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Jan 02, 2024 08:19 PM
Need credits? Need ethics credits? You can register for the 2023 AMTA Symposium and earn up to 40 credits by watching each course and completing each evaluation! The symposium recordings are available to registrants through 2/29/2024.
 
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Dec 13, 2023 03:08 PM
A fully-funded, short-term opportunity to travel to Peru is currently available through the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP). We are seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as a Specialist for a project.
 
Congratulations
Dec 06, 2023 02:00 PM
Congratulations to AMTA Artist Spokesperson Renee Fleming on being named to the 46th class of Kennedy Center Honorees. Tune in Dec. 27, 2023 at 9 p.m. EST as a star-studded Kennedy Center lineup pays tribute to her and other nominees on CBS Television and/or Paramount Plus.
 
B4D9D009-744D-4936-9A5B-417D99528A70
Dec 05, 2023 05:13 PM
Need credits? Need ethics credits? You can register for the 2023 AMTA Symposium and earn up to 40 credits by watching each course and completing each evaluation! The symposium recordings are available to registrants through 2/29/2024.
 
AMTACBMT_Announcement
Nov 30, 2023 04:44 PM
Dear Music Therapy Community, The next AMTA Assembly of Delegates Meeting is scheduled for December 4th , 8– 10pm ET / 7-9 pm CT / 6-8pm MT / 5 -7 pm PT. The deadline for Assembly Meeting attendee registration is Sunday, December 3rd by 11 pm ET / 10 pm CT/ 9 pm MT / 8 pm PT
 
Save_the_Date_Symposium_-_1
Nov 09, 2023 03:04 AM
It has been about one month since the 2023 AMTA Symposium began! Did you know that you can still register and earn up to 40 credits by watching each course and completing the evaluation? The symposium recordings are available to registrants through 2/29/2024.
 
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The Commission on the Education & Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists has posted an update to their page on the AMTA website.
 
www.musictherapy.org_(1)
Nov 01, 2023 11:38 PM
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP) for a 6-year term. Editorial board members read and evaluate submitted manuscripts and serve in an advisory capacity to the Lead Editor, Associate Editors, and Assistant Editor. MTP editorial Board members review manuscripts that are typically within their area of research/clinical expertise yet may also be asked to review manuscripts for which their different lens and exper​
 
Middle_East_Crisis
Oct 20, 2023 11:51 AM
On behalf of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), we wish to express support for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, and our music therapy colleagues, students, and clients affected by the horrific violence, terrorism, and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.
 
Call_for_Nominations
Oct 11, 2023 09:02 PM
See the Call for Nominations posted to the AMTA website and our social media channels.
 
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Oct 06, 2023 12:00 PM
We hope you will join us for the 2023 AMTA Symposium Learn more about the sessions offered on from Sunday October 8, 2023 - Wednesday October 11, 2023 - at the 2023 AMTA Symposium! Courses will be recorded to earn CMTEs through February 29, 2024.
 
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Oct 01, 2023 01:00 PM
Join us Tuesday Oct. 3, 2023 at 3 pm EST. as the Professional Advocacy Committee release their first "Addressing Advocacy" video.
 
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Sep 29, 2023 01:00 PM
Learn more about the sessions offered on Wednesday October 11, 2023 - Day 4 at the 2023 AMTA Symposium! Courses will be recorded to earn CMTEs through February 29, 2024.
 
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Sep 25, 2023 12:36 PM
Learn more about the sessions offered on Monday October 9, 2023 - Day 2 at the 2023 AMTA Symposium! Courses will be recorded to earn CMTEs through February 29, 2024.
 
Board_of_Directors_Announcement
Sep 22, 2023 11:21 PM
AMTA Assembly of Delegates Update Assembly Meeting: August 7th, 2023 (8-9:30pm ET) Dear Music Therapy Community, We are excited to share a brief update from the AMTA Assembly of Delegates Meeting held on August 7th, 2023. During this meeting, members of the assembly voted on and unanimously approved a motion regarding the 2024 and 2025 membership dues structure.
 
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Sep 19, 2023 10:03 PM
Learn more about the sessions offered on October 8, 2023 - Day 1 at the 2023 AMTA Symposium! Courses will be recorded to earn CMTEs through February 29, 2024.
 
www.musictherapy.org_(2)
The Journal of Music Therapy seeks applicants for the position of Associate Editor – Communications. Information and details about the position may be found in the description below. Applications are being accepted with the position open until filled.
 
AMTA_2023_Keynote
Sep 12, 2023 05:54 PM
The Keynote Address at the 2023 AMTA Symposium, delivered by Autumn Brown, is “Already Free: Imagination as a Site of Transformation.” Learn more and register today at https://amta-u.thinkific.com ​
 
Scholarships_promo
Aug 24, 2023 12:17 AM
Thanks to our generous sponsors, there are many scholarships available for the 2023 AMTA Symposium! Learn more and apply at https://amta-u.thinkific.com by selecting the 2023 AMTA Symposium.
 
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Aug 22, 2023 07:55 PM
The AMTA-Pro section of the AMTA website is currently down due to technical difficulties. Please pardon the inconvenience.
 
www.musictherapy.org_(1)
Aug 20, 2023 10:30 PM
The Journal of Music Therapy seeks applicants for the position of Associate Editor of Manuscripts. The Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) is a forum for authoritative articles of current music therapy research and theory, including book reviews and guest editorials.
 
Liquid_Mind
Aug 16, 2023 06:38 PM
A big thank you to our presenting sponsor for the 2023 AMTA Symposium, Liquid Mind Musical Healthcare! Learn more about the Symposium and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com. Registrants receive access to all recorded sessions through February 29, 2024!
 
AMTA_and_CBMT_Announce_Music_Therapy_License_in_Connecticut
Aug 11, 2023 02:11 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are pleased to announce that music therapy title protection in Connecticut has been transformed to a music therapy license. Earlier this summer Governor Ned Lamont signed into law HB 6733, which included language to create a music therapy license overseen by the Department of Public Health. Please help us congratulate members of the Connecticut Task Force for their years of service in promoting​
 
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Aug 08, 2023 02:00 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 AMTA Symposium, which will be held online October 8-11, 2023.
 
AMTACBMT_Announcement
Aug 03, 2023 12:40 PM
The next AMTA Assembly Meeting is scheduled for August 7th , 8– 10pm ET / 7-9 pm CT / 6-8pm MT / 5 -7 pm PT.
 
Canva_Design
Jul 24, 2023 01:07 PM
We are also proud to announce that we have a new publication to offer the music therapy community: Evidence - Based Music Therapy for Premature Infants, 3rd Edition.
 
Attendees_Remember_to_visit_the_AMTA_Booth_at_The_World_Congress!_(1)
Jul 23, 2023 08:50 PM
We are proud to announce that after a 6-year hiatus, AMTA will be in attendance at the WCMT in Vancouver July 24 - July 29th. Please visit our booth which is 007 and we will be happy to talk with you about all things music therapy. We also have a special discount for AMTA publications for WCMT attendees, so please stop by.
 
Community
Jul 15, 2023 12:00 PM
Join us for the AMTA Community Update on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 7:00-8:00pm EDT.
 
MTP_Announcement
Jul 14, 2023 06:35 PM
The editorial team of Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP) is happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Adrienne Flight to the position of Associate Editor of Communications! Adrienne, an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music, brings a wealth of experience and has already begun work on initiatives that will help bridge the gap between authors and readers of MTP. Welcome Adrienne!​
 
www.musictherapy.org_(1)
Jul 12, 2023 10:36 PM
Save the date for the upcoming AMTA Community Update session. July 18 at 7pm Eastern More information and links coming soon
 
Volunteer_Call
Jul 11, 2023 01:58 AM
Thanks to all who completed the recent Call for Volunteers! We are grateful to all who responded, and we will be working to connect with you as soon as possible. If you are interested in serving but missed the sign up, please consider signing up today. We have both short-and long-term opportunities, including DEIAJ-specific opportunities, the Elections Nominating Committee, and self or peer nominations for President Elect and Vice President Elect, as well as other opportunities.
 
AMTACBMT_Announcement
Jul 07, 2023 12:59 AM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are excited to announce that on Tuesday July 4, 2023, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law HB33, which included language that creates a music therapy license under the State’s Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
 
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Jun 20, 2023 02:16 AM
AMTA is happy to announce that its e-course offerings are now available only on the AMTA-U Continuing Education platform. Please take a moment to browse the platform and take a CMTE course!
 
Volunteer_Call
Jun 12, 2023 12:00 PM
If you are interested in participating in the work of the association, please sign up for the AMTA 2023 Call for Volunteers. This call includes two opportunities; a call specific to DEIAJ, and a call for general service opportunities.
 
Board_of_Directors_Announcement_(2)
Jun 09, 2023 06:00 PM
Recently, states across the US have passed harmful and openly hostile legislation to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, members of BIPOC communities, and individuals seeking reproductive healthcare. In addition, several states have passed laws that are in direct conflict with the fundamental values of the education system, limiting academic freedoms in higher education.
 
AMTA_honors_LGBTQAI__Pride_Month
Jun 05, 2023 10:23 PM
AMTA recognizes and honors the contributions and lives of our LGBTQIA+ members and individuals within our communities. Happy Pride Month to you!
 
Board_of_Directors_Announcement
Jun 02, 2023 10:37 PM
Greetings, AMTA community members, The Board has spent the spring connecting with various community groups and members. We are thankful to all our community groups for the work that they are doing to continue the work of the Association.
 
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May 05, 2023 01:05 AM
You are invited to attend a roundtable discussion on “A Global Perspective on Music Therapy Associations Around the World" hosted by the International Relations Committee of the American Music Therapy Association.
 
Consultant_Announcement
Apr 27, 2023 12:38 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce that Vicki Vega, PhD, MT-BC, and Veronica Fernandez, MSEd, LMT, MT-BC, have been hired as our new education (Vicki Vega) and clinical training (Veronica Fernandez) consultants, and they will assist the association with managing education and clinical training programs on behalf of the association.
 
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Apr 26, 2023 12:42 PM
American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law SHB 1247. This bill creates a music therapy license within the Department of Health and establishes a Music Therapy Advisory Committee to assist the Department in matters concerning the license.
 
Save_the_Date
Apr 21, 2023 03:43 PM
Reminder: The due date for proposals for the 2023 AMTA Symposium is April 28, 2023.
 
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Apr 13, 2023 12:00 PM
AMTA Community, ADTA is offering members of allied creative arts therapy associations a 10% discount to attend the ADTA's 3rd Virtual Spring Summit: Professional Development for the Creative Arts Therapist: Cultivating Our Therapeutic Toolbox. The discount applies to the nonmember rate for either the full week or Saturday only options.
 
AMTA_WFMT_WORLD_MT_WEEK
Apr 10, 2023 12:00 PM
The American Music Therapy Association joins The World Federation for Music Therapy in celebration of the very first World Music Therapy Week - April 10-15, 2023.
 
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Apr 05, 2023 11:33 AM
The purpose of the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund is to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and/or to conduct research on new and innovative music therapy treatments. The Fund seeks to support research in the field of music therapy in the following areas:
 
New_Issue_Alert
Apr 02, 2023 07:53 PM
The latest issue of The Journal of Music Therapy is now available. See Volume 59 Issue 4, Winter 2022.​
 
2022_Mem
Mar 30, 2023 12:00 AM
Final Reminder 2022 AMTA Member/Music Therapist Survey 3/31/2023 We invite you and thank you for your voluntary participation in our annual survey; all music therapists (whether they are members of AMTA or not) are invited to complete it. We welcome responses from outside the US as well.
 
2023_Regional_Conferences_Update
Mar 26, 2023 06:04 PM
The Commission's 2023 regional conference update is available. Refer to this link for the full report: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/21st_century_education/​
 
2023_symposium_logo_Reverse
Mar 15, 2023 12:00 PM
We are now accepting proposals for the 2023 AMTA Symposium, which will be held October 8-11, 2023.
 
Save_the_Date
Feb 08, 2023 01:00 PM
Save the date! 2023 AMTA Symposium, October 8-11, 2023 This year's virtual symposium will follow a similar format as our event in 2022, featuring a keynote speaker, 35 credits of CMTE Courses, music and wellness mornings and special evening events. More information and a call for proposals will follow in March! Please note, AMTA will not be hosting an in-person conference in 2023.
 
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Feb 04, 2023 08:29 PM
We hope you will join us for on of our Regional Conferences this spring. Live links within the graphic and a larger graphic are available here: https://tinyurl.com/5n6jkeru
 
January_2023_Announcements
Jan 30, 2023 02:00 PM
Important Announcements and information regarding the AMTA Book Sale, The 2022 AMTA Symposium content availability for CMTE credits and Renewing your AMTA Membership.
 
Team_Member
Jan 23, 2023 01:06 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for one open position as Associate Editor/Communications. Information and details about the position may be found in the description below as part of this call for interested applicants. The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm Eastern, February 10 2023.
 
AMTA_Book_Sale_Flier
Jan 19, 2023 12:00 AM
Reminder about the AMTA Book Sale! To assist the music therapy community with rising costs, AMTA is marking down its book prices through January 31, 2023.
 
MTP_Social_Justice
Jan 05, 2023 01:58 PM
We are delighted to share that the first full social justice issue in Music Therapy Perspective’s 40 year history has just been published open access for 3 months. Congratulations to the co-editors, Adenike Webb and Sangeeta Swamy, and the other authors who write from their own lived experience as minoritized music therapists, educators, supervisors, researchers and students.
 
book_sale
Dec 23, 2022 01:00 PM
Thank you to all who have applied for the Education and Clinical Training Consultant positions. We are extending the deadline to apply through December 30, 2022.
 
Weather_Alert
Dec 23, 2022 12:09 AM
With inclement weather impacting the majority of the country reaching record snow and cold levels, AMTA wants you to stay safe. Here are some resources to help.
 
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Dec 16, 2022 04:10 PM
Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP) seeks Editorial Team member. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for one open position as Associate Editor/Communications. The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm Eastern, January 20, 2023. Information and details about the position follows. Continue reading
 
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Dec 13, 2022 03:42 AM
Education and Clinical Training Consultants AMTA is seeking to hire two consultants to support the academic/education and clinical training functions of the association. Each consultant will be contracted for 5 hours per week, with one consultant focused on academic/education tasks and the other clinical training tasks.
 
Fultz_Photo
Dec 12, 2022 01:00 PM
AMTA is excited to announce the 2022 recipient of the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award: Alaine E. Reschke-Hernández, PhD, MT-BC for her study entitled Effectiveness of a Collaborative Music Therapy and Social Work Telehealth Framework to Address the Well Being of Community Dwelling Older Adults
 
AMTA_Square
Dec 09, 2022 12:00 PM
Reminder! Join us for a concert highlighting musician advocates of the power of music, benefitting the work of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) with music by passionate artists Ken Medema, Robin Spielberg, Milton Bullock, and Ben Folds.
 
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Nov 30, 2022 11:53 PM
November 2022 Updates • AMTA Website: The most up-to-date information is located under Latest News on the AMTA homepage. Posts can be found under News. Latest News is updated on an ongoing basis, so we encourage you to check it regularly.
 
Nov 30, 2022 06:00 PM
The American Music Therapy Association Board of Directors is committing to building a future that prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and, to the continuous process to become an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization.
 
Meeting_Announcement
Nov 28, 2022 08:49 PM
RSVP for the December 5, 2022 AMTA Assembly Meeting and RSVP for the December 6, 2022 Business Meeting.​
 
AMTA_LOGO_stack
Nov 22, 2022 10:32 PM
We were notified about issues logging into the website this afternoon. We have fixed those issues and you should be able to access your account and other functions as normal. Thank you for your patience.
 
DEI_Committee_Report_and_Announcements
Nov 22, 2022 12:00 PM
The DEI Committee 2022 Quarter 4 Report is now available. Thank you to the committee for their work and their time organizing this report.
 
BOD_Announcement_Green
Nov 13, 2022 06:41 PM
The American Music Therapy Association Board of Directors is committing to building a future that prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and, to the continuous process to become an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization. We, the current Board of Directors of AMTA, acknowledge our complicity with and perpetuation of systemic inequities and apologize to our marginalized and minoritized community members for the resulting harm that you have experienced.
 
Sponsor_gratitude
Nov 10, 2022 12:00 PM
Thank you to the presenting sponsor of the 2022 AMTA Symposium, Liquid Mind Musical Healthcare! We are also grateful to CARF, Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, CBMT, and the DLCM Fund for their generous support of the Symposium! Learn more and register for the Symposium at https://amta-u.thinkific.com.​
 
AMTA_symposium_-_Social_Media
Nov 09, 2022 07:22 PM
In recognition of the 2022 Inaugural AMTA Symposium, participants will have access to a curated collection of open journal articles from JMT and MTP that align with the speaker topics and/or were by one of the speakers.
 
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Nov 09, 2022 12:00 PM
The 2022 AMTA Symposium starts on Sunday! You can register anytime before the event begins using the sliding scale options. Can’t join us for the live events? Register for access to the available recorded content until February 28, 2023. Learn more and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com.
 
Ethics_Board_Announcement
Nov 07, 2022 04:00 PM
AMTA Members with interest in joining The Ethics Board, please see the link below in order to self nominate for open positions on the Ethics Board. The form includes details about the qualifications and the responsibilities of EB members. https://forms.gle/PyYtD975R5A2zaKB7
 
mornings_spotlight
Nov 07, 2022 01:00 PM
Join us at the start of each day of the 2022 AMTA Symposium for music, connection, relaxation, and fun!
 
CMTE_G
Nov 04, 2022 12:00 PM
CMTE G: Join Lisa Summer, Christine Routhier, and Sally McKnight Harrison for a 5-CMTE course on Establishing Relational Safety: A Collaborative Process with Clients in Guided Imagery and Music at the 2022 AMTA Symposium. Learn more and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com
 
Nov 03, 2022 12:15 PM
Research Networks to Promote Multidisciplinary Mechanistic Studies on Music-Based Interventions for Pain or Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) – RFA-AT-23-006 The National Institutes of Health is soliciting applications to support a collection of research networks that promote multidisciplinary mechanistic studies of music-based interventions (MBIs) for pain or Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD). These networks are expected to develop compelling research frameworks that will effectively guide future clinical studies on MBIs.
 
