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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020

AMTA 2020 Conference

All Day Event


The American Music Therapy Association's 2020 National Conference

2020 Conference Registration Re-opened!

AMTA is pleased to announce that registration for the 2020 Annual Conference Platform has re-opened for those individuals who did not have a chance to participate during the conference weekend of November 19-22, 2020.  Individuals who would like to register may purchase the recorded sessions from the conference through May 1, 2021 in the AMTA online store.
As a reminder, the conference platform will be available to all registrants (both those who participated in the live conference and those who purchase the recorded conference later) through May 15, 2021.
If you missed the 2020 Conference, Click Here to Register!

AMTA 2020 Annual Conference

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2020 Member Recognition Awards


Time of Remembrance




Guest Speakers

Dr. Emmeline Edwards, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Emmeline Edwards, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University
Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University
Rachel Ebeling, The Angel Band ProjectRachel Ebeling,
The Angel Band Project

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Your conference registration comes with the opening session on Thursday, November 19, a Neuroscience Keynote, 70 concurrent sessions (available for up to six months after the conference), Passages, Exhibit Hall, Internship Fair, Networking, Research Poster and Oral Session and much more.

From the Thursday Opening Session to the Sunday Conference Wrap-Up, you can earn 5 CMTE credits just for attending the conference!

With so much happening at the AMTA conference, you can’t help but find something for every setting, every population, and every music therapist to help cultivate your knowledge and serve your clients.


Virtual Conference FAQs

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Conference is going virtual? What does this mean?

Participants will be able to log in during scheduled conference times to watch live and pre-recorded sessions.  These sessions will continue to be available online for a period of 6 months after the conclusion of the conference so you can watch them at your leisure when your schedule allows.

Why is the 2020 conference going to a virtual format?

COVID-19 has affected everyone financially, mentally, socially and physically. In an effort to anticipate long-term effects of this global health emergency and provide value and accessibility for all stakeholders, the board of directors made the decision to move the AMTA 2020 conference to a virtual conference.

When will you have specific information about the 2020 virtual conference?

We are rolling out conference information as it is available; see below for more information.

exhibit hallWill the virtual conference be the same dates in November?


How much will the conference cost?

See below for registration rates.

Will virtual sessions be live or recorded?

Both! Some sessions will be presented live and some will be pre-recorded which will give presenters the opportunity to engage in a live online chat about the material during the presentation.  

I have never presented in a virtual/online format. Will presenters have support?

It is all right if you have never presented in this format, we will support you! If your conference session proposal was selected, we will provide technical and presentation support to help you be successful.

networkingMy favorite part of conference is networking. Are there opportunities to connect with other professionals in a virtual conference?

Absolutely! Find other students and professionals with your interests in the online networking chatrooms during conference. You can connect, ask questions, and share contact information with other attendees.

What about the research poster session?
virtual exhibit hall booth

This will happen! You will still be able to see current research and interact with researchers online.

Will there be Exhibitors/Sponsorship?

Yes, more information on how you can be an exhibitor/sponsor will be provided. Contact Jane Creagan or Cindy Smith at the AMTA office for additional questions.

virtual exhibti hall entry

How will I participate in the online conference?

Links and information will be sent to you in November with instructions for accessing the online platform!

Will we still have meetings during the virtual conference?

We are working on how to address association business in an accessible, interactive format. Look for more information regarding AMTA business meetings, assembly meetings and committee meetings this summer.

Internship Fair

AMTA's Internship Fair will be held over three days, November 20, 21, from 8:30 am-9:45 am and November 22, from 9:30 am - 10:45 am Eastern Time (please note the time difference if you are in a different time zone). 

Internship Fair Schedule: 

Friday, November 20:

8:30 am- 8:35 am: Welcome and Introductions
8:35 am-8:45 am: Trustbridge (West Palm Beach, FL)
8:45 am-8:55 am: West Virginia University Medicine, Ruby Memorial Hospital (Morgantown, WV)
8:55 am-9:05 am: Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Augusta, GA)
9:05 am-9:15 am: Meaningful Day Services (Brownsburg, IN)
9:15 am- 9:25 am: Arbor Hospice/Hospice of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
9:25 am- 9:35 am: J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center (Morganton, NC)
9:35 am-9:45 am: University of Iowa Health Care (Iowa City, IA)
9:45 am: Farewell

Saturday, November 21:

