NER board Openings

Calling all NER-AMTA Members,

We are looking to fill several non-voting positions and we need you!  Please share your passion for music therapy and willingness to serve.  The NER-AMTA Extended Board is interested in finding the ideal candidates for these regional positions.  Please send your Statement of Interest describing your qualifications and interest in being considered for these positions to Judy Nguyen Engel, NER-AMTA President, All Submissions due by 10/31/17.

NER Historian

**This is a brand NEW position**

-Passion for capturing and preserving history of music therapy the New England region

-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 4 for additional information

Muse Newsletter Editor  

-Professional AMTA member

-Excellent written communication skills

-Computer literacy, specifically with MailChimp

-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 3 for additional information


NER Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (3 positions) GOAL: to promote inclusion and diversity within the NE region

·       2 year service commitment

·       Reports to Diversity and Multiculturalism committee representative, who will act as the Board liaison

·       Has a strong interest in creating and identifying ways for inclusion

NER Internal and External Funding Task Force (3 positions) GOAL: to explore internal and external funding for development and research of music therapy in the New England region

·       Will report guidance and tasks for implementation

·       1 year service commitment

·       Research expertise

·       Interest and willingness for research and grant writing

·       Reports to Research committee representative and Financial Chair, who will act as the Board liaisons


All committee representatives are required to: maintain professional AMTA membership, attend regional and national conferences which include board meetings, and conference calls, and lastly work well as part of a team.


Standards of Clinical Practice Committee Representative (will begin tenure Spring 2018)

-Professional AMTA membership required.

-Two years of clinical experience desirable.

-Familiarity with the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice required.

-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing Committees for full positions details.

-AMTA regional/national conference required

Research Committee Representative

-Professional AMTA membership required.

-Experience with and knowledge of research methodology required.

-Graduate degree desirable

-Publication(s) desirable

-Previous committee experience desirable

-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing Committees for full positions details

-AMTA regional/national conference required

Please note: The requirements listed after each standing committee position were taken from the AMTA Handbook for Councils and Standing Committees.

The NER Extended Board Appointment Process

1) Candidates submit their statement of interest to the NER-AMTA President.

2)  The President will review the pool of candidates for each position and select the person that is best suited for the position.

3) The President will then present the name of the nominee to the NER-AMTA Executive Board, along with their statement of interest.

4) The NER-AMTA Executive Board will then vote to affirm the President’s choice for the appointment.  If affirmed, the nominee selected is confirmed to the committee/position.  If the candidate is not affirmed, the President will again review the pool of candidates and/or continue a search for the person best suited for the position and resubmit a name to the NER-AMTA Board for their approval.

In memory of Sonja Granskou

Dear NER community,

Just want to share that our community has lost a bright, beautiful soul. My friend and music therapist, Sonja Granskou, passed away on August 4, 2017. I met Sonja a few years ago and was immediately inspired by her smile and positive, gentle way of being. Sonja was a radiant light who loved nature and loved to sing. One of her favorite songs was “Climb Every Mountain.” And boy, did she climb mountains! Sonja received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2009 and a Master of Music in Performance Voice in the Graduate Opera Program at Boston University in 1996. She had a gorgeous voice and loved working as a clinician and music therapist. We liked singing together and talking about our wonderful music therapy community.

Sonja was from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. One of the biggest mountains that Sonja climbed in her life was her healing journey from ovarian cancer. Sonja did everything possible to heal, researching and using conventional and many alternative treatments (even going to Vienna, Austria). I admired her sense of humor, strong will to live, her diligence, her faith and most of all her ability to be vulnerable and at peace with whatever the outcome. Sonja’s light is very bright. I truly believe that her light is with all of us in this community and her spirit is flying free with the angels and God in heaven. God bless you Sonja. We love you!!

Please email or call me if you would like to mail a card and I will send the address. Sonja also has a Facebook page if anyone would like to post a message there as well.

Thank you,


Lauren Calista Angelone

(617) 780-8530

Memorial Services for Sonja (USA and Canada):

Where: First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington (Sonja’s Boston church). 630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA.

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments to follow.