CMTE_F
Nov 02, 2022 12:00 PM
CMTE F: The 2022 AMTA Symposium will host a course on Strategic Partnership Models for Sustainable Music Therapy Growth for 5 CMTEs, presented by Nicole O’Malley, Dena Register, and Judy Simpson. All of the Symposium sessions are included in your registration—you can earn up to 35 CMTEs! Learn more and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com
 
CMTE_E
Oct 31, 2022 12:00 PM
CMTE E: Join Joy Allen and her colleague Brenda Ross for Developing a Pre-Internship Supervision Program at the 2022 AMTA Symposium! This course is 5 CMTEs and will be on November 15 at 3:00pm Eastern time. Learn more and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com
 
Beat_of_the_Heart
Oct 29, 2022 11:00 PM
Join us for a special screening of The Beat of the Heart, a film featuring music therapist Brian Schreck. We will have a Q&A with Brian and the filmmaker on the evening of Monday, November 14, as part of the 2022 AMTA Symposium. Register for the Symposium at https://amta-u.thinkific.com
 
CMTE_D
Oct 27, 2022 04:00 PM
Join our panelists for Conversations on Systemic Change and Cultural Responsiveness: Exploration, Experiences and Education, for 5 CMTEs on November 15 at 10:00am Eastern time, part of the exciting lineup of courses at the 2022 AMTA Symposium! Learn more and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com
 
Oct 26, 2022 06:56 PM
RSVP for the AMTA November 1, 2022, Assembly Meeting & AMTA Business Meeting on November 3rd, 2022 Dear Music Therapy Community, The next AMTA Assembly Meeting is scheduled for November 1st, 2022, at 8–9:30pm ET / 7-8:30 pm CT / 6-7:30pm MT / 5 -6:30 pm PT. The deadline for the Assembly Meeting attendee registration is Sunday, October 30th by 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT/ 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT.
 
Oct 25, 2022 03:59 PM
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for: Research Networks to Promote Multidisciplinary Mechanistic Studies on Music-Based Interventions for Pain or Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (U24 Clinical Trial Optional). Please refer to FOA: RFA-AT-23-006 for more information. The application deadline for this opportunity is January 10, 2023.
 
CMTE_C
Oct 23, 2022 09:00 PM
Bronwen Landless, Rachel Quirbach, and Emme Hooks will lead three Conversations on Clinical Practice as part of the 2022 AMTA Symposium next month!
 
Trevor_New
Oct 23, 2022 09:00 PM
Interactive Digital Musicing on Thursday, November 15 at 8pm ET. Join Trevor New, a Brooklyn-based electro-acoustic viola musician on an interactive music journey combining music and visuals to create a soundscape that participants can move to and play with on Zoom.
 
BOD_October
Oct 21, 2022 10:52 PM
October 2022 Updates *Note: The link to the October 6 board meeting can be found in the Videos section. To register for the upcoming board meeting, use the link found in the October 25 Board Meeting section. * In order to better inform the music therapy community of events and topics important to music therapists, music therapy students, clients, and other stakeholders, we continue to work to expand how we provide information. We currently use a number of tools, including email blasts, social media posts, and videos. We invite you to visit the following sources for more information:
 
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Oct 20, 2022 09:00 PM
The AMTA Workforce Development and Retention Committee is pleased to make available our survey results from one of our assigned goals from the board of directors to collect information regarding the music therapy workforce and create a retention plan.
 
The next AMTA Board of Directors Meeting will take place on October 25th, 8:00-9:30 pm ET. As with the past few BOD and Assembly meetings, this meeting will be open and accessible to everyone in the music therapy community.
 
Symp_logo_4
Oct 18, 2022 02:00 PM
Reminder: The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural AMTA Symposium, which will be held online November 13-16, 2022. The preliminary program and registration portal is available at https://amta-u.thinkific.com/
 
Carol_Collins
Oct 15, 2022 08:43 PM
Carol Collins 1927 – 2022 It is with deep sadness that we share the death of Carol Collins, a beloved music therapy pioneer and educator. She was one of the first music therapy interns to train with Dr. Ira Altshuler during the late 1940’s at Eloise Hospital (later named Wayne County General Hospital and Infirmary) in Detroit, Michigan.
 
Orchestrating_Change
Oct 15, 2022 12:00 AM
2022 AMTA Symposium attendees will have access to a special interactive screening of Orchestrating Change, a film about the world’s only orchestra for people living with mental illness. A Q&A with the filmmakers and musicians featured in the film will follow.
 
CMTE_B
Oct 12, 2022 02:57 PM
Join Suzanne Sorel, DA, LCAT, MT-BC, at the 2022 AMTA Symposium for a 5-CMTE session on Becoming a Music-Centered Music Therapist! Learn more and register at https://amta-u.thinkific.com
 
Passages_highlight
Oct 10, 2022 01:00 PM
Attention music therapy students! AMTAS is sponsoring the virtual Student Passages session on November 13 from 10am-12:30pm EST.
 
CMTE_A
Oct 07, 2022 01:00 PM
Included in your 2022 AMTA Symposium registration is Understanding Ethics and Developing Moral/Practical Wisdom 101, applicable for 5 ethics CMTEs and LCAT credits!
 
Oct 06, 2022 03:00 PM
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is hosting a teaming activity on October 13, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. ET for the following funding opportunity announcement (FOA): REsearch Across Complementary and Integrative Health Institutions (REACH) Virtual Resource Centers (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - RFA-AT-23-007.
 
Keynote_highlight
Oct 05, 2022 11:21 PM
As part of the Opening Session for the 2022 AMTA Symposium on November 13, the Carol Bitcon Lecture features Dr. Juliana Mosley-Williams, who will be speaking on The Do-Re-Mi of Cultural Humility. All of the Symposium sessions are included in your registration. More information at https://amta-u.thinkific.com/​
 
Sep 29, 2022 02:50 PM
This is a reminder that the Board of Directors Meeting previously scheduled for September 27th will take place on October 6th, 9:00-10:30 pm ET. Please complete this updated Google form only if you did NOT already RSVP for the original meeting date (9/27/22).
 
Scholarship_Information
Sep 29, 2022 12:18 AM
Thanks to generous donations from Liquid Mind Musical Healthcare and The Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist, we have multiple scholarships available for students, interns, and new professionals to attend the 2022 AMTA Symposium.
 
Sep 26, 2022 01:32 PM
The AMTA Board Meeting scheduled for September 27, 2022 at 8:30 pm ET has been changed to October 06, 2022 at 9:00 pm ET.
 
Sep 19, 2022 11:21 PM
The next AMTA Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for September 27th, from 8:30 – 10:00pm ET / 7:30-9:00 pm CT / 6:30-8:00 pm MT / 5:30-7:00 pm PT.
 
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Sep 18, 2022 09:30 PM
A word from your Commission 2022 Fall Update Hi, all! The Commission has been integrating the ideas you shared with us
 
Sep 08, 2022 11:41 PM
Program Status Change: AMTA was informed in June of 2022 that Anna Marie College intended to close its music programs at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.
 
Sep 07, 2022 02:20 PM
A reminder of AMTA address, phone and email updates.
 
Sep 02, 2022 08:00 PM
It has been several months since AMTA made the difficult but necessary decision to pare down operations as we worked toward restructuring the association. Since the initial decision, the Board, staff, and other community members have worked and continue to work to address the immediate operational needs of the association.
 
Aug 22, 2022 02:11 PM
New in our AMTA-Pro Podcast series is a feature on music therapist Marcia Humpal. Listen as Marcia talks about her early days as a music student, then a music educator, and, later in life, as a music therapist. And she is continuing that career now as an adjunct MT professor.
 
Aug 18, 2022 06:09 PM
Mid-Year Board Meeting: The annual AMTA midyear board meeting will be held on August 23, 2022, from 8:15 to 9:45 pm ET / 7:15-8:45 CT / 6:15-7:45 MT / 5:15-6:45 PT. You are invited to attend the board meeting on our virtual platform. If you are interested in attending, please complete the RSVP form. We ask that you complete the form by Monday, August 22, at 8:15pm ET / 7:15 CT / 6:15pm MT / 5:15pm PT so that we can send you the meeting information.
 
Aug 09, 2022 12:00 PM
Sound Health Network and the American Music Therapy Association Team up to Create an Infographic Illustrating how Music Therapy can Benefit Mental Health Stories abound about how music has healing properties, and how many people turned to music in the darkest hours of the pandemic. But what is the evidence that music can impact our mental health?
 
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Aug 08, 2022 12:00 PM
Mark your calendars for the inaugural AMTA Symposium November 13-16, 2022. All sessions held virtually. Up to 35 CMTE credits available. Opportunities for networking and collaborative music. Full program, affordable rates and registration coming soon!
 
Jul 28, 2022 12:00 PM
UPCOMING ONLINE NICU-MT TRAINING: SEPTEMBER 16/17 The National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy at the Florida State University will be offering the second International Online NICU-MT Training on September 16/17, 2022.
 
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Your AMTA COVID-19 Taskforce continues to work and serve as a resource to support you with any issues arising in practice, education and delivery strategies. We hope that the content created throughout the pandemic will continue to provide aid to you as issues related to COVID-19 continue to emerge.​
 
Jul 16, 2022 12:41 AM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for Associate Editor Position at the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.
 
Jun 16, 2022 09:09 PM
Adonia Calhoun Coates' last day with AMTA will be tomorrow, June 17, 2022. We thank Adonia for her contributions to AMTA, and we wish her well in all her future endeavors. Adonia would like to extend her best wishes to the entire AMTA Community and staff. Please feel free to reach out with questions.
 
Jun 15, 2022 07:56 PM
AMTA’s core functions of academic program and national roster internship approvals, publication of our journals, and resource publishing are currently operating as usual. This means that book orders are currently being filled for summer and fall terms. Please reach out via the Contact Us link above if you have any questions.
 
May 13, 2022 08:43 PM
AMTA urgently needs your immediate financial support. Please consider supporting now to ensure that vital programs, staff, and services in the coming weeks can continue.
 
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May 11, 2022 02:29 PM
American Music Therapy Association Annual Conference Registration is slated to open in June. We want your feedback. Please respond to our brief survey regarding the 2022 Annual Conference and 2023 Conference location planning.
 
Apr 20, 2022 07:51 PM
The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University seeks candidates for a new program manager position for their growing Arts in Health clinical and community programs! They are looking for someone with experience working and managing artists in clinical and/or community health contexts to help build relationships and programs to advance Peabody’s expanding Performing Arts & Health initiatives.
 
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Apr 15, 2022 01:09 PM
The American Music Therapy Association invites you to to submit your proposal for sessions at our 2022 Annual Conference where we will explore the theme of collaboration with educational sessions, excellent educational content presented by leaders in the profession, and more. Proposal submission deadline: April 25, 2022.
 
Apr 07, 2022 03:27 PM
Check here for a sneak preview of rates and discount opportunities for the 2022 AMTA Annual Conference.​
 
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Mar 25, 2022 01:10 PM
We invite you to join us to review presentation proposals for the AMTA 2022 Annual Conference. Each conference presentation proposal goes through an anonymous review process. Reviewers include clinicians, educators, and researchers from all regions of AMTA with a variety of expertise including specializations in research and in diversity, equity and inclusion. Please respond before March 31, 2022.​
 
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Mar 15, 2022 04:31 PM
Reminder - The last day to access the 2021 conference platform and its sessions will be April 15, 2022. If you have questions about how to get back on the platform please e-mail conference@musictherapy.org. Make sure you print out your certificates for sessions before the deadline!
 
Mar 11, 2022 10:10 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) stands in strong opposition to harmful legislative efforts in multiple states including Florida's Parental Rights in Education “Don't Say Gay" bill.
 
Feb 25, 2022 11:05 PM
On February 22, 2022, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott issued a directive to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to begin investigating gender affirming healthcare procedures as “child abuse.” AMTA adamantly opposes the Governor’s directive.
 
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Dec 15, 2021 06:12 PM
The AMTA office will close for a winter break December 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm and reopen January 3. 2022. We hope you have a wonderful end of the year we look forward to what 2022 will bring for music therapy!
 
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Dec 13, 2021 01:45 PM
Looking for CMTE credits to round out your continuing education requirements? AMTA has made a dozen, highly-requested add-on courses from the 2021 conference available for purchase as e-courses. You can purchase them separately, with no need to register for the conference.
 
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Nov 30, 2021 02:50 PM
AMTA is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday to kick off the annual season of giving! A donation to AMTA supports music therapists, faculty, and students across the country. Even though Giving Tuesday is over, you can show support. Donate today and share this post for all to support music therapy!​
 
AMTA Officer Election 2021
Oct 17, 2021 09:30 AM
Please take a moment to learn more about the candidates who are running for President Elect and Vice President Elect. Ballots will be emailed to all voting eligible members on Monday, October 18, 2021. The election will be open for 10 days.
 
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The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm (EDT). RSVP if you would like to attend by noon, October 5, 2021, Eastern Time.
 
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Sep 14, 2021 02:03 PM
Please take a moment to learn more about the candidates who are running for President Elect and Vice President Elect.
 
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Sep 09, 2021 03:31 PM
AMTA invites applicants for one open position as Associate Editor – Communications to support the dissemination of research in the "Journal of Music Therapy.".
 
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AMTA expects that members and 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 regardless of whether they are at a conference, in an online community, in the workplace, etc.
 
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Sep 02, 2021 04:00 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2022 Clinician-Based Grant (CBG). The CBG program supports applied research grants in music therapy with funding up to $5,000.
 
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Aug 27, 2021 07:48 PM
Please participate in the 2021 Strategic Planning Survey.
 
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Aug 12, 2021 09:23 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2022 Clinician-Based Grant (CBG). The CBG program supports applied research grants in music therapy with funding up to $5,000.
 
AMTA Officer Election 2021
Aug 11, 2021 04:26 PM
Please take a moment to learn more about the candidates who are running for President Elect and Vice President Elect.
 
Survey
Help us advocate for the music therapy profession! One of the most important things you can do this year as a music therapist or a member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. We ask all members and music therapists working in the music therapy profession to participate in this survey, which helps us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 
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Aug 03, 2021 04:11 PM
Reminder: AMTA Membership Recognition Award Nominations are due by this Friday, 8/6/21, 5:00 PM Eastern Time to wawrzusin@musictherapy.org. Click for submission information.
 
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AMTA is looking for volunteers to review our virtual conference platform alongside the professional company employed to address accessibility. If you are interested in supporting optimal participation for all attendees, please fill out this form.
 
AMTA Officer Election 2021
Jul 15, 2021 06:00 PM
Please take a moment to learn more about the candidates who are running for President Elect and Vice President Elect.
 
Jul 06, 2021 04:00 PM
Music Therapy Perspectives and the Journal of Music Therapy invite applicants for a new Assistant Editor position (one position for each journal).
 
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Attention AMTA Professional and Student Members--the 2021 Scholarship season is still active! The application deadlines have been extended for five active scholarships! Don't miss this last opportunity for cash awards to support your CMTE and/or conference attendance goals! (Kyllo award, Tyson award, All 3 Conference Scholars awards.)
 
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Registration is now open for the AMTA 2021 Annual Conference. For the first week of online registration only, you may use the discount code 1st-AMTA21 in the "apply discount" box when you check out to get an additional $40 off your conference registration! Check out the conference page for additional details.
 
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The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Online Conference 2021. 
 
AMTA Officer Election 2021
Jun 18, 2021 01:26 PM
AMTA Officer Candidates for the 2021 election. Stay tuned each month for greater depth into their passions and purposes for running for office.
 
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Jun 15, 2021 06:19 PM
2021 Conference Code of Conduct, Anti-Harassment, Refund, and other policies pertaining to the 2021 AMTA Annual Conference.
 
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Join us for the next Community Conversations on June 29 at 7 pm! This forum is open to all and will focus on music therapy student and professional well-being. Registration in advance required.
 
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Jun 03, 2021 07:44 PM
The AMTA Board of Directors’ Mid-Year Meeting will be held on June 15, 2021 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET in a virtual format. AMTA Members interested in attending the meeting as a guest should RSVP on or before Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
 
AMTA Member Recognition Awards Deadline
Nominations are being sought to recognize deserving members for their professional work and AMTA service. Member Recognition Awards honor music therapists who have made significant contributions to AMTA through education, service, clinical practice, and/or research that support the development and growth of the profession. Usually due in September, this year’s deadline has been adjusted to Friday, August 6, 2021 to accommodate the earlier October annual conference dates.
 
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Jun 01, 2021 06:25 PM
The AMTA Annual Conference has never been more convenient or affordable. Check here for rates and discount opportunities.
 
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The AMTA Annual Conference #AMTA21 will be fully virtual in 2021. Dates are October 14-17, 2021. See frequently asked questions here.
 
Apr 06, 2021 03:28 PM
Funding opportunities for research in music and music therapy.
 
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Mar 21, 2021 01:09 PM
This video from the AMTA COVID-19 Task Force, “Ongoing Grief and the Pandemic: Honoring a Year" is a brief presentation by Heather Wagner, PhD, MT-BC, Lauren DiMaio, PhD, MT-BC, and Molly Hicks, MMT, MT-BC, and includes discussion of ongoing grief and a ritual to help music therapists pause and acknowledge COVID-19 losses.
 
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Mar 10, 2021 06:14 PM
By popular demand, AMTA is hosting a second Community Conversations with the COVID-19 Task Force on March 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm (ET). Register to attend this helpful rebroadcast now!
 

Feb 26, 2021 02:00 PM
The Journal of Music Therapy seeks applicants for Associate Editor. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for one open position as Associate Editor for research manuscript reviews.​
 
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AMTA has an opening for the recently vacated AMTA Board of Directors Historian position. We invite AMTA members to respond to the Call for Volunteers.
 
The Workforce Development and Retention Committee invites former/current music therapists to participate in a survey of the music therapy workforce to determine the potential of a retention plan and what that plan might look like.
 
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Proposals are now being accepted for concurrent sessions, MTex presentations, special events, and add-on courses for the 2021 conference.
 
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Registration for the 2020 Annual Conference has re-opened! Individuals who did not have a chance to participate during the Nov. 2020 conference weekend may purchase the recorded conference sessions in the AMTA online store through May 1, 2021. 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.
 
Feb 01, 2021 04:47 PM
Join the AMTA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in conversation to enhance justice and equity initiatives. This Zoom Town Hall meeting will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8 pm (EST). Come share your thoughts and visions about enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our profession. Non-members welcome. Click more for the DEI Meeting Interest Google Form and for Zoom meeting information. For more information, contact: amtadeicommittee@gmail.com
 
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Feb 01, 2021 03:41 PM
Are you interested in reviewing presentation proposals for the AMTA 2021 national conference?
 
Please note that the AMTA office will be closed on Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on Wednesday, January 20 for Inauguration Day.
 
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Jan 13, 2021 06:36 PM
The National Endowment for the Arts and the University of California, San Francisco, launches the Sound Health Network (SHN), a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Renée Fleming, the center’s artistic advisor. The SHN will promote research and public awareness about the impact of music on health and wellness. This online event will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
 
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Jan 08, 2021 02:16 PM
As we, the music therapy community, continue to experience events that impact us and those we serve, supporting ourselves and each other is of great concern. Music Therapy is a powerful tool to promote the healing process. For a resource to support individual self-care or your professional work with others, visit the AMTA website to read our Cultivating Deliberate Resilience resource as part of our COVID-19 Resources page.
 
The AMTA office will be closed December 23, 2020 - January 3, 2021 to reopen Monday, January 4. Thank you to everyone who made 2020 a memorable year! We look forward to seeing the AMTA community in 2021!​
 
Call for Statements of Interest to Serve on the 2021 Integrative Review of Policies and Procedures Assembly Work Group. 9 Members Needed. Statement of Interest Due: Friday, December 18, 2020
 

Dec 04, 2020 01:22 PM
The American Music Therapy Association invites applicants for one open position as Associate Editor for manuscript reviews for "Music Therapy Perspectives." The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm Eastern, December 22, 2020.
 
