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2021 Conference Schedule

Planned Sessions at the 2021 AMTA Conference

Tentative list as of 10/13/2021
Information subject to change. All times based on Eastern Time Zone.
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Pre-conference Event: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Wednesday, 8:00 PM–10:00 PM

Networking Event
The Clinical Practice Networking Committee is excited to host this networking event on the following topics including:
  • Online Telehealth & Technology
  • AOP (Anti-Oppressive Practice) Intersections in Mental Health
  • New Perspectives Through a DEI Lens: Older Adults
  • Music Therapy Business Owners
  • Medical Settings
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Cultural Humility & Reflexivity
  • Hospice & End of Life
  • Coping, Stress, & Burnout
  • Identity Language: How do I talk about me? How do I talk about you?
  • Early Childhood

RSVP here. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Thursday, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

Add-on Course A. Business Planning: A Treatment Plan for Your Practice

Presenter(s): Jennifer Pinson, MT-BC; Amy Foley, MMT, MT-BC

Have you ever felt stuck in your business or not sure even where to begin? A business plan is a treatment plan for your business. It’s important to assess strengths, needs, write SMART goals, track data, and evaluate. Writing a plan that reflects your business accurately sets everyone up for success. Explore topics including marketing, finances, networking, staff, and space. Learn to leverage your business by using your existing music therapy skillset to increase access to services. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available.

Add-on Course B. Artists in Healthcare: Building A Bigger Table

Presenter(s): Nicole O'Malley, MA, LPMT, MT-BC; Kimberly Sena Moore, PhD, MT-BC; Judy Simpson, MT-BC; Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC; Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC

Music therapists are called to collaborate with other artists/musicians. How do we educate, advocate, and integrate music therapy and the arts in healthcare? How can we navigate challenging conversations and opposition to increase access and awareness? Get a behind-the-scenes overview of the role of the music therapist in establishing partnerships while building interdisciplinary relationships with facility and state using current replicable models and hands-on role play. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 1 LCAT credit available.

Add-on Course C. Sexual Harassment: A Music Therapist’s Resource Review

Presenter(s): Clarissa Lacson, MA, MT-BC; Kory Antonacci, MSEd, LPC, MT-BC; Cheyenna Eagle, MT-BC; Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC; Gregory Rupp, MM, MT-BC

Review AMTA and CBMT procedures for addressing ethical grievances including sexual harassment, as well as resources commonly available through workplaces and educational settings. Participate in opportunities to share insights, experiences, and concerns related to the topic. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available (3 ethics credits).

Thursday, 1:00 PM-6:00 PM


Student Conference

Thursday, 2:00 PM–5:00 PM

Add-on Course D. Challenging Behaviors in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

No matter how calm and supportive the therapeutic environment, disruptive and hurtful behaviors can occur in music therapy. Look at (1) factors contributing to difficult situations, (2) effective, pro-active plans for preventing a crisis when possible, and (3) options for responding to and stabilizing difficult incidents or emergencies. Hear tips for making music therapy a pleasant, supportive space welcoming clients to interact and make music. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Add-on Course E. Defining (and Living Out) Your Core Values, Mission, and Vision

Presenter(s): Jennifer Hicks, MMT, E-RYT, MT-BC

What factors inform the decisions you make? How do you choose where to invest your energy? How do the underlying core values of the society in which you were raised affect the core values that guide your personal and professional life? Dive deep into these questions and more as we explore and define the core values, mission, and vision that direct your life and your work through individual reflection, guided exercises, and small group discussion. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available.

Add-on Course F. Music Therapy Assessment: A Data-Based Decision Making Approach

Presenter(s): Eric Waldon, PhD, MT-BC

A Data-Based Decision Making (DBDM) model is a transtheoretical framework for understanding music therapy clinical assessment, one that can be applied across the music therapy treatment process: from referral through treatment termination. Highlights include: the importance of using various sources of clinical evidence when making treatment decisions, the application of DBDM to referral-centered initial assessment, and the use of DBDM as a model in education and clinical training. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Thursday, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Opening Session with Guest Speaker Nick van Bloss

Nick van BlossNick van Bloss is the only acclaimed concert pianist in the world who suffers from severe, non-swearing Tourette Syndrome, a condition that causes him some 70,000 bodily tics per day.  However, once he touches a piano, his tics dissipate. Not only does this give Nick respite from an exhausting condition, it seems that the neuro and muscular activity that would normally cause uncontrollable tics allows Nick to harness this energy to the piano and music. Oliver Sacks, who wrote a chapter of his book Musicophilia about Nick, firmly believed that his Tourette’s enhances his musical ability. Sharing his story of triumph over adversity, the obstacles that living with Tourette’s has presented personally and professionally, and how music has been the antidote to a debilitating condition, Nick has been featured as a guest speaker in multiple countries and in many different institutions including, UCLA, Yale, Royal College of Music, and the Miami International Festival. Interviews with Nick and features on him have been featured in media outlets internationally.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Friday, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

Internship Fair

We are excited to have the facilities included below, participate in this year's Internship Fair! Students -- be sure to check out the list, and join us -- meet with representatives, ask questions, schedule interviews, and learn about clinical training opportunities available to you! Watch for more information that will include presentation times for each participating internship site! Sponsored by: Georgia College & State University, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Kentucky, Western Illinois University School of Music.

  • 8:30 am - 8:35 am: Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:35 am - 8:45 am: West Virginia University Medicine (Morgantown, WV)
  • 8:45 am - 8:55 am: Children’s Minnesota (St Paul, MN)
  • 8:55 am - 9:05 am: VNA of the Treasure Coast (Vero Beach, FL)
  • 9:05 am - 9:15 am: Spectrum Creative Arts (Rochester, NY)
  • 9:15 am - 9:25 am: Central Ohio Music Therapy, LLC (Columbus, OH)
  • 9:25 am - 9:35 am: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (St Petersburg, FL)
  • 9:35 am - 9:45 am: Hospice of East Bay (Pleasant Hill, CA)
  • 9:45 am: Farewell

Friday, 10:00 AM–11:15 AM

4 Tools for Using Music Therapy with Teens

Presenter(s): Summer Lall, MT-BC

Many of our youth struggle with trauma, addiction, racism, poverty and violence, often in the shadows. Adolescents use music as a means of coping, to explore their identity, express intense emotions, and foster a sense of belonging. Learn four powerful tools for building empathy and resilience in teens. Explore the use of therapeutic beat-making and recording, live percussion circles using culturally appropriate rhythms, analyzing and writing rap lyrics, meditation, mindfulness, and biofeedback.

Across Borders: Virtual Parent Coaching of Music Interventions with Mexican Families

Presenter(s): Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz, PhD, MT-BC

The COVID-19 pandemic forced families to stay at home for long periods. Families of autistic children, who may have more anxiety and distress due to the changes in routine, isolation, and lack of dedicated services, were particularly impacted. Hear the results of a clinical research project of virtual parent coaching for Mexican families. Discuss and critique opportunities and challenges of recruiting and providing services across borders.

An Interdisciplinary Music Therapy Fieldwork Program for People with Aphasia

Presenter(s): Jing-Wen Zhang, MS, MT-BC; Gayle DeDe, PhD, CCC-SLP; Wendy Magee, PhD; Christine Marjoram; Kayla Schoolar; Yuqi Zhang

An interdisciplinary fieldwork program that provides music-based interventions to people with aphasia will be presented from perspectives of music therapists, music therapy students, a speech-language pathologist, and a client. During the pandemic, weekly online music therapy sessions were provided for individuals with aphasia who are socially isolated and lack resources. Discuss innovative strategies that were used for addressing speech-language and psychosocial goals.

Asian Music Therapists during COVID-19: A Story of Community and Resilience

Presenter(s): Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Gabrielle Banzon, MA, LPMT, MT-BC; Megan Kong; Clarissa Lacson, MA, MT-BC; Risa Isogawa, MT-BC

Recently, the Asian community in the U.S. experienced a rise in racist attacks due to anti-Asian racism rampant in this country. Join this session to learn about how the steering committee for the Asian Music Therapists Network – U.S. focused resources on supporting our Asian music therapy community during this time. We will share the processes of organizing online support groups, disseminating information, and supporting local community advocacy efforts.

Research Committee Presents—Translational Research as a Bridge Between Music Therapy Research and Practice

Presenter(s): Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC; Helen Shoemark, PhD, MT-BC

Researchers generate knowledge to inform music therapy practice, yet clinicians find it difficult to translate research into practice. Define translational research and create a pathway of research to practice and construct relevant clinical research. Presenters’ skill in generating and employing research in clinical practice will explore and model how translational research can contribute to advancing music therapy research and practice.

Responding to the COVID Crisis with Music Therapy: PA Statewide Initiative for Healthcare Workers

Presenter(s): Michelle Muth, MT-BC; Nicole Hahna, PhD, MT-BC; Arianna Bendlin, MT-BC

Music therapists have responded to trauma and crisis in a variety of ways, including caring for the caregivers with impactful projects such as the New York City Music Therapy Relief Project. During COVID-19, music therapists continue to provide music therapy to support healthcare workers and first responders. Pennsylvania is embarking on a first-of-its-kind statewide initiative to promote resilience for healthcare workers using music therapy. The Pennsylvania State Task Force for Music Therapy has been integral to this initiative. Learn how the initiative came to be, what is planned, the Task Force’s role and the art of working with a large statewide association to make this a success.  

The Solution Within the Work: Discovering Vicarious Resilience as a Way to Combat Burnout

Presenter(s): Bridget Sova, MM, MT-BC; Edward Roth, PhD, MT-BC

Burnout among music therapists and other helping professionals is a persistent problem, often attributed to the effects of vicarious trauma. Vicarious resilience is a new idea, suggesting that one may personally benefit from their work with individuals who have survived trauma or difficult life circumstances. Emerging evidence featuring this new, hopeful outlook will be presented along with practical recommendations guiding professionals to experience vicarious resilience for themselves.

