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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Sunday, November 15, 2015

AMTA 2015 Conference, "Music Therapy: A Continuum of Growth"

08:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO , 64108

The 2015 Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2015 Conference a Success! Mark your calendar for 2016 in Sandusky, Ohio.

Photos from the 2015 Conference are now available to view and download on the AMTA official Facebook page.



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Your conference registration entitles you to:

  • blue_flower_only180 Concurrent Sessions to Choose From
  • 5 FREE Additional Courses to Choose From (free to current AMTA members registered for conference)
  • Opening Session featuring the “Same Sky Project”
  • Special Events and Music-Making Opportunities
  • Exhibit Hall and Over 60 Vendors
  • Association Meetings and Events
  • Special Sessions Designed for Students and Advanced Professionals
  • Connections with the Music Therapy Community
  • Research Focus — Poster Session, Presentations, and the Future of Music Therapy Research: “Music Therapy Research 2025”
  •, Music, MUSIC!

Plus you may also register for additional intensive educational opportunities!

Conference rates:

  • Conference registration cost: Early $610; Regular $710; Late $810
  • AMTA Professional Member Discounted Cost: Early $360; Regular $460; Late $560
  • Full-time Student Discounted Cost: Early & Regular $320; Late $370
  • AMTA Student Member Discount Cost: Early & Regular $225; Late $260
  • Single Day Cost: $560

Conference registration deadlines 

  • Early rates - register & pay by Monday, August 3rd, 2015
  • Regular rates - register & pay between August 4th and October 7th, 2015
  • Late rates - register & pay after October 7th, 2015


An Opening Session Like None Other

“The Same Sky Project”  from A Place to Be

Twelve music therapy clients from Northern Virginia, each with unique life challenges, take the stage in this 30-minute musical about being different, empathy, love, and MUSIC. Conceived by music therapist Tom Sweitzer and his team of therapeutic staff and students from his center “A Place To Be,” in Middleburg, Virginia, this touring production has been viewed by over 20,000 student audience members and has become a signature piece in the school system in Loudoun County, Virginia to teach others about diversity and acceptance.

Top Ways to Get Your Conference Activities Funded

  • Ask!  Many employers budget continuing education activities.  You never know until you inquire.
  • Apply for scholarships!  AMTA offers conference attendance scholarships for both professionals and students.  Many regions and other outside organizations offer similar scholarships.
  • Write a proposal!  Detail how this experience will impact your patient care. Don’t focus on why you want to go, focus on what you will bring back.  Link your organization’s knowledge requirements to the conference program.
  • Present! Conference presentations can be valuable exposure for businesses and your name in the program can be important validation for your music therapy program.
  • Highlight the  ROI (return on investment)!   Conference offers you a chance to improve your skills, learn new techniques, be a part of the emerging research body, and network with other music therapists in similar populations and settings.


Kansas City, Missouri, the Jazz Capital of the World


Kansas City is an urban oasis best known for its amazing jazz music and delicious barbecue restaurants. With plenty of Midwest charm, Kansas City has a long and diverse history for visitors to explore. While in town, explore the history of the city at the Liberty Memorial or head into Crown Center for a day of shopping and entertainment. Make sure to visit the theatre or Kansas City Symphony at the new Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center is conveniently located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crown Center and near Downtown Kansas City right next door to a multitude of local attractions like Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium, Legoland® Discovery Center, and Liberty Memorial. Known as a city within a city, Crown Center offers 85 acres of great shopping, dining and entertainment - all surrounding the hotel. With great rates and special offers, there’s never been a better time to discover Kansas City with Sheraton Hotels.  Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center always has plenty of special offers and packages available. Stay comfortable at Sheraton and experience Kansas City Accommodations complete with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds. Visit our Sheraton Fitness Center Powered by Core Performance, or unwind with a glass of wine at our Sheraton Social Hour.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Now!

or call: 816-841-1000
Single (1 person): $165, Double (2 people): $185; 
Triple (3 people) $205; Quad (4 people): $225


Earn Graduate Credit Through AMTA Conference Participation

Music therapists can earn one or two graduate credits by attending sessions at the AMTA annual conference by participating in the Crane School of Music/AMTA Professional Development Experience (PDE).  This experience is appropriate for serving many curricular and professional purposes and can be used by music therapists and others:

  • seeking course work to meet board certification and re-certification criteria in accordance with the policies of the Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc.,
  • seeking career advancement on local salary schedules,
  • for in-service learning credit, and
  • for lifelong learning.

For more information concerning the program requirements and registration forms please visit or contact Tracy Wanamaker, MT-BC at

Conference Policies

News from the CEC – Going Green at #AMTA15!: If you are attending a CMTE, special training, or institute at conference in November, please bring a mobile device along with you. We are going paperless this year for Course Evaluations and Certificates of Completion. Continue Reading

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, CMTE courses and others) 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 10/02/15, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/03/15–11/06/15. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/05/15, 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 your check may be sent. 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.

CMTE and Other Additional Courses: CMTE courses are offered at a low-cost rate in conjunction with the conference. To enroll in a CMTE course, you must be registered for the conference on at least the day in which the CMTE course is scheduled. Pre-conference trainings and other additional course opportunities (with the exception of courses noted free for current AMTA members registered for the conference) do not require conference registration, however, you cannot register for these courses online.  Please mail in registration or call the AMTA office to register for an additional course if you do not wish to also register for the conference.

What to Wear: Temperatures in hotel meeting rooms often fluctuate dramatically from hot to cold. We suggest you dress in layers so that you can adjust your apparel for different room temperatures. Dress for the conference is business casual.

Seating: There will be adequate space for each conference attendee to attend a session at each time block. However, seating is limited in individual rooms.  Please arrive early for sessions if you wish to guarantee a seat. Be courteous to other attendees when entering or leaving a session. We cannot assure participation in specific, individual sessions.

Services for Persons with Disabilities: AMTA is committed to insuring full participation for conference attendees with disabilities, i.e., physical, visual, hearing, etc.  Every attempt is made for full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you should require special accommodations to participate in the conference, please indicate your needs by checking the box on your registration form and contacting the AMTA National Office at least one month prior to the conference.  If you require an accessible room, inform the hotel at the time that you make your reservations.  Every effort will be made to ensure satisfactory participation.

A Word about Children: Conference sessions and evening events are designed for a professional audience. Children under 10 years of age may not find these events and activities interesting.  Please plan to be considerate of other attendees. If you need childcare, the hotel concierge can give you information about a licensed childcare agency in the area. AMTA has not reviewed the quality of these services and accepts no responsibility. You are responsible for payment involved.

Smoking Policy: Smoking is not allowed in the sessions, meeting rooms, or the Exhibit Hall.

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