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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018

AMTA 2018 Conference

08:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd.
Dallas, TX , 75027

The 2018 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association

T2018 AMTA Conferencehanks to All who Helped Make #AMTA18 a Success!

2018 Opening Session:

2018 Awards Ceremony:

State of the Association Address:


2018 Keynote Address:



Registration Information


Conference Registration Rates:

Regular Registration Rates:

  • Professionals (Non-AMTA-Member):
    • Early Rate (postmarked by 8/6/2018) - $655.00
    • Regular Rate (postmarked by 10/11/2018) - $755.00
    • Late Rate (postmarked after 10/11/2018) - $855.00
  • Students (Non-AMTA-Member):
    • Early and Regular Rate (postmarked by 10/11/2018) -$365
    • Late Rate (postmarked after 10/11/2018) - $400

Professional Member Discounted Registration Rates:

  • Professional Member Discounted Early Rate (postmarked by 8/6/2018) - $380
  • Professional Member Discounted Regular Rate (postmarked by 10/11/2018) - $480
  • Professional Member Discounted Late Rate (postmarked after 10/11/2018) - $580

Student Member Discounted Registration Rates:

  • Student Member Discounted Early & Regular Rate (postmarked by 10/11/2018) - $245
  • Student Member Discounted Late Rate (postmarked after 10/11/2018) - $280




More info from the local arrangements committee




Hotel Reservations

Please note that rooms at the Conference Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Dallas, are sold out for Monday, November 12th – Wednesday, November 14th.  We have a courtesy block being held at a second hotel, Hyatt house Dallas/Uptown (1.5 miles away from the conference hotel), for anyone who needs a hotel on those days.

Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Dallas are still available for Thursday, November 15th – Sunday, November 18th. 

To receive the AMTA rate for rooms, the cutoff deadline for (both hotels) is Oct. 12th at Midnight ET.  The hotels will still accept reservations after this date but AMTA cannot guarantee availability and rate of rooms.


Conference Hotel:

Hyatt Regency Dallas Room Rates (excludes taxes):

Single Occupancy (1 person)—$170.00
Double Occupancy (2 people)—$195.00
Triple Occupancy (3 people)—$220.00
Quad Occupancy (4 people)—$240.00

Plan now: Make your hotel reservations before rooms sell out!


Information on Parking at the Hyatt Regency Dallas

Transportation to the Hyatt Regency Dallas
Transportation to / from DFW International Airport:

Taxi fare is approximately $45-50

Go Shuttle shuttles are for $16 and are located on the front drive. Sedan, SUV and cab service also available. Make a reservation!

The DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) orange line leaves from the airport and goes to the West End station, and guests can take either the red or blue line to get to Union Station (attached to the hotel via underground concourse). For transportation to DFW Airport from the hotel, guests can take either the red or blue DART lines from Union Station to the West End station and switch to the orange line to take to the airport.

Transportation to / from Love Field Airport

Taxi fare is approximately $20-25

Go Shuttle shuttles are for $16 and are located on the front drive. Sedan, SUV and cab service also available. Make a reservation!

Other Transportation

Amtrak: Connected to Hyatt Regency Dallas by way of underground walkway to Union Station. Please call 214 653 1101 for train information.

Greyhound: The nearest Greyhound station is located at 205 S Lamar St. Please call 214 849 6831 for bus information.

DART Light Rail Service: the hotel is conveniently connected to Union Station on the Red and Blue lines and is also a stop for TRE commuter rail to Fort Worth.

D-Link: This is a FREE service provided by DART, Downtown Dallas, Inc. and the City of Dallas that lets you explore the many unique and historic districts of Downtown Dallas

Dallas Streetcar: This is a FREE service provided by DART that picks at Union Station, connected to the hotel, and runs to the Bishop Arts District, one of Dallas' best areas for food, shops and galleries. 

Rental Cars

Avis/Budget has a new location inside Hyatt Regency Dallas’ lobby. Hours are expected to vary on business levels so we recommend contacting them ahead of time to make arrangements.