Considerations for Ethical Leadership in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Brea Murakami, MM, MT-BC

Music therapy’s future is not just a “better” version of today. As the music therapy profession continues to navigate extraordinary changes, the call for meaningful leadership continues to grow. Many professionals, however, report a lack of trust in music therapy’s governing institutions. Examine principles that define ethical leadership and apply these concepts to scenarios and roles of responsibility related to academia, supervision, and AMTA governance.

Friday, 11:30 AM–12:45 PM

A Neuroscientific Rationale for the Use of Music in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Presenter(s): Abbey Dvorak, PhD, MT-BC

Music can enhance neuroplasticity, engage neurochemical systems, and promote learning skills in four areas important to mental health: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Review foundational information through a Dialectical Behavior Therapy lens, explore a neuroscientific rationale for the use of music in skill areas, and discuss music interventions identified from the literature that support skill development.

Celebrating Us: Exploring Diversity Through Art and Music

Presenter(s): Madison Whelan, MM, MT-BC; Steven Amburn, MT-BC; Karen Demuth, RN, BSSN, MBA; Kim Kuta Dring, MS; Danielle Garcia, BA

The closure of schools and businesses due to the global pandemic left students with limited opportunities for exploration of the arts. A local art museum in Jacksonville, Florida reached out to a music nonprofit and a music therapy private practice to provide virtual learning experiences to elementary exceptional student classrooms in the public schools. Learn about this collaboration, which led to an initiative to provide videos that explore and celebrate diversity in the community through art and music.

Chord Lavender: Fostering resiliency and wellbeing for healthcare workers during COVID-19

Presenter(s): Elisha Evanko, MT-BC; Danny Rose, MM, MT-BC; Seneca Block, MA, MT-BC

As the rates of burn-out and compassion fatigue increased for healthcare workers, wellbeing within the workplace became a critical priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical workers, both clinical and administrative, required development of additional supportive programming which accounted for both psychosocial and physiological vulnerabilities. Explore the role of a staff-based music therapy program deployed within a large-scale medical system in support of wellbeing.

Colorful MTs: Taking a Deeper Dive into BIPOC Peer Supervision in the Workplace

Presenter(s): Tori Obermeier, MT-BC; Anurati Jain, MT-BC; Kate Rathgeber, MT-BC; Emily Magary, MT-BC; Mea May, MT-BC; Lisa Foster, MT-BC

This presentation is a continuation of the GLR/MWR virtual session: Colorful MTs: The Need for BIPOC Peer Supervision in the Workplace. Hear about the unique experiences of the Colorful MTs, a group of board-certified music therapists who identify as ethnically minoritized. Discuss embracing and celebrating identity and community in the workplace as BIPOCs.

Music Therapists’ Experiences of Therapeutic Relationship with LGBTQIA2+ Clients

Presenter(s): Sarah Biedka, MMT, MT-BC

The presenter (who identifies as queer) will discuss their master's thesis, a phenomenological study that explored the ways music therapists perceive and discuss their therapeutic relationships with LGBTQIA2+ clients, a category of people based on identity rather than assumption of clinical need. Five participants completed semi-structured interviews that were transcribed and analyzed with reflexive emphasis on validity. Discuss findings and implications for research, theory, and practice.

Music Therapy Research 2025 (MTR 2025) Update

Presenter(s): Barbara A Else, MPA, MT-BC; Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC

In the summer of 2015, a group of music therapy professionals met to consider and recommend a research agenda to move the profession forward over the subsequent 15 years to 2025. The output of the meeting resulted in a set of recommendations in multiple areas of research, research policy, and research infrastructure. As we approach our 2025 goal, this session provides an update, progress, and discussion. Pre-session review: 

The In-Between: Music Therapy in the Liminal Space of Pediatric Palliative Care

Presenter(s): Kristen O'Grady, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

"Betwixt and between"—that is often the descriptor given to one occupying a liminal space. Children with complex medical conditions often exist in this space—the space between life and death, between crisis and calm. The experience of families and staff existing in the liminal space is not often explored in the music therapy literature. Using case vignettes, this presentation will explore a role for music therapy to support children, families, and staff.

Friday, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Add-on Course G. Al Bumanis Guitar Clinic - Respect, Authenticity, and Wellness for Music Therapists and Patients

Presenter(s): Lee Anna Rasar, WMTR, MT-BC; Destiny Boyum, MT-BC; Pete Meyer, MA, MT-BC; Robert Groene, PhD, MT-BC; Allison Kerr, MT-BC

Explore adaptations needed for music therapists and patients with hand/wrist injuries or missing arms/legs to play guitar, hand/wrist injury rehab and prevention, hand position and relaxation techniques for playing guitar, including Alexander technique, exercises for stretching and strengthening and tools to use for rehab. Learn about successful/safe guitar engagement with patients who have quadruple amputations, double amputations, stroke, and hand/wrist injuries. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Add-on Course H. Online Tools for Virtual Drum Circles & Music Therapy Sessions

Presenter(s): Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC

Learn recommended tools to enhance audio, video, set design and screen sharing ONLINE.  Practice four keys to maintaining your online healing presence.  Experience break-out groups for sharing with colleagues and to use with clients. Learn four drum circle games; gallery jam, chat bar integration, found sounds jam to backing track, and guided imagery drumming.  Bonus Gift: Receive a 7-minute audio play-along track to use during your online programs. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 2.5 LCAT credits available.

Friday, 1:00 PM–6:00 PM

Add-on Course I. Peer Conversations: Ethical Dilemmas in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Janice Schreibman, MM, MT-BC; Barbara Bastable, MA, MT-BC; Carol Shultis, PhD, MT-BC; Kevin Hahn, MM, MT-BC; Jennifer DeBedout, MM, MT-BC; Rachelle Morgan, MA, MT-BC; Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC; Cheryl Stephenson, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC; Kim Robertson, MBA, MT-BC; Beth Ann Kimura, MT-BC

Explore music therapy ethics through the lens of peer relations and essential conversations. Review the 2019 AMTA Code of Ethics and how it applies to situations that arise between colleagues. Explore topics including dual relationships, therapeutic boundaries, collegial business relations, and daily ethical challenges which may impact the public view of music therapy. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 5 CMTE credits available (5 ethics credits).

Friday, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Continuing the Conversation: Asians in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Clarissa Lacson, MA, MT-BC; Gabrielle Banzon, MA, LPMT, MT-BC; Jenny Fu, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Megan Kong, BM; Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC; Rongrong Shi, MS, MT-BC

This panel will 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.

Co-treatment: Why it's Important and Examples from the Field

Presenter(s): Megan Miller, MT-BC; Heather Watson, MM, MT-BC

The music therapy profession provides endless opportunity for patient and clinician development. One of the more unique opportunities involves multidisciplinary work through co-treatment with physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Involving other disciplines in a music therapy session opens many doors for patients and other music therapists. Research, case examples, and live demonstrations will be provided to support music therapists in co-treating with the multidisciplinary team.

Creating and Facilitating an Environmental Music Therapy Study in a Hospital During the Pandemic

Presenter(s): Jen Gravish MMT, MT-BC; Michael Zanders, PhD, MT-BC; Jing-Wen Zhang, MS, MT-BC; Meng-Shan Lee, MMT, MT-BC; Andrea Giraldo

An Environmental Music Therapy (EMT) framework was adapted for use in an urban hospital lobby during the COVID-19 pandemic. The existing EMT framework was adapted and live music was used to reflect medical staff and visitors’ responses of the soundscape environment. Discuss research process and preliminary results involving participants’ perceived stress and anxiety levels.

Creative Adaptations for Grief Processing: Popular Grief Models and Creative Arts Therapies

Presenter(s): Trisha Wentworth, MT-BC

Although significant research exists surrounding the use of creative arts therapies in treating and processing grief, much of the literature does not take into consideration a large body of research regarding grief models. Discuss widely recognized grief models, identify strengths and limitations, and learn how this information can be used through the lens of the Expressive Therapies Continuum, to inform work with those facing grief and bereavement.

Design Thinking for Clinical Practice

Presenter(s): Amanda Brigham, MM, MT-BC

Design Thinking (DT) is a systematic approach for handling problems and generating new opportunities. DT is relevant now more than ever. As clinicians, we are confronted with adopting new methods, real-time problem-solving, innovation, and facing fears and pre-conceptions. Challenging situations offer opportunities for ideating, problem solving, and prototyping our own ideas into effective music therapy practice.

Developing a Scoping Review Protocol on Music Therapy and Resilience Within a Graduate Seminar

Presenter(s): Olivia Yinger, PhD, MT-BC; Emma King, MT-BC; Rebekah Spann, MT-BC; John Lawwill

Learn implications for music therapy practice grounded in research on resilience, a complex construct that can be defined as an outcome, process, or trait. Students in a virtual graduate seminar collaborated with the instructor to design a scoping review protocol on music therapy research related to resilience. Learn about the process of conducting research within a graduate seminar, as well as the results of the scoping review.

Neurodevelopment of Music Characteristics in the Fetal and Neonate Brain

Presenter(s): Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC; Abigail Simonson; U Wun Vivian Lok, MME, MT-BC

This presentation will report outcomes of the BabyNeuro and Music Study including: which brain structures are most associated with specific music elements, the location in the brain for each structure, and when in the gestational and neonatal period these structures develop. Learn about the assessed effects of each music element on developmental competencies in the premature and newborn infant.

When Trauma Underlies Grief – Navigating Multilayered Terrain in Bereavement Support for Adolescents

Presenter(s): Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC

Experiencing the death of a loved one during adolescence is a challenge in its own right. Underlying trauma related to a loss can complicate one’s bereavement. Discuss the intersections of trauma and grief, trauma-informed and resilience-focused theoretical frameworks, culturally responsive practices, resource-oriented therapeutic music experiences, and participate in a group dialogue on the topic.

Friday, 3:00 PM–3:45 PM

What's in Your Cup? The Art of Self-Compassion and Mindfulness in Practice

Presenter(s): Lori Sunshine, MT-BC; Brenda Kenyon, MSW, LCSW, MT-BC

Join Brenda and Sunshine to take a needed break and relax to live music with heart centering and grounding guidance through gentle words and awareness of breath. We will use a variety of soothing sounds to help draw attention to the healing energies of being present and allow ourselves to let go of all tension and busy thoughts. This session is designed to give all who participate an opportunity to unwind and increase self-awareness and healing.

