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

AMTA 2018 Conference

07:00 PM - 02:00 PM

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

The 2018 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association

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

You will be notified by July 15 as to the status of your proposal. If you have questions, need to change anything after submission, or do not receive acknowledgement by July 15th, contact Al Bumanis at (301) 589-3300 ext. 103 or


Sneak preview of 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

Watch for online registration to open in May!



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 is June 10, 2018 by 5 pm CST.

Online Submissions (if link does not work when you click, cut and paste into your browser):

Format Options

Authors must submit information as “Paper only”, “Poster Only”, or “Paper or Poster” by indicating preference during the submission process. Researchers are encouraged to submit using the “Paper or Poster” option. Information submitted using this option will be considered and selected for either option by the Research Committee.

Oral Presentations (Paper Presentations)

Individual oral papers provide researchers the opportunity to present original work related to music therapy. Presenters will have 15-minutes to present and 5 minutes to answer questions from attendees. Oral Presentations will be scheduled during a Concurrent Session time block Saturday, November 17 from 11:15am to 12:30pm.

Research Poster Presentations

The Research Poster Session provides an interactive forum for researchers to discuss their work with conference attendees.

The Research Poster Session is Saturday, November 17 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Presenters will be assigned a location to put up each poster, and posters will be organized by topic as related to MTR 2025 goals.

Student Awards

Music therapy students are eligible for best poster awards. Abstracts will be published in Music Therapy Perspectives.

One undergraduate and one graduate submission will be chosen.

In order to be considered for this award, indicate in the submission online process if the first author is a music therapy student and what level (undergraduate, masters/masters equivalency, doctoral) and if you wish to be considered for this award.

Submission Process

The following bullets will correspond to questions on the online submission process and we ask that you plan accordingly for submission and review by the AMTA Research Committee.

  • Introduction, objective, phenomenon under investigation, hypotheses or research questions
  • Description of rigorous and relevant research methods (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, systematic reviews, theoretical frameworks, philosophical papers)
  • Description of research participants if applicable and data gathering methods
  • If the study is completed:
    • Description of the data analysis and results
    • Summary of findings supported by presented data presented
  • If the study is in progress:
    • Description of intended data analysis
  • Statement of how the research advances music therapy clinical practice.

Each submission must include complete information for judging research quality.

The deadline for submissions is JUNE 10, 2018. If, after 5 days of submission you have not received a confirmation of your submission being received contact Cindy Colwell by email at or phone (785) 864-9635.

After a blind review by the committee, each corresponding author will be notified via email by July 31 of acceptance or rejection of the submission.

Online Submissions (if link does not work when you click, cut and paste into your browser):


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