leadership and how to recognize and build critical skills in all areas of leadership.  This gathering of inspiring presenters and amazing participants will support you in discovering your unique strengths and voice as a leader.

Jean Nemeth, PhD, MT-BC; Amber Weldon Stephens, EdS, LPMT, MT-BC

Challenging the Concept of the Melting Pot          

When working with international students, issues can arise that make us uncomfortable or that we are afraid to address. The nuances of learning the style of “American” music therapy can be both subtle and startling. Explore and discuss these experiences and issues.             

Laura E. Beer, PhD, MT-BC; Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Huei-Yi Whitney Lan, MMT; Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, MA, MT-BC

Sunday, November 18, 2018

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Improvisation Toolbox: From One Note and One Chord to Dave Brubeck Complexity

Learn successful tools to use with people with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, dementia, and emotional/behavioral issues. Use four or fewer notes and chords to play complex arrangements of popular songs. You won't want to miss learning to play diverse repertoire in the simpliest ways possible.

Lee Anna Rasar, MT-BC, WMTR

Growing Your Session Planning Skills: Topics, Tips, And Techniques For Mental Health Groups

Intimidated by unique challenges of mental health groups? Don’t know where to start? Explore strategies for creating session plans, with a focus on topic/song selection, transitions, wording, clinical interventions, session shape and structure, plan adaptation, and worksheet creation. You’ll leave with examples, tools, and resources you can use immediately!

Jennifer Jarred Peyton, MM, MT-BC

Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee Presents: A Status Report for 2018

Hear Members of the Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee present their work on training and resources for AMTA members. Learn about their recommendations for revisions to multicultural education in music therapy and participat in a group discussion. 

Melita Belgrave, PhD, MT-BC; Seung-A Kim, PhD, MT-BC; Ruth Kahn, MA, MT-BC; Kamica King, MT-BC; Pete Meyer, MA, MT-BC; Marisol Norris, MMT, MT-BC; Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, MA, LSP, MT-BC; Natasha Thomas, MS, MT-BC/L; Beth Robinson, MT-BC

From Guns to Glory: Exploring the Songwriting Process with Former Child Soldiers

Sing Out! International developed a Community Music Therapy program in Uganda working with former child soldiers, abductees, and orphans of the Lord's Resistance Army at Hope North School. The songwriting process explored by the vocational students highlights their collaboration to create a song representing their faith and overcoming trauma, while strengthening their interpersonal relationships within their existing community. See clinical footage which highlights key aspects of their process.

Ashley-Drake Estes, MS, LPMT, MT-BC

 “Keys” to Interprofessional Collaboration Success: An OT/MT Keyboarding Intervention

See the intentional, collaborative development of a successful interprofessional keyboard method.  A collaborating music therapist and occupational therapist will describe “how-tos” and "how-to-avoids" of interprofessional frameworks, how to locate excellent collaborators, and the pros and cons of collaboration.  Experience the resulting keyboard method demonstrated, with outcome data.

Carol A. Olszewski, MA, MT-BC; Kelle K. DeBoth, PhD, OTR/L

The MTN Lab: Promoting Learning through Research Collaborations

Collaborative research labs are common in the sciences. In an effort to support active research learning opportunities, Colorado State University established the Music Therapy & Neuroscience (MTN) Lab. Undergraduate and graduate students work collaboratively with faculty on research projects, including interdisciplinary research. Hear lab members present their experiences from the faculty and student perspective. 

Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC; Naomi Davis; Daniel Goldschmidt, MT-BC; Megan Miller; Brogan Resch; Heather Watson; Kimberly Woodman

Music Therapy for Acquired Speech Deficits: Understanding, Communicating and Implementing

Explore the role of the right brain in speech recovery of clients with acquired speech deficits. Discuss research-based music therapy interventions and further refinements made through clinical implementation.