Friday, 3:00 PM–4:15 PM

De-classified Repertoire Survival Guide

Presenter(s): Flor Hernandez, MM, MT-BC

This concurrent session will share information and suggestions with preservice music therapists, internship supervisors, and clinicians on how to learn and organize repertoire while becoming familiar with sociocultural aspects of songs and singers. Learning goals will address CBMT Domain II, D, 9, 11 and CBMT Domain III, A, i.

Movin’ and Groovin’: Building Resilience in Preschool-Aged Children through Music Therapy and Yoga

Presenter(s): Cindy Kraus, MT-BC; Tasha Miller

Get ready to move and groove with us! Take your music and movement interventions up a notch by incorporating yoga. Together, we will practice intentional movement and connection to build resilience in early childhood and beyond.

MTex Sessions... from the Music Therapy Experts!

MTex presentations offer in-depth lectures and narratives about cutting edge areas of music therapy practice as presented by clinicians and educators in a TED Talk style format. Each presentation will be less than 20 minutes.  The following MTex Talks are planned at this year's conference:

  • MTex Session - Adapting Auditory Motor Mapping Training for Korean Children with Autism

Presenter(s): Hae Sun Kim, MM, MT-BC

Auditory Motor Mapping Training (AMMT) has shown to promote speech production in minimally verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn about the adaptation of AMMT in Korean for children with ASD living in Korean-speaking home environments and discuss the challenges and application of this intervention.

  • MTex Session - Rant by an Older Adult

Presenter(s): Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

I started my music therapy studies in 1969 and have had the privilege of sharing music therapy adventures with individuals of all ages and abilities for over 50 years. As I enter my 7th decade on earth, I'm noticing some issues with music therapy services for "older adults." Because we can all learn from those with an insider's perspective of the people we serve as music therapists, I encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to this rant by an aging older adult who is also an active MT-BC.

  • MTex Session - Multiple Disability Support Classrooms: Adapting Instruments on a Budget!

Presenter(s): Debra Cotterall, MA, MT-BC

Working in a school setting brings its own unique challenges, including the availability and adaptability of instruments for student use. Get help from a seasoned school-based music therapist. Learn how to get your creativity flowing to create an inclusive, musical environment for students with limited mobility and movement. Effectively set up spaces within classrooms as well as creative cost-effective, adaptive instruments for students.

  • MTex Session - Safe Spaces, Resilience, and Other Empty Promises: Articulating the Need for a Paradigm Shift in Trauma-Informed Music Therapy Practice

Presenter(s): Dr. Elly Scrine

This paper interrogates the failure of trauma-informed practice, as it currently stands, to realistically engage with the promise of safety and the pervasiveness of systemic violence. Challenge your tendency to frame trauma as an individual experience and expect resilience through adversity; outline alternative paths forward.

Peer Support for New Professionals

Presenter(s): Meera Sinha, MT-BC; Elizabeth Mendez, MT-BC; Maria Alvarado, MT-BC; Mara Collard, MT-BC

Through group discussion, literature review, and lecture, presenters will share experiences as new professionals, and speak on the need for the free peer support group they created in February 2021. Examine your beliefs about the music therapy profession and their prior education. Understand the need for support as new professionals and learn two tools to navigate the first five years of your career.

Telehealth Creative Arts Therapies: Veterans Health Administration Implementation

Presenter(s): Kristin Story, PhD, MT-BC; David Otto, MMEd, MT-BC; Diane Langston, MM, MT-BC

Virtual delivery improves access to clinical services for rural Veterans and those who may not be able to leave home. Our investigative team conducted a formative developmental evaluation of Virtual Creative Arts Therapy (primarily music therapy and art therapy) delivery to identify therapists’ experiences with virtual (telehealth) service delivery to Veterans, including the identification of barriers and facilitators. Hear the experiences of Veterans participating in telehealth music therapy.

Friday, 4:30 PM–5:45 PM

Elevating Screen-Based Connection: Virtual Music Therapy Experiences for Community Building

Presenter(s): Rachel Quirbach, MT-BC

Creative session planning is a vital skill for music therapists to nurture. In response to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many music therapists facilitated Virtual Music Therapy (VMT) experiences for the first time. Expose yourself to nine innovative session structures for VMT groups, engage in targeted experientials, explore best practice techniques for VMT facilitation, and discuss ethical considerations for optimal VMT practice.

Experiences Discussing Race and Racism During Clinical Supervision: Going Beyond the Data

Presenter(s): Jennifer Jones, PhD, MT-BC; Janae Imeri

The experiences of Black music therapy students discussing race and racism in clinical supervision were explored in this study. Interview data was analyzed from five Black music therapy students who discussed experiences during supervision. Seven themes will be shared including experiencing oppression, self-advocacy, and frustration with continually enduring racism. Presenters will share the participants’ words and continue the dialogue about race and supervision.

Identifying and Implementing Personal and Professional Self-Care Strategies

Presenter(s): Hilary Yip, MM, MT-BC

Understand the signs and symptoms of burnout and how symptoms may manifest in music therapists and music therapy students. Becoming aware of individual responses to stress can help music therapists and students prevent burn out. Learn and explore multiple aspects of personal and professional self-care to create strategies that can address individual needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to identify and plan how to incorporate self-care into their daily lives.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration with Pediatric Music Therapists: Results from a National Survey

Presenter(s): Clarissa Lacson, MA, MT-BC

This was the first phase of an explanatory sequential mixed methods study. The study aim was to increase understanding of how to enact and sustain interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Pediatric music therapists were surveyed about workplace characteristics, collaborative behaviors, perceptions of interprofessional collaboration, servant leadership, interpersonal team processes, and thriving at work. Implications of the findings will be discussed.

Music Therapy and Suzuki Method: Useful Strategies to Support the Child Needs

Presenter(s): Marta Hernandez, PhD, MT-BC

Learn strategies to integrate music therapy and therapeutic music lessons using the Suzuki method for children. The presenter, a board certified music therapist and level 9 Suzuki teacher with 20 years of experience, will share an overview of principles of this approach and practical tools to focus on nonmusical goals.

Recertification Reboot. Convenient, Economical, and Certificant-Centered

Presenter(s): Hindi Burkett, MT-BC

Acquiring 100 recertification credits does not have to be confusing or costly! Review the newly-released CBMT Recertification Manual Seventh Edition, identify new and updated areas for earning credits, and evaluate various economical options for obtaining credits. Get an introduction to the new online platform for recording continuing education credits. Bring your recertification questions and scenarios for thoughtful discussion and suggestions!

Trauma, the Polyvagal Theory, and Applications in Therapy

Presenter(s): Kayce Soros, MT-BC

This presentation is geared toward helping music therapists understand the basics of the autonomic nervous system and its automatic responses to trauma. Gain knowledge about intersectionality and its role in understanding the subjectivity of trauma, as well as the basics of the Polyvagal theory. This includes a breakdown of the autonomic nervous system and its responses to threat. Discuss examples of ways to help clients find safety and connection.

Walking the Tightrope: Dealing with the Gray Areas of Boundaries within the Therapeutic Relationship

Presenter(s): Molly Austin, MM, MT-BC

Maintaining firm boundaries with patients in a corrections setting is vital but challenging. Navigating those boundaries while also being therapeutic and flexible is not always clear. Learn strategies to address the gray areas of boundaries within the therapeutic relationship and how to set boundary expectations to limit boundary breaches.

Friday, 7:15 PM–10:15 PM

Add-on Course J. Finding Voice: Socially Distance Adaptations of Vocal Psychotherapy in Acute Adult Psychiatry

Presenter(s): Lisa Jackert, MA, MT-BC

Explore the transition from the structure of a 50-minute group to a series of 10–15-minute individual sessions with multiple patients due to social distancing restrictions caused by COVID-19. This population has varied severity of symptoms and functioning abilities. (During this work, an N95 mask with a shield was worn by the therapist while the patient wore a surgical mask, and 6-feet distance was maintained.)  See how song-based approaches to vocal psychotherapy can engage patients who are challenged by acute symptoms.  Multiple clinical examples will be provided. As acute psychiatric units have likely transitioned back to group work, this brief single-session approach remains applicable, as it allows patients who are unable to tolerate the group setting an opportunity to still benefit from music therapy. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Add-on Course K. Jammin’ In the Garage: The Clinical Use of GarageBand in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Hilary Yip, MM, MT-BC; Laurie Peebles, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC

Incorporating GarageBand, a digital audio workstation, into music therapy practice is an innovative way to address client goals. Learn how to utilize and incorporate GarageBand into clinical practice, using both the iPad and MacBook computer. Practical tips will be shared, and attendees will be able to create their own projects in small breakout groups using GarageBand. Access to GarageBand is recommended but not necessary. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Friday, 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

Drum Circle

Presenter(s): Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC; Phil Didlake, MT-BC

Come together with Christine Stevens, founder of UpBeat Drum Circles and Global Rhythm Sangha - in an online drum circle featuring special guest artists sharing cultural rhythms. She will be joined by music therapist Phillip Didlake - a master of online drum circles - bringing you some new creative ways to lead drum circles online.  Bring a drum, found sound, or body percussion and be a part of this great online opportunity to transform zoom into a virtual conference room of rhythm and chant.  

Friday, 9:00 PM–10:00 PM

Music Trivia Night 

Join fellow conference attendees for a fun night of music trivia. The Virtual Conference Planning Committee will bring a fun and eclectic combination of music trivia from across the decades. We invite you to join us in connecting with conference attendees from all over the world for an evening of fun and laughter. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

Internship Fair

We are excited to have the facilities included below, participate in this year's Internship Fair! Students -- be sure to check out the list, and join us -- meet with representatives, ask questions, schedule interviews, and learn about clinical training opportunities available to you! Watch for more information that will include presentation times for each participating internship site! Sponsored by: Georgia College & State University, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Kentucky, Western Illinois University School of Music.

