Seeking input from marginalized members:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is going to host a Zoom call to gain input from marginalized members on the search process on Monday 4/6 at 9:00PM ET with the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/4080593600

Executive Director search

Membership-wide Zoom calls regarding new Executive Director search:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is offering three membership-wide Zoom calls on the following days:

Monday 3/30 at 7:00pm ET

Wednesday 4/1 at 8:30am ET

Thursday 4/2 at 9:00pm ET

 

**Since her Zoom platform can only handle up to 100 participants, she created a Google doc sign-up sheet, with overflow sign-up instructions to alert her if she needs to create new Zoom calls. Please sign up to provide your input. 

If the above link to the sign up sheet does not work, please go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15n5lmt8EvzYq2GEacllMlpAbNp6MczRiOL9XirgKRXo/edit

#NERAMTAcommunityresources

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

#NERAMTAcommunityresources
 
As a community, the NER-AMTA aims to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete the NER-AMTA COVID-19 Impact Survey in efforts to provide insight on how professional, student, and intern music therapists are affected at this time. This survey is open to all, and is encouraged to be completed by both members and nonmembers. Please share and invite others to complete.
 
Complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/4dobTiDeQn2kiArV8
 
 
Thank you!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to
 membership@musictherapynewengland.org
 

Mark Fuller Jr, MT-BC
Membership Representative
markf@musictherapynewengland.org

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource Please share this relief resource in efforts to support those seeking assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Music Relief Resources

(credits to Nichelle J. Mungo and community)

1. The Boston Artist Relief Fund (formally the Opportunity Fund):

https://www.boston.gov/news/boston-establishes-artist-relief-fund-response-coronavirus

2. The Record Co, Music Maker Relief Fund:

https://www.therecordco.org/relief

3. Boston Singers Resource: https://www.bostonsingersresource.org/programs/bsrf/application

4. Musicians Foundation Resources: 

Apply

5. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

6. Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources: 

COVID-19 Resources

Community Resources Updated 3/19/20

As a community, the NER-AMTA will continue to share resources to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share these resources among one another. If you are in need of assistance, or affected by COVID-19, please reach out to membership@newenglandmusictherapy.org. We hope you are staying well during this time of storm.

If you have resources that you would like shared, please reach out to membership@musictherapynewengland.org

 

Music Therapy Community Mutual Aid Intake (for folks affected by COVID-19)

Google form for #musictherapy professionals and students affected by COVID-19 and those who may be in positions to help. Created by Natasha Thomas. Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSbzr4TuCeEf5B_grKkubeocLNWGeoZNu6PLWLQVD0LOFn2Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1xnbbRidCg_lump1MGLu1lFywI_01ZaY6otjVr-Qbva9z_b6lglNyOFKI

 

Virtual Supervision

“Connection is vital at such a difficult time.

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux is “offering remote supervision groups to any music therapists or students during this difficult time for what you are able to pay (or free). Once this is over and life (and bank accounts) return to some semblance of normal, my regular fees will return.” For more information, 

Email:  mtbcawp@gmail.com

 

Music Therapy Support Blog

Music Brings Harmony to the Staccato of the World.” Suzanne Hanser has started a blog for support around managing stress and anxiety: http://www.suzannehanser.com/music-strategies-for-wellbeing

2020 Conference Suspended

March 13, 2020

 

Dear NER Music Therapists:

The wellness and safety of community is our top priority. With that in mind and given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 conference.

If you have registered for the 2020 NER conference, you will receive a full refund for your conference registration fees.

Each attendee is responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservation, and we urge you to contact the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa as soon as possible in order to secure your refund with them.

Moving forward, we are exploring options to provide an alternative conference experience before the 2021 NER conference and will keep you updated as we learn more.

I hope that you are staying well during this stressful time. Please keep connecting virtually, making music, and taking care.

Best,

Adrienne

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

 

Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Music Therapist

Our Music Therapist is responsible for planning, organizing and conducting a comprehensive music therapy program.