8:30 am- 8:35 am: Welcome and Introductions
8:35 am-8:45 am: Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Medical Music Therapy (Tallahassee, FL)
8:45 am-8:55 am: Roman Music Therapy Services (Wakefield, MA)
8:55 am-9:05 am: UK Healthcare (Lexington, KY)
9:05 am-9:15 am: Ann Storck Center (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
9:15 am- 9:25 am: Capital City Hospice (Columbus, OH)
9:25 am- 9:35 am: Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, IN)
9:35 am-9:45 am: Shenandoah Valley Westminster- Canterbury (Winchester, VA)
9:45 am: Farewell

Sunday, November 22:

9:30 am- 9:35 am: Welcome and Introductions
9:35 am-9:45 am: West Music (Iowa City, IA)
9:45 am-9:55 am: Institute for Therapy Through the Arts (Chicago, IL)
9:55 am-10:05 am: Children's Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
10:05 am-10:15 am: Banner Health (Phoenix, AZ)
10:15 am- 10:25 am: Music Worx Inc (San Diego, CA)
10:25 am- 10:35 am: Music Therapy Center of CA (San Diego, CA)
10:35 am-10:45 am: Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, TX)
10:45 am: Farewell 



Conference Registration Rates

  Fee Type Early Regular/Late
   Professional/Regular Registration Fee
  AMTA Member Discounted Fee: $199.00 $250.00
  Regular Fee: $250.00 $325.00
   Full Time College Student Registration Fee
  AMTA Member Fee: $99.00 $99.00
  Regular Fee: $99.00 $99.00
   Neuroscience Track Only - Registration Fee
  AMTA Member Fee: $150.00 $150.00
  Regular Fee: $150.00 $150.00
   High School Student Track Only - Registration Fee
  Regular Fee: $25.00 $25.00
   One Day Registration
  Regular Fee: $300.00 $300.00


Neuroscience Track Only  - $150 - includes select sessions:
  • Opening Session
  • Keynote Address: "Rhythmic Medicine” Presented by Dr. Nina Kraus
  • The Translational Use of Rhythm for Gait Training: From the Lab to the Clinic, Presenter(s): Jessica Grahn, PhD; Sarah Thompson, MM, CBIS, MT-BC
  • The Neuroscience of Music and Autism: Research and Practice, Presenter(s): Miriam Lense, PhD; Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC
  • Developing and Evaluating an Evidence-Based Music Program in Your Community for Individuals with Dementia, Presenter(s):  Jessica Strong, PhD, ABPP; Melita Belgrave, PhD, MT-BC
  • The Intersection of Neuroscience and Music Therapy in Mental Health and Well-Being, Presenter(s): Amy M. Belfi, PhD; Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC
High School Student Track only - $25 - includes select sessions:
  • Keynote Address: "Rhythmic Medicine” Presented by Dr. Nina Kraus
  • The Neuroscience of Music and Autism: Research and Practice
  • MTex Sessions
  • From Inquiry to Internships: The Students’ Guide to Success
  • Musical Authenticity: Client Preferred Music the way Clients Prefer
  • An Electronic Drum Circle for patients, family, and staff at a comprehensive cancer center
  • Beat Buddies: Creating Meaningful Social Experiences for Inclusive Groups of Preschoolers

*Early registration rates end September 15, 2020, midnight Eastern Time

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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 (either virtual or in-person) 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, 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 attendance 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.

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 and beyond. 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 so they can be addressed before the conference begins. Every effort will be made to ensure satisfactory participation. Please bring your questions/concerns directly to conference planners so every attempt can be made to provide an appropriate accommodation based on your individual needs.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations of any conference activities (including all additional courses) are available by written request (e-mails accepted).  80% of fees will be refunded if the request is sent no later than 10/01/20, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/02/20–11/04/20. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/04/20, 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.  If you paid by credit card you will receive a refund back to your card.  If you paid by check you will receive a refund by check.  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 ("Add-on 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.  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.

Copyright © 2020. American Music Therapy Association® and its logo are registered trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. AMTA conference sessions may be accessed by conference attendees as part of continuing professional development, education, and related professional activities. Sessions may not be duplicated, shared, or distributed. Presenters are responsible for the content of their sessions in keeping with AMTA's mission, professional standards, applicable laws, ethics, and values. Views expressed at this conference are presenters’ own and do not necessarily reflect the view of AMTA or its Board of Directors. AMTA reserves the right to edit videos and chat recorded at its events. Reference to any specific commercial firm, commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or other does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by AMTA. 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 in keeping with the CBMT Recertification Manual guidelines. AMTA (#P-051) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Approval for NY State LCAT CEU hours is pending for some sessions under provider #CAT-0055.

Information subject to change. 

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