  • 8:30 am - 8:35 am: Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:35 am - 8:45 am: University Hospitals of Cleveland Connor Integrative Health Network (Cleveland, OH)
  • 8:45 am - 8:55 am: Meaningful Day Services, Inc (Brownsburg, IN)
  • 8:55 am - 9:05 am: Cincinnati Children’s (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 9:05 am - 9:15 am: Big Bend Hospice (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 9:15 am - 9:25 am: Heart and Harmony Music Therapy (Fort Worth, TX)
  • 9:25 am - 9:35 am: Hospice of East Bay (Pleasant Hill, CA)
  • 9:35 am - 9:45 am: Able ARTS Work (Long Beach, CA)
  • 9:45 am: Farewell 

Saturday, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM

Keynote Address – Laura van Dernoot Lipsky – “Transforming Trauma – How to Do This Work and Sustain”

Laura van Dernoot LipskyLaura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes - whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. Simultaneously, she has long been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression, structural supremacy, and liberation theory. Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother. Sponsored by The Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Saturday, 11:15 AM–12:30 PM

Oral Research Poster Session
  • From Therapeutic Factors to Mechanisms of Change in Music Therapy: Report on Findings and Discussion from a Scoping Review; Rebecca Zarate, Lesley University, USA; Martina DeWitte, Han University, Netherlands; Felicity Baker, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • A Systematic Review of Music Interventions Targeting Memory in Adults with Acquired Brain Injury; Noriko Nakamura, MME, MT-BC, University of Kansas, USA
  • The Role of Music in the Trauma Narrative and "Storytelling": Perspectives of Clinicians; Taylorlyn Mehnert, MT-BC, Western Michigan University, USA; Angela Moe, PhD, Western Michigan University, USA; Edward Roth, PhD, MT-BC, Western Michigan University
  • Exploring the Music Therapist’s Role in Hospice Care for Individuals with Dementia; Kathryn Coccia, MM, MT-BC, St. Louis University/Ohio University, USA
Digital Clinical Composition and Spoken Word: Virtual-Music Therapy with a U.S. Army Veteran

Presenter(s): Alan Thompson; MA, LCAT, MT-BC

Examine the application of digital clinical composition with spoken word in individual Virtual Music Therapy (VMT) through a clinical vignette with a U.S. Army Veteran. Explore asynchronous/synchronous processes of VMT through which digital clinical compositions and spoken word evolved, the therapeutic implications of the expression and embodiment of poetry into spoken word, and the use of music to expand the aesthetic and emotional impact beyond the words and voice.

Exploration of Identity as a Latin Music Therapist: A Panel Discussion

Presenter(s): Natalie Cole, MA, MT-BC; Mariagracia Rivas Berger, MT-BC; Patricia Zarate Perez; Jeniris Garay, EdM, LPMT, MT-BC; Marianela Cordoba Saborio, MMT, MT-BC; Bethany Lindeblad, MT-BC; Jessica Hernandez, MT-BC 

The Latin American Music Therapy Network leadership team hosts this panel discussion focusing on personal and professional experiences as a Latin Music Therapist. Explore complexities within individual and group identities within Latin America and the United States. Participate in conversations related to building a sense of belonging within a greater community, personal explorations of self-identity, and how these constructs connect to clinical practice.

How to Lead Online Drumming Programs with Therapeutic Processing

Presenter(s): Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC; Phil Didlake, MT-BC

Learn three easy rhythm-based activities for wellness and clinical populations.  Get two free tracks to jump-start your online drum programs.  Learn the secret of chat bar integration and other processing tools on Zoom.  Learn the tech-iso-principle in this experiential session.  Bring a drum!

Listen to My Story: Songwriting in Cancer Care from Patient Perspectives

Presenter(s): Tori Obermeier, MT-BC; Jackie Acho, PhD

Learn about songwriting in cancer care from the perspectives of patients themselves. Explore songwriting, technology, and the power of telling your own story.

Research Committee Presents—Creative Approaches to Integrating Research in your Practice

Presenter(s): Gene Ann Behrens, PhD, MT-BC; Annie Heidersheit, PhD, LMFT, MT-BC; Kathy Murphy, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC

Whether working as professors, clinicians, or students, music therapists are often presented with schedules that limit how research can be integrated into their workflow. This roundtable includes professors, clinicians, and student researchers sharing research experiences. Get involved in a discussion about the various “shades” of how music therapists deal with limitations (such as time, global pandemic, etc.) and find creative ways to conduct and connect research in clinical practice and work. You’ll be inspired about how you can integrate research into your workflow.

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

Presenter(s): Carol Ann Blank, PhD, LCAT, LPC, MT-BC

Feeling stuck in your clinical presentation of songs? Shake up your thinking and engage your clinical creativity. Come away with new ways to present songs you already know and learn new songs to use in your next session. Address music therapy with young children in family groups and early childhood care/education settings. Attention will be given to both in-person and teletherapy presentation of songs to address executive function skills, emotion management, SEL, and inclusion.

Saturday, 11:15 AM–2:00 PM

Global Perspectives Session

The Global Perspective Session showcases international music therapy projects. Sponsored by Remo, Inc.

Saturday, 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

Add-on Course L. Designing Inclusive Syllabi for Music Therapy Education

Presenter(s): Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC

Engage in four action-oriented phases aimed at designing inclusive and justice-oriented syllabi for music therapy coursework: 1) an interrogation of our personal histories with syllabi; 2) a deconstruction of oppressive discourse and policies found in syllabi; 3) an in-depth review of the Social Justice Syllabus Design Tool and other guidance documents aimed at inclusivity, equity, and accessibility; 4) time dedicated to revising syllabi with group feedback. Please note: this course is presented live only and will not be recorded. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 5 CMTE credits available.

Add-on Course M. Ain't She Sweet: Recognizing and Destabilizing the -isms of Elder Care

Presenter(s): Sarah Biedka, MMT, MT-BC

Explore institutionalized older adults’ experiences of oppression and liberation as well as the potential impact of music therapy engagement on those experiences. Bear witness to older adults’ lived experiences, examine personal biases, and consider implications for personal and clinical growth. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 5 CMTE credits available. 5 LCAT credits available.

Add-on Course N. Al Bumanis Guitar Clinic

Presenter(s): Robert Groene, PhD, MT-BC; Lee Anna Rasar, WMTR, MT-BC; Destiny Boyum, MT-BC; Pete Meyer, MA, MT-BC; Allison Kerr, MT-BC

This Guitar Clinic, honoring Al Bumanis and the Guitar Bombardment Series, is for both students and professionals to further musicianship and guitar skills for client growth. Five music therapists/guitarists with over 200 years of experience will be your guides. Participants are encouraged to suggest music material and guitar techniques that will benefit their clients. Bring a guitar, tuner, capo, pick, thumbpick, and a slide. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 5 CMTE credits available.

Add-on Course O. Critical Growth: Understanding Trauma, Systemic Oppression, and Vicarious Resilience

Presenter(s): Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC; Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC; Adenike Webb, PhD, MT-BC; Heather Wagner, PhD, MT-BC

In order to practice both safely and effectively, music thearpists must understand the symptoms of individual and systemic trauma, and locate their clinical work accordingly as to avoid causing retraumatization and/or perpetuating oppression. Learn about the neurobiology of trauma and its symptoms, as well as the nature of systemic oppression as a form of trauma. Explore intentional cultivation of vicarious resilience for music therapists. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 5 CMTE credits available. 5 LCAT credits available.

Saturday, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Collaborating with Voice Educators to Promote Vocal Health Practices for Music Therapists

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Martina Bingham, DMA

Recent research shows music therapists are not always prepared to maintain vocal health, given the extensive voice use in clinical practice. Learn to understand the voice and therapeutic singing in real-world clinical practice and examine proactive ways to promote and sustain vocal health.

Flexible Traveling: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Guide and Deepen the GIM Process

Presenter(s): Hannah Lingafelt, MMT, LCMHC, MT-BC

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer evidence-based model of psychotherapy focusing on meaning and acceptance.  A model of ACT has recently been developed to support preparation for and integration of psychedelic experiences.  Examine how to utilize the Accept-Connect-Embody model of ACT to guide and deepen the Bonny method of GIM process.  Learn from clinical examples.

Global Perspectives of Music Therapy Practice

Presenter(s): Andrea McGraw Hunt, PhD, MT-BC; Anita Swanson, PhD, MT-BC; Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC; Bronwen Landless, MMT, MT-BC

As the music therapy profession evolves in many parts of the world, music therapy practitioners, educators, and researchers navigate the tension between traditional and Westernized concepts of music, health, and healing. Explore music therapy work from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Korea, and Russia to underscore the importance of culturally responsive music therapy around the globe.

Heartbeat Recordings in Music Therapy: Innovative Use of Stethoscope in Aiding Families with Loss

Presenter(s): Laura Cerulli, MAMT, MT-BC; Caitlin Meehan, CCLS

Focus on the ways the music therapy program at Nemours AIDHC supports the needs of parents grieving a specific loss (including death or heart failure diagnosis). The Music Therapy Heartbeat Sounds (MTHS) program uses the Eko CORE stethoscope to record a patient’s heartbeat that is transformed into personalized keepsakes for the family. See examples of mementos created and discuss the research article published in Palliative Medicine Report (2020) around this work.

Music Therapy in Sickle Cell Disease Care: Moving from Clinical Programs to Research

Presenter(s): Samuel Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC; Kelli McKee, MA, MT-BC

Music therapists have developed clinical programs to address the needs of individuals with Sickle Cell Disease. This population faces several challenges including pain, comorbid mental health conditions, and structural racism. Get an overview of clinical programs in both pediatric and adult healthcare settings, and learn the results from pilot studies demonstrating benefits of music therapy for improving pain, quality of life, and transition to adult care.