Required qualifications:

 Appropriate licensure Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
 Excellent oral and written communication skills
 Ability to use technology effectively
 Self-motivated learner
 Bachelor’s Degree
 Provide appropriate and effective learning experience

 

Job Type: Contract

 

Contact information:

Dana Spinney

Dspinney@htnr.net

508-852-1000

 

Get involved!

Hello, NER music therapists!

 

Are you interested in volunteering to help fellow music therapists and the organization? Here are two ways to get involved. Please email me at president@neramta.org if you are interested in these position

 

The Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup provides support to music therapists for incorporating, consulting for and educating about music listening programming for all populations. Information and resources for the workgroup are made available to music therapists through AMTA non-members and members area website pages, online CMTE course, concurrent and CMTE presentations at state, regional and national music therapy conferences. This position is great for you if you are available for periodic conference calls and are especially interested in dementia care. 

 

AMTA is seeking 5-6 members from each region to serve as scholarship reviewers for 2020. There are eight scholarship categories for which AMTA will need reviewersduring 2020. Reviewers are provided with applications and rubric sheets to assist with the review of required documents, and typically have 7-14 days to review applications and return results to the Scholarship Chair. If you are interested and available to review at least three AMTA scholarships during the 2020 calendar year, please email me no later than February 20, 2020. 

 

Best,

Adrienne Flight

 

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

 

 

 

Pay it forward

Pay It Forward application has been extended! 

Apply today at: https://forms.gle/eiMzr5PLHdLjKVT66

Application Deadline: Monday December 23rd, 2019

Brief Description:  If you are a board certified music therapist within the New England Region and want to become a full member of AMTA, apply today! Our goal is to welcome and support as many new professional members to the region as we can.

National Business Meetings! Join Us!

Hello, NER music therapists,

This is a friendly reminder that the NER regional meeting will take place on Saturday 11/23 from 9:30-11am. We hope to see you there. Please view the previous meeting minutes on NER’s website so that you are up to date when a vote is taken.

To ensure that we can fill NER’s seats on the Assembly of Delegates during this national conference, the Board put three extra Assembly Alternates in place and will call them if needed. They are Kayla Daly, Jean Nemeth, and Brian Jantz.

Last, the AMTA business meeting is scheduled for Friday 11/22 from 10:30am-12pm. Please attend to hear more about what is happening at a national level.

Happy conference!

Best,
Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA

Business Meeting Minutes 3/2019

DRAFT MINUTES March 29 2019 Business Breakfast

Pay it forward application open

Pay It Forward Applications are now open! If you are a board certified music therapist within the New England Region and want to become a full member of AMTA, apply today! Our goal is to welcome and support as many new professional members to the region as we can.

Applications open: Monday November 9th, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday December 6th, 2019

Pay it forward form

Full Time Board Certified Music Therapist

Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC is happy to announce that we are looking to add a FULL TIME board certified music therapist to our clinical team! The start date of this position will be 12/1/2019. This is a full time, benefits eligible position.

This position is right for you if:

-You are passionate about working with children and adults with special needs, as well as with older adults within a relationship-centered, music-centered framework.

-You are a skilled clinical musician, strong in voice, guitar and piano

-You live in, or are willing to live in and travel within Connecticut

-You enjoy a variety of clientele and enjoy a variety of clinical settings- private homes, schools, clinics, nursing homes, community settings.

-You are flexible and willing to work afternoon/evening hours and potentially on Saturdays

-You are dependable, responsible and a team player.

-You hold current MT-BC status.

We are looking for a responsible, independent and dynamic therapist to join our team, therefore this might not be the right position for you if you are looking to establish your own private practice right now, if you are not a good communicator via writing, email and phone, if you are not able to provide transportation between clients or willing to travel throughout your day or if you are not willing to grow as a person or clinician.

Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC is an established private practice that serves children and adults with developmental and mental/brain health needs in home, school, community, and nursing home settings throughout the state of Connecticut as well as in our Watertown and Fairfield offices.