Where: Christ Lutheran Church (Sonja’s Waterloo church).

445 Anndale Ave, Waterloo, ON.

When: October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Refreshments to follow.

2017 Fall Symposium – Berklee College of Music

AMTA leadership academy

Update: all spots are filled!!

Thank you for your interest!

Dear NER-AMTA members,

As a gift, AMTA would like to provide five complimentary registration for five NER-AMTA members in good standing to attend the AMTA Leadership Academy at this year’s annual AMTA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This institute will run on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:30-5:30pm.

Now in its third year, the AMTA Leadership Academy gives everyone a chance to develop and deepen their leadership skills and capacity. Through a series of presentations by a diverse panel of leaders within our field, Leadership Academy participants will experience multiple frameworks for thinking about leadership and how to recognize and build critical skills in all areas of leadership!  Whether you have attended a previous Academy or not, this year’s Leadership Academy is sure to provide you with new information, insights, and connections to help you grow into the leader you desire to be in your work, your community, and in your life.

Please see session information for further details.

If you wish to be one of the five NER-AMTA members to attend at no charge, please contact NER President, Judy Engel, at Note that tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the first five NER-AMTA members to make contact will receive complimentary registration for the AMTA Leadership Academy.

Please note that NER-AMTA is unable to assist with or plan transportation, lodging, parking or meals (these would be on your own).

Full time position available at Avery Heights

Full time position available at Avery Heights:  Greater Hartford’s Premier Retirement Village.

This 43 acre campus, is in the middle of Hartford, but feels like you are in the country! On the top of Cedar Mountain, our campus is beautiful.

Avery Heights offers an unparalleled continuum of care for seniors, from our gracious apartments, private cottages, assisted living, and comprehensive nursing care.  We strive to provide innovative programs designed to meet each individuals need.

The position available is in the Therapeutic Recreation Department of the nursing home.

Want to work with other music therapists?

This is your opportunity…Most of the staff employed in this department, including the Director are

Certified Music Therapists

This position is for 40 hours a week

Excellent benefits and Salary commensurate

with experience.   Call Jodi Levine at 860 527-9126 ext. 445 or send your resume to if you are interested!

Join Our Team!!

We are looking for a board-certified music therapist to join our team at Infinity Music Therapy Services in Connecticut. Are you a creative clinician with a passion for working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. Do you enjoy working with a variety of clientele and appreciate the opportunity to exercise your clinical skills in diverse settings? Are you a team player that is open to collaborating with other music therapists on your cases and who is confident in their clinical, musical, and professional skills?  Is so, this is the position for you to learn and grow in!

About Infinity

Infinity was founded in 2010 by Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC out of the desire to build services with the mindset that the possibilities for treatment and growth are endless. In 2012 we started a job shadow program for high school and college students to explore the field of music therapy. In 2013 we opened a clinic while continuing to offer services in the community. Infinity believes in working hand in hand with families and agencies to build customized treatment plans for individuals and adults. We work in private homes, schools, group homes, treatment centers, and more throughout the state of Connecticut serving hundreds of clients weekly. We believe in providing opportunities for individuals with special needs to access the community and we engage in service projects. We also celebrate and support the continuing education and self-care of our staff.

About Our Open Position

Hours: 20-25 hours/ week open immediately. This position will be Sunday-Thursday and will include daytime, afternoon, and evening hours. Most of our clients are seen between 3:30-7:30 PM. This position requires flexibility in order to meet the needs of our clients. (This position is expected to grow to 40hrs in 6months or less. The last 2 PT positions became FT within 2 months).

Location: This position will be split between 2 regions in CT including Eastern CT and Hartford County. You will be expected to report to our main clinic 1-2x per week. You will be assisting our team in growing sessions out of our Groton office.

Pay: This position will start hourly during a training period of 4-8weeks and will be salaried at the completion of training. We offer a competitive salary and benefits that grow with your caseload.