Personality-Centered Supervision for Music Therapy Students

Presenter(s): Laurie Peebles, MM, LPMT, MT-BC

The relationship between supervisor and music therapy intern is a vital aspect of the music therapy internship. However, personality differences between supervisor and intern can lead to conflict within the relationship. Having strategies to identify intern needs based on intern personality preferences can help supervisors provide a safe supervision experience.

Saturday, 2:00 PM–5:00 PM

Add-on Course P. Understanding the Numbers: Basic Finances for the MTBO

Presenter(s): Jennifer Pinson, MT-BC; Rachelle Morgan, MA, MT-BC

Learn basic financial strategies in business and program management.  From choosing a bank account to determining a budget, learn the lingo and how to read financial statements.  Dive deep into managing the finances and having a financial plan, which is crucial to business success.  Bring your own financial documents and learn from real life experiences! Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available.

Saturday, 3:00 PM–4:15 PM

Community Creations: Audio and Video Production with Adults with IDD and Acquired Brain Injuries

Presenter(s): Gabrielle Banzon, MA, LPMT, MT-BC

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, media content, such as virtual choirs and podcasts, has afforded unique opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and expression. Though meant for the broader public, the process of creating audio and video productions like these carries implications for clinical spaces. Delve into structure, adaptation, and facilitation of creative media projects through a community music therapy approach at a residential community for adults with IDD and Acquired Brain Injuries.

Insight into the Music Therapy Profession

Participating individuals will receive an introduction to the field of music therapy from an expert panel of music therapy educators, clinicians, and students. This event is free​ and open to anyone interested in learning more about music therapy as a career. High school students and their parents or legal guardians, potential college transfer students, guidance and career counselors, and music educators are all welcome to attend. (This session will be held over zoom; outside of the conference platform.)

Integral Thinking: A Comprehensive Approach to Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Rebecca West, PhD, MT-BC; Della Molloy-Daugherty, PhD, MT-BC; Lauren DiMaio, PhD, MT-BC

Integral thinking in music therapy was introduced by Dr. Bruscia at a keynote speech in 2011. Integral thinking incorporates a comprehensive means of approaching clinical practice, moving away from a population-based process. Consider core tenets of Integral Thinking including the three orientations: Context, Experience, and Outcome, as well as practical applications during assessment, treatment and evaluation

Integrating Narrative Therapy and Songwriting to Promote Healing in Veterans

Presenter(s): Sarah Pugliese, MMT, MT-BC

Get information regarding the implementation of narrative therapy-informed songwriting experiences with Veterans and other clients diagnosed with Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of trauma. Discuss the relationship of narrative therapy and songwriting and the clinical significance of utilizing songwriting to address trauma. Consider case vignettes to demonstrate implementation.

N=15,000: Large Scale Clinical Effectiveness Research in Medical Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Samuel Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC; Seneca Block, MA, MT-BC; Jeffery Dusek, PhD

Investigators conducted a retrospective clinical effectiveness study investigating the effects of over 15,000 music therapy sessions on hospitalized patients within a large medical system. Process outcomes from this research include a comprehensive documentation template and data mining procedures for extracting meaningful clinical information. Results from the retrospective study support the feasibility and clinical effectiveness of music therapy in a variety of medical settings.

Opening a Dialogue Between Business Owners and Educators in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC

Hear from a diverse group of experienced business owners and educators for an open dialogue aimed to create an understanding of the needs of each with respect toward their different roles in supporting students and new professionals.  Discuss theoretical and functional views of music therapy clinical process, clinical musicianship, and professional responsibilities, as viewed through the two different lenses of business and education.

Telehealth Clinical Practica: The Experiences of The Students and Faculty in the First Pandemic Year

Presenter(s): Juyoung Lee, PhD, MT-BC; Annie Heidersheit, PhD, LMFT, MT-BC; Emma Moonier, MS, R-AT, LPCC, MT-BC

In the first pandemic year, five different telehealth music therapy clinical practicums had been offered by three faculty at a metropolitan university. 25 undergraduate and graduate students participated in five focus group interviews to share their experiences. Through thematic analysis, seven positive aspects, three challenging aspects, and two suggestions were identified. Discuss the faculty's experiences and reflections in relation to the results of the study.

Using the Electric Guitar in Music Psychotherapy Practice

Presenter(s): Ariel Avissar, LCAT, MT-BC; Daniel Goldberg, MA; Elena Rothenberg, MA

Examine a thorough approach to facilitating a range of different kinds of key musical effects and techniques that lead to making potent music therapy interventions unique to the electric guitar.  From individual and especially group work, take the opportunity to participate in experiential music making as a way to learn about how sonic qualities of the electric guitar can be applied to music psychotherapy experiences.

Saturday, 4:30 PM–5:45 PM

2021 AMTA Federal Advocacy Update

Presenter(s): Rebecca Preddie; Judy Simpson, MT-BC

Join AMTA Government Relations staff as they share important updates about efforts to raise awareness about the impact and efficacy of music therapy services with federal representatives and agencies.

Alone Together: Community Music Therapy and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenter(s): Conio Loretto, MS, LCAT, MT-BC

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of music therapists working at an agency providing residential, long term care found themselves pivoting in order to provide meaningful therapeutic services. Get an outline how a Community Music Therapy framework guided the team as they developed new programs, including online, virtual experiences. Discuss specific programs as well as the creative process undertaken by the team.

Application of The Clinical Practice Model for Persons with Dementia in music therapy practice

Presenter(s): Alaine Reschke-Hernández, PhD, MT-BC

What strategies are best to implement in music therapy for persons with dementia, why and how might I apply strategies in a music experience, and what outcomes could I expect? Learn to apply the Clinical Practice Model for Persons with Dementia to the treatment process and design culturally sensitive music therapy experiences that maximize engagement for individuals at various stages of decline. Interdisciplinary work and telehealth will be discussed.

Music as Therapy, Self as Therapy: Using the Person of the Therapist in the Therapeutic Alliance

Presenter(s): Amelia Lane, MA, NCC, MT-BC

Music is often a partner in the therapeutic process, described as "music as therapy."  However, we may be missing out on another key element to the therapeutic relationship and therefore, the therapeutic process: ourselves. Explore how music therapists can use their personhood, (or "self as therapy") including personality, identity, and lived experiences, to enrich their clinical work in a safe and authentic way.

Pediatric Medical Music Therapy Internship Roundtable Discussion

Presenter(s): Amy Love, MA, MT-BC; Marial Biard, MM, MT-BC; Mark Fuller, MT-BC; Caitlin Krater, MA, MT-BC; Clare Arezina, MME, CCLS, MT-BC; Ashley Scheufler, MME, MT-BC; Stephanie Epstein, MM, MT-BC

This guided discussion, moderated by the Pediatric Work Group, will encompass a range of relevant topics to support supervisors in the medical setting during the internship process, from applications to final evaluations. The format will encourage audience members to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussion. Resiliency in the medical setting is more important than ever as we navigate the medical setting and support the next generation of therapists.

Trauma Informed Care, Social Justice, and Resilience: Connecting and Exploring the Conference Theme through Research and Practice.

Panelists include: Natalia Alvarez-Figueroa, MMT, MT-BC, Ed Roth, PhD, MT-BC. Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, MA, MT-BC, and Dr. Elly Scrine. Moderator: Wendy Woolsey, MA, MT-BC

Consider trauma and the brain, trauma focused support, systems that create harm in society, and limits of resilience through this panel discussion. Sponsored by CARF International-Aspire to Excellence.

Saturday, 6:00 PM–7:15 PM

Ask the Experts: Everything Professional—Education, Internship, and Beyond

Presenter(s): Rebecca Engen, PhD, MT-BC; Lauren DiMaio, PhD, MT-BC; Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC

Panel presenters are all seasoned educators, having served a variety of AMTA and CBMT committees in five AMTA regions. They will give brief overviews of supports for students related to schools and curriculum, internships (university affiliated or national roster), the Board Certification Exam, and more. Time will be available for a panel-style discussion and questions from the student audience.

Breaking Barriers, Connecting Cultures: Multicultural Music Therapy Among Elderly in Latin America

Presenter(s): Alejandra Arevalo, MTA, LPMT-BC

In the midst of a global pandemic, technology has become a vital tool in minimizing geographical barriers. The Oral Roberts University Music Therapy Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma presents a case study on the use of multicultural music therapy to serve older adults in Latin America through online sessions.

Bridging the Gap: Aligning ASD Research with National Scientific and Clinical Practice Standards

Presenter(s): Edward Schwartzberg, MEd, MT-BC; Jennifer Whipple, PhD, MT-BC

Therapists and researchers engage in clinical decision-making guided by various models within and outside the profession. A music therapy decision-making model is needed to align ourselves with a 21st Century healthcare and research system. A matrix for use while preparing manuscripts for publication will be presented. While content based on NAC and NCAEP reports, is specific to ASD research, information related to scientific rigor and reporting specificity is transferable to other populations’ research.

Integrating Anti-Racist and Anti-Discrimination Principles into Undergraduate Music Therapy Curriculum

Presenter(s): Emily Lambert, MM, MT-BC

This session will introduce anti-racist and anti-discriminatory principles and their importance in music therapy, including a look at various processes required to become anti-racist and how these actions might look for older adolescents and young adults. Lastly, the presentation will speak to the elements and tasks that are appropriate to include in undergraduate education, when and where they might be introduced, and challenges and strategies for their inclusion.

Unmuted: Telepractice in Early Childhood Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Petra Kern, PhD, MTA, DMtG, MT-BC; Dana Bolton, MEd, MMT, MT-BC; Erin Shina, MT-BC; Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC

Every week, MT-BCs put children and families into a state of calm to learn in telepractice sessions. Break down evidence-based practice components and learn how practitioners modified services during COVID-19. Explore research-based guidelines, innovative intervention ideas, lessons learned, and sustainability of this service.

Saturday, 8:00 PM–10:00 PM

Latin Dance Party

Hosted by the Latin American Music Therapy Network, you are invited the virtual Latin house party. Bring your flags, your favorite snacks, and put on (or kick off) your dancing shoes for a night of joyful movement to Latin music. We’ll save time to share some dance steps and have the chat open for conversation. Vamos a bailar!