We are seeking to provide an exciting and supportive work experience for a flexible, motivated, energetic, and talented clinician. Some equipment and instruments, clinical supervision and continuing education experiences will be provided. Along with a competitive pay rate, health insurance reimbursement and other additional benefits are available to our full time employees.

 Additional information and application instructions may be accessed here: http://www.ctmusictherapy.com/now-hiring-a-full-time-mt-bc/

Contact: Emily Bevelaqua, MMT, MT-BC, emily@ctmusictherapy.com

FULL-TIME BOARD-CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST

Start Date: Immediately

Job Type: Full-Time, Monday-Friday

Pay: Salaried position

Sing Explore Create, LLC has an immediate opening for a full-time board-certified music therapist. The majority of client hours will take place in the South Shore and surrounding areas south of Boston, including some clinic hours in our studio. Phone and in-person interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

Sing Explore Create, LLC is a music therapy private practice and arts studio. We provide music therapy services in our Rockland studios, as well as on-site at a number of schools, day habs, assisted living, hospitals, and other facilities across the South Shore and beyond. In addition, we have a team of teachers who provide music and art lessons and recreational classes in-studio and at other locations. While this position is for a full-time music therapist, teaching private lessons (including adapted lessons) may be an option if the candidate is interested. There is a real opportunity for growth in this position, as we are constantly expanding our practice and the list of agencies and facilities we work with. Hired candidate will have the opportunity to continue to mold the position to meet his/her professional goals and work with his/her preferred client population. Although this is a traveling position, every effort is made to minimize travel time and keep therapists working in 1 geographic location each day (some contracts require the therapist to be at one location all day).  Our team of therapists and educators is very supportive of one another and frequently communicates to share ideas, resources, and professional support, including biweekly peer supervision meetings. This is an exciting time to join our team and we look forward to meeting you!

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Liability Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • CBMT annual dues
  • Assistance in obtaining CMTEs
  • Paid time off + certain paid holidays
  • Travel Stipend
  • Individual and Group Supervision
  • Company-owned laptop/instruments distributed upon beginning of employment
  • Access to library of music therapy resources and instruments
  • Working with a strong team of music therapists and creative arts educators in collaborative environment that emphasizes active participation in supervision and sharing resources with one another!

Requirements:

  • Board-certified music therapist (bachelor’s or master’s level)
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license. Willingness to travel to clients.
  • Strong music skills (especially voice and guitar)
  • Ability to plan and provide quality music therapy treatment to a variety of clients and populations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Pass a CORI/SORI background check
  • Follow American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) standards of practice.
  • Maintain board certification by CBMT and comply with continuing education requirements. Some assistance will be given by Sing Explore Create, LLC for this.

Job Description:

  • Provide a minimum of 20 direct client contact service hours per week in the South Shore and South Coast regions of MA. (Primary population is children/adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, children and adults with anxiety/ADD/ADHD, residents in memory care).  
  • Provide 1:1 music therapy and group music therapy sessions to clients in accordance with their treatment plans.
  • Provide 1:1 adapted/therapeutic music lessons (for candidates qualified to do so)
  • Complete and document intakes, assessments, and client sessions for music therapy clients.
  • Maintain documentation for music therapy clients, utilizing Sing Explore Create, LLC’s documentation system, including weekly session notes, as well as written progress reports as frequently as deemed necessary in individual client’s treatment plans.
  • Effectively communicate with parents/clients regarding treatment plans, sessions, scheduling, etc.
  • Complete daily timesheets.  
  • Attend staff meetings and participate in biweekly supervision meetings.
  • Assist in program development needs as they arise.
  • Attend open houses, recitals, and other community events as a representative of Sing Explore Create, LLC.
  • Document hours and work completed each week.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

 

Nicole Craven, MA MT-BC
  Director, Sing Explore Create, LLC
  28 Webster St. Box 11, Rockland, MA 02370

Sing Explore Create, LLC
Making music and the arts accessible to all!
Providing services in-studio and at facilities throughout the South Shore and beyond!