Taylor Rung Meehan, MT-BC

Facilitating Songwriting and Improvisation for Individuals of Limited Motor and Communication Skills

How can we facilitate opportunities for individuals with limited mobility and communication to actively take a roll in the creation/direction of music? MT-BCs in private practice and school settings from Fort Worth, Texas, present successful methods answering this question. Expand your facilitation tool kit with methods, materials, and demonstrations.

Madison Michel, MT-BC; Annie Roberson; Bryant Williams, MA, MT-BC; Amanda Williams, MT-BC

Techniques and Clinical Applications for Replicating Music Styles on the Piano

Although frequency of use in sessions may vary due to several factors, it is important music therapists maintain piano competency. Learn how to easily replicate a variety of musical genres and accompaniment styles. Discuss clinical application with various populations and age groups.

Rebecca West, MM, MT-BC; Edward T. Schwartzberg, MEd, MT-BC

Coaching, Connecting, Creating: Music Therapy Within a Relationship-Based Family-Centered Approach for Children

Explore Music Therapy within the DIR/Floortime® model with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating and incorporating families in the therapeutic process.

Juliana Frias, MT-BC; Alaina Hogue, MT-BC; Anna Needham, MT-BC

Preparing Students for Clinical Environments in Novel and Engaging Ways

Students require development for a variety of safety and professional responsibilities prior to embarking into the clinical environment.  Navigating through complex circumstances is easier when students have engaged with foundational information.   Increase preparedness of students prior to reaching the clinical site through “flipped clinical orientation.”

Leslie A. Henry, MM, MT-BC

Process of Inner-Resource Development Among Adolescents-at-Risk Via Resource-Oriented Song Psychotherapy

Resource-oriented Song Psychotherapy (ROSPT) was developed to promote inner-resource formation for adolescents under suspension of prosecution or probation in South Korea. Learn rationales for ROSPT protocol, findings from a grounded theory study which investigated the process of the inner-resource formation, and clinical cases with video materials.

Juri Yun, PhD, DMtG, KCMT

Digging In: A Panel Discussion on How Music Functions for Therapeutic Change

Improved understanding of how music functions for therapeutic change is desired. Hear benefits and limitations of one systematic method to identify the purpose and parameters of the music elements for music therapy and its usefulness in teaching, practice, and research. Participate in an audience-panel moderated discussion.

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC; Deborah Layman, MM, MT-BC; Kimberly Sena Moore, PhD, MT-BC; Jennifer Fiore, PhD, MT-BC; Elizabeth VanSant; Stephanie Johnson, MT-BC

From Many to One: Meeting Individual Treatment Goals in Music Therapy Groups

As music therapy becomes more prevalent in health care settings, therapists are challenged to provide services in many different models. See a format and philosophical foundation for providing group therapy to diverse individuals. Discuss group dynamics and experience a developed treatment protocol.

Mary Jane Landaker, MME, MT-BC

10 Approaches and 5 Barriers to a Thriving Business or Practice

Knowing how to make your music therapy business thrive is in the best interest of you, your clients, and our profession. Get 10 approaches and 5 barriers that get in your way. Participate in an activity to uncover your damaging beliefs, actions or habits.

Amanda Ambrosio, MT-BC

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Exploring the Role, Advantages, and Disadvantages of Using Technology in Sessions

Review music therapy research surrounding the use of technology in sessions, literature from related fields exploring ethical implications and uses of technology, advantages and disadvantages of using technology, and implications for clinical practice and future research.

Rebecca West, MM, MT-BC

Experiences of Gender Microaggressions in Music Therapy

A narrative inquiry was used to investigate how gender microaggressions, or everyday assaults, insults, or invalidations toward persons with non-dominant gender identities, manifest within music therapy education, internships, conferences and clinical spaces. Emphasize cultural reflexivity, and use opportunities to reflect upon experiences of gender microaggressions.