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Here are this week's Education and Clinical Training updates!
 
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Here are this week's Education and Clinical Training updates!
 
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Oct 29, 2020 12:29 PM
The AMTA Ethics Board values multiple perspectives and welcomes participation from music therapists who are Professional members of the Association. We are seeking to diversify our membership and we strongly encourage members of marginalized communities and/or affinity groups to consider submitting your name.
 
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The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2020 Annual Meeting will be held virtually Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm (EDT) and Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 8:00 am-10:00 pm (EDT). Members interested in attending as a guest, please RSVP to Dianne Wawrzusin, Wawrzusin@musictherapy.org, on or before Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
 
Oct 09, 2020 02:15 PM
The AMTA national conference team would like to encourage affinity group meetings during conference week.
 

Oct 02, 2020 12:36 PM
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term. Nominations are due by Monday, December 10, 2020.
 
Sep 14, 2020 07:35 PM
During National Arts in Education Week, members of the arts education community from across the country are encouraged to participate in activities that raise awareness about the importance of arts education with elected officials.
 
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See the first few songs submitted as part of the American Music Therapy Association COVID-19 Songwriting Contest in conjunction with the AMTA 2020 National Conference. Check back often for new song submissions and winners to be announced at the conclusion of the contest!
 
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Aug 24, 2020 06:53 PM
Attention music therapy professionals, students, and interns: Here’s an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and help the wider world cope with the COVID-19 pandemic by submitting your original song to AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest.
 
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Aug 07, 2020 05:28 PM
The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Online Conference 2020.  The session showcases international music therapy projects, scholarly work, and service opportunities from around the world.  Submit your proposal by the deadline, August, 15, 2020.
 
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Aug 07, 2020 01:14 PM
Music therapists are doing outstanding work to serve clients all around the county. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of these prestigious awards. AMTA Membership Recognition Award nominations are due by Friday, September 4, 2020 by 5 PM Eastern time.
 
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Aug 03, 2020 05:00 PM
A draft schedule is now available to view for the AMTA 2020 Virtual Conference. To view, go to the conference page and click the link in the Table of Contents that says, "Conference Schedule (draft)." Updates will be added so keep checking back for new information as it is added!!
 
Submit your survey responses by Friday, August 7th at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
 
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Jul 23, 2020 04:21 PM
The AMTA nominating committee is currently seeking passionate leaders in music therapy who are interested in serving our national organization as an officer on the Board of Directors.
 
Survey
Help us advocate for the music therapy profession! One of the most important things you can do this year as a music therapist or a member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. We ask all members and music therapists working in the music therapy profession to participate in this survey, which helps us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 
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Jun 29, 2020 12:26 PM
AMTA offers the following considerations to assist music therapists in making decisions as locations across the country transition to more open conditions. Please keep in mind that it is important to take into consideration state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations when addressing the unique circumstances and needs of your local community.
 
Jun 24, 2020 01:55 PM
The extended deadline for 2020 Arthur Flagler Fultz Award submissions is July 6, 2020.
 
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Registration is now open!
 
Jun 12, 2020 12:12 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly shifted access to and delivery of clinical music therapy services. Due to this, the government relations teams from AMTA and CBMT created a survey to better understand music therapists’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided will be utilized to help inform advocacy efforts related to professional practice and state recognition. All MT-BCs received an email invitation to participate. Please consider adding your voice to this survey.
 
COVID-19 has upended so much, and presented so many challenges, but AMTA remains committed to continuing to provide scholarship opportunities for our members. Don't miss the chance to apply for one of the 5 scholarships still available this year! Scholarship awards range from free national conference attendance, to cash for CMTEs and institutes, to full payment for special trainings. All remaining scholarship application deadlines are either July 20th or July 27th--you have time to apply!
 
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The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2020 Mid-Year Meeting will be held on June 12-14, 2020 in a virtual format.
 
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The Executive Director search committee, currently comprised of three board members, has four additional seats to be filled. These individuals will be selected from a diverse slate of AMTA members representing as many minoritized sectors, different regions, education levels, career stages, and practice areas as possible – i.e. clinicians, faculty and business owners. Strong preference will be given to those who can demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
 
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Call for Research Poster Session Submissions for the AMTA National (Virtual) Conference, November 2020. Individuals are encouraged to submit works in progress and/or completed works for a Research Poster Session. Diverse methodologies are encouraged. Submission deadline is June 10, 2020 by 5 pm CST.​
 
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Apr 28, 2020 11:24 AM
Reminder: Proposals to present at the 2020 Annual AMTA Conference are now being accepted online! Deadline for all submissions has been extended to April 28, 2020.
 
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Mar 31, 2020 12:04 PM
For the past several years, AMTA has offered the option to pay Professional membership in installments for those who prefer to space out payments. Normally, this is only available online from January 1–March 31, but in light of recent events related to Coronavirus and COVID-19, we have extended this deadline to April 30 for the 2020 calendar year.
 
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Mar 27, 2020 05:47 PM
AMTA is interested in obtaining feedback related to the topics of safe spaces, DEI, transparent communication, and the Executive Director search. We encourage all members -- as well as non-members -- who are interested in providing feedback to complete the surveys and participate.
 
Mar 27, 2020 11:56 AM
COVID-19 has presented challenges for us all as we work together to remain as productive as possible. AMTA will continue to monitor services and adjust where possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications and the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award have been extended.
 
Mar 24, 2020 05:21 PM
In light of the recent mandate from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan that non-essential business be closed to minimize spread of COVID-19, the AMTA National Office staff will be teleworking as much as possible and orders to the national office will be paused. Read on for more information and updates regarding contacting the national office.
 
Mar 16, 2020 12:25 PM
AMTA continues to follow the development of COVID-19 regarding its spread across the nation as well as updated authoritative information and research pertaining to the virus. As music therapists consider whether to see clients at this time, it is imperative to act responsibly and in accordance with our obligation to ensure the safety of clients/patients and you. First and foremost, consult your facility’s infection control specialists and adhere to ALL facility protocols.
 
Mar 13, 2020 09:18 PM
In light of the recent mandate from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan that all Maryland schools are to be closed for the next two weeks to minimize spread of COVID-19, the AMTA National Office staff will be teleworking as much as possible. Read on for more information and updates regarding contacting the national office.
 
The 2020 Fultz Application and Guidelines are now posted in the Research section of the AMTA website. The purpose of the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund is to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and/or to conduct research on new and innovative music therapy treatments. https://www.musictherapy.org/research/fultz/ ​​
 
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Feb 26, 2020 08:20 PM
The AMTA Board of Directors has retained the services of association executive search firm, Purposeful Hire, Inc. to conduct the search for AMTA’s next Executive Director.
 
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Feb 11, 2020 05:13 PM
Proposals to present a concurrent session, an add-on intensive course for additional CMTE credits, or an MTex presentation at the 2020 Annual AMTA Conference are now being accepted online! Firm deadline for all submissions: April 17, 2020.
 
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Support music therapy and gain visibility for your organization! Learn about sponsoring the AMTA annual conference and make your plans to become a Conference Sponsor now.
 
The AMTA office will close at 12:00 pm on December 19, 2019 for winter break. The office will reopen on January 2, 2020. Please note that all orders placed via email and the online store during winter break will be processed after the office reopens on January 2. Happy holidays one and all and we'll see you in the new year!
 
Dec 13, 2019 03:21 PM
AMTA stands against human trafficking, supports those who have been victims of human trafficking, and supports music therapists and other professionals offering a way out, and support, for human trafficking victims across the United States.
 
On behalf of the AMTA Board of Directors, we are united in our dedication to our members, our staff, and the clients we serve. In the coming days, we will have more information for you as we begin to articulate a new plan to move forward, building on all that we have learned in the past year. Please know that we appreciate your dedication to the mission of AMTA and we welcome your feedback and thoughts.​
 
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Giving Tuesday 2019 is coming this December 3 and here are 3 ways to support music therapy this Giving Tuesday.
 
Oct 09, 2019 04:00 PM
AMTA is pleased to announce the 2019 Arthur Flagler Fultz Award recipient: Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC; for her project titled - “Community-Based Implementation of the Resilience Songwriting Program for Adolescent Bereavement - A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study.”
 

Oct 08, 2019 04:41 PM
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term.Nominations are due by Friday, December 6, 2019.
 
Sep 08, 2019 01:57 PM
Join AMTA as we celebrate National Arts in Education Week: September 8-14!
 
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Aug 21, 2019 05:02 PM
Help us advocate for the music therapy profession! One of the most important things you can do this year as a music therapist or a member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. We ask all members and music therapists working in the music therapy profession to participate in this survey, which helps us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 

Aug 07, 2019 03:46 PM
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy for the 2020–2025 term.
 
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Jun 14, 2019 01:42 PM
Online registration for the 2019 AMTA Annual Conference is open and there are many ways to register. Click the "Attend a Conference" button for more information. Make your plans now to attend "Innovate! Integrate! Motivate!"
 
May 31, 2019 05:48 PM
This spring season is a wet and windy one in many areas of the country. It's a good time to update your inventory of professional supplies and home contents. Check on your insurance coverage in the event of damage/loss and secure important documents/information.
 
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May 28, 2019 04:00 PM
The American Music Therapy Association seeks an engaging and transformational Executive Director to lead this 3,500+ member association that is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards and advocacy, and research in support of the music therapy profession.
 
Apr 26, 2019 03:03 PM
Applications for this year's Research Fund Award must be submitted electronically to fultz@musictherapy.org and received by May 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m., EST. The application form is available here: http://www.musictherapy.org/research/fultz/​
 
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Apr 05, 2019 04:38 PM
The countdown to the Conference Proposal Submission Deadline is on! Just one week left to submit your proposals for the AMTA Annual Conference by April 12, midnight, Eastern Time.
 
Mar 04, 2019 08:15 PM
Congratulations to 2018 Clinician-Based Grant recipient Erin Fox, MA, MT-BC, for her proposal “Music Therapy Assessment of Imminently Dying Hospice Patients: A Grounded Theory Analysis of Clinical Practice.”​
 
Mar 04, 2019 01:15 PM
Call for Research Poster Session Submissions for the 2019 AMTA Annual Conference. 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.
 
Feb 22, 2019 06:39 PM
The 2019 Fultz Application and Guidelines are now posted in the Research section of the AMTA website. The purpose of the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund is to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and/or to conduct research on new and innovative music therapy treatments.
 
Call for proposals for the 2019 AMTA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Proposals for concurrent sessions, MTex talks, and additional continuing education courses are now being accepted online for the AMTA 2019 National Conference: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate.
 
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Jan 11, 2019 04:34 PM
Since 2005, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) have collaborated on the State Recognition Operational Plan. The purpose of this plan is to get music therapy and the MT-BC credential recognized by individual states so clients can more easily access music therapy services. Achieving state recognition is only possible through ADVOCACY.​
 

Jan 09, 2019 02:13 PM
The Journal of Music Therapy is currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to its Editorial Board. Editorial board members read and evaluate submitted manuscripts and serve in an advisory capacity to the Editor-in-Chief.
 
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Did you know you can lend your financial support to AMTA's mission without spending one extra penny? When you shop online at Amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices, same service. Support AMTA this year by starting your shopping with a click... at smile.amazon.com. Just click the link here or on the bottom left of the AMTA homepage.
 
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Dec 13, 2018 03:14 PM
Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of AMTA and continue to grow its future. Please remember AMTA in your year-end charitable giving plans and support 68 years of music therapy and beyond. The American Music Therapy Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and accepts contributions which support its mission. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
 
The AMTA office will close at 4:00 pm on December 18, 2018 for its winter break. The office will reopen on January 2, 2019. Please note that even if you order through the online store during this time period, orders will not be processed until the office reopens on January 2. Happy holidays one and all and we'll see you in the new year!
 
Oct 29, 2018 10:59 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is disturbed by the increasing number of violent acts that unfortunately have become a frequent occurrence in our nation.
 
Oct 22, 2018 05:39 PM
Currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term.
 
Oct 17, 2018 04:02 PM
In response to the findings and recommendations of the Master Level Entry Subcommittee, the AMTA Board of Directors is taking action to create a Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists. Nominations to elect six AMTA members to the Commission need to be submitted to an Assembly Delegate no later than Nov. 2, 2018.
 
Oct 17, 2018 03:55 PM
Ten-minute survey administered by the AMTA ASD Task Force seeking to learn how you and your clients are receiving funding for services.
 
Oct 15, 2018 07:56 PM
The Music Modernization Act was signed into law on October 11, 2018. The Music Modernization Act (MMA), aims to ensure meaningful protections for songwriters, artists, record labels, and many others in the music industry.
 
Oct 05, 2018 03:22 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 Clinician-Based Grant (CBG). The CBG program supports applied research grants in music therapy with funding up to $5,000.
 
Sep 20, 2018 04:50 PM
To reserve a space for your internship site in the Internship Fair, send your name, address, and name of internship site to Jennifer McAfee at JPeter@musictherapy.org. Information must be received by Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
 
Sep 13, 2018 04:10 PM
The American Music Therapy Association invites applicants for two open positions as Associate Editor for manuscript reviews.
 
Sep 10, 2018 09:50 PM
Enacted by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates September 9th – 15th as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, members of the arts education community from across the country are encouraged to participate in activities that raise awareness about the importance of arts education with elected officials.
 
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Sep 05, 2018 04:21 PM
"Learning and Bonding to the Beat: Optimizing Your Child’s Development" with Dr. Laurel Trainor and Special Guests (part of Sound Health: Music and the Mind). Elizabeth Schwartz, Judy Simpson, Jane Creagan, Rebecca Preddie, Dr. Joanne Loewy, Dr. Ed Roth, Dr. Charles Limb, Dr. Nina Kraus will participate in sessions with information about music therapy. AMTA has collaborated with our spokesperson, Reneé Fleming in preparation for the panel discussion on music education.
 
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Jul 16, 2018 03:20 PM
One of the most important things you do each year as a music therapist and member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. Please go to the following url no later than August 30, 2018 and enter your survey responses at a time that is most convenient for you. Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession to report back to the music therapy community.
 
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Jun 26, 2018 04:09 PM
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. The slate will be presented at the AMTA Business meeting in November 2018 and the election will be held in late 2019.
 
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Jun 20, 2018 07:34 PM
Online registration for the 2018 AMTA Annual Conference is open and there are many ways to register. Click the "Attend a Conference" button for more information. Make your plans now to attend "Music Therapy for a Growing World."
 
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Jun 12, 2018 06:06 PM
AMTA launches the search for its next Executive Director. The Position Profile was created based on feedback from the Stakeholder Survey, and interviews with the Board and staff. Board of Directors has hired Raffa, a national firm that leads nonprofit executive searches, to conduct the search. Continue reading to learn more about the position and how to apply.
 
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Jun 11, 2018 01:54 PM
Attention AMTA members! Have you missed previous Pop-Up Sales? Take advantage of this month's AMTA Sensational, Summer Blow Out... Pop-Up sale!!!
 
Jun 08, 2018 02:15 PM
Raffa, the search firm hired by AMTA to facilitate the new executive search, has compiled information from the Stakeholder Survey distributed in May.
 
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Jun 06, 2018 04:01 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), in response to the impressive growth and expansion of the "Journal of Music Therapy" (JMT), is pleased to announce a change in the journal’s editorial structure and duties. The journal seeks applicants for open positions to join an expanded editorial team.
 
May 30, 2018 01:59 PM
On behalf of the Stakeholder Committee, thank you to everyone who participated in the "AMTA Survey to Support Executive Director Transition." We were glad to hear from you!
 
May 16, 2018 02:06 PM
While many music therapists and students have already completed the “AMTA Stakeholder Survey of Executive Director Attributes” there is still time for anyone who has not yet done so.
 
May 07, 2018 01:48 PM
Engage in the next phase of the search for the next Executive Director of AMTA. We want to hear from you!
 
Apr 13, 2018 05:59 PM
April 16th - 20th is Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week! Representative Dave Loebsack (IA-02) introduced House Resolution 823, which declares the week of April 16th, 2018 through April 20, 2018, as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week. Join us next week on AMTA social media as we share information about #SISPinSchools
 
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Less than 1 week left to submit your proposals for #AMTA18 - the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for all submissions April 9, 2018.
 
Mar 01, 2018 07:51 PM
The 2018 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association "Music Therapy for a Growing World", will be held November 15—18, 2018 (Opening session begins November 15, CMTE courses and special trainings may begin earlier) at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas. Proposals for concurrent session and additional courses and special trainings are now being accepted. FIRM DEADLINE FOR ALL PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS - April 9, 2018!
 
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Feb 16, 2018 02:37 PM
Celebrate with AMTA, The World Federation for Music Therapy, and many other music therapy associations around the globe and support World Music Therapy Day. Join the virtual celebration Thursday March 1, 2018. #worldmusictherapyday.
 
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Feb 09, 2018 04:07 PM
AMTA members: take 20% off any book in the AMTA bookstore in this Pre-Summer Pop-up Sale! Now through February 28, 2018.
 
Jan 31, 2018 08:06 PM
Due to the generosity of Tom and Lucy Ott, and years of success, the 2018 Arthur Flagler Fultz Award will increase to $20,000.
 

Dec 20, 2017 02:53 PM
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy.
 

Dec 12, 2017 03:00 PM
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term.
 
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Dec 07, 2017 06:47 PM
AMTA 2018-2019 Term Officer Election voting is ongoing and ends December 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All AMTA members who are eligible to vote should check the email account that is marked as “primary” on your AMTA membership for instructions and a link to the online ballot. Be sure to check spam/junk folders and whitelist amta-voting@balloteer.com.
 
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Dec 05, 2017 04:44 PM
The AMTA office will close at 12:00 pm on December 20, 2017 for the winter holidays. The office will reopen on January 2, 2018. Happy holidays!
 
Nov 28, 2017 03:55 PM
Remember that you can support the music therapy profession when you donate to the American Music Therapy Association. AMTA has several funds you can choose from to support the programs you value most. Support music therapy this Giving Tuesday and with your year-end charitable giving plans.
 
Oct 18, 2017 04:19 PM
Artists Speak Out about the Importance of the Arts
 
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Jul 06, 2017 03:44 PM
One of the most important things you do each year as a music therapist and member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. Please go to the following url no later than September 1, 2017 and enter your survey responses at a time that is most convenient for you. Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 
AMTA worked with three national coalitions - including sixty (60) national rehabilitation and disability organizations - to host a Congressional briefing on the value of rehabilitation and habilitation services and devices. As Congress considers health care reform, it is critical that people with injuries, illnesses, and disabilities have continued access to rehabilitative and habilitative care.
 
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Jun 05, 2017 12:33 PM
Online registration for the 2017 AMTA Annual Conference is open and there are many ways to register. Click the "Attend a Conference" button for more information. Make your plans now to attend "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy."
 
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May 25, 2017 09:54 PM
A star-studded cast will perform for the PBS live broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert. During the performance segment, featuring acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, a special moment will be dedicated to the importance of music therapy services for veterans.
 