Music Therapist Opening

At Infinity, we believe in open lines of communication regarding any of our employment positions. Please feel free to ask questions regarding pay, benefits, job responsibilities, etc. at any point during the application process. Please contact Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC, Director of Services at (860) 518-5557 or jona@infinitymusictherapy.com.

Are you a clinician who is passionate about seeing music spark a positive change in others? Are you a creative, out-of the-box thinker, who finds joy in sharing clinical ideas with others? Are you looking for a place to help you grow? If so, Infinity is looking for you!  We have an immediate need for a board certified music therapist to join our team (MT-BC). We want your ideas, your energy, and passion!

 

Hours: This position will start at part-time approximately twenty (20) hours per week and will grow to full-time for the right candidate. The work week is comprised of direct client contact, office hours for planning and documentation, team meetings, and traveling in between clients.

Schedule: We are seeking an immediate hire. This position will include daytime, afternoon, and evening hours based upon the needs of our clients. This position will be a Tuesday- Saturdayschedule and will include a combination of morning, afternoon, and evenings. The vast majority of our clients request services between 3:00pm-7:00pm at night during the week or on 9:30am-4:30pm on the weekends. As a member of our team, you will be expected to attend team meetings at our Southington clinic on Tuesday mornings from 9:15am-11:15am. Days will vary in length.

Location: This caseload will be predominately in Fairfield County but may include sessions grouped in other areas of the state. Sessions will be held in homes, in schools, and in facilities throughout the state. 

Team-based Model: Infinity works on a team-based model. We believe in coming together to make agency decisions, collaborate on cases, participate in team-trainings, and engage in self-care. This means that we co-treat on cases, any member of our team may provide supervision as requested by another member of our team, and we work collaboratively to cover cases to ensure that when a member of our team is off, they can focus 100% on self-care. A supervisor is always on call, so you will never handle tough decisions alone. Every member of our clinical team is provided a work cellphone so even if you are “alone” in the field, you are never really alone.

Salary:  This position will begin hourly during an initial orientation period. Once orientation has been completed, you will be transitioned to a salaried position. Our full-time salary starts at $40k/yr plus benefits; part-time staff are paid a proportionate salary to their schedule. Salary is based on a variety of factors including experience in our target populations, advanced trainings, and other skills you may possess. We believe in financial stability for our team. Once salaried, you will receive your full salary regardless of inclement weather closings, school vacations, client cancellations, or holidays impacting their schedule. You are compensated for your planning time, commute time between clients, and even your time sanitizing/ cleaning materials. If you’re working, you should be getting paid.

Responsibilities: As a member of our team, you will be expected to provide individual and group music therapy sessions to children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological needs, wellness needs, etc. (As you grow with us, we will work hard to build your caseload with your desired populations). You will be expected to write treatment plans, keep accurate data, write clinical reports, and ensure that client schedules are maintained. You will participate in treatment team meetings, assist with team functions including marketing events, and complete general administrative tasks such as keeping your time sheet and maintaining client budget spreadsheets. In addition, you may be asked to fulfill non-clinical responsibilities such as teaching music lessons or providing music enrichment groups. 

Populations/ Types of Sessions: The biggest populations served at Infinity include children diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, and communication disorders, children in foster care with and without a mental health diagnosis, and adults with developmental disabilities within a group home or day program setting. Our services are spread out between being in clinic, in home, in school (on the IEP), and in group home settings. We also receive referrals for adults in memory care settings, drug and alcohol rehab, children and adults with problem sexual behaviors, and individuals without a diagnosis looking for art enrichment/ art lessons. Our sessions are evenly divided between group and individual settings.

Benefits: We are proud to offer our employees a variety of benefits. At Infinity, we believe in opportunities for growth and we look to increase benefits for our staff as their caseload grows and they dedicate time to Infinity. Our benefits packages typically run from $3k-$7k based upon whether an employee is part-time or full-time and the number of years they have dedicated to Infinity.