Responsibilities: You will provide group and individual music therapy sessions for children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, and wellness needs. In addition, you will also be responsible for teaching music lessons to individuals with and without disabilities and designing music enrichment services. You will be expected to maintain accurate data and sessions notes, complete treatment plans, design and implement interventions, communicate with clients and the Infinity team, and perform other tasks as assigned. Our entire team participates in individual and group supervision, marketing events, and other activities as assigned. You will be responsible for traveling to your clients. Travel time is reimbursed at your full hourly rate.



To be eligible for this position you must:

• Be currently board-certified or able to obtain your certification during your training period

• Have strong guitar and vocal skills

• Have a minimum of one-year experience working with individuals with Autism

• Be an out-of-the-box thinker

• Be willing to commit to a minimum of one-year employment

• Have strong clinical writing skills

• Be able to communicate effectively in English

• Be willing to receive and give supervision

• Be comfortable speaking about and explaining music therapy

• Have reliable transportation and who understands that this position REQUIRES travel

We would prefer….

• Someone who is fluent in Spanish

• Someone who uses sign language in their work and is comfortable using new signs

• A therapist trained in music therapy assisted childbirth or willing to be trained

• Someone with a minimum of one-year experience working in mental health populations

• Someone who is used to traveling for their job


We proudly offer benefits to our part-time and full-time employees. Some benefits increase with caseload size. We offer the following benefits:

• Professional liability insurance

• Extensive lending library

• Instrument Allowance Budget

• Work Cell Phone

• Monthly Self-Care Meetings

• Health Care Insurance

• Professional supervision

• Paid Time Off

• Paid Holidays

• Paid Leave for Conference

• CBMT maintenance fees

• CMTE allowance budget

• CMTE tracking assistance

• CBMT Maintenance Fee Reimbursement

Infinity reimburses for commute to and from work, commute between clients, supervision time, team-meetings, planning, documentation, etc.


To Apply

To be considered for either position, please submit the following information to Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC, Director of Services at For more information about Infinity, please visit our website at Please include in your application materials where you heard about this position.

• Cover Letter: please include why you think you would be good fit with our practice and when you would be able to start

• Current Resume

• 3 Videos demonstrating your guitar and vocal skills with an explanation of how you would use the song in a clinical setting

◦ Video of a current song

◦ Video of a song appropriate to use with children

◦ Video of an original song

• A paragraph of what you expect from a music therapy supervisor

• A sample 30-minute session plan for a 8 year old child with special needs with a focus on expressive communication, attention to task, and social skills (please include at least two goals with two objectives each)- A good sample would give me enough information that I could implement it in a session. Please describe your interventions.

• A 30-min session plan for a teenager in a drug-alcohol rehab center with a focus on emotional expression and positive coping skills.

Drum Circle Facilitator Training

Berklee Fall Symposium

The Rhythm Tree and Granite State Music Therapy are hiring

Job Title: Music Therapist, independent contractor, part-time with full-time potentialLocation: Southern, central, and Seacoast regions of New Hampshire

Description: Two well-established music therapy practices are seeking a qualified and enthusiastic music therapist to hire as soon as possible. The music therapist will provide music therapy services in homes, schools, and communities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Therapy will be provided within the guidelines and standards of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Qualifications: Minimum undergraduate degree in Music Therapy attained from an approved program by the AMTA in conjunction with being Board Certified. As an independent contractor you will need to provide your own professional liability insurance, instruments and reliable transportation.

This job may be for you if:

• You are passionate about working with individuals with developmental


• Your experience and training is mostly with individuals with special needs

• You are comfortable working in private homes and working hand in hand

with families

• You are confident about your skills and can convey your expertise and

passion to others in a professional way

• You are open to feedback from others and enjoy expanding and improving

your therapy skills

• You have reliable transportation and are comfortable traveling to clients in

the southern, central and Seacoast regions of NH

• You enjoy working on your own, but appreciate having someone to

brainstorm ideas with

• You enjoy collaborating with other related professionals

• You are quick to communicate by email, text, and phone

This job is not for you if:

• You are not receptive to feedback

• You are not willing to travel to see clients

• You are not familiar with the Code of Ethics or do not agree with its


• You are not flexible with scheduling

• You have plans of starting your own private practice

Pay: Base rate of $48.00 per hour

Email resume to Ryan at and cc Elizabeth Ferguson at

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