Kristen McSorley, MT-BC

Defining Parent/Caregiver Roles in Child Music Therapy

Focus on roles that parents/caregivers can play in child music therapy.  Learn techniques and approaches to encourage family interactions through integrating caregivers and family members in the treatment of children in varied settings. Hear clinical recommendations based on work with families including children with autism, in hospital settings and non-custodial family scenarios.

Scott Horowitz, MA, LPC, ACS, MT-BC

Crafting and Facilitating Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences in Music Therapy Education

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) engage whole classes of students in addressing research questions of interest to the scientific community. Hear information about a music and mindfulness CURE, learn a step-by-step process, get suggestions for implementation, and understand best practices for creating and facilitating a CURE in music therapy education.

Abbey Dvorak, PhD, MT-BC; Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz, MME, MT-BC

Integrating Mindfulness Techniques in Veteran Care

Mindfulness is an increasingly popular method of relaxation within veteran treatment and music therapy interventions. Listen to an overview of existing mindfulness-based music therapy literature, discuss the benefits of mindfulness within veteran care, and learn interventions integrating mindfulness techniques with music therapy. 

Krystine Smith, MT-BC; Natalie Cole, MT-BC

Jammin' - A Journey in Treatment of an Adolescent with Traumatic Brain Injury

This case study details the therapy process of an adolescent diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.  To meet the changing needs of the patient through the process, the patient was engaged in a variety of music therapy interventions including family-centered music making, adaptive instrument play, and heartbeat recording/audio composition. 

John Mulcahy, MS MT-BC

How Far You'll Go: Using Music Therapy in the Peace Corps

O Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Namaste and Welcome! Travel 6,500 miles to Fiji with us as we “talanoa” (storytelling) about our experiences as both Peace Corps Volunteers and Music Therapists. Experience the culture and music of Fiji while learning about how Returned Peace Corps Volunteers utilized music therapy during their service.

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT-LP, MT-BC; Kelli Maddock, MMT, MT-BC

Rising Voices--Singing to Enhance Health and Wellness in Cancer Survivors

Rising Voices is a choir comprised of cancer survivors and their caregivers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  The choir rehearses regularly and performs throughout the city.  Singing together promotes health and wellness, self-expression, psychological well-being, and is a source of social and emotional support. 

Nathan J Miller, MA, LCAT, CAPP, MT-BC

Voices of ED. Music Therapy and Eating Disorders, Let's Talk About It!

Do you work with or have an interest in Eating Disorders (ED)? Music therapy has a place in the treatment and recovery of ED, yet we don’t hear much about it.  Join the conversation about ED, the voices of ED and tools and tricks for working with this population.

Kathrine Lee, MT-BC

Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Hear an overview of trauma and its neurological impacts. Discuss case studies for a more in-depth look at interventions and special considerations when working with children who have experienced trauma. Share ideas and interventions while gaining new material you can take home.

Maria Nowlin, MA, MS, LPC, NCC, MT-BC

Mood Vectoring Through Playlist Creation on an Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Detail the development of: a protocol for creating individualized playlists for mood vectoring, an Individualized Music Listening Station, and tools to measure the clinical value of the program. Learn about outcomes and considerations of implementing the intervention.

Audrey Zybura, MT-BC

A Co-Treatment Model for Interdisciplinary Healthcare Education

As the focus on interprofessional healthcare delivery increases, music therapy and physical therapy professors present a co-treatment model for interdisciplinary healthcare education. Hear details about how the process evolved, student and professor expectations, treatment outcomes, and student learning reflections.

Anita L. Swanson, PhD, MT-BC/L; Kristin Thomanschefsky, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS; Cindy Flom-Meland, PhD, PT, NCS; Michaela Hepper

We’ve Got to Work Together: Connecting Community Resources Through Performance-Based Music Therapy

DreamCatchers, an inclusive performance-based music therapy program, was implemented in a suburban community facilitated by a large university and their affiliated center for disabilities. Measurable outcomes include: increased access to services, positive change for participants and their families, the community, and interdisciplinary collaboration among professionals and students.

Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC; Katie Martin, MT-BC; Nicoletta Ciampa; Maria Ducci

A Case for Neurologic Music Therapy in the Medical Setting

Discuss three case studies that examined the effectiveness of music therapy as a treatment option for stroke and tramautic brain injury populations, including assessment procedures, therapeutic intervention, results, and steps to further research as it relates to using music therapy with these populations.

Kyle Friedrich, MT-BC, NMT

Analysis of Trauma Narratives in Rap Lyrics of Adolescents in Residential Treatment

Engage in listening and analysis of rap lyrics of adolescents who participated in music therapy sessions to identify traumatic narratives and themes associated with past traumatic experiences. The narratives identified in the rap songs are based on criteria from the Adverse Childhood Experience Scale and The Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children.  Listen and discuss this pilot research study.

CharCarol Fisher, MA, MT-BC; Daniel Shineberg, MM

Gospel Music Therapeutic Application with Forensics Patients

Gain knowledge of therapeutic application of Gospel Music for treatment.  Discuss gospel styles (e.g. traditional, quartet, spiritual, congregational, contemporary) and illustrate applications in a group/individual music therapy treatment.

Karen J. Reed, MA

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Songs and Song Forms for Music Therapy

Hear songs from many years experience working with various populations.  Gain skills such as basic responses, movement, numbers, days of the week and months of the year. Receive free copies of all songs. Discuss useful forms for creating your own songs.

Joseph Pinson, MA, MT-BC

Adapting Telemedicine to BMGIM Practice

Many people live in areas with few to no music therapists or BMGIM therapists and many have needs that could be effectively addressed through video sessions. Address ethical challenges related to assessment and treatment through video BMGIM sessions. Discuss client safety, confidentiality, and technology concerns.

Elizabeth Eggerding, MS, MT-BC; Stephanie Bolton, MA, MT-BC

Good Teaching: One Size Fits All?

In this presentation, designed for educators and internship directors, explore becoming intentional about teaching perspectives and how those affect student learning. Revisit beliefs about learning, knowledge and teaching. Pratt’s (2002) perspectives on teaching will be used as a framework guiding discussion.

Varvara Pasiali, PhD, MT-BC

Music Therapy and Youth with Chronic Pain Syndromes:  Interventions, Research, and Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Highlight the role of music therapy within a pediatric multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation program aimed at restoring normal physical function in youth with Amplified Pain Syndrome (APS).  Learn diagnostic information about APS, interventions utilized, emerging research with this population, and discuss multidisciplinary collaboration. 

Ashley L Scheufler, MME, MT-BC; Rachel Wanovich, MT-BC

Assessing Response to Music Therapy: Measuring what Counts

Music therapists assess and measure client responses during several clinical phases. Data collection procedures vary from therapist-constructed tools, to published assessment forms, to tools with psychometric rigor. Explore published music therapy literature, as well as what it means to determine what counts in our work.

Jennifer D. Jones, PhD, MT-BC

Collaborative Faculty-Student Research Project: Anxiety, Music Therapy, Mental Health in Higher Education.

Address social anxiety as it translates to the campus community. Explore the role of music in people's lives as a coping mechanism for managing anxiety around campus and community violence (such as active shooters and sexual assault) and mental health, and how those findings can be used to inform environments, treatment of anxiety with music therapy.

Rebecca Zarate, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC; Brooke Rutstein; Talaye Zarafshan

The Hidden Voice Behind the Silence

Survey an inspirational journey of a nonverbal client with autism who experienced many years of frustration before 'finding her voice' through alternative communication. Explore how taking chances, building rapport, and simple song writing has played a role in developing a new world of expression.

Mel Adair, MM, MT-BC

Exploring the Culturally-Responsive Music Therapy Practice of Western-Trained Music Therapists in China

Learn how Western-trained music therapists in China provide culturally-responsive music therapy according to the findings of an ethnographic research study conducted in 2017. Take the opportunity to explore and challenge perceptions of the Chinese culture generally and related to music therapy practice.