May 22, 2017 12:07 PM
AMTA members: take 50% off any book in the AMTA bookstore in this Pre-Summer Pop-up Sale! Now through May 26th, 2017.
 
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May 04, 2017 07:13 PM
“Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience & Quality of Life,” will feature poignant stories and cutting-edge research focusing on three areas of Music Therapy practice as part of the Kennedy Center-NIH partnership, “Music and the Mind.” Join the AMTA Board of Directors for this historic event.
 
May 04, 2017 06:38 PM
The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2017 Mid-Year meeting will be held May 31, 2017 through June 2; and June 4 through 5, 2017 at the Maritime Institute & Conference Center next to the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport.
 
Apr 28, 2017 06:16 PM
As a reminder, AMTA is receiving applications for the positions of Editor-in-Chief for its two journals, JMT and MTP. The application period will extend through Friday, May 26 5:00pm ET to allow interested parties at academic institutions extra time around the busy end of semester. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Co-Chairs of the Editor-in-Chief Selection Committee, Drs. Mary Adamek (mary-adamek@uiowa.edu) and Michele Forinash (forinasm@lesley.edu), with questions.
 
Apr 27, 2017 07:19 PM
Today, Members of the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act. The bill now goes to the United States Senate for consideration.
 
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Apr 27, 2017 06:10 PM
Join us for a major national event made possible by a partnership between the Kennedy Center, Renée Fleming and the National Institutes of Health, "Sound Health: Music and the Mind." Weekend events with the National Symphony Orchestra, renowned speakers Daniel Levitin, Charles Limb, Sheri Robb, Francis Collins, Ani Patel, Ben Folds, Edwin Outwater, Renée Fleming, and more! This event will likely sell out fast, so don't delay your ticket purchase.
 
Apr 25, 2017 02:21 PM
Representative Dave Loebsack (IA-02) introduced House Resolution 265, which declares the week of April 24, 2017 through April 28, 2017, as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Awareness Week.
 
Apr 07, 2017 01:31 PM
This is the final weekend to submit your concurrent session proposal for the 2017 AMTA Conference, "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy" in St. Louis – November 15–19 – concurrent sessions November 17–19! The submission deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017. Click on "Attend a Conference" to find the online submission form. Share your music therapy knowledge, expertise, exciting topics, and trends with the music therapy community. We look forward to your presentation!
 
Apr 05, 2017 07:07 PM
Calling on all music therapists: share your knowledge and expertise along with exciting topics and trends! Submit your concurrent session proposal NOW for the 2017 AMTA Conference, "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy" in St. Louis, MO, November 15-19. The Deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017 – Only 5 days left! Click the "Attend a Conference" button for details.
 
Apr 05, 2017 06:39 PM
Be on the lookout for an editorial by Dr. Daniel Levitin, noted neuroscientist & New York Times best-selling author, scheduled to be published in the Daily Beast. Dr. Levitin will respond to anti-regulation arguments regarding licensure of music therapists & others. He will also emphasize & champion the scientific basis & clinical importance of music therapy while differentiating from unrelated industries that do not serve vulnerable & at-risk populations.
 
Mar 31, 2017 02:00 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for two positions as Editors-in-Chief for AMTA’s journals, the Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) and Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP). Submissions are invited immediately and must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Friday, May 26, 2017, 5:00 pm Eastern time.
 
Mar 23, 2017 06:22 PM
The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in an 8-0 unanimous decision, to expand the scope of rights for students with disabilities.
 
Mar 20, 2017 09:34 PM
On March 16, 2017, President Trump released his FY 2018 budget blueprint. The President’s budget proposes cuts to many programs and the elimination of entire agencies. Please note that the President's budget request is a first step in a very long budget process.
 
Feb 17, 2017 05:57 PM
Inclusion of Music Therapy in Proposed Pain Management Standards—Feedback Needed! Opportunity to Participate in a Joint Commission Standards Field Review
 
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Feb 13, 2017 02:28 PM
Let AMTA show its LOVE and APPRECIATION this Valentine's Day with a 30% discount on the already-reduced member price for all merchandise in the AMTA Online Store in our week-long, “Member Appreciation POP-UP Sale!!!!”
 
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Feb 06, 2017 05:13 PM
Proposal submissions for the 2017 AMTA annual conference are now being accepted. Mark your calendars for the AMTA 2017 Conference, "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy." The Opening Session begins November 16 at 7:00 pm.
 
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Jan 30, 2017 03:23 PM
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, Deborah Rutter, Director of the Kennedy Center, and renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, serving as an artistic ambassador for the Kennedy Center, sponsored an historic research workshop, “Music and the Brain: Research Across the Lifespan,” on January 26-27, 2017.
 
Dec 13, 2016 06:45 PM
Congressional briefing titled: NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation – Moving the Field Forward, held on Capitol Hill on December 8th
 
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Dec 12, 2016 07:09 PM
The AMTA office will close at 1:00 pm on December 19, 2016 for the winter holidays. The office will reopen on January 3, 2017. Happy holidays!
 
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Dec 02, 2016 02:48 PM
During this season, we all support causes that are important to us. Please join AMTA for the 2017 calendar year and/or make a tax deductible donation if you are able. Your support makes our mission - increasing awareness of music therapy's benefits and ensuring that those who need music therapy get quality services - possible! Click to go to the online store & purchase membership or make a donation today! Just choose your category under "Shop for" and select the member type or fund you desire.
 
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Nov 28, 2016 03:42 PM
This Giving Tuesday, remember to support the causes that are important to you! Join AMTA for the 2017 Calendar year and/or make a tax deductible donation if you are able. Your support helps our mission, "to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world," possible! Click to purchase membership in the online store. Under "Shop for," select "Donation/Fund" to make a contribution to the program you support.​
 
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Nov 07, 2016 05:17 PM
You won't want to miss the biggest music therapy event of the year! The AMTA Annual Conference. The opening session begins Thursday, November 10th and you can still register on-site! Read on for details.​
 
Sep 20, 2016 06:54 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2016-2017 Clinician-Based Grant (CBG). The CBG program supports applied research grants in music therapy with funding up to $5,000.
 

Sep 20, 2016 03:11 PM
Nominations are due by October 14, 2016 and should be sent electronically to Sheri L. Robb, Editor of the "Journal of Music Therapy"
 
Aug 17, 2016 09:15 PM
Recent site visits to grantees reveal significant progress in expanding music therapy services to individuals in the Puget Sound region of Washington. The Wilson Trust Music Therapy project is a program of the American Music Therapy Association.
 
Aug 16, 2016 06:00 PM
Congratulations to Dr. Joke Bradt (Drexel University) and her colleagues Dr. Cheryl Dileo (Temple University), Dr. Lucanne Magill (New York University) and Aaron Teague (Drexel University) for the publication of their updated Cochrane review: ‘Music Interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients’. The update is highlighted as a feature review on the main website of the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org).
 
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Aug 12, 2016 07:05 PM
One of the most important things you do each year as a music therapist and member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. Please go to the following url no later than September 15, 2016 and enter your survey responses at a time that is most convenient for you. Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 
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Aug 01, 2016 03:24 PM
Just 3 more days to save $200 on your 2016 annual music therapy conference registration. Register today for #AMTA16!
 
Jul 22, 2016 06:31 PM
The concurrent session and meeting schedule at the 2016 AMTA Conference is now posted online. Click to read more about your educational opportunities at the music therapy event of the year!
 
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Jul 13, 2016 04:41 PM
"Disaster Response for Music Therapists: Core Principles of Psychological First Aid" is now being offered FREE through the end of the 2016 calendar year. Current AMTA members and non-members alike may take advantage of this short-term sale. Check out this and many other online courses for your CMTE credit needs.
 
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Jun 29, 2016 03:17 PM
To support Board Certified Music Therapists' on the topic of crises, disasters, and trauma, AMTA is now offering the newest e-course, "Disaster Response for Music Therapists: Core Principles of Psychological First Aid" free to current AMTA members and non-members from now through the end of the 2016 calendar year.
 
Jun 21, 2016 04:52 PM
In a time of mourning, shock, and anger, Team Rainbow is reaching out to the LGBTQ and Ally music therapy community to come together in reflection upon a devastating mass murder. On June 23, 2016, 9:00 pm Eastern time, Team Rainbow will host a video conference open to any music therapist or music therapy student who identifies as LGBTQAI or as an Ally to give voice to our thoughts, listen, and support each other.
 

Jun 07, 2016 06:01 PM
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for two new Associate Editor Positions for the Journal of Music Therapy (JMT).
 
Jun 01, 2016 02:19 PM
The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2016 Mid-Year meeting will be held June 24, 2016 through June 26, 2016 at the Maritime Institute & Conference Center next to the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Dianne Wawrzusin, Wawrzusin@musictherapy.org on or before Thursday, June 16th so that meeting room arrangements can be made.
 
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May 30, 2016 10:16 AM
Celebrate the beginning of summer this Memorial Day with our Member Appreciation Pop-Up Sale. 50% off publications now through June 5th.
 
Apr 18, 2016 06:48 PM
TODAY, April 18, 2016, is the last day to submit your proposals for the AMTA Conference, ‪(#‎AMTA16‬ on social media). Submit your proposals online by midnight tonight to be considered!
 
Theodore Michael Meyer was a music lover and a student of guitar. Due to a biking accident, Theo suffered from chronic pain throughout most of his 20s. Theo benefited from Music Therapy as part of his treatment and considered going back to school to study Music Therapy to help others. Theo's family hopes that this scholarship will go to a student interested in helping individuals with mental health and/or addiction issues find a path to wellness and inspiration through the joy of music.
 
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Mar 09, 2016 07:15 PM
On March 7th and 8th of 2016, AMTA once again participated in Arts Advocacy Day as a national co-sponsor. This annual event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Americans for the Arts, is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country.
 
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Mar 02, 2016 04:13 PM
AMTA Briefs Air Force Officials at the Pentagon and Advocates for Expanded Music Therapy Programs and Qualified Music Therapists at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
 
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Feb 23, 2016 12:06 PM
Congratulations to AMTA Leaders for the 2016-2017 term and thank you for your willingness to serve the profession of music therapy!
 
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Feb 12, 2016 08:32 PM
Let AMTA show our LOVE and MEMBER APPRECIATION this Valentines' Day with a whopping, never-before-offered, 60% discount (that's 60% off the already-reduced member price) on all publications and products purchased online in the AMTA Bookstore! For a limited time, so act now!
 
Feb 02, 2016 03:26 PM
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 AMTA Conference “Under the Canopy: The Profession of Music Therapy” at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, November 9 to 13. Click on Attend a Conference and submit your proposal today! Please note separate forms are required for concurrent sessions and CMTE courses. Deadline for all proposal submissions is April 18, 2016.
 
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Jan 04, 2016 07:48 PM
Since 2005, AMTA and CBMT have collaborated on a State Recognition Operational Plan. The primary purpose of this plan is to get music therapy and the MT-BC credential recognized by individual states so that citizens can more easily access our services.The AMTA Government Relations staff and the CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff provide guidance and technical support to state task forces throughout the country as they work towards state recognition.
 
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Dec 30, 2015 02:23 PM
Help us celebrate the 65th anniversary of music therapy and continue to grow its future! Please remember AMTA in your year-end charitable giving plans and you'll receive a special 65th anniversary gift as a thank you for supporting music therapy.
 
Dec 18, 2015 08:49 PM
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA marks the first overhaul of the nation's main elementary and secondary education law since the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the nation’s national education law, the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
 
Dec 17, 2015 04:23 PM
The AMTA office will close at 1:00 pm on December 18, 2015 for the winter holidays. The office will reopen on January 4, 2016. Happy holidays!
 
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Dec 14, 2015 05:36 PM
As a show of support for AMTA membership, our friends at West Music would like to offer AMTA members exclusive discounts on merchandise purchased through the West Music website. The earlier you join, the more chances to save! See your 2016 member welcome email (which you'll receive after you renew your membership) for ordering details.
 
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Dec 14, 2015 03:50 PM
Help us celebrate the 65th anniversary of music therapy and continue to grow its future! Please remember AMTA in your year-end charitable giving plans and you'll receive a special 65th anniversary gift as a thank you for supporting music therapy.
 
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Dec 11, 2015 05:09 PM
Our partners at Oxford University Press are pleased to make a special offer to current AMTA members only: a 25% discount across their wide range of book titles on the OUP website. You can browse a list of great titles hand-picked for music therapists or find your own. Simply use the link in the AMTA Member Toolkit first when ordering.
 
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Dec 02, 2015 06:40 PM
The AMTA online store has a new selection of products for all your music therapy needs. Go to Bookstore>Visit the Bookstore. Shop for: "Merchandise" to see all that is exciting and new. Make sure to place your order no later than December 15th for December shipping.
 
Nov 20, 2015 06:34 PM
The American Music Therapy Association invites applicants for four new Associate Editor positions. Two Associate Editors will be appointed to the Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) and two to Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP).
 
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Nov 19, 2015 05:23 PM
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support AMTA by starting your holiday shopping this year at smile.amazon.com. Just click here first.​
 
Nov 02, 2015 07:03 PM
To give members the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the office of President Elect and Vice President Elect, the Nominating Committee is pilot testing a project whereby a question and candidates’ responses are posted on the website. The following questions are the last in the series for this fall. Questions and responses will remain on the website until after the election.
 
Oct 30, 2015 05:16 AM
Candidates’ Biographical Summaries & Responses to Questions about Elected Positions & the music therapy profession may be found here. All current 2015 Professional, Retired & Honorary Life AMTA members should be prepared to vote as usual via the USPS. Your ballot will be mailed on 11/10/15 so expect to see it in your mailbox within a week of that date. Your completed ballot must be enclosed in the official ballot envelope and postmarked on or before 12/10/15. No exceptions will be made.
 
Oct 28, 2015 06:18 PM
On Friday November 13 in the AMTA Village in the Exhibit Hall, there will be an opportunity for student and professional AMTA members to meet music therapists who have distinguished careers. Meet mentors in the areas of substance abuse, dementia care, pediatrics, private practice, songwriting, hospice, and research. Bring your questions! Be inspired!
 
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Oct 26, 2015 03:21 PM
If you are attending a CMTE, special training, or institute at conference in November, please bring a mobile device along with you. We are going paperless this year for Course Evaluations and Certificates of Completion.
 
Oct 14, 2015 10:51 PM
To give members the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the office of President Elect and Vice President Elect, the Nominating Committee is pilot testing a project whereby a question and candidates’ responses are posted on the website. About every two weeks the Nominating Committee will post a question (selected from the pool of questions members submit) and responses.
 
Oct 07, 2015 05:59 PM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 18, Number 3 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org.​
 
Sep 25, 2015 07:52 PM
To give members the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the office of President Elect and Vice President Elect, the Nominating Committee is pilot testing a project whereby a question and candidates’ responses are posted on the website. About every two weeks the Nominating Committee will post a question (selected from the pool of questions members submit) and responses.
 
Sep 25, 2015 06:27 PM
Go to the conference page and scroll down to " Preliminary Program Addendum." Look inside for detailed information about CMTE and special intensive training courses, the concurrent session schedule, meetings, and more!
 
Sep 12, 2015 12:17 PM
**Please note that the deadline to submit comments has been extended - October 14, 2015** The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the proposed rule: “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” (CMS-3260-P). The rule proposes revisions to the standards of care that nursing facilities must meet in order to receive federal funding. Call to Action! - We ask that you please join us in submitting comments to CMS. Details available here:
 
Sep 09, 2015 01:28 PM
To give members the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the office of President Elect and Vice President Elect, the Nominating Committee is pilot testing a project whereby a question and candidates’ responses are posted on the website. About every two weeks the Nominating Committee will post a question (selected from the pool of questions members submit) and responses.
 
Sep 02, 2015 05:45 PM
The NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 19 federal government departments, agencies, etc., is hosting a webinar focusing on music therapy. "Music Therapy, Music Listening, and the Cancer Experience" will be held on Wednesday, September 16th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to learn about music therapy being used to aid people with cancer and to educate your colleagues and administrators about the latest trends.
 
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Aug 20, 2015 04:06 PM
Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 
Aug 07, 2015 06:15 PM
AMTA Member Recognition Awards are a great way to acknowledge outstanding members. Nominations are requested to recognize deserving members for their professional work, AMTA service, research and publications, etc. The due date for nominations is September 4th the Friday BEFORE Labor Day. Please mark your calendar and submit nominations, or remind others to submit their nominations to recognize deserving members.
 
Aug 07, 2015 03:26 PM
To give AMTA members the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the office of President Elect and Vice President Elect, the Nominating Committee will use the AMTA website to post candidates’ responses to questions submitted by members.
 
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Jul 23, 2015 05:36 PM
The Official Preliminary Program for the AMTA 2015 Annual Conference is now available online. Get the latest conference scoop, including scheduled concurrent sessions, CMTE courses, special intensive training courses, trending topics and meeting schedule. Don't miss your chance to save on attending the biggest music therapy event of the year; register before August 3, for early rates!!
 
Jul 10, 2015 08:32 PM
The White House Conference on Aging will be held on July 13, 2015. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the next decade. The entire event will be livestreamed on the White House website: http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/
 
Jun 21, 2015 12:24 AM
AMTA Celebrates Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by Recommending Best Practices for Collaborations with “Music & Memory” Programs
 
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Jun 18, 2015 12:35 PM
Did you miss previous AMTA member Pop-up Sales? This weekend’s Pop-up Sale features all publications in the AMTA online store at a sensational 50% off the already-discounted member price. A gift for current AMTA members to show how much you’re appreciated.
 
Jun 17, 2015 03:50 PM
The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2015 Mid-Year meeting will be held June 26-28, 2015
 
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Jun 08, 2015 06:00 PM
Join us in Kansas City, MO for “Music Therapy: A Continuum of Growth” for opportunities to network, get continuing education credits, make some music and enjoy Kansas City. The Opening Session of the Conference begins Thursday, November 12th at 7:30 pm, followed by over 180 concurrent sessions, networking opportunities, exhibits and special events till Sunday, November 15th. Register Early and Save!​
 
May 28, 2015 02:05 PM
In November 2013, the AMTA Assembly of Delegates passed a revision of the Professional Competencies. This revision includes 3 new competencies as well as streamlined music foundation competencies. Due to the new competencies, the Assembly voted to make them effective on August 1, 2015. This allows academic programs and internship sites to update curriculum and documents. If it would be helpful to see the old & new side-by-side, you can find a comparison document in the AMTA member toolkit.
 
May 18, 2015 08:38 PM
The Older Americans Act (OAA) is celebrating 50 years of providing services to help millions of seniors every year age with health, independence and dignity in their homes and communities! We must tell Congress that the Older Americans Act is celebrating 50 years of successfully and cost-effectively serving seniors and demand that they fund, reauthorize and protect OAA now! Join us May 18-22 for a Week of Action. Details inside:
 
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May 08, 2015 01:20 PM
The music therapy community mourns the passing of pioneer Dr. Richard Graham.
 
May 08, 2015 01:08 PM
AMTA response to arts medicine email communication.
 
