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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

Watch for online registration to open mid-June!!

Attention Professional and Student members!  
If you have concerns about the cost of attending this conference,
consider applying for one of AMTA's Conference Scholar Awards
The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019 6:00 pm, Eastern Time.

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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

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, copy 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)


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

Follow the Local Arrangements Committee




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.


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.


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 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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