Saturday, 9:00 PM–10:30 PM

Songwriting Games

Join a friendly competition evening of songwriting games, utilizing Madlib’s and Fairytales. The Virtual Conference Planning Committee will challenge you to join together to craft the silliest, most heartfelt, or cutest song you can manage. We will break off into teams and select either a Madlib or a Fairytale to create a song to share with the group. Competing for a coveted prize, one group for each category will walk away victorious.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Add-on Course Q. The Music Therapist's Guide to Microsoft Excel

Presenter(s): Jennifer Pinson, MT-BC; Amanda Henley, MM, MT-BC

As a clinician, researcher, business owner, or educator, Microsoft Excel can be used to record, calculate, and organize data.  As music therapists, it is important to show evidence or quantify aspects of our services.  Excel is a great way to make your data look sharp and professional.  See several examples of formulas, graphing tools, and templates that can be helpful to use in your practice and take home free templates. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available.

Add-on Course R. Present, Open, Active: Incorporating ACT into Your Process as a Music Therapist

Presenter(s): Hannah Lingafelt, MMT, LCMHC, MT-BC

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer evidence-based model of psychotherapy focusing on being present, being open, and taking action in alignment with what is important.  This interactive intensive course will teach the ACT core processes and examine how they can be used to increase your own psychological flexibility within music therapy sessions. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Sunday, 10:00 AM–11:15 AM

Community Connections: Supporting Individuals with Alzheimer’s and their Caregivers during COVID-19

Presenter(s): Julie Avirett, MM, MT-BC; Stephany Nystrand, MM, MT-BC

Address business strategies for redesigning services in response to COVID-19.  Highlights include interventions to mitigate caregiver stress as well as improved coping for loved ones. Study strategies for challenges that COVID-19 presents for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Demystifying the CBMT Board Certification Exam

Presenter(s): Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC; Joy Schneck, MM, MT-BC; Kirsten Meyer, MA, MT-BC

The board certification exam is the gateway to earning the MT-BC credential, yet few understand the complex processes, procedures, and credentialling industry requirements the Certification Board for Music Therapists follows to create and measure the exam. Learn how Board Certification Domains are developed and inform exam content, procedures followed by the exam committee to form exam content, and standards required by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies exam development and administration.

Music Therapy Trauma Healing Programming Behind Bars: Comparison with Other Trauma Settings

Presenter(s): Lee Anna Rasar, WMTR, MT-BC

Compare trauma programs in jail and prison settings in the U.S. and with other settings.  Analyze examples of effective music therapy inventions for focusing on trauma healing in jail and prison populations. Discover assessment tools and considerations for how to set up the physical environment for sessions within a jail/prison setting as well as how to successfully engage residents in activities that are allowed behind bars.

Music Therapy with an Accent: Intersectional Identities through the Eyes of Immigrant Therapists

Presenter(s): Yu-Ling Chen, PhD, MT-BC; Yu-Ying Chen, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC; Yu-Ching Chen, MM, MT-BC

Explore the influence of immigrant and bilingual identities on music therapists’ clinical judgement in working with people of diverse backgrounds. Three immigrant therapists from Taiwan share lived experiences and examine how their intersectional identities of ethnicity, language, profession, culture, and music have evolved and interplayed throughout their journeys as music therapy professionals practicing in a foreign land. Consider how these experiences enhance cultural sensitivity.

The Neurobiology of Trauma: Neuroprotection, Plasticity, and Music

Presenter(s): Edward A. Roth, PhD, MT-BC

When someone experiences trauma, short-term functional and long-term structural changes to the brain can occur. This session will describe the neural circuitry of overt and sustained fear responses and the deleterious effects they can have on the brain. The potential neuroprotective effects of engaging with music will be discussed.

Things are “Fine”:  Challenges and Successes of the Multi-Faceted Music Therapist’s Life

Presenter(s): Sharon Boyle, MM, MT-BC; Edward Schwartzberg, MEd, MT-BC, Rebecca Barnard, MM, MT-BC

Feeling overwhelmed and “pushing through” are common behaviors for many in our society. Reflect on the challenges of juggling teaching, clinical work, research, service work, family care, self-care, and being students during COVID-19 and beyond. Using theory and concept of intersecting factors, gain personal insights, reflections, struggles, and successes related to the multi-faceted opportunities that many music therapists engage in to develop resiliency."

Using Harmonica for COPD: A System Wide Healthcare Perspective in Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Angel Foss, MS, MT-BC; Forrest Paquin, MT-BC; Samantha Huffman, MT-BC

Harmonica is a free reed wind instrument that is easy to learn and implements foundations of breathing techniques for people with chronic lung conditions. At UH Connor Integrative Health Network, music therapy services are offered within ten medical centers across NE Ohio. Through an integrative approach, individual perspectives are offered on the innovative, system wide program, UHarmonica, to enhance quality of life, pulmonary function, and socialization. Harmonicas encouraged.

Music Therapy Techniques in Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Skills Training

Presenter(s): Madelyn LaPrade, MM, MT-BC; Steven Amburn, MT-BC; Karen Demuth, RN, BSSN, MBA

Investigate an overview of a music therapy and vocational rehabilitation program for individuals with intellectual disabilities developed in collaboration with music therapists, educators, community members, and business owners. Review experiences in program development, community funding, and music therapy implementation, particularly focusing on goals, objectives, and interventions used in this job skills program.

Sunday, 11:30 AM–12:45 PM

Co-Delivered Integrative Music and Language Therapy

Presenter(s): Betsey King, PhD, MT-BC; Laurie Keough, MEd, LCAT, MT-BC; Melissa Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP; Heather Coles, MA, CCC-SLP; Melissa Reed, MEd, LCAT, MT-BC

Music and Language Therapy cotreatment is not new, but this interprofessional team has developed an integrative approach that utilizes the unique knowledge and skills of each profession but merges them in planning and implementation. Co-delivered Integrative Music and Language Therapy (CIMaLT) has resulted in clinically documented benefits for clients with chronic aphasia. Listen to a report on student training and a feasibility study for future efficacy research. Video examples included.

Navigating an Authentic Path for LGBTQIA+ Music Therapy Interns and Their Supervisors

Presenter(s): Jonathan Wilcoxen, MSW, MT-BC; Jay Dressler, MT-BC

Music therapy internship programs provide a unique opportunity for LGBTQIA+ interns to develop a sense of professional self. Internship directors can provide a safe space for interns that ensures openness, acceptance, and safety. An internship director and intern's perspective will be shared to highlight how internships can create accepting environments and navigate openness in supervision. Explore research regarding LGBTQIA+ interns, best practices for internships, and resources.

Neurobiology of Trauma and Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Christopher Beach, MM, MT-BC; Christina Ritchie, BA, MT-BC

Dissect the neurobiological effects of trauma and explore how music can be used as a therapeutic tool to support clients through various stages of treatment. Investigate basic information regarding brain anatomy, body and brain responses to trauma, as well as appropriate music therapy interventions to decrease arousal symptoms in the nervous system and increase adaptive neural networks in the brain.

Research Committee Presents—Checking Privilege in Research-Putting Concepts into Practice

Presenter(s): Sarah Biedka, MMT, MT-BC; Adenike Webb, PhD, MT-BC; Rebecca West, PhD, MT-BC; Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC

Challenging researchers' notions of privilege is a necessary and important step to being inclusive when planning a research study. Participate in a discussion focusing on how current researchers wrestle with privilege, and how to elevate the voices of those who participate in research projects. Research is an area that has received limited attention within the discussion on diversity. This group of researchers will enter into an informal discussion of how they personally are challenged by their privilege to be inclusive when designing and conducting research studies. This panel discussion will explore the topic while also applying diversity concepts to various research components such as the language used to recruit participants and the questions asked of participants. Following an initial discussion among members of the panel, presenters will encourage participants to join the dialogue.

Research Committee Presents—From Thesis to Publication: Tips on Transforming Your Work for AMTA Journals

Presenter(s): Laura Beer, PhD, MT-BC; Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC

Writing a thesis is an arduous and exciting journey! After you complete this milestone, you might think about sharing your work with the scholarly world, yet the prospect of transforming a thesis into a manuscript is daunting.  Get guidance and support from editors of AMTA’s two journals who will share thoughts and suggestions and take your questions.

Resilience in Stressful Events (RISE): Peer-Delivered Psychological First Aid for Health Care Professionals During Crises and Disaster

Presenter(s): Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, MA, MT-BC

A peer support program in a safety-net medical institution transformed overnight in March 2020.  The provision of emotional support related to adverse events was swiftly recalibrated for an expanded delivery of psychological first aid for health care workers in the context of both a pandemic and a reckoning with racial injustice.

The Contributions of Music Therapy to the Prevention and Mitigation of Pediatric Medical Trauma

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Harman, PhD, MT-BC

This research was completed as part of a doctoral program at Temple University.  While Trauma-Informed Care principles are gaining popularity within the music therapy profession, special attention must be paid to the role music therapists have in mitigating the potential trauma of medical care, especially for children. Hear a report of the findings of the author’s dissertation research and discuss implications for clinical practice, education, and future research.

The Roots of Authentic Musicking

Presenter(s): Katelyn Beebe, MMT, MT-BC

Explore applications for mental health concepts and their use in therapy with the absence of verbal processing. Absorb clinical examples of improvisation with individuals diagnosed with I/DD and discuss impacts on the session, therapeutic relationship, and other professionals’ understanding of music therapy. Listen to excerpts that demonstrate clinical practice informed by musical elements, body movement, affect, verbal language, and therapist countertransference.

Trauma Informed Self-Care for the Music Therapist in Natural Disasters

Presenter(s): Cindybet Perez-Martinez, PhD, MT-BC

In recent years, we have witnessed an increase in natural disasters, from hurricanes to fires, and many music therapists have been victims. These experiences require an increased need to explore the concept of self-care in the light of self-awareness, self-respect and self-love in order to develop the resilience we need to survive, even while many times we are also acting as first emotional responders.

