NER-AMTA Bylaws Change

Hello NER-AMTA Members,

Every year, members from the NER-AMTA Board participate in an internal audit of NER’s financial records. This involves verifying each transaction from the corresponding fiscal year and ensuring that the correct record keeping procedures have been followed.

The NER-AMTA board would like to propose one small change to the Article VII. Section 1 of our Bylaws. This section outlines who is eligible to participate in the annual internal audit, and the change broadens this.

The existing (old) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:

The Auditing Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and at least two Executive Board members, or the Treasurer and an accountant, who shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.

The proposed change (new) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:

The Auditing Committee shall consist of: (a) the Treasurer and at least two professional AMTA members (one Executive Board member and one member at-large, or two Executive Board members); or (b) the Treasurer and an accountant. The Auditing Committee shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.

In summary, this change allows members at-large to participate in the annual internal audit, increasing member access to this process, and further providing transparency.

This is the only change being proposed at this time.

The NER-AMTA members will vote on this proposed change on Friday, April 20, 2018 during the Business Luncheon at the NER-AMTA annual conference at Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT. If accepted, the change will become effective on April 21, 2018. Please read this proposed change before the Business Luncheon and send any comments/feedback to before the Business Luncheon.

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


Current NER AMTA Bylaws

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Courtney R. Biddle, MMT, MT-BC
Vice President NER-AMTA
Channing Shippen, MA, MT-BC
Vice President Elect NER-AMTA

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Business Luncheon Minutes 4/20/18


Sonatina center opening

Job Title: Music Therapist

Hours: Part-time with opportunity to grow to full-time.

Salary: Hourly, based on experience

Organization: The Sonatina Center, LLC; 750 Central Ave, STE U, Dover, NH 03820

Required Education: B.A., B.S., or M.A. in music therapy with completed 1040 hours of clinical training.

Qualifications: Candidates must be eligible for board certification and will be given a time requirement to pass MT-BC exam upon hire. Music therapy students in their final year of school may also apply for this position. Primary experience with infants, toddlers, young children and families required. Additional previous experience with several populations including: early childhood, individuals with disabilities, and older adults a plus; Candidates must be able to work evenings and weekends; Candidates must demonstrate proficiency of clinical musicianship on piano, guitar, voice and rhythmic improvisation.

Population: infants, toddlers, young children & families is the primary caseload; Additional opportunities for a variety of populations as caseload grows.

Job Setting: On site at our center in Dover, NH as well as travel throughout New Hampshire off-site at preschools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, community day programs, and some in-home sessions.

Job Description: Seeking a confident, organized and enthusiastic individual to join our team, part-time with opportunity to increase hours as contracts develop. The Music Therapist will provide both home and facility based, individual and group music therapy to children and adults with a wide variety of needs, however, candidates must be experienced, comfortable and eager to work with the early childhood population. Seeking music therapy candidates who enjoy working with infants, toddlers, young children and families as the primary caseload will include early childhood aged clients and families and preschool work. The Music Therapist may also provide adaptive lessons and facilitate family music enrichment classes. The Music Therapist must be able to effectively communicate with other professionals, conduct assessments, plan, organize, lead music therapy sessions, document and evaluate treatment. Job requires travel, so applicants must have reliable transportation. Compensation for travel and supervision. Allowances for continuing education, supplies and instrument purchases, and mileage reimbursement (in addition to travel pay).  

Start Date: January 2019

Contact: Please send (email) resume and cover letter to Marissa Scott, MA, MT-BC, CLD, at: 603-978-4808

2019 Pay-It-Forward Scholarship Application Process is Open!

The application Process for the 2019 Pay-It Forward Scholarship program put forth by the NER-AMTA Membership Support Committee is officially open. We hope to provide membership scholarships for as many music therapists as possible. Check out more information on our Pay-It-Forward Scholarshippay-it-forward-fact-sheet.pdf!

Scholarship Applications are due by December 9, 2018.

Scholarship Recipients will be notified by December 18,

To apply, Music Therapists should complete the 2019 application form located at:


about the scholarship application or eligibility can be directed to The Membership Support Committee at

Music therapist / counselor

New England Academy in Beverly MA is looking to hire another music therapist.  They need to be board certified, and preferably hold or in the process of obtaining LMHC or LICSW.  Resume’s can be sent to Dr. Ryan Plosker:


Schedule: 11 month position

Qualifications: Masters Degree; relevant experience, State License preferred

Reports To: Dean of Clinical Services

Salary: Professional Salary Scale

Overall Responsibilities:

The Music Therapist is a multi-faceted role encompassing individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and administrative duties. The Music Therapist will work with students who have social and emotional disabilities, low self-esteem, and general school difficulties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 Individual therapy with students

 Development of individual therapy plans with students

 Music group therapy leader, development of music group therapy curriculum

 Family communication and treatment planning

 Writing and implementation of I.E.P.’s

 Participation in I.E.P. meetings

 Writing and updating student progress reports

 Assisting in student supervision during breaks

 Coordination and communication with the student’s outpatient treatment team members

 Music Therapy group/classes

 Other Duties as directed by supervisor

Erin Boardman MA, LMHC, MT-BC

Counselor/Music Therapist

New England Academy

96 Cherry Hill Dr.

Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-921-1103 x147

Fax: 978-921-2203

Job opening

Music Therapy Consultant

Goddard House Assisted Living – Brookline MA

Position Available January 2019

Position Title:

Music Therapy Consultant


Seeking a dynamic and compassionate music therapist to conduct group music therapy sessions with older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Experience with population required. Supervise undergraduate music therapy students, as needed, who train in our group program.

● Run (4) 45-minute group music therapy sessions weekly

● Provide occasional individual sessions to isolated residents

● Supervise Berklee College of Music students

● Collaborative contact as needed


6 hours per week:

On site 2 days per week for 3 hours each day – Mondays and Thursdays are preferred but Wednesday time is also possible alternate for one of the two days – to be negotiated.


Board Certification (MT-BC) or comparable licensure. Experience with older adults living with dementia.


This is a grant-funded position, fully funded through 2020. Rate to be based on experience.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Ginny Mazur, Community & Academic Arts Advisor Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street Brookline, MA 02445


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Dory Stapleton, Chair of the NER Financial Committee 

Assistant Professor – Music Therapy  

The State University of New York at Fredonia, School of Music, invites applications for a full time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Music Therapy to lead the music therapy area, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and maintain curricular excellence in accordance with AMTA and NASM standards.  Earned doctorate in Music Therapy or related field from a regionally accredited university by September 1, 2019 is required.  If in a related field, then doctoral study must include a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate credits in music therapy. Candidate must be a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), with a minimum of five years full-time clinical experience or its part-time equivalent.


For complete vacancy announcement, position description, qualifications, and application instructions, please visit


Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce.  To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.


An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Passages 2018

What- 19th Annual Passages Student & New Professionals Conference 

When – October 27th 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Where- Lesley University, 89 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA

Theme- “Navigating the Crossroads of Perspectives

Free admission, Free lunch, and open to all!  

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