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G Suite Administrator Needed

NER is seeking a technology-savvy member to join the technology team as the G Suite administrator. If you are interested, please email Adrienne Flight, NER President, at

2020 Global Perspectives Session

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.  This year we are focusing on two relevant themes:

Deadline August 15, 2020!
Submit to
Learn more about application process here:

DEI committee member opening

Call for Committee Member on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee!The NER-AMTA is seeking an NER member who is devoted to issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion willing to contribute to the NER-AMTA community and beyond.
Requirements: Professional music therapist, AMTA member
Responsibilities: Attend committee meetings and contribute to the tasks and discussions on the DEI committee.
If interested, email or

International relations committee presentation submissions

Hello Music Therapy Members of the New England Region ~
The International Relations Committee is accepting presentation submissions for the AMTA Global Perspectives Session, which will be held virtually on November 21st, from 12:00 PM to 2:45 PM. Each presentation is usually between 15 to 20 minutes long which includes a Q&A portion.  The deadline for submissions is August 15th.  Please open the links below to find the cover letter and submission application.We look forward to hearing from you!           Cover Letter:

 Submission Form link:

~ May Love and Peace Surround Us All ~
Meg Capen, MA, MT-BCBoard Certified Music Therapistmeg.capen@gmail.com203-206-0721

Music Therapist (Part-Time)

Summary of Position:  The Music Therapy Department at the Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) is seeking a motivated, creative, passionate and community-oriented music therapist.  The music therapist will provide quality music therapy services at various community outreach sites and at CMCB.  For the foreseeable future, these services will be provided online.  The Music Therapy Department serves individuals from a variety of populations and age groups.  The current available work includes adults with developmental disabilities as well as work with school-age children with developmental and behavioral needs.  Experience with one of these populations is preferred.  

Status: Part-time (10+ hours, weekdays)

Potential to increase hours in the near future   

Start date: August

Reports to: Director of Music Therapy

Works Closely With: Director of Music Therapy, Music Therapists and Music Therapy Interns


  • Provide weekly music therapy services in individual and group settings
  • Facilitate sessions online and in person
  • Provide supervision for Music Therapy Interns and Berklee College of Music practicum students
  • Complete documentation including assessments, weekly progress notes, quarterly progress reports, and annual agency profiles
  • Participate in weekly supervision with the Director of Music Therapy, complete professional development opportunities and onboarding tasks, attend quarterly Music Therapy Department staff meetings, present in-services and attend community events as a representative of CMCB
  • Communicate with direct service staff and administrative teams at community outreach sites.  Communicate with caregivers regarding client progress
  • Use Community Music Center of Boston email address to stay in communication with Music Therapy Department team

Essential Qualifications

  • MT-BC required 
  • Two years of professional experience, which will allow the music therapist to supervise interns
  • Ability to facilitate music therapy sessions remotely
  • Experience with a variety of populations and age groups
  • Ability to adapt clinical work to different agency, group and individual client needs
  • Flexible and comfortable in different clinical settings, work environments and community spaces
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with hip hop music production, engineering and songwriting
  • Proficiency in clinical musicianship and clinical improvisation.  Proficiency in voice and accompanying instrument.
  • Understanding of the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion practices and their application to the field of music therapy
  • Ability to effectively plan, facilitate and document music therapy sessions

Physical Demands

  • Requires physical stamina to transport, lift and distribute instruments

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Christopher Perry, Director of Music Therapy at

Please, no phone calls.

LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group

The LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group is up and running!


To organize, advocate, communicate, connect and bring about positive and systemic change related LGBTQIA2+ topics/issues in the field of music therapy. 

Group Values/Goals: 

  • Hold space for/support the needs of professional LGBTQIA2+ music therapists 
  • Support the educational needs of LGBTQIA2+ music therapy students 
  • Advocate for the specific needs of LGBTQIA2+ clients 
  • Intentionally amplify the voices of LGBTQIA2+ people with intersectional identities 

    Who? Currently we have 14 members on our board. The board consists of
    students and professionals from diverse backgrounds: 
     Emily Alberici (she/her)
    Kate Bautch (she/her)
    Nicole Gilberti-Martin (she/her)
    Wei Lo (she/her)
    Lance Merrell (he/him)
    Emma Moonier (she/her)
    Leah Oswanski (co-chair) (she/her)
    Megan Perera (she/her)
    Carly Poloskey (she/her)
    Beth Robinson (co-chair) (they/them/he/she)
    Nicole Steele (she/her)
    Angie Sylas (she/her)
    Monica Torres (they/them)
    Christopher Vilca (he/him) 

    The structure of the group will be evolving, as we seek to queer the process of leadership. 
     Who can join?
    Any LGBTQIA2+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two Spirit, Other identities that fall under the queer umbrella) identified music therapist or music therapy student can join the group. You do not have to be an AMTA member. 

    Although the “A” in the acronym is sometimes used to indicate the word “ally,” it is also used to indicate the word “asexual.” Allies are appreciated, but only LGBTQIA2+ identified music therapists and students can join the affinity group. 


Currently the LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group’s main source of connection is through the Facebook group at: 

The group leadership can also be contacted at:

What about Team Rainbow? 

Team Rainbow, founded in 2009, is still an active work group of LGBTQ+ music therapists and allies who continue to pursue their mission of research, trainings, and writing on queer topics and music therapy. Although the Team Rainbow name and members had been interpreted by many as the LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity group, it was not designed to nationally represent music therapists/students in the way that affinity groups have developed in recent years. Team Rainbow is 100% supportive of the newly formed affinity group and leadership. If you have further questions about the relationship between Team Rainbow and the LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group, please email the address listed above. 