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May 04, 2015 02:44 PM
Online registration is now open for “IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY: MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH 2025” (MTR 2025) scheduled July 16-18, 2015. This is a working symposium sponsored by AMTA to recommend guidance for future research in music therapy. Interested music therapy professionals are invited to attend this meeting as general attendees and observers on a first-come, first served basis until meeting room capacity is reached.
 
Apr 28, 2015 06:26 PM
Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC has recently joined the AMTA team in a part-time consultant position of Government Relations Specialist.
 
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Apr 24, 2015 12:21 PM
AMTA is hosting, “IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY: MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH 2025” (MTR 2025) scheduled July 16-18, 2015. This is a working symposium sponsored by AMTA to recommend guidance for future research in music therapy. Interested music therapy professionals are invited to attend this meeting as general attendees and observers on a first-come, first served basis until meeting room capacity is reached. Registration will open May 4, 2015 at 11am ET.
 
Apr 22, 2015 03:16 PM
Applications for this year's Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Award must be submitted electronically to fultz@musictherapy.org and received by May 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m., EST.
 
Apr 13, 2015 08:27 PM
Submit your proposal for the 2015 AMTA Annual Conference now! Proposal submissions deadline is April 20, 2015, midnight, Eastern time.
 
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Apr 13, 2015 02:26 PM
Music therapists recognize clients often want the same thing from music therapy as all people want from music: an essentially musical experience that meets an inborn need. In music-centered thinking, musical experiences are not merely tools to nonmusical ends, but can also serve as appropriate goals of music therapy. Dr. Ken Aigen discusses in this new AMTA-pro podcast available to current AMTA members.​
 
Apr 07, 2015 08:02 PM
This week of is Specialized Instructional Support Personnel week. As a member of the National Alliance for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP), AMTA will be a part of celebrating this week, and raising awareness on Capitol Hill about the important contributions of specialized instructional support personnel in helping students. Join us in celebrating this week and raising awareness.
 
Apr 07, 2015 03:19 PM
Friend of music therapy Corey Bergman and his Ukulele Kids Club was recently featured on "NBC Nightly News." The organization has donated over 500 ukuleles to music therapy programs.
 
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Apr 07, 2015 01:37 PM
This member benefit features Dr. Suzanne Hanser and Jeniris González and provides an overview of the role music therapy can play in each stage of the journey from the onset of illness to a new healthy identity. Discussion includes evidence-based music therapy strategies for the management of stress, pain, unpleasant symptoms, response to illness, and treatment side effects, while enhancing the quality of life. Log in with your current member information to listen today.
 
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Apr 01, 2015 05:25 PM
In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month in the United States, current articles on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Music Therapy from the "Journal of Music Therapy" and "Music Therapy Perspectives" have been assembled into a free virtual issue.
 
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Mar 31, 2015 03:32 PM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 18, Number 1 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org.​
 
Mar 25, 2015 06:22 PM
Board Certified Music Therapist and AMTA member, Betsy Hartman, of Seattle Children's Hospital discusses music therapy services serving children with cancer as part of a PBS Newshour story.
 
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Mar 25, 2015 01:30 PM
AMTA Tech Stop is a new member benefit from the AMTA Technology Committee: member-exclusive videos featuring "how-to" tutorials for many of the professional tasks, applications, programs, or technology used by music therapists.
 
Mar 24, 2015 03:53 PM
Music therapist Kathleen Brown brings music to Baylor Scott and White Cancer Center to help patients struggling with their treatments. Brown introduced this music therapy program in October and with the help of a grant from the Livestrong Foundation, has been able to work with 55 patients as of February 2015.
 
Mar 23, 2015 04:44 PM
Please help us thank Dr. Oliver Sacks for his support of the music therapy profession – Respond by April 6, 2015.
 
Mar 20, 2015 02:16 PM
Empire's description of music therapy "isn’t just a way to shoehorn music into every aspect of the TV show. Instead, said Al Bumanis, a board-certified music therapist, the show is correct to represent music therapy as a powerful tool for people coping with mental illness."
 
Mar 18, 2015 06:12 PM
With the intention of raising awareness about music therapy in general and pediatric care specifically, a 30-minute documentary titled Kids Rock Cancer has been made available to Public Television and other non-commercial stations in St. Louis, Mo., and throughout the United States.
 
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Mar 10, 2015 06:12 PM
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan discusses ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir" and their recent show where all music therapists were named as their 'Persons of the Week' as well as the portrayal of a music therapist on an upcoming episode of the television show "Empire."
 
Mar 06, 2015 03:23 PM
Be sure to watch "World News Tonight with David Muir" on ABC for a story featuring former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her music therapy team. AMTA coordinated this segment with producers who interviewed many music therapists from around the country. Check your local listings and, as always, scheduling is subject to change.
 
Mar 04, 2015 05:47 PM
Music therapist Dr. Joke Bradt, presented the opening plenary speech for the “Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being across the Military Continuum” held on February 27, 2015, featuring her NIH-sponsored research on chronic pain and vocal music therapy.
 
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Feb 23, 2015 02:18 PM
After earning the rank of Captain in the US Navy & serving for 25 years, Becky Jo Watson retired & earned her MT-BC status. She recently sat down in front of the AMTA-Pro microphone to share her experiences & insights in an effort to help her music therapy colleagues understand military culture & better serve active duty military members & veterans. This informative AMTA-Pro podcast compliments the AMTA E-course, Music Therapy and Military Populations, based a 2014 AMTA status report.
 
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Feb 18, 2015 05:13 PM
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords returned to Houston's TIRR Memorial Herman and was reunited with Board Certified Music Therapist, Maegan Morrow, with a song from "Annie." Her husband, Mark Kelly captured the moment on his phone and it was reported in the "New York Daily News."
 
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Feb 17, 2015 07:34 PM
New podcast available to current AMTA members as a benefit of membership in 2015! Tune into "International Perspectives from Music Therapy Students" with Dr. Dena Register.
 
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Feb 13, 2015 02:05 PM
Did you miss previous AMTA member Pop-up Sales? This Valentine’s Weekend Pop-up Sale features all publications in the AMTA online store at 20% off. A gift for current AMTA members to show how much you’re appreciated.
 
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Feb 05, 2015 05:23 PM
An innovative music therapy program launched in November, 2014 in Dallas is an example of the results of long-term relationships established by AMTA staff and volunteer efforts of AMTA members along with the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation.
 
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Feb 02, 2015 07:35 PM
New podcast available to current AMTA members as a benefit of membership in 2015! Tune into "Storytelling in Music Therapy" with Ron Borczon, MT-BC.
 
Jan 30, 2015 04:27 PM
Proposal submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 AMTA Conference: Music Therapy, a Continuum of Growth. Click to read the proposal policy and use the online submission form.
 
Jan 28, 2015 03:52 PM
Join AMTA today and receive 2015 subscriptions to both the "Journal of Music Therapy" and "Music Therapy Perspectives" (both print and online access!). Read on to learn more about upcoming features in these two journals in 2015.
 
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Jan 15, 2015 06:31 PM
West Music will offer AMTA 2015 members a 20% discount on merchandise purchased through the West Music website. Thanks to West Music for providing this new AMTA member benefit and an amazing show of support for music therapy and music therapists!
 
Jan 09, 2015 02:20 PM
The Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification. Created and approved by AMTA & CBMT, this document considers the contributions, interrelationships, and interdependencies of the CBMT Scope of Practice (2010) & Code of Professional Practice, as well as the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice, Professional Competencies, & Code of Ethics.
 
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Jan 07, 2015 02:00 PM
The Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project, a project of the American Music Therapy Association, is pleased to announce the awarding of a $40,000 grant to the Snohomish County Music Project to increase music therapy services for vulnerable populations.
 
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Jan 06, 2015 11:13 AM
Two new podcasts already available to current AMTA members as a benefit of membership in 2015! Tune into "Neuroplasticity Model of Music Therapy" with Dr. Elizabeth Stegemoller & "Music Therapy & Adolescents with ASD" with Dr. John Carpente.
 
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Dec 22, 2014 05:39 PM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 17, No 4 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org​
 
Dec 11, 2014 05:41 PM
Updates and news following the 2014 annual conference.
 
Dec 10, 2014 10:17 PM
The AMTA office will close at noon on December 22, 2014 and reopen after the new year on January 5, 2015. In order to process your AMTA product/publication order in a timely fashion, please be advised that any December order must be received no later than Friday, December 19th, 12 noon EST. Orders placed after that time will be filled immediately upon our return beginning on January 5, 2015.
 
Dec 10, 2014 10:08 PM
Seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term.
 
Dec 09, 2014 05:27 PM
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is seeking qualified individuals to serve on an Advisory Board for the Multi-State Plan (MSP) Program. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to exchange information, ideas, and recommendations regarding OPM’s administration of the MSP Program, including plan design, branding and marketing, network adequacy, and other topics. Representatives may include public health and/or healthcare professionals or members of consumer advocacy groups.
 
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Dec 05, 2014 04:36 PM
AMTA MEMBERS, past and present!! Take advantage of this month’s AMTA “HOLIDAY POP-UP Sale!!!”
 
Dec 02, 2014 06:51 PM
Congratulations to all awardees, grant and scholarship winners at the 2014 AMTA Annual Conference!
 
Dec 02, 2014 01:15 PM
The AMTA Nominating Committee worked this fall to identify potential candidates for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. The slate was approved in November by the AMTA Board of Directors and presented at the AMTA Business meetings during the annual conference.
 
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Dec 01, 2014 04:10 PM
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. The AMTA Board of Directors and the AMTA national office staff have all donated to AMTA this year—please join us and be part of this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
 
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Nov 25, 2014 05:00 PM
Click on the link below to review, remember, and even order a print if you like! Thanks to Meagan Jordan Photography for the fantastic photos!
 
Nov 25, 2014 03:22 PM
AMTA Executive Director Dr. Andi Farbman met with the founder and Executive Director of “Music and Memory,” Dan Cohen, MSW, and Music and Memory Board member, Dr. Connie Tomaino, LCAT, MT-BC, on Friday, November 21, 2014, to discuss ways to differentiate what “Music and Memory” programs provide from what board certified music therapists provide and to clarify the language used to describe staff who are trained to develop personalized music listening programs for elders.
 
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Nov 25, 2014 02:57 PM
AMTA recently learned of a recall on some "power bank" models similar to the one that was sold on our website and at the AMTA conference in 2014. If you purchased a purple “Recharge with Music Therapy” power bank, please read this important recall notice and check your device. If your product is covered by the recall, please discontinue using it and contact AP Specialties at the toll free contact information provided for a replacement.
 
Nov 20, 2014 05:44 PM
Several AMTA members and Board Certified Music Therapists are involved with this project. You can support "Music is My Therapy" and the documentary filmmakers through their Kickstarter campaign.
 
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Nov 18, 2014 05:24 PM
AMTA is pleased to announce the awarding of eight Clinician Small Grants as part of the Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project (WTMTP).
 
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Nov 13, 2014 10:07 PM
President Obama recently spoke about the importance of music therapy in the recovery of a wounded warrior at "A Salute to the Troops: In Concert at the White House."
 
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Oct 28, 2014 06:00 PM
This year, we're debuting a brand new mobile site for all of our conference attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors at the 2014 AMTA Conference.
 
Oct 28, 2014 05:58 PM
The new Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet, developed by the Steering Committee and Advisory Team of the AMTA Strategic Priority on Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is now available on the AMTA website. This resource joins several others already available to members, with more coming soon! Scroll down to Fact Sheets section.
 
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Oct 28, 2014 05:51 PM
Valuable information about the music therapy profession can be found in AMTA's annually published AMTA Member Survey and Workforce Analysis, "A Descriptive Statistical Profile of the AMTA Membership." The 2014 edition of this document is now available free of charge for current AMTA members and can be purchased by non-members in the AMTA online bookstore.
 
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Sep 24, 2014 03:50 PM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 17, No 3 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org.​
 
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Sep 11, 2014 01:44 PM
AMTA's newest e-course provides an overview of copyright and intellectual property issues as they apply to music therapists. Purchase this self-study e-course in the AMTA online store (current members recieve a member discount!) and earn 3 CMTE credits for MT-BCs.
 
Sep 03, 2014 02:59 PM
“Alive Inside,” the film that portrays personalized music listening for elders in nursing homes, is currently being shown around the country. AMTA has developed a status report and resource to assist our members and others as they deal with the results of this film and organization, including new or increased interest in providing access to music and music therapy as well as some confusion and misunderstanding about the differences between music listening and clinical music therapy.
 
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Sep 02, 2014 12:43 PM
AMTA announces the launch of self-study e-course "Music Therapy and Military Populations" with opportunity for MT-BCs to earn approved CMTE credits. This AMTA E-course is based on the official 2014 briefing report “Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy" developed by AMTA in 2014.
 
Aug 29, 2014 02:56 PM
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, presented a check for $150,000 from their philanthropic organization, the Forever Young Foundation to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for the construction of a state-of-the-art music therapy facility in Sacramento.
 
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Aug 28, 2014 01:40 PM
AMTA Executive Director, Dr. Andi Farbman, AMTA Director of Professional Programs, Jane Creagan, and AMTA Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson met with Dr. Heechin Chae, the Director of the NICoE (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) Intrepid Spirit/TBI Clinic at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.​
 
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Aug 25, 2014 03:34 PM
Tune into this AMTA-Pro podcast to learn of the research of our music therapy colleague Shannon de l’Etoile related to infant-directed singing and infant self-regulation. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of membership.
 
Aug 13, 2014 03:47 PM
As part of The Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project, the American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a Program Announcement: Clinician Small Grants. The purpose of this Program Announcement is to improve music therapy service availability and accessibility in the Puget Sound region of Washington. This program provides small grant funding and is open to music therapists residing in the Puget Sound region.
 
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Aug 12, 2014 02:56 PM
AMTA-member, Professor Ed Roth, MM, MT-BC, of Western Michigan University, presented preliminary information from a pilot fMRI study examining mechanisms for improvisation in children at the recent annual meeting of the APA. His research partner, Dr. Charles Limb, is a renowned otolaryngologist and musician at Johns Hopkins University. The session was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
 
Aug 04, 2014 01:53 PM
The work of AMTA-member, Tom Sweitzer, MT-BC, was portrayed in a Washington Post feature article. Tom began his career as a music educator with training in musical theater. His work with adolescents convinced him that he needed to go back and get an equivalency in music therapy, which he did and subsequently opened a music therapy center in Middleburg, VA. His center, "A Place To Be" is the focus of an upcoming documentary, "High Notes."
 
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Jul 31, 2014 06:41 PM
Save big by registering for the AMTA 2014 Conference now. Professional registration rates increase after August 1, 2014.
 
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Jul 25, 2014 06:38 PM
Download the latest draft of the 2014 Conference Preliminary Program Addendum to learn all the details of CEU opportunities at AMTA Conference as of today, July 25, 2014. Look inside to learn more about Institutes, Special Trainings & CMTE courses to help you plan your conference experience at the 2014 Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Go to the conference webpage and click on the Preliminary Program Addendum link. Conference registration rates increase after August 1 so register today!
 

Jul 25, 2014 04:47 PM
We have exciting news! MTP 32(1) is at the printer & online. Be sure to check it out when it arrives at your door, with new cover design & featuring a special focus topic with Guest Editor, Dr. Alan Turry. Advance online articles are coming online now. As a reminder, members may access the journal online through the portal in the AMTA website. Go to Research>Journals and Publications and scroll to the link titled "Music Therapy Perspectives AMTA Member Access Portal" or under QuickLinks.
 
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Jul 25, 2014 04:34 PM
One of the most important things you do each year as a music therapist and member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. Please complete this survey no later than August 29, 2014 to help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession.
 
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Jul 16, 2014 03:27 PM
Download the Preliminary Program to learn more about educational opportunities at the 2014 AMTA Conference. Look inside to learn more and plan your conference experience at the 2014 Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Go to the conference webpage and click on the Preliminary Program link.
 
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Jul 15, 2014 12:45 PM
Music therapists meet with the upper-tier staff of The Bridge to brainstorm possibilities of music therapy serving individuals who are homeless in the Dallas area.
 
Jul 10, 2014 04:48 PM
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering names of potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. The slate will be presented at the AMTA Business meeting in November 2014, and the election will be held in late 2015. Officers elected by the professional membership will begin serving in January 2016.
 

Jul 09, 2014 04:50 PM
The second issue of the Journal of Music Therapy (Volume 51, Issue 2), is now on its way to members’ and subscribers’ mailboxes
 
Jul 03, 2014 07:06 PM
The American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists are excited to announce that, on June 30, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island signed into law HB 7131.
 
Jul 02, 2014 06:14 PM
Leading music therapists and neuro-scientists from around the world will meet with composers, parents and other stakeholders at Goldsmiths University of London to develop a music therapy research agenda for fragile infants at the inaugural meeting of Mandari.
 
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Jun 26, 2014 09:38 PM
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan discusses this question and Robin Spielberg's TEDx Talk in her latest column at The Huffington Post: "Robin asks, 'Can music save a life?' She can't say that for sure, but what she can and will tell you for sure is that music can have a life-changing effect on your life or that of your loved one."
 

Jun 20, 2014 02:10 PM
The first issue of the NEW Journal of Music Therapy, Volume 51, Issue 1, is now on its way to members’ and subscribers’ mailboxes.
 
Jun 19, 2014 05:36 PM
2014 Anne Emery Kyllo Professional Scholarship~~~ 2014 Florence Tyson Grant to Study Music Psychotherapy~~~ 2014 E. Thayer Gaston Research Competition
 
Jun 16, 2014 05:23 PM
Dr. Daniel Levitin was featured in the June 9, 2014 interview hosted by the American Psychological Association’s Speaking of Psychology podcast interview series. Episode 11 of the podcast series titled, “Music and your Health” is online now. Dr. Levitin clarifies for the listening audience the definition of music therapy citing the American Music Therapy Association.
 
Jun 16, 2014 04:34 PM
See the powerful work of Stacie Aamon Yeldell, MT-BC, helping two siblings and a family from Guam deal with cancer and loss.
 
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Jun 13, 2014 05:13 PM
Another valuable resource for music therapy professionals, interns, and students, this AMTA-Pro podcast features a discussion with our music therapy colleague, Dr. Becky Wellman. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of their membership in AMTA.
 
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Jun 13, 2014 01:48 PM
Did you miss the first AMTA member Pop-up Sale? The second seasonal Pop-up Sale features "The Sounds of Emerging Literacy" at 50% off. A gift for current AMTA members!
 
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Jun 11, 2014 01:13 PM
AMTA-Spokesperson, Robin Spielberg, beautifully portrays the importance of music and the value of music therapy in today's society in this TEDxLancaster talk.
 
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Jun 06, 2014 03:54 PM
This thought-provoking AMTA-Pro podcast is an informal half-hour discussion of the interesting work and research of Dr. Mike Zanders with adolescents in the CPS foster care system. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of their membership in AMTA.
 
Jun 03, 2014 09:18 PM
AMTA-member, Tom Sweitzer, is working with an award-winning documentary team, Director Susan Koch and Producer Wendy Thompson-Marquez, who are in the midst of telling a music therapy story of which we can all be proud. AMTA officials met with Tom, Susan, and Wendy, and are impressed with their grasp of music therapy and their passion for telling the story.
 
