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Thursday, November 06, 2014 - Sunday, November 09, 2014

AMTA 2014 Conference, "Pursue Your Passion for Music Therapy"

08:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The Galt House
140 N 4th St, Louisville
Louisville, KY , 40202


AMTA's 2014 Conference

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Save the Date for

The 2015 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association
November 12 to November 15, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

Music Therapy: A Continuum of Growth


The Conference Program is available on a new mobile website, simply open a browser on your smart phone or tablet device and go to


Join us in Louisville, Kentucky for the eagerly anticipated Networking Extravaganza – the 2014 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association
  • Opening Session: November 6, 2014
  • Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) courses: Nov. 6, 2014
  • Meetings: Nov. 4-9, 2014
  • Pre-conference Training & Institutes: Nov. 3-6, 2014
  • Concurrent Sessions: Nov. 6-9, 2014
  • Exhibit Hall: Nov. 6-8, 2014

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After November 3, please register on site.

Or download a registration form to your computer, & mail it in with your payment.

The Quick Conference Scoop

  1. To save on professional registration, you must register by August 1st 
  2. You do not have to register for pre-conference CEU sessions by August 1st.  However, some sessions do have a limit: Neurologic Music Therapy, First Sounds, Rhythm Breath and Lullaby, and CMTEs Q and V.  Consider Registering early for these sessions.
  3. Please stay in the AMTA room block at the Galt House Hotel.  Besides being more fun and a great networking opportunity, it helps offset costs of meeting space, Wi-Fi and Exhibit space and makes the conference less expensive for this and future events. Make your hotel reservations at Make hotel reservations on-line at
  4. Southwest and Airtran airlines offer great rates to Louisville. 
  5. Transportation to the Hotel from the Louisville Airport - : Round trip shuttle bus for $22. Visit to reserve space.  When you get to the “Additional Comments” box on the reservation form please enter, “MUSIC” and you’ll receive a discounted price. You may also call 502.561.4022. Everyone needs to make a reservation to be picked up!
  6. The schedule will change.  The final program will be made available a few weeks before the conference.

See below for quick review of conference fees:

  • Paid online/Postmarked on or before 8/1: $350
  • Paid online/Postmarked between 8/2 & 10/20: $450
  • Paid online/Postmarked after 10/20: $550
  • Paid online/Postmarked on or before 8/1: $585
  • Paid online/Postmarked between 8/2 & 10/20: $685
  • Paid online/Postmarked after 10/20: $785
  • Paid online/Postmarked on or before 10/20: $215
  • Paid online/Postmarked after 10/20: $250
  • Paid online/Postmarked on or before 10/20: $310
  • Paid online/Postmarked after 10/20: $360
  • $550


Special Guests & Events

Keynote Address by John Creswell  

Creswell2AMTA is honored to present Dr. John Creswell as the 2014 William W. Sears Memorial Fund lecturer. Considered one of the preeminent experts on mixed methods research, Professor Creswell is an invaluable resource to clinicians and researchers working in health and social services worldwide.  Join us to hear about collaborations and skills to bring music therapy research front and center.  Take the plunge, pursue your passion and get excited about research in music therapy!  A must-attend for all conference participants, especially students. The William W. Sears Memorial Fund was established in memory of a pioneer whose membership dated back to the Association’s formative years in the early 1950s. The mission of the WWS Memorial Fund is to advance the knowledge of music therapy through distinguished speakers who are authorities in a field of interest to music therapy. 

Friends and Trends!

More new, intensive and exciting educational sessions being offered in 2014!  Expand your therapy skills with innovative and world renowned pre-conference training opportunities.  Educational sessions offering tools, practical information, and a fresh approach to music therapy practice.

  • Nearly 200 concurrent educational sessions to choose from
  • Learn from expert speakers
  • Discover practical solutions
  • Analyze best practices
  • Adopt world-class strategies
  • Discuss hot topics with colleagues
  • Network with other music therapists

Case Examples and Musical Samples!

  • Conference Choir
  • Uke Circle
  • Drum Circle
  • The Music Therapist 
  • Un-Plugged
  • Chant Circle 
  • Cabaret
  • Jam Rooms
  • Up to 2 graduate credits available (contact AMTA for details)

Learn it all and Have a Ball!

