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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Sunday, November 19, 2017

AMTA 2017 Conference, "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy"

All Day Event

St. Louis Union Station Hotel
1820 Market St.
St. Louis, MO , 63103

The 2017 conference of the American Music Therapy Association.

Thanks to all who helped to make the 2017 Conference a success!  See you next year in Dallas, Texas, November 15-18-2018.

2017 Conference Highlights:

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Linda Bosse:

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Deforia Lane:




Get the Conference Program on your phone or mobile device:

17guidebookappDownload the Conference Program app and you’ll be ready to explore the conference electronically.  See maps; create a personal schedule and to-do list; look up sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters; and, if you wish, you can check into the conference in the “attendees” section and interact with others.  Updates and changes from the printed program will be highlighted in the app (so don’t forget to check your inbox!). First, download the Guidebook app in the Apple or Google Play store.  Then search for “2017 AMTA Conference.” Add the 2017 Conference Guide to “My Guides” to sync to your device. Alternatively, go to to text the link to yourself then open and install.  Or scan the QR code with your code reader.

Explore St. Louis & ​the 2017 AMTA Conference!

Join the music therapy community—the most dedicated,  creative, and visionary people in the world—as we explore the world of mindfulness.  Experience and learn about meditation, yoga, cultivating presence, and other techniques that directly apply to you and your clients.  Understand what mindfulness is and more.  There is plenty happening at this grand, educational forum to serve the needs of every music therapist.  New technology, ASD, dementia, early childhood, hospice, and many other areas of interest will be featured.  

Discounts available for AMTA members: Conference registration and specialized courses (each and every specialized course!) are highly discounted for members —  11 courses are offered FREE* to current AMTA members registered for the conference! (*with a small fee to cover registration/CMTE credit processing)

Opening Session begins Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm



Conference Hotel

This year, AMTA’s National Music Therapy Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri at the beautiful and historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel!  Learn more about the conference hotel here. Make your reservations today to guarantee a spot for you and your friends.  Make your reservation now at

Conference rates for 2017 (excludes taxes)
Single Occupancy (1 person) - $165.00
Double Occupancy (2 people) - $190.00
Triple Occupancy (3 people) - $215.00
Quad Occupancy (4 people) - $235.00


The hotel is 20 minutes from Lambert International Airport and a short inexpensive hop on the Metrolink rail line.

Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Conference

The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Conference.  The session showcases international music therapy projects, scholarly work and service opportunities from around the world.   Previous sessions have highlighted both professional and student experiences.  The deadline to submit has passed. Please email Flossie Ierardi at with questions.

Participate in the 2017 Internship Fair

Saturday, November 18th, 7:30 – 9:00 am. Internship Directors who are registered for the conference are invited to take part! Participants will be given poster board space for presentations about their internship sites.  A limited number of round tables will be available for displays and interviews.  More information will be available soon. Space is limited and Sites will not be published in the final program. To reserve a space, send your name, address, and name of internship site to  Information must be received by Wednesday, October 3, 2017.

Research Poster Session

Individuals are encouraged to submit content information and abstracts describing works in progress and/or completed works for Oral Presentation (Paper) or Poster Presentation. Diverse methodologies are encouraged.The submission deadline for Poster Session Abstract Submissions has passed.

Conference Policies

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

Activities are planned in advance based on the number of registrants.  Full refunds cannot be made. Processing fees are non-refundable. Refunds for cancellations of any conference activities (including additional courses, 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 10/01/17, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/02/17–11/01/17. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/01/17, 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.  Note that most banks will not cash checks older than 90 days so you should plan to present your check for payment as soon as you receive it.  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- and post-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 it is not possible to register for these courses online without conference registration.  Call the AMTA office to register if you are not attending the conference but would like to register for a pre- or post-conference training.

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.


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.

Transportation Options in St. Louis:

AMTA and GO BEST Express have partnered together to provide discounted shuttle service to/from the airport and downtown St. Louis hotels.  Reserve in advance to guarantee a seat before they fill up.  Discount rate ONLY available by booking through the provided link below no later than 11/13/17. Reservations made on the spot at the counter will be subject to standard rates of $45 roundtrip. With your reservation, you will receive:

  • Conveniently located counters in both terminals in the baggage claim for attendees to quickly find us, and even a text upon landing letting everyone know the location just in case they forgot.
  • Shuttles that run approximately every 15-30 minutes with advanced reservations from the airport, and by scheduled times for departures, for ease of mind so no one will wait long or miss their flight.
  • Highly trained and certified chauffeurs in multiple aspects of transportation, as safety is always our first priority.

Click here to make your reservation:  Be sure to use discount code:  AMTA2017

Another option for transportation to/from the airport is through St. Louis’s Metro Link Light Rail.  Click here for rates and times:

Please keep in mind that these are just a few of the convenient travel options available to conference attendees.  Please contact the National Office with any questions at (301) 589-3300. 

Copyright Information:

Copyright © 2017. American Music Therapy Association® and its logo are registered trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark 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.

Statement of Relationship to CBMT:

This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Additional courses are approved by the CBMT for the specified number of CMTE credits.  AMTA (#P-051) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Music Together (#P-090) maintains responsibility for Music Together Training. Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare-FSU (#P-068) maintains responsibility for NICU Training.  Complete session information, learning objectives, pre-requisites, qualifications and credentials of instructors, will be posted in the conference registration module under each session's description as soon as available.

Information subject to change. 

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