May 27, 2014 11:44 AM
Congratulations to members of the California Music Therapy Task Force, whose advocacy leadership over the past five years, along with grassroots participation from state music therapists, has resulted in the inclusion of the MT-BC credential in the state's Special Education Regulations.
 
May 21, 2014 03:52 PM
AMTA’s role is to preserve, protect, and safeguard the practice of evidence-based music therapy so that vulnerable populations can be assured that they are receiving treatment that is indicated from qualified music therapists. To that end, AMTA leaders questioned officials from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health about their new “certification” program.
 
May 20, 2014 05:13 PM
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed Chapter 247, SF 1722: This bill adds art therapist, music therapist, and audiologist to the list of positions defined as teachers. This passed the House 76-53 and the Senate 49-13.
 
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May 16, 2014 05:09 PM
AMTA & CBMT meet with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to discuss recognition of the role of music therapy and national board certification in hospice and palliative care settings. The NHPCO leadership team wholeheartedly supports services offered in their settings by MT-BCs and invited future collaborative initiatives.
 
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May 16, 2014 04:44 PM
University of Kentucky HMO Insurance Plan adds music therapy as a covered benefit! Many thanks to Dr. Lori Gooding, MT-BC and Dr. Olivia Yinger, MT-BC for their advocacy in making this reimbursement opportunity possible!
 
May 08, 2014 02:21 PM
AMTA Western Region President, Judith Pinkerton, MT-BC/L, spreads the word about music therapy during a TEDx talk at a University of Nevada Las Vegas.
 
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May 02, 2014 03:00 PM
The 1st AMTA Member Appreciation Pop-Up Sale features a 50% discount on the publication, "Bright Start Music: A Developmental Program for Music Therapists, Parents, and Teachers of Young Children." Available now, this sale runs through May 5th. Current AMTA members may log into their AMTA online accounts, then go to the bookstore to get this resource 50% off the already low member price.
 
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Apr 30, 2014 02:20 PM
Beginning very soon, AMTA will be offering new, seasonal “Member Appreciation POP-UP SALES!” to current AMTA members.
 
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Apr 24, 2014 07:39 PM
AMTA and the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCI/OCCAM) Convene Historic Meeting.
 
Apr 24, 2014 06:36 PM
The LIVESTRONG Foundation solicited and offered thirteen $15,600 grants to fund music therapy programs with a Board Certified Music Therapist at sites nationwide.
 
Apr 24, 2014 03:56 PM
Music therapy program offered at Walter Reed, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with the American Music Therapy Association. The program has a board-certified therapist with training in the use of music, instruments, songwriting, interpretation and rhythmic motor movement to help patients heal.
 
Apr 24, 2014 03:53 PM
Published in Cindy Atoji Keene's "On the Job" column in the "Boston Globe," describing the fascinating career of music therapy.
 
Apr 09, 2014 01:47 PM
AMTA is pleased to announce that a presentation/seminar will be held April 23, 2014, on the topic of music therapy and oncology. This meeting was requested by Dr. Avi Rasooly, Program Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM). Dr. Rasooly requested a seminar and presentation on current research in music therapy and oncology for the benefit of the staff and interested program officers of the NIH.​
 
Apr 07, 2014 01:41 PM
AMTA invites applicants for four Associate Editor positions. Two Associate Editors will be appointed to the Journal of Music Therapy and two to Music Therapy Perspectives. Associate Editors will work collaboratively with the Editor-In-Chief to manage the review process and advance the mission of the journals. Deadlines have been extended to May 2, 2014.
 
Apr 03, 2014 06:35 PM
AMTA and CBMT are excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed into law HB 277. This legislation creates a state certification designation for board certified music therapists granted by Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
 
Theodore Michael Meyer (August 9, 1982 - January 17, 2013) was a music lover and a student of guitar. Theo's family hopes that this scholarship will go to a student interested in helping individuals with mental health and/or addiction issues find a path to wellness and inspiration through the joy of music. Award: One cash scholarship of $1000 will be available each year.
 
Mar 27, 2014 03:04 PM
Join us in Louisville, Kentucky for “Pursue Your Passion for Music Therapy” and the eagerly anticipated Networking Extravaganza – the 2014 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association. Conference registration will open in May. See a sneak preview of conference registration fees and hotel information by clicking on the link below.
 
Mar 21, 2014 01:52 PM
Future music therapists are discovering music therapy as a college major and career path, through MajoringInMusic.com. Several articles address considerations such as educational requirements; differentiating degrees in psychology or music vs. music therapy; figuring out whether music therapy as a profession is a "good fit;" challenges faced by music therapists; and employment in the profession.
 
Mar 12, 2014 02:03 PM
The American Music Therapy Association invites applicants for four Associate Editor positions. Two Associate Editors will be appointed to the Journal of Music Therapy and two to Music Therapy Perspectives.
 
Mar 10, 2014 12:22 AM
Want to learn more about clinical practices & training needs of music therapy practitioners serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Members may view the “AMTA Strategic Priority on ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder Survey Report” to the AMTA Board of Directors in the Member Toolkit. This succinct, easy-to-understand report summarizes results of the national survey study by Petra Kern, Nicole Rivera, Alie Chandler, and Marcia Humpal, published in the 2013 Journal of Music Therapy 50(4).
 
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Mar 05, 2014 12:08 AM
News of AMTA’s whitepaper “Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy” is featured by one of the largest online outlets, “The Huffington Post.” For coverage of this important policy and research report, please see this article and forward it to colleagues.
 
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Mar 03, 2014 12:25 PM
AMTA announces the publication of "Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy." This landmark report discusses the profession of music therapy with a focus on both active duty service members and veterans.​
 
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Feb 24, 2014 03:28 PM
Check out this newly released podcast by Beth Schwartz, an interesting and informative discussion about developing, expanding, and exploring our voices as a therapeutic tool. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of their membership in AMTA.
 
Feb 14, 2014 05:10 PM
The AMTA office continues to be closed due to inclement weather in the Washington, D.C. area which has also knocked out our phone and internet lines. Thank you for your patience while the phone company attempts to restore our connection.
 
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Feb 06, 2014 07:22 PM
In January 2014, dozens of music therapy bloggers and podcasters working with with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) successfully spread the word about music therapy advocacy and the State Recognition Operational Plan through multiple social media channels.
 
Feb 03, 2014 07:37 PM
Deadline for Faculty Nominations for 2014 Spring Student Scholarships - This Friday - February 7th.
 
Feb 03, 2014 06:27 PM
Thanks to everyone for a successful campaign, raising funds for the AMTA archives!
 
Jan 30, 2014 03:59 PM
The American Music Therapy Association would like invite music therapists and scholars from all over the world to submit your proposals to present at the AMTA 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, “Pursue Your Passion for Music Therapy.”
 
Jan 27, 2014 02:21 PM
A ground-breaking collaborative multi-site study found that teens and young adults undergoing the rigors of stem cell transplantation as part of cancer treatment gain coping skills and resilience-related outcomes when participating with a board certified music therapist in a therapeutic music protocol that includes writing song lyrics and producing videos.
 
Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
Setting the Record Straight: What Music Therapy Is and Is Not
 
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Jan 23, 2014 08:00 PM
Click on this link to read the 2012 column by AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan in the Huffington Post. With input from Connie Tomaino, Ronna responds to the video clip of Alive Inside and describes for readers the profound impact music therapy can have on individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias.​
 
Jan 16, 2014 07:21 PM
Music Therapy Matters Vol. 16, No. 4 is now available to read onine or download and, as a special New Year Gift from AMTA, we are making this issue available to members and non-members, alike! Look inside to learn more about music therapy journals published with Oxford University Press, advocacy news galore and 2013 conference memories!
 
Jan 15, 2014 09:09 PM
AMTA member benefit of the week: Our first 2014 AMTA-pro podcast with Dr. Olin Parker discussing the "Roots of Music Therapy." Log in with your current member email address and password to listen today!​
 
Jan 09, 2014 07:06 PM
The 2014 Social Media Advocacy Month theme is "We are…" and will center on exploring and honoring the profession of music therapy as a distinct profession, unique from other professions and professionals with which we work. Throughout the month of January, music therapy bloggers and podcasters will be sharing their tips, thoughts, and ideas on advocacy, on being an advocate, and on being a music therapist.​
 
Jan 06, 2014 03:51 PM
Announcing AMTA Election results for 2014-2015.
 
Dec 03, 2013 04:07 PM
In order to improve the quality of our programs each year, we love to hear feedback about your conference experience. Please answer a few questions about conference events. Your responses help us to plan and improve future conferences.
 
Dec 03, 2013 02:27 PM
Did you know that the largest collection of music therapy historical items is located in the archive at Colorado State University? In a secure, humidity and UV controlled environment, materials are sorted and stored for future generations to enjoy. However, we are at risk of losing important pieces of our profession’s history if we do not act now. We are asking you to take action to preserve our past for our future.
 
Nov 24, 2013 11:52 AM
Dr. Sheri Rob, editor of the Journal of Music Therapy, in her first Oxford University Press blog
 
Nov 24, 2013 11:42 AM
A conversation with AMTA's Executive Director, Dr. Andrea Farbman, regarding the growth and development of music therapy from its first uses for traumatized soldiers during World Wars I and II on Oxford University Press blog.
 
Nov 23, 2013 12:03 PM
Dr. Anthony Meadows, editor of the journal Music Therapy Perspectives, in his first Oxford University Press blog.
 
Nov 23, 2013 03:10 AM
Pianist Robin Spielberg talks to WJCT News in Florida about the AMTA national conference and music therapy.​
 
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Nov 14, 2013 09:31 PM
In Ronna Kaplan's latest Huffington Post column, she discusses AMTA artist spokesperson Robin Spielberg and her support of the music therapy profession. "Robin is extremely impressed by what music therapists do and by their commitment to the profession."
 
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Nov 12, 2013 05:20 PM
Don't miss this lively conversation between 3 music therapy colleagues, all directors of music therapy programs in community music schools, talking about innovative music therapy programs and services for individuals as well as for social service, medical, and education agencies in their communities. A benefit of membership in AMTA, current members may log in to access this new podcast.
 
Nov 11, 2013 03:58 PM
On Veterans Day, 2013, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) honors America’s military and veterans for their service. Music therapy was founded in the U.S. as a profession through service to veterans. Music therapists around the country continue to serve our military, their families, and veterans. The Annual Conference of the AMTA scheduled to take place November 21-24, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL will feature a special event on music therapy and the military. Please join AMTA to hear Comm​
 
Nov 01, 2013 03:58 PM
Candidates’ Biographical Summaries & Responses to Questions about Elected Positions & the music therapy profession may be found here. Current 2013 Professional, Retired & Honorary Life AMTA members should be prepared to vote as usual via the US Postal Service. Your ballot will be mailed on 11/12/13, so expect to see it in your mailbox within a week of that date. Your completed ballot must be submitted in the official envelope & postmarked on or before 12/12/13. No exceptions will be made.
 
Oct 21, 2013 05:32 PM
Oxford University Press (OUP) announces historic partnership to publish AMTA journals beginning in 2014. According to OUP USA President Niko Pfund, “The AMTA journals perfectly complement OUP’s long-standing commitment to publishing on music and psychology, and we are delighted and honored by this important partnership.”
 
Oct 21, 2013 02:51 PM
While coordinating instruments for the 2013 Jacksonville Conference, Andrew Littlefield found the time to share his thoughts in response to a recent TED speaker on learning from gifted minds, and music’s role in unlocking our full potential.
 
Oct 21, 2013 02:26 PM
Information about the music therapy profession can be found in AMTA's annually published AMTA Member Survey and Workforce Analysis, “A Descriptive Statistical Profile of the AMTA Membership,” which contains a detailed, descriptive statistical narrative about demographics, employment, salaries, and other helpful facts.
 
Sep 25, 2013 01:42 PM
New York music therapists now have an official "clarification letter" from the New York State Education Department regarding the recognition of music therapy as a related service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law. This letter will be instrumental in supporting the provision of quality music therapy services in school districts throughout the state for any child found to be in need of music therapy.
 
Sep 24, 2013 04:57 PM
Georgia state music therapists prepare for licensure to take effect January first.
 
Sep 19, 2013 05:08 PM
AMTA member and doctoral student Bill Matney talks music therapy with the Houston Press.
 
Sep 16, 2013 02:40 PM
Music therapist, Alison Tompkins, MT-BC, was featured on the Today Show on 9/12/13. Her work with an innovative mobile van called “Wings on Wheels” or “WOW,” providing services to children with cancer and those experiencing grief, was highlighted. Alison is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Sep 13, 2013 04:32 PM
Dr. Ruth Boxberger, 93, passed away on September 8, 2013. AMTA mourns the loss of this Music Therapy Pioneer.
 
Aug 29, 2013 05:44 PM
Download the Addendum to the Preliminary Program to learn more about continuing education opportunities at the AMTA Conference. Look inside for full descriptions, learner objectives, presenter biographies and more pertaining to additional courses you can take at the 2013 Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Aug 27, 2013 05:59 PM
Lisa Gallagher resigned as AMTA Vice President Elect so that she could focus on her health and family. The AMTA Board of Directors wholeheartedly supports her decision and wishes her well. Per the AMTA Bylaws, the Board approved the appointment of Amber Weldon-Stephens to assume the role of Vice President Elect immediately, moving into the role of Vice President on January 1, 2014.
 
Aug 27, 2013 03:02 PM
CNN correspondent Elizabeth Landau features the work of music therapists Barb Else, Eric Miller, Rebecca Vaudreuil, and Brian Jantz. It is an interesting and thorough exploration of music therapy from the perspective of an accomplished musician and reporter. Kudos to all involved.
 
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Aug 27, 2013 01:29 PM
Robin Spielberg, a strong supporter and articulate spokesperson for music therapy and music therapists, was recently interviewed at Sirius XM studios in New York. Check out Robin advocating for music therapy on the "Seth Speaks" program.
 
Aug 25, 2013 04:30 PM
The Educators and Internship Directors/Supervisors Forum provided the opportunity for educators and internship directors/supervisors to have a formal discussion about proposed changes related to Master’s Level Entry into the music therapy profession.
 
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Aug 23, 2013 04:15 PM
Robin Spielberg, a strong supporter and articulate spokesperson for music therapy and music therapists, was recently interviewed at Sirius XM studios in New York. You can hear Robin on Sirius XM STARS Channel 106. Saturdays @ 6am, 5pm and 11pm ET AND Sundays @ 10am and 1pm ET. Also, the show re airs on Sirius XM Out Q and Sirius XM Broadway and is available for download at Sirius XM On Demand.
 
Aug 20, 2013 08:27 PM
As implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to move forward, we wanted to share a few resources that you might find helpful. Check out the updates on the Public Policy page!
 
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Aug 19, 2013 06:32 PM
AMTA Artist Spokesperson Robin Spielberg advocates for music therapy and discusses her memoir, “Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland,” during an NPR-affiliate interview, WDIY (Bethlehem, PA).
 
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Jul 30, 2013 01:35 PM
Celebrate the best in music therapy anywhere with us in Jacksonville, Florida. Register by August 2 (midnight, Eastern Time) for huge discounts on conference registration rates.
 
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Jul 25, 2013 06:34 PM
Download this Mini-Preliminary Program to get the latest on meetings, concurrent sessions, clinical practice forum presentations, trainings, institutes, and CMTE courses planned for the 2013 conference.
 
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Jul 18, 2013 01:38 PM
Be part of a first-of-its-kind nationwide fundraiser for AMTA!
 
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Jul 15, 2013 06:13 PM
An advanced look at meetings, concurrent sessions, clinical practice forum and CMTE courses planned for the 2013 conference.
 
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Jul 15, 2013 03:50 PM
A benefit of current membership in AMTA, Ann Lipe, Betsey King and Laurie Keogh share an overview of music therapy with older adults in this latest AMTA-pro podcast.
 
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Jul 12, 2013 06:16 PM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 16, No 2 is now available for current AMTA members. Log in and go to Member Resources>Online Publications & Podcasts>Music Therapy Matters.
 
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Jul 12, 2013 02:45 PM
AMTA's newest publication is now available in the online store. "Bright Start Music: A Developmental Program for Music Therapists, Parents, and Teachers of Young Children" by Darcy Walworth. Go to Bookstore>Visit the Bookstore and search for Bright Start to order your copy today.
 
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Jul 02, 2013 03:14 PM
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Jun 25, 2013 11:40 PM
E. Thayer Gaston Award (Student) --- Anne Emery Kyllo Award (Professional) --- Florence Tyson Grant for Psychotherapy (Professional) --- Visit www.musictherapy.org/careers/scholars for details!
 
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Jun 21, 2013 02:17 PM
A benefit of current membership in AMTA, Rebecca Vaudreuil, MT-BC gives an overview of the role of music therapy and the structure of services provided to all branches of the military in inpatient programs as well as in Wounded Warrior Battalion transition and community reintegration programs in this latest AMTA-pro podcast.
 
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Jun 11, 2013 07:11 PM
Online registration for AMTA's Annual Conference "Voices of the Sea: Music Therapy @ Florida" in Jacksonville, Florida is now open. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate all things music therapy! The Opening Session starts November 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Click the Attend a Conference button for more information.
 
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May 28, 2013 03:00 PM
AMTA's Member Appreciation Sale includes 50% off all AMTA publications in the online store now through June 30, 2013!
 
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Apr 30, 2013 10:38 AM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 16, No 1 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org.
 
Apr 25, 2013 04:44 PM
"American Idol" finalists visit Children's Hospital Los Angeles and experience a music therapy program offered within the hospital's Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit.
 
Apr 15, 2013 04:40 PM
“Researchers concluded that live music, played or sung, helped to slow infants' heartbeats, calm their breathing, improve sucking behaviors important for feeding, aid sleep & promote states of quiet alertness. Doctors & researchers say that by reducing stress & stabilizing vital signs, music can allow infants to devote more energy to normal development...” “Some neonatologists say babies receiving music therapy leave hospitals sooner, which can aid development & family bonding & save money.”
 
Apr 03, 2013 03:30 PM
Music therapists Ashley Taylor, Lisa Gallagher, Megan Peterson, Carolyn Bowes, Heather Lantry, Faith Halverson-Ramos, & JoAnn Jordan gathered around the AMTA-Pro microphone. What do these colleagues have in common? All have experienced cancer from different viewpoints. In this podcast, available to current AMTA members, they talk briefly about challenges related to their cancer & share thoughtful insights & suggestions for music therapists working with people diagnosed with cancer.
 
Apr 02, 2013 02:32 PM
Music Therapist and AMTA member, Dr. Michael Viega was a panelist on a Huffington Post Live webcast exploring "Your Brain on Art." The panel discussed research studying brain activity of free style rappers and the possible implications for creativity. Thanks to Michael for plugging music therapy!
 
Mar 26, 2013 06:36 PM
Now is the time to submit and share your expertise with the music therapy community for "Voices of the Sea: Music Therapy @ Florida” - Jacksonville , Florida - November 20 – 24. Make sure to submit your CMTE or Concurrent Session Proposal by the deadline: Friday, March 29, 2013.
 
