Meeting Minutes 3/31/17, 4/29/16

FINAL- General Membership Meeting3.31.2017

FINAL-Business Meeting April 29, 2016

The Rhythm Tree and Granite State Music Therapy are hiring

Job Title: Music Therapist, independent contractor, 14 hours to start, start date in December or January
Location: Southern, central, Seacoast regions of New Hampshire and Northern Mass
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

2018 Conference Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

The preparation for the NER-AMTA 2018 conference has begun, and we hope that you are as excited as we are to be back in Westbrook, CT at the gorgeous Water’s Edge Resort and Spa.

Our conference is titled: Uniting in Diversity: Bringing Together the Individuals of the Music Therapy Community, and we look forward to a time of growth, rejuvenation, learning, and connecting with our friends and colleagues. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for a concurrent session, CMTE, or research poster at the regional conference.

We had many fantastic suggestions on session topics from last year’s conference evaluations, and they include: diversity, multicultural topics, neurologic music therapy, research, ethics, varied theoretical orientations, medical settings, school age populations, autism, collaborating with disciplines outside of the music therapy profession, trauma, community building, improvisation, and guitar skills. If you feel like you have expertise in these or any other subjects, please submit your proposal as we hope to have a varied and diverse program!

All proposals will be reviewed using a double-blind review model. Reviewers will base their considerations on content, clarity, and completeness of the abstract (50%), if the proposal fits within the scope of practice and professional competencies of AMTA and CBMT (25%), and how the proposal meets the needs of our region based upon the 2017 conference evaluations (25%).

You may find the links on our website at:

The last day for submissions is SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or

We look forward to seeing you April 19-21, 2018 as we focus on creating community and cohesion within ourselves and our profession.


Courtney R. Biddle, MMT, MT-BC
Conference Chair
Vice President NER-AMTA

Channing Shippen, MA, MT-BC
Conference Co-Chair
Vice President-Elect NER-AMTA

Jeans In January

The NER’s Winter Fundraiser:

“Jeans in January”

Here’s how it works: for any day in January that you
wear jeans to work, you would contribute $1.00 to
NER’s ongoing fundraising efforts.

And…………… every musician LOVES a
“variation on a theme”:
Recognizing that some employers do have
specific dress codes, consider these options:

Music Monday (Wear something that represents Music Therapy)
T-shirt Tuesday (Wear a Music Therapy organization’s T-Shirt)
Wooly Wednesday (Wear something made of wool)
Thermal Thursday (Wear something thermal)
Flannel Friday (Wear something flannel)

Draw an awareness to Music Therapy! Invite your co-workers to
support Music Therapy by participating with you.
At the end of the month, contribute your donation to NER!
Our fundraising efforts continue to benefit the Membership Support Program,
offering our members assistance to provide the most up-to-date
and quality services that can be provided to the public and
our clients.

Barefoot books appreciation sale

Announcing, as promised,  NER’s continued efforts for fundraising through Barefoot Books. The savings continue with the newest Barefoot Books promotion- just in time for your holiday shopping. Visit the Barefoot Books website, using the code provided and receive 25% off of your purchases.  The Financial Committee  thanks you for your continued support for our fundraisers which benefit our membership throughout the year. #fundraiser #musictherapy #barefootbooks #gratitude #appreciation

Pay it Forward Scholarship

Dear Colleagues,

NER-AMTA is thrilled to continue supporting its members through the Pay it Forward scholarship for a second year! As part of the Pay it Forward campaign, NER-AMTA asks applicants to commit to a non-financial contribution to the region, in exchange for partial coverage of AMTA membership. In this way, awardees will pay their membership assistance forward to support the profession and music therapy in the New England Region.

You may now apply at the link below, until  January 10th, 2018

Pay it forward


General Meeting Minutes 3/31/17

Spring 2017 meeting minutes:

DRAFT- General Membership Meeting3.31.2017

Membership meeting at #AMTA2017 Conference

Join us on Saturday 11/18/17 from 930-11am.

Part time position at Powers Music School

Organization: Powers Music School

Position: Music Therapist (part-time)

POSITION: Powers Music School seeks an experienced and energetic board-certified music therapist to work with clients of all ages. The current department consists of two music therapists who work one-on-one with clients.


– Individual sessions.

– Lead group sessions based on department need

– Attend annual faculty meeting & open house

– Explore opportunities for enrollment growth


– Master’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience.

– MT-BC required.

– Documented work experience of at least 3-5 years.

– Effective communication skills with clients, families, and colleagues.

– Proficiency in multiple instruments – voice, guitar, piano, percussion, etc.

START: Immediately

LOCATION: A passionate community committed to playing, learning, and growing together, Powers Music School is located in Belmont, MA. Powers welcomes over 900 students weekly, offering private music lessons in nearly 30 instruments, early childhood and group classes, jazz and rock bands, Suzuki instruction, orchestra, music theory, and composition. The school is also home to summer programs for strings, chamber music ensembles, and young children.

COMPENSATION: Based on experience and qualifications.

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references by email to

Dr. Daniel Acsadi

Director of Music

Powers Music School

PO Box 398

Belmont, MA 02478

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.