Sunday, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Add-on Course U. The Complete Picture: Trauma-Informed Care in Music Therapy for Hospitalized Children

Presenter(s): Sara Langenberger, MT-BC 

Awareness surrounding trauma-informed care in music therapy has significantly increased within the last few years, though not much is reported about trauma-informed care in hospitalized children. Music therapy can play a vital role in a child’s experience and providing care from trauma-aware perspective can help both during and following hospitalization. Detail current literature around trauma-informed care, trauma in hospitalized children, trauma in music therapy, and provide application development opportunities. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Add-on Course V. Music Therapy and Developmental Care in the NICU: From Birth to Post-Discharge

Presenter(s): Valerie Williams, MM, MT-BC; Emily Pivovarnik, MM, MT-BC; Abby Vinquist, MT-BC 

Developmental care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) helps promote positive developmental outcomes post-discharge. Presenters will discuss their experience providing evidence-based music therapy services within a developmental care model in a Level II and Level III NICU. Learn the components of developmental care and how NICU-MT interventions align with a developmental care model. Discuss how to promote acquisition of developmental milestones post-discharge through an in-home NICU-MT follow-up program. Learn more about research implications, the developmental care model, and intervention ideas to support developmental goals of infants in the NICU and post-discharge. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Add-on Course W. Setting Up Early Childhood Music Therapy Groups for Success: Ideas for Research and Practice

Presenter(s): Andrew Knight, PhD, MT-BC; Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC; Christina Ritchie, MT-BC; Jessica Dawson, MT-BC 

The presenters of this workshop embarked on over a yearlong partnership to implement early childhood music therapy groups and individual services, and concurrently conducted a research study. Attendees can expect to learn 1) How to set up relationships with early childhood staff and administrators, 2) How to setup various methods of research to demonstrate effectiveness, 3) Outstanding research and resources for early childhood music therapists, and 4) Session planning and Clinical Decision-Making steps in early childhood music therapy. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 3 CMTE credits available. 3 LCAT credits available.

Sunday, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM

Add-on Course S. Vocal, Physical, and Mental Health Strategies for Music Therapists

Presenter(s): Melissa Spiess, MM, MT-BC; Brianna Larsen, MA, MT-BC

Address risks associated with singing and playing instruments as a professional musician. Share and practice strategies, tips, and tools to prevent problems, alleviate symptoms, and decrease risk of injury. Find ways to increase tolerance and resilience for the physical, vocal, and mental demands of being a music therapist. Identify ways to advocate for music therapists who have dealt with injuries and disabilities unrelated to music therapy and how to make the profession more inclusive and representative. A signed waiver will be required for participation; look for it in early October. Pre-registration and additional fee required. 4 CMTE credits available.

Sunday, 1:00 PM–6:00 PM

Add-on Course T. Assessment Practices in Music Therapy and Autism

Presenter(s): Gustavo Gattino, PhD

Assessment is one of the primary practices in music therapy and autism, besides planning and treatment interventions.  There is limited literature on applying assessment practices in music therapy directed to autistic people, especially considering the different bias and challenges in this area. Explore how to use different music therapy assessment perspectives, methods and procedures tailored for autistic people based on a dynamic and reflexive learning process with theoretical reflections and practical examples. Pre-registration and additional fee required. CMTE credits available. 5 LCAT credits available.

Sunday, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Internship Fair

We are excited to have the facilities included below, participate in this year's Internship Fair! Students -- be sure to check out the list, and join us -- meet with representatives, ask questions, schedule interviews, and learn about clinical training opportunities available to you! Watch for more information that will include presentation times for each participating internship site! Sponsored by: Georgia College & State University, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Kentucky, Western Illinois University School of Music.

  • 1:30 pm - 1:35 pm: Welcome and Introductions
  • 1:35 pm - 1:45 pm: Rehabilitative Rhythms (Aurora, CO)
  • 1:45 pm - 1:55 pm: Big Bend Hospice (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1:55 pm - 2:05 pm: Able ARTS Work (Long Beach, CA)
  • 2:05 pm - 2:15 pm: Heart and Harmony Music Therapy (Fort Worth, TX)
  • 2:15 pm - 2:25 pm: Higher Octave Healing, Inc. (Tempe, AZ)
  • 2:25 pm - 2:35 pm: SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital (St Louis, MO)
  • 2:35 pm - 2:45 pm: Banner Health (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 2:45 pm: Conclusion and Farewell
COVID-19: Year Two

Presenter(s): Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC; Seneca Block, MA, MT-BC; Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC; Barbara A Else, MPA, MT-BC; David Knott, MM, MT-BC; Rachelle Morgan, MA, MT-BC; Heather Wagner, PhD, MT-BC

Join the AMTA COVID-19 Task Force for highlights about the ongoing COVID pandemic. Updates will include current status/considerations, impacts on education, clinical training, practice, and other topics pertinent to the music therapy community, like burnout and technology.

Creative Forces’ Approach to Provider Resilience-building and Self-care During a Pandemic

Presenter(s): Andrea Blunt, MM, MT-BC; Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BC

The COVID-19 pandemic required music therapists to quickly adapt practices through technological integration. Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network built an infrastructure to support creative arts therapists in modifying clinical and community-based approaches using virtual platforms, and provided educational opportunities, self-care strategies, and resiliency workshops.

Music Across the Lifespan: The Benefits of Intergenerational Music-Making

Presenter(s): Carol Ann Blank, PhD, LCAT, LPC, MT-BC

Developmentally appropriate, active music experiences can support young children’s development in significant ways. Parents who make music with their children in the company of non-familial elders experience greater parenting satisfaction and confidence and decreased stress.  Elders who engage in intergenerational music-making with families in an innovative and replicable format experience decreased isolation, improved sense of well-being, and improved quality of life.

Music Therapy, Transitions, and Parallel Process through a Humanistic Model

Presenter(s): Faith Ausfresser, MA, MT-BC

The idea of transitions challenged me to reflect on my own experience as a music therapy intern leading up to my own major life transition, graduation, and consider the parallel process that occurred. Hear a demonstration of the ways in which music can be utilized to process times of transition using a DIR Floortime, humanistic, model for individuals with autism, examine the effects of a parallel process, and integrate my own experience as a music therapist with two of my clients.

No Place for Me: A White Music Therapy Educator's Exploration of BIPOC Student Experiences

Presenter(s): Emma Moonier, MS, R-AT, LPCC, MT-BC

Explore preliminary results of a qualitative study on the experiences of BIPOC music therapy students who choose to leave the profession before completing an academic program. Examine the experiences of the students in music learning/making, music therapy courses, fieldwork, and supervision.

The Ethics of Music and Spirituality at the End of Life

Presenter(s): Noah Potvin, PhD, MT-BC

Music therapists working in end-of-life care often experience ethical dilemmas when asked by patients, “What religion are you?” or “Will you pray with me?” Get an introduction to an integrated ethical decision-making model designed to guide music therapists' potential responses to these questions in context of AMTA’s Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics. Collaborative discussion among attendees will be fostered to ensure the inclusion of multiple perspectives.

Virtual Community Music Therapy: The Creative Music Making Collaboration

Presenter(s): SooJin Kwoun, PhD, MT-BC; Laura Beer, PhD, MT-BC; Maureen Byrne, Sharon Spurlock; Amber Chapman; Buddy Shumaker

Creative Music Making is a collaborative service-learning project conducted by Maryville University, the St. Louis Symphony, and St. Louis Arc, an agency that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Listen to the details of developing and implementing this virtual program which culminated in an iMovie video recording.

Sunday, 3:00 PM–4:15 PM

Advancing Equity in a Private Practice Serving Older Adults

Presenter(s): Rachelle Morgan, MA, MT-BC

Building a music therapy practice private practice is hard. Building a financially sustainable business that lives up to your values is even harder. With an intersectional lens, focus on ways for music therapy practices to serve people with low socioeconomic status. Explore how to offer pro bono, sliding scale, and grant-funded services in a sustainable way and hear about three programs that have been successful in reaching underserved communities.

Autistic Hearing: From Music Theory to Music Therapy

Presenter(s): Jon Fessenden, PhD, MT-BC

“Autistic hearing” has recently emerged as a viable topic in the field of music theory. Build upon current models of autistic hearing by analyzing theories of autistic perception and cognition, synthesizing evidence from clinical trials on autistic auditory processing, and interpreting the lived musical experience of autistic individuals. A greater understanding of autistic hearing can help music therapists empathically relate to autistic clients.

Melodies for A Healthier Mind

Presenter(s): Latrice Gettings, EdD

School districts face challenges including creating a climate and culture conducive to positive mindset and growth. Examine and review some benefits of music and how music can build social-emotional learning for individuals. The goal is to equip professionals with knowledge, strategies, and tips they can share with others to gain a deeper self-awareness, build authentic relationships, and understand why it is important to have compassion and make responsible decisions.

Positioning Music Therapy as a Core Service in Hospice and Palliative Care

Presenter(s): Noah Potvin, PhD, MT-BC; Molly Hicks, MMT, MT-BC

Music therapy largely remains classified as an alternative and complementary service in hospice rather than as a core service, resulting in job insecurity, disrupted patient care, and inconsistent roles within the treatment team. To position music therapy as a core service in hospice, explore how a music therapist co-treats with a nurse case manager in context of Medicare’s Conditions of Participation for hospices to address spiritual, bereavement, and family support needs.

Pride and Music Therapy: Program Development in a University Multicultural and LGBT*QA Resource Centers

Presenter(s): Emily Sevcik, MSEd, LPC, MT-BC; Felicia Lonosky

As part of a senior in-course honors project and collaboration with university resource centers, a three-part series of music therapy groups during Pride Month on campus was developed and led. Listen to an overview of the process of program development, including initial meetings, defining purpose and procedures, advertisement, implementation, supervision, and evaluation. Learn about music therapy experiences with connection to current research.

Struggles, Resilience, and Dedication: Students’ Perception of Online Learning During COVID-19

Presenter(s): Petra Kern, PhD, MTA, DMtG, MT-BC; Daniel Tague, PhD, MT-BC

Keep your finger on the pulse! With nearly all university programs going online during the COVID-19 pandemic, students experienced remote instructions and clinical training. Whether you are realigning with traditional teaching or are considering innovations, learn about students’ perception of barriers and benefits of online learning to guide your program development.