Special intensive learning events for students, the future of our profession, featuring leading expert speakers and facilitators scheduled during concurrent sessions and designed specifically for students and interns.

  • Starting Your Own Music Therapy Program or Music Therapy Business with DeForia Lane, Jamie George, & Amber Weldon-Stephens (3 Hours)
  • Exploring the Nordoff Robbins Approach with Live Music-Making & Case Studies presented by Alan Turry (3 Hours)
  • State Advocacy & Reimbursement with Judy Simpson, Dena Register, & Kimberly Sena Moore (2 Hours)
  • The Father of the Drum Circle — Arthur Hull’s Student Session (2 Hours)
  • Songwriting with GRAMMY winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (2 Parts – 3 Hours)

Updates and New Information: 

Keep checking back on this page.  New information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Make Your Hotel Reservations Now

Join in all the events and networking by staying at Louisville’s iconic waterfront Hotel, The Galt House, with unsurpassed views of the Ohio River and the City. Staying at the official conference hotel helps keep future conference costs down, and is the easiest, most enjoyable way to experience an AMTA conference!

The Galt House offers you a choice of standard hotel rooms or suites. Rates are based on occupancy. Taxes and fees extra.

Rivue Tower Deluxe Rooms – these standard rooms offer plenty of closet and drawer space, so whether you travel light or heavy, there’s ample room to spread out and make yourself at home

  • Single (1 person) $155
  • Double (2 people) $175
  • Triple (3 people) $195
  • Quad (4 People) $215

Suite Tower Executive Suites – If you’re looking for elegance, comfort and spaciousness in your accommodations, the East Tower Suites have what you expect. Each suite has over 720 square feet of space, a parlor, a luxurious bathroom, vanity and a separate bedroom with two queen size beds.

  • Single (1 person) $175
  • Double (2 people) $195
  • Triple (3 people) $215
  • Quad (4 People) $235

Make your hotel reservations on-line.

Please click on or cut and paste this in your browser:

The Hyatt Regency is taking overflow from the Galt House for AMTA’s 2014 conference, to accommodate our conference attendees on nights when Galt House rooms have sold out, AMTA has made special arrangements at this nearby hotel located just 3 blocks away. Members and others may use the following link to make their reservations:



Conference Policies

Institute/Training/CMTE Policy: CMTE courses are offered at a low-cost rate in conjunction with the conference. To enroll in a CMTE course, you must registered for the conference on at least the day of the conference which the CMTE is scheduled. Institute and Pre-conference Trainings do not require conference registration, but you must register off-line in order to not be charged for conference registration. Fax, mail or phone in your registration to the AMTA office.  

Reference herein to any specific commercial firm, commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by AMTA. Institutes and CMTE courses are approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists for the specified number of Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). AMTA (#P-051) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Sound Birthing is maintained by Sound Birthing (#P-131).  First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby Training is maintained by Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine (#P-111). Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Training is maintained by Florida State University (#P-068). Foundational Neurologic Music Therapy is maintained by the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy (#P-105).   Complete session information, learning objectives, pre-requisites, qualifications and credentials of instructors, cancellation, and refund policies may be found in the Official Preliminary Program online at Information subject to change. Up to 2 Graduate credits available for attending the conference: pre-registration and fee required; contact the AMTA office for details.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Activities are planned in advance based on the number of registrants. Full refunds cannot be made. Refunds for cancellations of any conference activities (including Trainings, Institutes and CMTE courses) are available by written request only and must be mailed to the AMTA national office. 80% of fees will be refunded if the request is postmarked no later than 10/05/14, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/06/14-11/03/14. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/03/14, so please plan ahead. Refunds are processed 45 days after the conclusion of the conference. Usually, this will occur in Nov./Dec./Jan. You are responsible for providing a valid postal address where you will be able to pick up mail at that time so you can receive your check.  Banks do not accept checks more than 90 days after their issue date, so please present this check to your bank for payment as soon as possible in order to insure you are able to access the funds.  Checks uncashed after 120 days will be voided.

Photo Release: During the course of the conference, you may be photographed as a result of your participation in conference activities. These photographs may be used by AMTA in the course of promoting future conferences or other association activities. You will not be compensated for the use of your photograph. If you do not want your photo used, please contact conference organizers.

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