Mar 25, 2013 03:32 PM
New procedure to submit Research Abstract Submissions for the 2013 AMTA National Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Deadline for submissions is June 7, 2013. Make your plans now!
 
Mar 18, 2013 07:17 PM
Amy Goyer, author, consultant and AARP's Family Expert, is also a former practicing music therapist. She has particular expertise in multigenerational and grandparenting issues. She is a blogger and spokesperson for AARP. Amy has presented at many AMTA conferences in the past. Join Amy for an online webchat on Tuesday, March 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET (copy/link below into browser) - http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-10-2012/live-online-caregiving-chat.html ​
 
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Mar 14, 2013 05:51 PM
Available to current AMTA members, music therapists Megumi Azekawa, Jeanne Quam, and Steve Quam experience Parkinson’s from three vastly different perspectives. Megumi is involved in the clinical and music therapy research aspect; Steve lives inside Parkinson’s after being diagnosed with the condition; and Jeanne experiences Parkinson’s from the perspective of spouse and care partner. All three music therapists share insights, experiences, and wisdom of great value to their colleagues.
 
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Mar 14, 2013 03:04 PM
James Markert’s new novel, A White Wind Blew, describes a dedicated physician battling the 1920s Tuberculosis epidemic without today’s antibiotics. Dr. Wolfgang Pike’s passion for music drives him to play his violin and create a patient orchestra to battle TB, the irrepressible enemy. Markert’s sister-in-law is a music therapist and an AMTA member.
 
Mar 12, 2013 03:20 PM
Back in June of 2012, Sally Abrahms, a writer and blogger who specializes in aging and boomers, contacted AMTA National Office about a story she was working on for AARP on family caregivers and music. The result was the following article in the current edition of the AARP Bulletin, one of the most widely read magazines in the world. Thanks to many AMTA members who refocused her project more on music therapy, continuing to create greater awareness of our wonderful profession.
 
Mar 01, 2013 07:00 AM
Announcing on March 1, 2013, the launch of imagine.unlimited, a global collaboration that connects early childhood music therapy research and practice.
 
Feb 28, 2013 06:30 PM
Membership in AMTA not only helps support our mission, but it helps you as a music therapist in more ways than you know. Being a member is the best way to participate in the future of our profession so be sure and renew your membership for the 2013 calendar year in order to take advantage of all the benefits membership in AMTA has to offer.
 
Feb 27, 2013 07:37 PM
The deadline for proposal submissions for the 2013 AMTA Conference is Friday, March 29, 2013.
 
Feb 25, 2013 05:10 PM
"Music has an innate quality that can assist us in the healing process from surgery. It can make us relax beforehand and soothe us afterwards. This art form is more than notes on a page or jingles on the radio. It is an art that can aid in the healing process and create a world in which the patient is stress free."
 
Feb 25, 2013 03:50 PM
The AMTA Board approved the recommendation of the Research Committee review panel, whose recommendation was to fund the research project:: “Effect of Music Assisted Relaxation Pre-Operative Training on Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Patients’ Pain Perception after Spinal Fusion (SF) Surgery,” as the recipient of the 2012 AMTA Clinician Based Grant. The Primary Investigator is Kirsten Nelson, MT-BC, from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
 
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Feb 20, 2013 03:00 PM
Available to current AMTA members, Dr. Laura Brown takes a brief break from teaching music therapy students at Western Illinois University for an AMTA-Pro Podcast interview about her research into the impact of music on emotional processing in the social interaction of children diagnosed with autism.​
 
Feb 15, 2013 10:08 PM
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards announced the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy's first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for contributions to our musical landscape and positive influence on students' musical experiences. There are many music therapists who are working as music educators - perhaps you know of one who should be recognized for the outstanding work that he or she brings to the profession.
 
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Feb 13, 2013 05:06 PM
In January 2013, music therapy bloggers and podcasters worked with the American Music Therapy Association and Certification Board for Music Therapists to spread the word about music therapy advocacy and the State Recognition Operational Plan through the social media airwaves. Thanks to all who participated! Read on for a full list.
 
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Feb 04, 2013 07:02 PM
Announcing the launch of Dr. Alicia Clair's AMTA E-course, "Music Therapy and Dementia: Protocols for Managing Problem Behaviors." Listen at your leisure and earn 5 CMTE credits from AMTA, a CBMT Approved Provider. This and other e-courses are available for purchase in the AMTA online store and at a discounted price for current AMTA members.
 
Jan 31, 2013 09:06 PM
After his stroke, doctors told Bill Forester’s family he may never speak or walk again. He turned to music therapy to retrain his brain and re-learn the skills he lost.
 
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Jan 28, 2013 06:33 PM
Amy Smith describes situations she encounters in her daily work and ways in which music therapy interventions impact infants and their families during critical days in the NICU. She discusses ways in which music can help parents connect with their little ones, normalize interactions, develop family rituals and familiar routines in the hectic hospital atmosphere, help their baby reach developmental milestones even when chronically ill, and celebrating in the midst of stress.
 
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Jan 22, 2013 06:05 PM
In January 2013, almost four dozen music therapy bloggers and podcasters are working with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) as they spread the word about music therapy advocacy and the State Recognition Operational Plan through the social media airwaves.
 
Jan 18, 2013 08:19 PM
HHS has issued a letter to health care providers to ensure that they are aware of their ability under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to take action, consistent with their ethical standards or other legal obligations, to disclose necessary information about a patient to law enforcement, family members of the patient, or other persons, when they believe the patient presents a serious danger to himself or other people.
 
Jan 17, 2013 07:30 PM
Parents can be powerful spokespersons regarding the impact of music therapy on their child. In the following award-winning story, one such father describes poignantly his daughter’s life challenges and her vital experiences in music therapy at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt School.
 
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Jan 16, 2013 06:15 PM
In honor of National Day of Service, January 19, 2013, Ben is performing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in front of a crowd of thousands of community service volunteers who are gathering from around the country. The community service he has chosen to represent is Music Therapy.
 
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Jan 09, 2013 07:38 PM
AMTA leaders, Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow and Dr. Mary Adamek worked with officials at the Kennedy Center to plan a conference exploring relationships between arts education and special education. AMTA members and others interested are encouraged to participate.
 
Jan 03, 2013 05:03 PM
A donation to the American Music Therapy Association's disaster response program fund from the Brenda H. Kaplan Music Fund will fund music therapy services among children affected by the Newtown, CT shooting. Music therapy services will be offered in cooperation with Board Certified Music Therapists who serve Newtown area schools.
 
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Jan 02, 2013 07:40 PM
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan shares information about new music therapy programs designed to support Veterans and their families as well as a review of music therapy's long history in serving the military.​
 
Dec 17, 2012 09:58 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is deeply saddened by events that happened in Newtown, Connecticut this past week. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Newtown and the entire New England region. We wish all those affected by this tragedy peace and comfort.
 
Dec 14, 2012 09:39 PM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now seeking input from the public on the concept paper, SAMHSA's Working Definition of Trauma and Principles and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach.
 
Dec 13, 2012 06:33 PM
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 15, No 3 & 4 combined issue is now available for current AMTA members
 
Dec 10, 2012 06:02 PM
The AMTA Board of Directors and the AMTA national office staff have all donated to AMTA this year—please join us!
 
Dec 10, 2012 05:57 PM
Remember when you’re shopping this season, 5% of any purchase you make at Amazon.com can go to benefit AMTA and its programs.
 
Dec 03, 2012 03:34 PM
Announcing the launch of the first in a series of AMTA E-courses, "Music Therapy Reimbursement: Sources and Steps to Success" by AMTA's Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, MT-BC, Managed Healthcare Professional.
 
Nov 30, 2012 07:52 PM
Membership in AMTA rocks and we want to know why! Read on for contest details and how you could win a free 2013 membership in AMTA.
 
Nov 28, 2012 03:02 PM
Check out our FAQs in the Public Policy section of the website under- Related Government Relations Updates.​
 
Nov 27, 2012 07:32 PM
AMTA recently received a $10,000 contribution from the Megara Foundation in Houston, Texas to support its mission.
 
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Nov 26, 2012 07:42 PM
Click on this link to read the latest column by AMTA Immediate Past President Ronna Kaplan in the Huffington Post: "Music Therapy for Individuals with Autism."
 
Nov 16, 2012 06:20 PM
The National Endowment for the Arts, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Department of Defense, partner to support wounded warriors and their families by creating a music therapy program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.
 
Nov 06, 2012 04:00 PM
The AMTA National Office will be closed for renovations as of Monday, November 19th and will reopen Wednesday, November 28th. Staff will not be accessing email or voice mail while the office is closed. In addition, there will be limited access to email and voice mail as of Wednesday, November 14th through Friday, November 16th. Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation.
 
The Art of Securing Funding: A Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled to take place November 3 at the Redmond Library in Redmond, WA from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Registration has been open for a week to Washington State Music Therapists. Limited Registration is now open to all MT-BCs, RMTs, and CMTS interested in participating. This program is sponsored by AMTA as part of the Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project technical assistance activities to advance music therapy services in the Puget Sound Region.
 
Oct 17, 2012 08:31 PM
You are invited to participate in a survey study entitled, “Evaluating Current Music Therapy Practices and Trends in Working with Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
 
Oct 11, 2012 03:19 AM
Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston is marking 10 years of its music therapy program. The program involves the clinical use of music in a medical setting to accomplish therapeutic goals such as pain management, anxiety reduction and physical rehabilitation. At Shriners in Boston, the focus is on burn care for children.
 
Oct 02, 2012 04:33 PM
The Opening Session of the AMTA Annual Conference begins Oct. 11th. For a sneak preview of the Conference Program before then, click to view it online.
 
Oct 02, 2012 03:52 PM
The "AMTA Member Survey & Workforce Analysis," a benefit of current membership in AMTA, provides a detailed descriptive statistical narrative about demographics, employment, salaries, and other helpful information to draw a snapshot of the music therapy profession.
 
Oct 02, 2012 02:54 AM
The American Music Therapy Association invites you to the 2012 Annual Conference, Opening Celebration where will celebrate our theme: Changing Winds: Innovation in Music Therapy. The doors open at 7:00pm October 11. Be a part of the action and join us and music therapist, Christine Stevens as you become a part of our soundscape during warm up to the Opening Celebration. Feel free to download the sound clips onto your smartphone, iPad, tablet or portable player!
 
Sep 21, 2012 07:59 PM
AMTA has been working very diligently to find our conference participants the best possible deal for airport transportation. Read on for some low-cost options for getting to and from the conference hotel.​
 
Sep 13, 2012 02:55 PM
AMTA staff held a conference call with 4 fabulously talented singer-songwriters known as “The Bitchin’ Babes.” The “Babes” will perform for the Opening Session at the AMTA annual conference next month. The “Babes” were fascinated to see videos depicting music therapy in action and to learn about the many populations with whom we work. They asked great questions and expressed their admiration for the valuable work of music therapists. Don’t miss what promises to be the show of a lifetime!
 
Sep 11, 2012 07:35 PM
Reminder: The 2012 AMTA Conference Hotel Is Filling Up Fast. Make your reservations before rooms are gone or rates go up September 18th.
 
Sep 04, 2012 04:05 PM
For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Academy of Sciences will co-host a public workshop that will explore the benefit of the arts to the health and well-being of older adults. The workshop is expected to help inform the NEA and the NIH of potential opportunities for research in this area.
 
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Aug 31, 2012 04:00 AM
The 2012 Conference Addendum is available now and contains complete descriptions, goals and objectives for additional courses and CMTE credits you can earn at the 2012 AMTA Conference. You can still add CMTE courses, Institutes, and Pre-Conference Trainings, but space is limited, so sign up today!
 
SILVER SPRING, MD – August 30, 2012 – The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Editors of AMTA’s peer-reviewed journals, the Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) and Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP), are pleased to announce a publication enhancement with the launch of PeerTrack™. The customized software supports online article submission and peer review.
 
Aug 22, 2012 06:48 PM
"One of the moments that taught me the most about the power of the inner music happened when I was working with a young child in a healing center for the wounds of war."
 
Aug 22, 2012 06:47 PM
"Music can be a form of therapy for many people who are dealing with physical, emotional and intellectual challenges. The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at Cal State Northridge is considered a great option for many people."
 
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SILVER SPRING, MD – August 6, 2012 A recent small grant research award from the NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research funded a pilot study examining the effects of vocal music therapy on core outcomes in chronic pain management. The Principal Investigator of the study is Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, Associate Professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Drexel University. Dr. Bradt is a music therapist and Professional Member of the American Music Therapy Association.
 
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Aug 06, 2012 07:28 PM
Music therapy took an unexpected turn in San Diego, CA when Dr. Barbara Reuer moved into town. Innovative programs, the expansion of music therapy services in the community, the “business” of music therapy, the thrill of training new therapists, as well as heartfelt stories about ways in which music and therapy have touched her life abound in this AMTA-pro podcast which is a benefit of membership in AMTA. Click to read more.
 
Jul 24, 2012 06:06 AM
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We express our condolences to the people of Colorado. Know that music therapists throughout the world support of the people of Colorado. Professional members of the American Music Therapy Association are active in response and recovery following disaster events such as the Aurora, Colorado shooting. We extend our support to the music therapists of Colorado, and especially those in the greater Denver area as they and their community deal with this horrible event.
 
Jul 20, 2012 04:39 PM
The newest edition of AMTA's member newsletter is now available. Log in with your current member email address and password, then go to Member Resources>Member Toolkit to read your copy today!
 
Jul 20, 2012 03:30 PM
The 2011 Annual Report is now available. Read on to review highlights, successes and progress made last year as the music therapy profession became stronger than ever!
 
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Jul 13, 2012 03:47 PM
New AMTA-pro podcast, "Debbie Dacus: Music Therapy from Different Angles." Debbie has 25 years of clinical experience, has published several books and coauthored several music therapy resources, and is currently preparing to teach at the university level. In this podcast, Debbie shares compelling stories from her daily work and talks with about lessons learned from her experiences in music and in music therapy over the years.
 
Music therapy and music interventions were added to the NIH/NCI PDQ on Supportive and Palliative Care. The online entry includes a short description on the use of music therapy for pain. The final copy is online in a physician and patient version.
 
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Jul 07, 2012 10:32 AM
July 11 is the last day to register for the AMTA 2012 Conference and save! Click the Attend a Conference button to learn more and to register online before registration rates increase.
 
Jun 29, 2012 07:07 PM
Want to know what Affordable Care Act implementation will look like in your state?
 
Jun 28, 2012 07:26 PM
In a historic 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The individual mandate was ruled constitutional, allowing health reform and the Medicaid expansion to move forward. AMTA will continue to monitor implementation of the Affordable Care Act and advocate for our members as implementation moves forward.
 
Jun 22, 2012 06:42 PM
You can now see the planned concurrent session and meeting schedule for the 2012 AMTA Conference. Check it out, then click the Attend a Conference button to register for the conference before the early deadline of July 11, 2012 for maximum savings on your conference registration.
 
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Jun 21, 2012 05:41 PM
Special Gift to current AMTA Members in thanks for your support of AMTA. From now through JULY 31st only, current AMTA Members get your AMTA books at HALF OFF the already low member price!
 
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Jun 18, 2012 07:45 PM
Come visit the AMTA exhibit at the Abilities Expo: Chicago • June 29 - July 1, 2012 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. Friday 11 AM - 5 PM • Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM • Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM Free Admission!!!
 
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Jun 05, 2012 03:18 PM
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, a benefit of membership in AMTA, Dr. Deforia Lane shares the compelling story of her career as a music therapist, a journey that actually began when she was in kindergarten. Deforia went on to develop new music therapy programs for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and music therapy in medical settings. Tune in and be inspired.
 
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May 31, 2012 04:55 PM
Online registration is now open for the 2012 AMTA Conference, Changing Winds: Innovation in Music Therapy. An educational and networking experience you will not want to miss!
 
May 22, 2012 04:23 PM
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering names of potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect.
 
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May 22, 2012 04:00 PM
The PAL device, invented by AMTA-member, Dr. Jayne Standley, is now widely available. Florida State University has announced the availability of the Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL) device to hospitals around the world.
 
May 17, 2012 02:05 PM
The Fulton County music therapy program started in 1991 under the direction of Amber Weldon-Stephens, and continues to expand and to impact not only the lives of the students, but also teachers, classroom aids, therapists, families, and the community as a whole. Listen to this AMTA member-only podcast about the structure of the music therapy program in the Fulton County Schools, the website connection, and about other details of interest.
 
May 16, 2012 11:20 PM
The American Psychiatric Association posted their last major revisions for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The public is invited to submit comments until June 15, 2012. To comment, please go to http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Registration.aspx and register as a participant. For more information on the proposed changes:
 
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May 02, 2012 01:08 AM
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia signed into law SB 414. This legislation creates a music therapy license in Georgia.
 
May 01, 2012 06:29 PM
Read more in the Public Policy section:
 
May 01, 2012 06:00 PM
SILVER SPRING, MD – MAY 1, 2012 – The Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project, a project of the American Music Therapy Association, is pleased to announce the awarding of a $34,000 grant to Seattle Children’s Hospital to increase music therapy services for children and families affected by cancer. This funding will be used to add music therapy services provided by a board-certified music therapist on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Inpatient Care Unit at Seattle Children’s.
 
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be holding Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9th, 2012. AMTA is a regular participant. This year, SAMHSA wants to hear about any music events held in your community that correspond to the theme for this year's Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day: "Heroes of Hope." Read more on how you can participate:
 
Apr 24, 2012 09:26 PM
"Every music therapist has a wealth of stories about a musical moment mixed with a clinical moment. It is when art and science create awareness, an accomplishment and a breakthrough. The power and effect of music therapy can build understanding as it relates to total mind and body healing." from the National Stroke Association.
 
Apr 24, 2012 07:30 PM
Music therapy now a licensed profession in 3 states.
 
Apr 24, 2012 06:42 PM
"Music therapy can improve focus, help keep a meltdown at bay, ease everyday tasks like bathing or give expression to a child who’d never spoken before."
 
Apr 24, 2012 04:45 PM
“Most people are just awed by the power of music to awaken a person with Alzheimer's disease,” says music therapist Al Bumanis, a spokesman for the American Music Therapy Association in Silver Spring, Maryland. “The reawakening of the connection between patient and caregiver when they’re singing together can be very moving,”
 
Apr 20, 2012 10:15 PM
The music therapy literature has documented the power of this amazing medium for over a half-century. Alicia Clair offers some insights into our profession's long history using music to enhance quality of life for elders and their families.
 
Apr 10, 2012 12:55 PM
NBC recently produced a piece about music therapy for their program, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Though the piece did not air during the regularly scheduled showtime, it was published on the MSNBC website.
 
Apr 09, 2012 09:27 PM
The producers of the scheduled music therapy segment for the Monday night edition (4/9) of NBC Nightly News have contacted AMTA and apologized for postponing the broadcast. “It looks like we will not be airing this story after all. Another story came up, and they don't plan to run it in the immediate future as of now." AMTA will keep you informed as to when the story is rescheduled. As you know, this commonly happens with media productions.
 