AVIS – (214) 712-7188

Budget – (214) 712-7189

Presenting at the Conference

The deadline for all conference session submissions has passed (4/9/18). Thanks to all who submitted!

Global Perspectives Session

The International Relations Committee (IRC) welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Conference in November 2018.  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. Due to the volume of submissions we have received in the past, this year’s proposals will include a review by the IRC. Potential presenters can select to participate with a brief oral presentation or a poster presentation. The deadline for submissions was August 1, 2018.

Call for Research Poster Session Submissions

Individuals are encouraged to submit content information describing works in progress and/or completed works for Oral Presentation (Paper) or Poster Presentation. Diverse methodologies are encouraged.Submission deadline was June 10, 2018 by 5 pm CST.

Internship Fair

The National Conference Internship Fair will be held Saturday, November 17th from 8:00 – 9:10 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 Jennifer McAfee at  Information must be received by Wednesday, October 3, 2018



Conference Policies

Interim Conference Code of Conduct: The American Music Therapy Association expects that all AMTA annual conference attendees will promote a safe and ethical environment along with a culture of civility and kindness, treating all with dignity and respect. Harassment, bullying, or discrimination of any kind is not tolerated. Please use professional behavior with all – including friends, colleagues, volunteers, conference attendees, guests, hotel staff, and anyone you come into contact with, so that everyone can enjoy this conference to the fullest extent possible. Volunteers and staff work hard to ensure everyone has a positive conference experience.  Attendees at the AMTA conference should expect to hold to a professional code of conduct that is consistent with the AMTA Code of Ethics and represent the music therapy profession in a positive light.  Attendees should be prepared to adhere to directions and signs provided for safety concerns, respect open and closed special events or sessions, follow CBMT guidelines for earning CMTE credits, and participate as outlined in special events run by volunteers and staff, etc.  Remember that special guests, clients, students, and others not affiliated with the conference may be in the hotel and their perception of the music therapy profession is affected by the way music therapists present themselves.  AMTA reserves the right to remove anyone found not in compliance with the Code of Conduct. As of 5/31/18.

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 10/01/18, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/02/18–11/01/18. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/01/18, 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.

Additional Courses for CMTE Credit: Additional courses for CMTE credit are offered at a low-cost rate in conjunction with conference registration. To enroll in an additional course, you must be registered for the conference on at least the day in which the course is scheduled or one day minimum if the course is offered outside of the conference dates. Additional courses A through L do not require conference registration, however it is not possible to register for these courses without conference registration online.  Call the AMTA office to register if you are not attending the conference but would like to register for additional courses A through L to register over the phone. Please remember that you are required to follow all the CBMT, presenter, and proctor guidelines and instructions in order to obtain your Certificate of Attendance for CMTE credit.  

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.

Business Needs: Please prepare business, meeting, student groups, and session handouts ahead of time and plan for extra copies as presenters often run out. Computers, photocopiers, etc. are not available through AMTA. Check with the hotel's business center for your business needs. You may also speak with the hotel registration about additional printing/copying options in the local area. You are responsible for costs incurred.

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.

Tickets and Passes for Guests: Evening events and the Exhibit Hall are included in the price of registration for paid conference attendees. Your name tag is used as admission for these events. Tickets for guests not registered for the conference can be purchased at the registration desk. Entrance to conference sessions is limited to those registered for the conference.

Press: Media representatives are asked to check in at the AMTA Conference Registration Desk during open hours.

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.

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.  National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy (#P-068) maintains responsibility for NICU Music Therapy Training.  Sound Birthing Music (#P-131) maintains responsibility for Sound Birthing 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.

LCAT Credits: The majority of three or more-hour additional courses available at the conference are eligible for credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) in New York State.   AMTA is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0055. Consult the Registration Details for each Additional Course on the Conference page of the AMTA website to learn if and how many LCAT credits are available.  Short courses are up to the discretion of the registrant as to whether they will qualify and should be submitted as non-pre-approved credits.

Copyright © 2018. 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.

Information subject to change. 

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