Jessica Donley, MMT, MT-BC

Strategic Planning:  A Treatment Plan for Your Business

A good strategic plan will help you look to the future and stay focused on improving weak areas and maintaining high-quality practices within your business, organization, or department.  Focus on the creation of this crucial document through the familiar process of treatment plan development.  

Lindsey Wright, MT-BC; Jennifer Whitlow, MT-BC

How to Create and Develop Effective Rhythm-Based Interventions

Explores how to approach the creation of rhythm-based interventions for music therapy groups. Discuss how to build interventions based on desired goals and outcomes of the experience, identifying relevant themes and metaphors with experience. Participate in both discussion and group experiences.

Robert G. H. Miller, MS, MT-BC

Nothing is “Out” of Our League: Piloting Music Therapy in Outpatient Therapies

Delve into the process of implementing music therapy in a previously un-served rehabilitation setting. Explore how to navigate the waters of pitching to administration, educating rehabilitation therapists, and illuminating the need for music therapy once patients leave the hospital.

Halle Nick, MT-BC; Marial Biard MM, NMT, MT-BC

Pictures, Songs and Voices:  A Total Communication Approach with Speech and Music Therapy

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to a variety of communication systems used for children with speech or language challenges.  Explore AAC systems including PECS, ASL, gestures and speech producing devices. Hear methods of integrating AAC into sessions using a total communication approach with speech therapy.  Participate in experiential practice.

Minda K. Gordon, MT-BC; Christy Hladun, CCC-SLP

Music Therapy in Correctional & Forensic Settings: Balancing Therapy and Security

In this round table discussion, hear multiple perspectives and experiences of music therapists working within correctional and forensic settings. Topics to be addressed include: program development/session, appropriate therapeutic boundaries, impact of correctional practice on treatment, cultural diversity, and research development. Interact and address issues specific to your needs.

Lorna E. Segall, PhD, MT-BC; Sarah Pitts, MA, MT-BC, LPMT, CPRP; Lee Anna Rasar, WMTR, MT-BC; Kaitlin Sutton, BA, MT-BC; Sarah Michaels; Bethanie Aylor, MT-BC

Music Cognition and Perception in Music Therapy Practice

Music cognition is very close to music therapy, but that research is frequently distant from our newsfeeds. Music therapists do not have a monopoly on research in the effects of music on emotions and behavior, and  must broaden personal research to this ever growing and seemingly parallel field. The goal is to help recent research findings in music cognition become better known to music therapists, especially when it is information that could directly affect practice and research possibilities.

Daniel Goldschmidt, MT-BC; Andrew Knight, PhD, MT-BC

Performance as Therapy with Individuals with Severe to Profound Developmental Disabilities

Outline the specifics of producing an original musical performance with individuals with severe to profound developmental disabilities.  Learn functional goals and objectives addressed in the writing, rehearsal, and performance processes. Discuss ethical considerations, including how creative expression impacts normalcy and dignity.

BriAnne Weaver, MM, MT-BC

Transformative Legacy Songwriting and Recording with Hospice Patients and Families

Hear skills and techniques for creating transformative legacy songs and high quality recordings with hospice patients and their families. Learn how to seamlessly integrate legacy songwriting and recording into sessions while facilitating creativity, spontaneity and maintain the clinical integrity of the session moving toward a transformative experience for the patient. 

Thomas A. Dalton LMHC, MT-BC

Examining Client Levels of Participation in Music Therapy to Develop Therapist Reflexivity

Developing therapist reflexivity is a critical component of being an effective therapist. Examine levels of client participation in music therapy as a way of improving therapist reflexivity and working toward co-construction of musical spaces in multiple clinical contexts.  

