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Music Therapy Matters Monthly – Special Conference Issue


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October 2019 - Special Issue
Building the Future of Music Therapy

The 2019 Conference of AMTA, “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate” is quickly approaching.  After November 13, please register on-site.  The Opening Session events begin November 21 at 7:00 pm. The Closing Session ends November 24 at 2:00 pm. Special additional courses and trainings may be scheduled outside regular conference hours.
Find the latest information here.

Still Time to Register, Act Now!

There's still time to register, but space is filling up quickly. Act now to ensure your participation in the 2019 Annual AMTA Conference, "Innovate! Integrate! Motivate!"  Click here to register online.

Hotel Reservations Deadline: October 30

Don’t get left out in the cold! Make your reservations by October 30 to stay in the AMTA block at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.  Staying at the Hyatt Regency ensures the easiest and quickest access to the AMTA 2019 Conference—no hassle with daily parking, no fighting the November cold, and no extra time commuting.  Simply walk out of your hotel room door to the 2019 AMTA National Conference!

Rates are as follows:

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

Click here for reservations:

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

Super Shuttle and Hotel Parking

Super Shuttle is one option for traveling to and from the airport and the conference venue. Super Shuttle offers a discount for groups. You may book a shuttle under the AMTA group code H7ABR which appears on the webpage here:

Discounted Prices:
  • $15 One-way
  • $24 Round trip
Discounted Parking at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for conference attendees:
  • Self-parking - $16.00 per day
  • Valet parking - $24.00 per day

Additional Course Highlights

With so many exciting courses with CMTE credits to choose from this year, here are a few sessions with space still available.  Click on each course below to learn more and register online!

CMTE B: Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth

Learn to provide Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Labor Support Model of Care and use live and recorded music in prenatal, labor, birthing and post-partum stages.

CMTE L: Ethically- & Culturally-Considered Intervention: Innovate Music, Integrate Treatment, Motivate Clients

Get your ethics credits through a fun improvisation session – explore and discuss the differences between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation – learn to play ethnic instruments and make adaptations for clients – learn modes/scales for authentic cultural music – innovate music – integrate treatment – motivate clients.

CMTE CC: Case Study Research Design

Clinicians have first-hand practice based evidence that is integral for demonstrating the effectiveness of music therapy methods to meet client needs; however, they are not always given the time, financial support, or materials needed to carry out complex research studies. Given this context, here are three reasons to consider CMTE CC as part of your professional development at the 2019 AMTA conference

  1. Want to contribute to music therapy research? MTR 2025 aims to involve clinicians in research. This course helps bridge practice and research in a practical, informative fashion.
  2. Have clinical evidence that demonstrates efficacy? This  course dives into ways to convert data to meaningful information and research via case studies.
  3. Want to network while learning and reviewing strategies and processes to conduct applied research in music therapy? This course fits the bill!

"At its best: Research is active. Research is personal. Research is powerful. Research is every day. Research is you!" (Meadows & Robb, MTR2025, 2015)

CMTE X: Red Cross Adult/Pediatric First Aid and CPR/AED

Recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.


Attention Students!  Join AMTAS for the annual National Passages on Thursday, November 21st from 1:00 PM-6:15 PM 

  • 1:00-2:00 Kat Fulton- “How to conquer the CBMT exam.”
  • 2:00-2:25 Claire Reed- "Your Wishes GRANTed"
  • 2:30-2:55 David Farsetti and Callie Cowart - “Planting Seeds in the Community: A Model for Interscholastic Outreach and Professional Advocacy”
  • 3:00-3:25 Rodolfo Reyes- "The Effects of Music-Assisted Relaxation on Anxiety in OIF/OEF Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • 3:30-3:55 Valerie Wilk - "Music and Identity Development in Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities"
  • 4:00-4:25 Peyton Coleman- "Neuroscience Research in Perinatal Music"
  • 4:30-4:55Tessa Buck - '“Life is a Song”: Experiences of Informal Dementia Caregivers'"
  • 5:00-5:25 Michel Gaw - "The Effects of Music Therapy Upon an Adult Female with Acquired Profound Hearing Loss"  
  • 5:30-5:55 Alison Esparza - "How Can I Be a Therapist When I Need Therapy?"

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