The Role of Music in the Combat Experiences of OEF/OIF Veterans

Presenter(s): Krystine Smith, MA, MT-BC

Due to technological advancements, the OEF/OIF generation of Veterans has had greater access to music than any of its predecessors. Learn about the role music played in the lives of OEF/OIF Veterans before, during, and after deployment. Review existing literature relating to music therapy and Veteran populations. Explore ways to empower Veterans to make intentional music choices and how to support Veterans through music therapy.

Thinking Integrally: Clients Who Have Vision Impairments

Presenter(s): Della Molloy-Daugherty, PhD, MT-BC

Music therapists will very likely work with a client who has blindness or a visual impairment during their career. Vision impairment does not exist in a vacuum; people with vision loss exist in all treatment, social, and cultural contexts, across the entire lifespan, and often with intersecting diagnoses.  Learn to apply Bruscia's Integral Thinking Model to music therapy services for clients with vision impairments - related to outcomes, experiences, and contexts.

Sunday, 4:30 PM–5:45 PM

Resilience, Social Justice and Music Therapy Practice in End-of-Life Care

Presenter(s): Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC

Palliative care is not accessible to everyone. Music therapy has demonstrated its efficacy at supporting patients at times of significant stress and as a result, is continually being integrated. As the scope of music therapy in end-of-life care expands music therapists must advocate for its inclusion. Focus on social justice principles with respect to the role of music therapy in procedures surrounding physician assisted suicide and relationship completion.

The Heartbeat in the Nightstand: Assessing Bereaved Parents’ Perspectives of Legacy Building

Presenter(s): Amy Love, MA, MT-BC

Many pediatric hospitals implement legacy-building interventions to promote coping and support the grief process following the death of a patient. However, there is limited research describing how this may specifically support bereaved parents. In order to address this growing area of interest, 19 bereaved parents were interviewed about their experiences receiving and using legacy items. Information was synthesized to suggest initial best practice implications.

The Importance of Cultural Competency When Addressing Trauma; An Intentional Exploration of Cultural Humility.

Presenter(s): Natalia Alvarez-Figueroa MMT, MT-BC

Minorities and non-primary English speakers are to have a voice in leading the conversation pertaining to important components of how to effectively treat trauma. The focus for this presentation lies on the importance of culture within the field of trauma. Cultural competency and cultural humility are to come hand in hand for transformative and sustainable therapy to take place. Define culture, cultural humility, and provide different interventions for building therapeutic alliance with marginalized cultures, and cultures outside clinician’s. An additional and intentional focus on opportunities for cognitive behavioral practices within the Anti-racism framework, will be discussed. The importance of understanding our own personal culture and potential implications pertaining to the ability for understanding the individual’s culture, promotes intentional identification of bias and countertransference, and removes barriers to treatment. 

Understanding Biases in the Workplace and Beyond

Presenter(s): Juliana Joyce, MT-BC; Cheyenna Eagle, MT-BC

Whether we are aware of it or not, biases constantly impact the way we perceive and interact with others. As music therapists, it is crucial that we become cognizant of biases and how they can impact individuals we serve. Explore potential harms of biases in the music therapy profession and beyond, as well as ways to confront them in a mindful manner.

Youth with Adverse Experiences: An Existential Perspective

Presenter(s): Mike Zanders, PhD, MT-BC

Music therapists are increasingly working in specific contexts related to child welfare, including foster care, neglect, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, residential care, domestic and family violence, homelessness, trafficking, refugees, and youth protection. Existential music psychotherapy is a dynamic approach that focuses on concerns rooted in the individual's existence. The main emphasis of existentialism is who am I? And, more importantly who am I musically?

Sunday, 6:15 PM–7:15 PM

Closing Session Spectacular Featuring Sound Health Network with Special Guests Dr. Julene Johnson, Dr. Sheri Robb, and Music from Jill Colucci

"Music and Health – Leading the Conversation: Music Therapists and the Sound Health Network"

As experts in the clinical application of music, music therapists are positioned to lead conversations that will help accelerate scientific and programmatic advancements in clinical music therapy and community-based music programs. During this plenary, we will talk about events that have resulted in an unprecedented level of sustained national attention on music therapy and the broader uses of music for health.  Music therapy research has grown in scope and rigor, and music therapists have developed sophisticated, evidence-based clinical programs.  At the same time, there have been exciting discoveries about the cognitive neuroscience of music and advancements in our knowledge about human health and disease. The success of recent initiatives will rely on our ability to break down silos, and create opportunities for sustained interdisciplinary conversations and collaboration. The Sound Health Network (SHN) seeks to bring together scientists, music therapists, artists, and the public to explore the impact of music on health and wellness. We hope you will join us for this plenary session to learn more about the SHN and its programmatic focus on music therapy this year. Most importantly, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and being in conversation with you.

JohnsonJuleneJulene K Johnson, PhD is the Co-Director of the Sound Health Network.  She brings over 20 years of research experience to the intersection of music and health.  Dr. Johnson’s passion for studying music and health began after observing how memories for music remained preserved in people living with Alzheimer’s disease. After completing her bachelor’s degree in music, she earned a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. She has led numerous studies about music and health, including the largest study to date about the impact of singing in a community choir on the health and well-being among culturally diverse older adults (Community of Voices).  In 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Jyväskylä, Finland where she studied how community choirs help promote well-being among older adults. She also studies the historical roots of music in 19c neurology and psychology literature. The Sound Health Network is a culmination of her vision to use music to help heal and empower communities through a multidisciplinary network.  In addition to co-directing the Health Network, Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Institute for Health & Aging and serves as the Associate Dean for Research for the UCSF School of Nursing. 

Sheri Robb

Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist and Professor in the Indiana University (IU) School of Nursing with international recognition for her expertise in pediatric music therapy and behavioral intervention research. She is a full member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, and serves as Director for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) KL2 Early Career Investigators Program. Sheri’s program of research focuses on development and testing of music therapy interventions to manage distress and improve positive health outcomes in children and adolescents with cancer and their caregivers. Most recently, her team has begun incorporation of biomarkers to understand more fully how active music interventions work to mitigate cancer-related stress and its potential to improve immune function. Sheri is an established investigator with fifteen years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, and Children’s Oncology Group.

Jill Colucci

Jill Colucci, with her enduring songs and expressive voice, is acknowledged as a songwriter of #1 hits for a roster of artists including Wynonna Judd and Travis Tritt. She has been a featured vocalist for many film soundtracks, televisions shows, and commercials. Her numerous awards and accolades makes her a well-known Nashville Multi-Platinum songwriter. With the release of three singles from her full-length collection “Heal My Heart,” Jill now shares her poignant autobiographical chronicle of loss, grief, and the transformative power of music. She is excited to share her songs and stories through various social media platforms and at events throughout 2022;  we are calling the release of these songs, “A Season of Healing!”


Association Meetings

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

AMTA Assembly of Delegates

Contact: Angie Snell,

Monday, September 27, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Membership Committee

Contact: Jennifer Hicks,

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

AMTA Board of Directors

Contact: Adonia Calhoun Coates,

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

AMTA Regional Presidents Meeting

Contact: Heather Wagner,

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Taiwanese Music Therapy Student and Professional Network

Contact: ChiChen Sophia Lee,

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Latin American Music Therapy Network - Community Meeting

The LAMTN is a network that aims to build a community for music therapists who identify as Latinx/a/o/es both in the United States and abroad.  We aim to develop a platform for professional relationship building and dynamic conversations that inform our clinical work and personal lives. This meeting is open to the general music therapy community if you would like to know more about our events and ways to get involved.

Contact: Natalie Cole,

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

ICRC Commttee

Contact: Kory Antonacci,

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Latin American Music Therapy Network - Membership Meeting

The LAMTN is a network that aims to build a community for music therapists who identify as Latinx/a/o/es both in the United States and abroad.  We aim to develop a platform for professional relationship building and dynamic conversations that inform our clinical work and personal lives. This meeting is for members of the Latin American Music Therapy Network to discuss elections and how to stay connected as a member of the network.

Contact: Natalie Cole,

Monday, October 11, 2021, 9:20 PM - 10:20 PM

International Relations Committee

Contact: Yu-Ling and Erin Haley,,

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Roundtable for Educators and Internship Directors

Contact: Rebecca Engen,

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

AMTA Assembly of Delegates

Contact: Angie Snell,

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

AMTA Journals Editorial Team and OUP

Contact: Barbara Else,

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Standards of Clinical Practice Committee

Contact: Jennifer Fiore,

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

AMTA Student Affairs Advisory Board

Friday, October 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

AMTA Business Meeting

On the conference platform

Contact: Cindy Smith,

Friday, October 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

AMTAS Business Meeting

On the conference platform

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

AMTAS Business Meeting

On the conference platform

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cantonese Music Therapy Network

Contact: Vivian Lok,

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chinese Music Therapy Network

Contact: Jin-Wen Zhang.

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 9:00 PM- 10:00 PM 

LGBTQIA@+ Affinity Group 

Join the LGBTQIA2+ Affinity Group to be together as a community, help shape the directions that the affinity group takes within the profession, support one another, and discuss issues related to identity that come up in the academic setting, internship, and professional settings. This is a meeting for LGBTQIA2+ music therapists only. Allies are appreciated but asked not to attend this meeting.

Contact: Emma Moonier,

Monday, October 18, 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

NER Business Meeting

Contact: Brian Jantz,

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Research Committee

Contact: Cindy Colwell,

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

AMTA Assembly of Delegates (only if needed)

Contact: Angie Snell,

Sunday, October 24, 8:00 pm

Professional Advocacy Committee

Contact: Tracy Wanamaker,

Thursday, November 3, 2021, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Great Lakes Region Meeting

Contact: Melaine Pohlman,

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists

Contact: Jennifer Hicks,

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

AMTA Assembly of Delegates Elect

Contact: Angie Snell,