Melody Schwantes, PhD, MT-BC


Meetings at the 2018 AMTA Conference

(as of 7/30/18)

Tuesday, November 13

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

AMTA Board of Directors

12:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Advocacy Lunch and Meetings


Wednesday Nov 14

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

AMTA Board of Directors

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Academic Program Approval Committee

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Joint Academic Program & Association Internship Approval Committees

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

AMTAS Officers

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

AMTA Journals Editorial Staff

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Council Coordinators and Committee Chairs

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ethics Board

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Regional Presidents

Standards of Clinical Practice Committee

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AMTAS Board of Directors


Thursday, November 15

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Association Internship Approval Committee

Government Relations Committee

AMTA Board of Directors

Workforce Development and Retention Committee

Academic Program Approval Committee

Standards of Clinical Practice Committee

Interprofessional Collaborative Resources Committee

Technology Committee

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB)

Professional Advocacy Committee

9:00 am - 11:00 am

International Relations Committee

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ethics Board

Clinical Practice Networking Committee

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Joint - Academic Program Approval, Association Internship Approval & International Relations Committees

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Research Committee

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

AMTAS Board of Directors

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Assembly of Delegates

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Reimbursement Committee

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Regional Board of Directors – GLR

Regional Board of Directors – WR

Regional Board of Directors – MWR

Regional Board of Directors – SER

Regional Board of Directors – SWR

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Regional Board of Directors – NER

6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

Regional Board of Directors – MAR

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tweet Up Networking


Friday, November 16

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Assembly of Delegates

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

AMTA Business Meeting

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Korean Music Therapists Lunch

Iowa Lunch

Regional Webmasters

Cantonese Music Therapists and Students Network

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Taiwanese Music Therapist and Student Network

Chinese Music Therapists and Students Network

Music Therapy Business Owners Needs’ Task Force

Diversity & Multiculturalism Committee

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ethics Board

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Latin America Music Therapy Network

Japanese Networking

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Disaster Response Task Force

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Black Music Therapy Network

Regional Conference Planners

Music Therapy-Informed Music Listening Workgroup

ASD Task Force

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

JMT Editorial Board

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Technology Committee

Competencies Review Task Force (CRTF)

Judicial Review Board

International Relations Committee

Professional Advocacy Committee

Standards of Clinical Practice Committee

Interprofessional Collaborative Resources Committee

Workforce Development and Retention Committee

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

MTP Editorial Board

2:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Membership Committee

Education and Training Advisory Board

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Faculty Forum

6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

AMTAS Business Meeting

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MAR Regional Board

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Team Rainbow Gathering

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Latin America Music Therapy Network Dance

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Japanese Music Therapy Students and Professionals


Saturday November 17

7:00 am - 7:55 am

Coffee and Roundtable for Educators and Internship Directors/Supervisors: Continuing Collaboration and Dialogue

8:00 am - 9:15 am

AMTA Board of Directors

Solidarity Singing in St. Louis: The Role of Music Therapy in Social Justice

The Solidarity Sing during AMTA’s 2017 conference drew together music therapists, students, and local activists to decry violence due to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and nationality.  Dialogue and sing with the panel to explore lessons learned about the role of music therapy in social justice.

Marisol Norris, MA, MT-BC; Natasha Thomas, MS, MT-BC; Adenike Webb, MMT, MT-BC; Patricia Winter, PhD, MT-BC; Andrea McGraw Hunt, PhD, MT-BC

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Education and Training Advisory Board

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Regional Meeting – MAR

Regional Meeting – NER

Regional Meeting – MWR

Regional Meeting – SWR

Regional Meeting – WR

Regional Meeting – GLR

Regional Meeting – SER

11:15 am - 1:15 pm

Assembly of Delegates

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Continuing Education Committee

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Pediatric Work Group

Competencies Review Task Force (CRTF)

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Membership Committee

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Education and Training Advisory Board

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

AMTA Business Meeting

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

AMTAS Business Meeting

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Past Presidents

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Black Music Therapy Network and Allies Gathering


Sunday, November 18

9:45 am - 11:30 am

AMTA Board of Directors