Our benefits for our part-time staff include:

  • Professional liability insurance (at hire)
  • Comprehensive lending library of materials (at hire)
  • Monthly self-care workshops (at hire)
  • Access to group rates for AFLAC (after 90 days of employment)
  • Health Insurance Reimbursement (with a minimum work week of 20hrs and after 90 days of employment)
  • Stipend for continuing education (with a minimum work week of 20hrs and after 90 days of employment)
  • Paid Time Off (after 6-months of employment)
  • Paid Holidays (once salaried)
  • CBMT Maintenance fees
  • CMTE tracking assistance
  • Paid leave for continuing education (after 6-months of employment)
  • Group and individual supervision (at hire)
  • Work Cell Phone (within 30 days of hire)
  • Free coffee/ tea at our clinic (at hire-sometimes it’s the little things!)
  • Opportunities for growth including being able to represent Infinity as a presenter at local and national conferences, assisting in designing programs, supervising interns, assisting with marketing, etc.
  • Direct Deposit
  • Office Suite
  • $500.00 sign on bonus with a minimum of a one (1) year commitment.

Infinity’s Claim to Fame: We believe we are the future of healthcare and we’d love for you to be part of that journey. Here are some of our team’s accomplishments:

  • Only practice in the state of CT offering Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth (MTACB) and Music Therapy Creative Arts Birth Education (MTCAB)
  • Featured on NBC CT
  • Featured on Forget Dis’ Podcast, The Record Journal (local newspaper), The Day (local newspaper), MusicTherapyEd.com, and Your Mind Matters Radio Show
  • Presented as a team on self-care in the workplace at the New England Region Music Therapy Conference
  • Our team presents 15+ times a year at the local and national level regarding the applications of music in healthcare and education
  • Our Director of Services has 3 continuing education courses through the Spiegal Academy
  • We have supported 25 interns through 3 different internship/ field study programs

This position is for you if….

  • You have experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • You love getting feedback (how else do we grow?).
  • You love giving feedback to others and growing as a team.
  • You are confident in your music skills and counseling skills.
  • A full inbox is a nightmare! You are quick to respond to emails, texts, and phone calls.
  • You are comfortable commuting to your sessions and you have reliable transportation.
  • You are committed to growing your clinical skills.
  • You can effectively communicate in written and spoken English.
  • You are a flexible, go with the flow type of person.
  • You are a strong clinical writer.
  • You can work independently and seamlessly transition to a group model.
  • You are interested in developing a program from the ground up.

We definitely want to hear from you if…

  • You are comfortable using sign language within music therapy.
  • You have experience teaching adaptive music lessons.
  • You are interested in getting trained in music therapy assisted childbirth.
  • You have a strong mental health background.
  • You speak Spanish.
  • You are able to balance your work and your personal life and actively utilize self-care strategies.
  • You have a sense of humor.
  • You understand the nature of private practice.

This position is NOT for you if…

  • You constantly have “last minute” things that pop up.
  • The thought of asking a question to a supervisor makes you nervous.
  • You are not comfortable with traveling to your appointments.
  • You are not willing to commit to a minimum of a year of service. (We need someone to grow with us that we can help support professionally and who wants to make a strong difference in our clients’ lives.)
  • You are disorganized.
  • You believe private practice is a “starter job”.

To Apply: To be considered for this position, please submit the following information to Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC, Director of Services at jona@infinitymusictherapy.com. Questions regarding the position can also be directed to the same email account or you can contact her at (860) 518-5557.

  • Cover Letter: Please include why you think you would be good fit with our practice, your available start date, and what populations you are comfortable serving
  • Current Resume: include information about the clientele you have served at any sites you have worked at
  • A paragraph of what you expect from a supervisor
  • A typed sample 45-min session plan for an 8-year-old with Autism who loves Disney with a focus on communication skills. Please include two (2) goals with two (2) objectives each.
  • A typed sample 45-min session plan for a group of 15-year old adolescents in therapy for anger management. Please include two (2) goals with two (2) objectives each.
  • A short video demonstrating your vocal and guitar skills (at least two songs)

Infinity Music Therapy Services
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