Apr 05, 2012 09:17 PM
NBC Nightly News is scheduled to air a segment on Music Therapy on Monday, April 9th. The story features the work of AMTA member Jodi Levine with the elderly at the Avery Heights Health Care Center in Hartford, CT. NBC worked with many other therapists including Kat Fulton, Cathy Knoll and Ronna Kaplan and is interested in doing more. Please look for promos on NBC over the weekend and check your local NBC affiliate for broadcast time. As always,the broadcast schedule is subject to change.
 
Apr 04, 2012 08:24 PM
The first issue of AMTA's newsletter Music Therapy Matters is now available online for current AMTA members. Click "continue reading" to go to the Music Therapy Matters page, then log in with your email address and password to read your copy today. Learn more about the upcoming conference, how artist Ben Folds is helping to advocate for music therapy, an address from AMTA's new president and more.​
 
Apr 02, 2012 07:31 PM
A peek into a regular music therapy session with all the little "magic moments" that happen along the way.
 
Mar 30, 2012 07:39 PM
The second in a 2-part series of AMTA-Pro podcasts about music therapy in neonatal ICU. Experienced professionals discuss aspects of current practice, the breadth of issues encountered in NICU, the broadening scope of services, the growing research agenda, and the eminent explosion in demand for music therapy services in NICU settings around the country.
 
Mar 29, 2012 05:20 PM
This AMTA-Pro podcast, the first of a 2-part series, features a lively conversation between three experienced professionals talking about their work as music therapists in neonatal intensive care units (NICU).
 
Mar 22, 2012 01:26 AM
Music therapists talk about state-of-the-art of music therapy in this growing field. Lauren DiMaio, Russell Hilliard, and Natalie Wlodarczyk discuss exciting possibilities for expansion of music therapy in hospice and complex ethical dilemmas that arise in care for people of all ages dealing with a wide variety of end-of-life issues along with heartwarming stories about music as therapy, touching patients, families, and staff in meaningful ways as individuals approach the end of life.
 
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Mar 15, 2012 01:55 PM
AMTA's Immediate Past President, Ronna Kaplan, continues her column covering all things music therapy in the popular online journal "The Huffington Post." Click to go to the website and read her latest entry, "Music Therapy Intervention in Medical Settings."
 
Mar 15, 2012 01:34 PM
Music therapists Donna Polen, Julie Andring, & Laurie Farnan share compelling stories & insights based on decades of experience in music therapy for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities. These experienced professionals discuss different models of service delivery as well as challenges that arise as services, funding, & living arrangements evolve for this population. They vividly illustrate the importance of music therapy of many with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
Mar 09, 2012 05:24 PM
Ben Folds continues to advocate for music therapy, will perform in Washington, D.C. April 16 as part of Americans for the Arts - Arts Advocacy Day 2012
 
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Mar 07, 2012 05:56 PM
What do twelve music therapists plus one program announcement offering funding for projects add up to? A lot of creativity and a diversity of music therapy activity! Puget Sound Area music therapists answered the September, 2011 Program Announcement with varied and creative projects that will enhance the quality of music therapy services in the region.
 
Feb 29, 2012 07:14 PM
Quoted in this recent Washington Times article, Dr. Connie Tomaino, executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and senior vice president for music therapy services at Beth Abraham Family Health Services in the Bronx, N.Y. says, "Music allows connections to remain. It allows people to be with each other in a way they couldn’t be if music weren’t present."
 
Feb 28, 2012 02:09 PM
The February 27th edition of the PBS Newshour broadcast included a story on music therapy. Music Therapy programs in Northern California and historical footage from AMTA were featured. Click to watch the video online.
 
Feb 23, 2012 07:16 PM
All are invited to submit proposals for sessions at AMTA's 2012 Conference: Changing Winds: Innovation in Music Therapy – St Charles, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). Read on for more details and how to follow conference news and updates.
 
Feb 17, 2012 09:28 PM
Make plans now for the 2012 AMTA Conference in October this year. Read on for more details.
 
Feb 14, 2012 01:35 PM
Nevada State Senator Takes Stand on Music Therapy Music therapist Judith Pinkerton and Nevada State Senator Moises Denis talk about the complex process and interesting journey they followed for obtaining state licensure for music therapists.
 
Feb 08, 2012 04:57 PM
Here's your chance to be included in the AMTA 2012 Conference Research Poster Session. Deadline for submissions is June 29, 2012.
 
Feb 07, 2012 04:49 PM
We are pleased to announce new appointments to the AMTA Board of Directors and AMTA Committees.
 
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Feb 07, 2012 02:58 PM
In January 2012, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) successfully spread the word about music therapy advocacy and government relations through the social media airwaves. Read on to find out thoughts, ideas, and questions about what it means to be a music therapy advocate.
 
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Feb 07, 2012 02:49 PM
Celebrity Spokesperson Robin Spielberg never misses an opportunity to promote the work of music therapists. Read the latest article featuring an interview with Robin.
 
Feb 01, 2012 06:55 PM
Excerpts of music therapy now appear in the Autism Speaks Video Glossary, in the new Treatments section. You will find music therapy under "Clinical Therapies." Users must set up a (free) account and password in order to access the glossary and can then watch descriptions of work with children at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center.
 
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Jan 25, 2012 09:19 PM
AMTA presented Kenneth E. Bruscia as the William W. Sears Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker at the annual AMTA conference in Atlanta, Georgia in November, 2011. Dr. Bruscia’s lecture, “Ways of Thinking in Music Therapy,” is an analysis of various ways of thinking about the respective roles of music, therapist, and client, and how these roles are configured in different models and styles of music therapy practice.
 
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with technical and subject matter experts from education, business, and industry to develop a comprehensive competency model for the Allied Health industry sector. AMTA participated as a Validator and Industry Champion in the Model development process.
 
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Jan 20, 2012 04:57 PM
In January 2012, over 3 dozen music therapy bloggers and podcasters are working with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) as they spread the word about music therapy advocacy and the State Recognition Operational Plan through the social media airwaves.
 
Jan 19, 2012 06:27 PM
Ben Folds wanted to perform for the cause because he believes music unifies and heals.
 
Jan 19, 2012 03:57 PM
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, two music therapy students describe the diverse paths they took coming into the field as well as interesting experiences along the way that have equipped them for the journey through internship and into successful professional careers.
 
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Jan 09, 2012 09:07 PM
AMTA's Immediate Past President, Ronna Kaplan continues her blog with The Huffington Post: "Music therapists sometimes use arts integration to address state academic content standards. In a preschool class where many of the children had speech and language delays, the music therapist helped children identify matching sounds and recognize rhymes in songs and words, part of a core pre-kindergarten language arts standard."
 
Jan 09, 2012 09:04 PM
"Unlike speech, controlled by the left side of the brain, music engages both sides of the brain. And because both sides of the brain are involved, music is ideal for reigniting the brain’s spark plugs."​
 
Jan 09, 2012 05:35 PM
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce the election results for the offices of President Elect and Vice President Elect, 2012-2013 term. Congratulations to Amelia Furman, the new President Elect and to Lisa Gallagher, the new Vice President Elect! Thank you to Amy, Paul Nolan, Lisa, and Michele Erich who agreed to be candidates. Thank you also to the Nominating Committee, chaired by Barbara Wheeler, who recruited such strong candidates for the two positions.
 
Dec 21, 2011 06:28 PM
The 4th issue of the AMTA Newsletter is now available for current members, chock full of articles and information from Mickey Hart's tour and music therapy advocacy, to Wilson Trust project progress, to 2011 conference memories. Log in to read or download today!
 
Dec 20, 2011 10:13 PM
The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a new task force to encourage research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. A white paper titled "The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being," examines the relationship between the arts and positive health and educational outcomes at various segments of the lifespan.
 
Dec 19, 2011 03:06 PM
Call for proposals for the 2012 AMTA Annual Conference. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2012. Conference dates: October 11-14, 2012.
 
Dec 16, 2011 08:41 PM
Music therapy was the topic on "Science Friday" with Ira Flatow and guests, Oliver Sacks, Connie Tomaino, Joke Bradt, and Andrew Rosetti. Check the Science Friday website for podcasts.
 
Dec 15, 2011 05:53 PM
The popular and respected radio program Science Friday will devote a full hour this Friday, December 16, from 2-3 p.m. to music therapy. Joke Bradt, Connie Tomaino, Andrew Rossetti and Dr. Oliver Sacks will join host Ira Flatow.
 
Dec 15, 2011 05:48 PM
Connie Tomaino is a world-renowned speaker, author, researcher, and clinician, and she is even the subject of the movie, "The Music Never Stopped." In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Connie tells the intriguing story of her journey in music therapy, traveling a road filled with some surprising twists and turns over the years. A benefit of current AMTA membership, log in with your email address and password to listen.
 
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Dec 09, 2011 06:07 PM
Please remember AMTA in your year-end giving plans. Donations can be given online through the AMTA Bookstore or by printing and mailing in a donation form with your gift.
 
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Dec 09, 2011 01:39 PM
Have you noticed? Music therapy was everywhere in 2011! Bestselling novels, a major motion picture, the first state licenses in music therapy, a brand new AMTA website, and federal recognition of the profession of music therapy by the U.S. Department of Labor, all make it an exciting time to be part of your association and our great profession. Help us continue the momentum in 2012. Join or renew your AMTA membership in 2012 today.
 
Dec 08, 2011 09:45 PM
The IOM held a workshop earlier this year to examine the current allied health care workforce and consider how it can contribute to improving health care access, quality, and effectiveness. Summary and additional information found here:
 
Dec 07, 2011 09:22 PM
The Department of Health and Human Services announces the Health Care Innovation Challenge from the CMS Innovation Center, a new initiative designed to test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and reduce costs across the country. The Challenge will award up to $1 billion in total grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP.
 
Dec 07, 2011 06:08 PM
New AMTA-pro podcast for current AMTA members: In November of 2011, AMTAS leadership gathered for an informal discussion about the field of music therapy from the perspective of students and interns. Listen to their reasons for entering the field, inspiring clinical experiences, and the challenges they encounter juggling classes, music, therapy, practicums, and other aspects of being a music therapy student.
 
Dec 01, 2011 07:22 PM
Membership in AMTA rocks! Your membership provides you so many benefits that you use everyday and we want to hear about them. AMTA and the Membership Committee will give away two free 2012 memberships in AMTA to one winner from each social media outlet: Facebook and Twitter. Click to read contest rules and how to participate.
 
Nov 30, 2011 05:52 PM
States receive more flexibility, resources to implement Affordable Insurance Exchanges. More than half of states now creating marketplaces to help millions of families and small businesses buy insurance. ​
 
Nov 29, 2011 12:52 PM
From USA Today: "It was music that got me into that jolly fun-loving (mood again). And it helped me to help other people change their mood as well," Gordon says. "I was able to get up in the morning smiling. Music therapy is what did it." Music therapy is increasingly used to treat a wide range of problems, from brain injury to aging to cystic fibrosis.
 
Mickey Hart expresses his deep regret and disappointment that he is unable to attend the AMTA conference as planned and offers a special invitation to 2011 Conference Attendees.
 
Nov 15, 2011 12:01 PM
From Diane Sawyer with ABC News: "In the 10 months since a bullet to the brain left her in critical condition, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords has relearned how to talk -- a feat largely credited to music therapy."
 
Diane Sawyer of ABC News discusses her special about Giffords and husband Mark Kelly. Watch tonight to see her story and how music therapy aided her in her recovery.
 
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the AMTA Annual Conference at the Atlanta Hilton, beginning with a free institute on Wednesday, November 16th. Still plenty of space in all the Institutes and CMTEs. Make sure to catch our gala Opening Session at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 17th!
 
Nov 11, 2011 01:47 PM
"Music therapy is empowering. It allows people with special needs to engage in the vibrant and participatory world of music, and creates a vessel for learning and social interaction in people who would otherwise find it difficult to do these things." Click to watch this video from the Veria Network featuring music therapist and AMTA member, Robert Krout.
 
At the General Business meetings Atlanta proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation and to the AMTA Bylaws will be brought to the membership. Both documents are important to AMTA, and when changes or amendments are needed, the AMTA membership votes. Please read on for a discussion of the proposed changes.
 
2011 AMTA Conference Attendees can receive a discount on roundtrip fare from the Atlanta Airport to the conference hotel in downtown Atlanta with TAASS Airport Shuttle Service.
 
Attendees can check out the 2011 Conference Final Program online now!
 
Nov 07, 2011 07:24 PM
AMTA's new acronym implementation policy will be become effective no later than January 1, 2012.
 
Nov 01, 2011 07:22 PM
The Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR), held a congressional briefing entitled, “Protecting the Future of Medicare Rehabilitation.” on Tuesday, November 1st, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building.
 
Candidates’ Biographical Summaries & Responses to Questions about Elected Positions & the Music Therapy Profession may be found online in the member area. Current 2011 Professional, Retired & Honorary Life AMTA members should be prepared to vote as usual via the US Postal Service. Your ballot will be mailed on November 9, 2011, so expect to see it in your mailbox within a week of that date. Your completed ballot must be postmarked on or before December 12, 2011. No exceptions will be made.
 
Oct 14, 2011 05:15 PM
AMTA releases its 2010 Annual Report. Read more for a review of highlights, successes and association activities over the past year.
 
Oct 14, 2011 05:11 PM
The newest issue of Music Therapy Matters, Vol. 14, No. 3 is now online. Members can look inside for information on music therapy happenings across the country, an update on the Wilson Trust initiative, an interview with Dr. Clifford Madsen and more. Check it out today.
 
From The Harvard Crimson: “It’s just amazing to see how music can touch children and adults, and how it can heal and make a difference in people’s lives in so many different ways,” said Marcia E. Humpal, former vice-president of American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and current co-chair of AMTA’s Autism Strategic Priority Workgroup.
 
"A new study finds music therapy promotes reaction and helps ease pain in critical care patients." Michelle Miller reports for CBS News.
 
Oct 10, 2011 04:25 PM
AMTA is excited to announce the launch of a new and innovative project and we are asking for your help. You have the opportunity to submit a short video in which you expand on the statement “Music therapy is…”
 
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Oct 10, 2011 12:52 PM
Check out AMTA’s most recent addition to our growing inventory of publications now available in the Bookstore! Music Therapy and Geriatric Populations: A Handbook for Practicing Music Therapists and Healthcare Professionals
 
From Psychology Today: "With each subsequent music therapy session, my father grew more engaged. During the sixth session, several other residents peeked into my dad's room... The music transforms them."​
 
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Please click the Events then AMTA Annual Conference tabs to register online. You may also fax a completed form to 301-589-5175 or mail by midnight, 10/5/11, to take advantage of the discounted rates.
 
Oct 04, 2011 06:57 PM
The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011, was signed into law on September 30, 2011 by President Obama. The law authorizes $693 million in continued federal investment over three years for autism research, treatment and services.
 
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Sep 22, 2011 04:51 PM
New Huffington Post article from AMTA President, Ronna Kaplan.
 
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Regular registration for AMTA's 2011 Conference ends October 5th. Register today before registration rates increase up to $100! Check out the Preliminary Program Addendum for even more info on continuing education courses.
 
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Sep 19, 2011 05:59 PM
Seattle, WA - September 16, 2011 - As part of The Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project (WTMTP), the American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a Program Announcement: Pay-It-Forward Microloans. The purpose of this Program Announcement is to improve music therapy service availability and accessibility in the Puget Sound region of Washington. This program provides small grant funding and is open to qualified AMTA-member music therapists residing in the Puget Sound region.
 
AMTA is proud to announce that two of the most prestigious organizations in Washington, D.C., the Levine School of Music and Children’s National Medical Center, recently hired AMTA members to start brand-new music therapy programs.
 
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AMTA’s annual early childhood online magazine, imagine, volume 2, issue 1 is now available.
 
Sep 09, 2011 06:07 PM
For any of our colleagues and friends affected by earthquake, hurricane, flood, wildfire threat and/or power outages, it has been a long several weeks. Please know we send our good energy your way. Here are some updates and information resources which may be helpful now or in the future.
 
Sep 09, 2011 04:00 PM
Ten years ago we gasped and held our collective breath. Music therapists slowly exhaled, gathered together, and set forth on a journey of healing and hope that continues today. The American Music Therapy Association, and our entire community of music therapists, takes this time to reflect, remember, and move forward in hope and peace.
 
The policy adopted unanimously by the Assembly of Delegates in 2010 states that AMTA and its regions will use acronyms only for academic degrees, MT-BC, other credentials (e.g., NCC, CCC-SLP), licenses (e.g., LCAT, LMHC), state registries (e.g., WMTR), National Music Therapy Registry designations until 2020, and music therapy professional designations from other countries. AMTA encourages its members to limit their use of acronyms to credentials and designations in this list.
 
From the author of Awakenings comes this heartwarming tale of a father and son who find a connection through the music that embodied the generation gap of the 1960s. An unforgettable soundtrack features the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and more. Special features include: audio commentary with director Jim Kohlberg, interviews with author Oliver Sacks, cast interviews, and deleted scenes. Order your copy from AMTA and help support the music therapy profession.
 
Far from being a simple exercise of playing music to a passive listener, music therapy today is defined by the AMTA as "clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions."
 
Music therapy may help people with cancer to reduce their anxiety and pain, a new review suggests.
 
Marking it Work: MT-BC and Small Business Owner, with Meredith Roman Pizzi
 
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More information about Trainings, Institutes, CMTE courses, Concurrent Sessions & Meeting Schedule in the Mini-Preliminary Program
 
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AMTA President Ronna Kaplan continues her Huffington Post column, discussing global perspectives in music therapy.
 
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of "Forever Young: Music and Aging"
 
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AMTA Pres.,Ronna Kaplan and JMTA Executive Dir., Michiko Kato meet at the World Federation meeting in S. Korea
Generous donors & fund raising events around the country helped AMTA Disaster Relief Fund support the Japan music therapy community after the 2011 Japan earthquake & tsunami
 
Featured in Chicago's "Chicago Parent" online magazine. Also featured: AMTA & Illinois music therapy advocacy.
 
Scottish actor helps cancer patients through music, advocacy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC
 
The latest issue of Music Therapy Matters (Vol.14, No.2) is available online now.
 
Winston-Salem Journal features story on music therapy and licensure in N.C.
 
Two states successfully enacted music therapy licensure legislation in 2011!
 
Please respond & help us draw an accurate picture of the profession.
 
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AMTA in the ATL: Advocacy, Therapy, Leadership
Registration now open & Early discounts in effect until August 3
 
New York Times article discusses Workd Science Festival. Jazz musicians and brain scientists in a World Science Festival panel discussion riffed on spontaneity, the power of listening and whether all this analysis kills the joy. (It doesn’t.). http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/science/06wsfmusic.html?_r=1&src=mv&ref=science​
 
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Jun 02, 2011 09:13 PM
AMTA President Ronna Kaplan appeared in Huffington Post in her initial blog introducing music therapy to the Huffington Post readers.
 
The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download.
 
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