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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

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Call for Proposals

Proposals accepted online using the links below:
April 12, 2019, midnight, Eastern Time
Concurrent sessions and MTex proposals use the "Concurrent Session & MTex Proposals" link above. Concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes. MTex talks are scheduled for 18 minutes. Additional continuing education courses such as Institutes, Special Trainings, and CMTE Courses should use the "Special Course Proposals" link above.

Please read all the Submission Process Guidelines before submitting a proposal.

  1. All submissions are reviewed by the AMTA Blind Review and Conference Committees.
  2. Acceptance of submissions will be based on blind review score, distribution of topic areas, consideration for the number of sessions by individual presenters, innovative content, expressed need from membership, and reflection of the conference theme.
  3. All submissions must be submitted online by the due date. Submissions received after the deadline or by alternate means will be reviewed only if space allows.
  4. All committee-sponsored and special presentations are required to be submitted through one of the above online forms and should adhere to the same guidelines and deadlines.

Please submit one form only for each proposed offering. Required questions are indicated by the *. You will see a confirmation screen after clicking the button to submit if your submission was successful (scroll back up to the top of the page if necessary). You will be notified by July 15 as to the status of your proposal. Information for the blind review process of session selection will be taken from your submission form so please do not include any identifying data where indicated. Not following instructions may cause your proposal to be rejected. Please remember to save your own copy of submission information for your future use if you have not already done so. Please remember that your submission should be submitted in its final form.

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


Sneak Preview of 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

  • 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.

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, 2019 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 11:15 am to 12:30 pm.

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 23 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 may 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. Please note the faculty mentor name and contact information.

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.

Please be aware that text boxes for study components each have a 1500 character limit for consistency across submissions and for effective review by the research reviewers.

  • 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, 2019.

If, after 10 days after submission you 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.

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


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