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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Sunday, November 24, 2019

AMTA 2019 Conference

07:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN , 55403



The 2019 Conference of AMTA:
Innovate, Integrate, Motivate

November 21—24, 2019

Opening session events begin November 21 at 7:00 pm. Closing session ends November 24 at 2:00 pm. Special additional courses and trainings may be scheduled outside regular conference hours.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

2019 Conference Opening Session

2019 Conference Awards Ceremony

2019 State of the Association Address


Whether you are a music therapist with years of experience, a brand new music therapy professional, or a student just starting out... you won’t want to miss the 2019 AMTA Annual Conference—the premier event and largest gathering for music therapy professionals in the United States each year!


Up your professional game with new ideas, new skills, and new interventions relevant to job challenges you face right now!


Incorporate new research and methods with ideas from guest speakers, workshops, and motivational talks that will benefit you as you add this new knowledge to your music therapy practice now or in the future!


Network with movers and shakers in the world of music therapy as well as friends and colleagues you’ve been longing to see again.  Meet and greet exhibit hall vendors who showcase new products and ideas that will get you excited to return to your music therapy practice!

For more information — and tons of details that can’t be included in this short mailing — check out the conference website at, click the “Attend a Conference” button.  Find out about dozens of FREE CMTE CREDITS available for current AMTA members and follow the Local Arrangements Committee on social media  to hear even more buzz about this year’s event!  And don’t forget, AMTA members and students, you get HUGE DISCOUNTS on the cost to attend the conference.  So put it on your schedule now!   

We’re confident you’ll see this as a worthwhile expenditure: an opportunity to network with industry vendors, meet inspiring speakers, attend valuable educational sessions, gain important new knowledge, and recharge your music therapy batteries. Your attendance at this conference is a wise investment that will pay off for years to come!

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The Call for Proposals is now closed

The deadline for all proposal submissions was April 12, 2019

If you have questions or do not receive acknowledgement of your proposals submission status by July 15th, you may contact Cindy Smith at (301) 589-3300 ext. 102 or

Special Opening Session Guest

Gaelynn Lea


After Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, she hit the road and has been there ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes.  So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and seven countries — she’s graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before,” (says Jess Wolfe, Lucius) and Jeremy Ylvisaker described her as “Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie.” In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also speaks about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures that she plans to release in 2022. Learn more about Gaelynn in this feature from PBS News Hour.

Conference Registration Rates

Take a look at the conference rates below to start planning today!

Early (Postmarked by 8/6/19)

  • Conference Registration - $655
  • AMTA Member Discounted Registration - $380
  • Full-time Student Registration Discounted Registration - $365
  • AMTA Student Member Discounted Registration - $245
  • One day Registration - $580

Regular (Postmarked by 10/11/19)

  • Conference Registration- $755
  • AMTA Member Discounted Registration - $480
  • Full-time Student Registration Discounted Registration - $365
  • AMTA Student Member Discounted Registration - $245
  • One day Registration - $580

Late (Postmarked after 10/11/19)

  • Conference Registration - $855
  • AMTA Member Discounted Registration - $580
  • Full-time Student Registration Discounted Registration - $400
  • AMTA Student Member Discounted Registration - $280
  • One day Registration - $580

Must be paid online or postmarked by date indicated—without exception—for discounted rates.

Hotel Rates

You have never met a place quite like Minneapolis!

Conference is coming... to the most underestimated place in the North! • A dramatic, riverfront skyline • So much art, you’re literally surrounded by it • A theater on almost every corner • A culture committed to perfecting the craft of the brew • The best park system in the nation • A foodie paradise where you can get Nordic cuisine for breakfast, Ethiopian for lunch, and this thing called a “Jucy Lucy” for dinner — and, oh yeah, cocktails on a Ferris wheel • A place to bring your dancing shoes and enjoy festivals all year round • Four gorgeous seasons surrounded by 22 lakes, the Mississippi River, and a waterfall • Friendly locals who can’t wait to show you why they love living here • Join us in the place that has been named one of the 30 top USA cities to visit, one of the 10 least stressful cities to fly into, and one of the top 40 most vibrant art communities in America!

Stay at the conference hotel for your best experience!

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Single: $180.00
Double: $200.00
Triple:  $230.00
Quad:  $240.00

To make your reservations, please click here:

If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Parking at the Hotel

  • Discounted self-parking  - $16.00 per day
  • Discounted valet parking - $24.00 per day


For transportation to and from the hotel to the airport and other places, please see the Minneapolis transportation webpage;

Call for Research Poster Session Submissions

The Call for Research Proposals is now closed

The deadline for research proposal submissions was June 10, 2019

If you have questions or have not received a confirmation of your submission being received, contact Cindy Colwell by email at 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.

ion. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Internship Fair

This year, the Internship Fair will also include a Coffee and Roundtable for Educators and Internship Directors/Supervisors. The Roundtable will be held Saturday, November 23rd from 7 am – 8:30 am, with the Internship Fair following from 8:45 am to 10 am (PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE OF THE INTERNSHIP FAIR). Internship Directors who are registered for the conference are invited to take part! Participants will be given table space to present information about their sites—tri-fold boards and brochures are encouraged.

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, Director of Communications/Conference Planner at  Upon receipt, you will receive a verification email confirming your space, along with more information regarding the fair.  Information must be received by Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  We look forward to seeing you in November!

Global Perspectives Session Submissions

The International Relations Committee (IRC) welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Conference in November 2019.  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.  This year we are focusing our attention on social justice issues in music therapy. To that extent, we are asking that submissions include a statement on cultural humility that briefly describes the presenters’ consideration of cultural issues that stimulate further growth of their cultural awareness, knowledge, and skill as they relate to the topic being proposed. We invite submitters to review the following information created by the Mid-Atlantic Region for further information:

This year’s proposals will include an anonymous review by the IRC. Statements on cultural humility will be included in the overall score. Please email Melody Schwantes or Soo-Jin Kwoun with your proposals by August 1.  Please include the following information:

  • Names, credentials, and contact information for each presenter
  • Title of presentation
  • Description of presentation (250 words or less)
  • Statement on cultural humility

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Conference Policies and Attendee Information

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.

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 all additional 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 10/01/19, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/02/19–11/01/19. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/01/19, so please plan ahead. Refunds are processed within approximately 5 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/Add-On Courses for CMTE or CEU 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 the course is scheduled. 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 or CEU credit.  In some cases, courses are offered for free to current AMTA  members and others.  While the registration for these indicated courses is free, there is a $20 processing fee required to ensure attendance and participation, as well as cover the cost of handling your registration.

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.  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 CEU Hours: Approval for NY State LCAT CEU hours is pending for some sessions under provider #CAT-0055.

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 concurrent 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 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 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 of any kind is not allowed in the sessions, meeting rooms, or the Exhibit Hall.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2019. 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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