AMTA 2020 National Conference

The AMTA 2020 Conference Registration is now open! We will be posting new information about the upcoming conference on a regular basis. Follow us: Follow @AMTANatCon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

PaulaPaula Unsal and Gregory Perkins
Local Co-Chairs, AMTA 2020 National Conference
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

DEI update


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is excited to have become a standing committee for the New England Region. We are committed to continue working towards an inclusive environment for the NER-AMTA community that raises the voices of marginalized groups. As a standing committee, our goal is to identify, address, and implement necessary steps to uncover and dismantle the systems that reinforce oppression. This decision to become a standing committee will allow for continued dialogue and space for the NER-AMTA community to engage in this work.

As a committee, our first task will be to gather baseline data from our cultural climate survey to gain a better understanding of the cultural diversity of the region. From this data, we aim to investigate experiences and perceptions of cultural issues in our region to identify how we will most effectively foster anti-oppression, safety, and inclusion within our region.

Lastly, we invite members of NER-AMTA who are interested in collaborating on DEI to discuss how they would like to be involved in creating positive change for our region. We believe this work is central to the values of NER-AMTA, and is an important step in uniting our membership and community.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jocelyn Khoo

Mark Fuller

Shannon Kiley

NER-AMTA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

From the AMTA Board of Directors to the Music Therapy Community in the Twin Cities and Across the United States

In response to recent acts of violence and social injustice against Black people in Minneapolis and across the country, AMTA condemns historic and ongoing forms of racism that permeate our society and institutions. We are heartbroken that this is happening.

We stand against racism and hate in all its forms and acknowledge the trauma that repeated violence against people of color causes. We uphold kindness, social responsibility, dignity and respect, equality, accountability, excellence, integrity, and courage as our core values and recognize that we have a responsibility to uphold these values.

As we strive to do better, AMTA leadership acknowledges that we must be serious about examining our own biases individually, in our work, and in organizational structures. It is beyond time to give voice in support of our colleagues, students, and service users of color as we endeavor to embody the core values and principles of our aspirational Code of Ethics.

We recognize the important work and advocacy of our colleagues in The Black Music Therapy Network. To learn more about their work, click here. We encourage you to review statements of solidarity made by the Mid-Atlantic Region Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee (link and resources) and the Asian Music Therapy Network – U.S. (link and resources). These statements also contain resources to offer assistance or expand your awareness of racial injustice.


Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

Music Therapist Position

Position: Music Therapist
Description: The Nashua Community Music School, located just over the border of Massachusetts in Nashua, NH is looking to add a Board Certified Music Therapist to our team. NCMS takes great pride in featuring a roster of distinguished music professionals who love to work with students of all ages. Our growing Music Therapy program is looking for a qualified Music Therapist who is interested in working with multiple populations and age ranges in individual and group settings. The ideal candidate will be equally comfortable offering services in live and remote settings via Zoom. Special consideration given to those with experience working with clients diagnosed with emotional disorders and/or older adults.
Qualifications: The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and completed 1200 hours of clinical training. Candidates must be Board Certified or eligible to sit for the exam. The applicant should have previous experience working with children, adults, or seniors. Candidates who are also willing to teach adaptive lessons are highly desirable.
Please apply via e-mail by sending your resume and statement of intent to
Upon review, we may contact you for supplemental materials and/or an interview
Desired Start Date: July 2020
Application Deadline: Position is open until filled

Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists.

Hello Members and Colleagues!
We would like to extend the invitation to join us Monday June 22nd, 2020, 7-8pm EDT, in a discussion with members of the Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists. In which they will highlight information, including charges from the AMTA Board; share responses to two key questions presented to the MT community; review previous work and next steps; and emphasize the importance of connecting with the Commission.
This hour long meeting will also provide you the opportunity to be heard and to ask questions of your committee.
Registration is required for this virtual meeting at:
Registration will close June 21st at 5pm. The zoom link will be sent out to registrants 24 hrs prior to the meeting at 7pm on June 21st.

We are excited to bring this opportunity to the region and hope to see you there!

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

NER-AMTA bylaws

Dear NER Music Therapists:

The purpose of this communication is to inform members of the New England Region of AMTA of two proposed changes to the NER-AMTA bylaws.

We will be voting on these changes during the NER Business Meeting being held Saturday, June 6 (10-11:30 am) on Zoom. 

Please find and review the proposed NER-AMTA bylaws changes below:


Proposed Change #1:

Reason: To streamline and clarify the process of nominating candidates for elected office.


Current text:




Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.


Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Additional nominations may be accepted from the floor at least 24 hours before the vote is held.


Proposed new text:




Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.


Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Nominations from the membership shall be received by the nominating committee no later than 72 hours before the annual meeting.


Proposed change #2:

Reason: To match AMTA’s fiscal period, which is changing to the calendar year starting January 1, 2021.


Current text:



Section 1. The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.


Proposed new text: 


Section 1. The fiscal year will match the AMTA fiscal year.






Brian Jantz MA, MT-BC

President-Elect, NER-AMTA

Membership Support

Already a member of AMTA within the New England Region? Great! You are automatically a member of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Joining NER-AMTA has many benefits including opportunities for membership and conference support, networking, and becoming part of the community of music therapists and allies who supports you. NER-AMTA welcomes professional music therapists, allied health professionals, students, professors, and the community.

For more information regarding the AMTA membership and how it benefits you, click here or visit


Stay up to date with NER-AMTA by following our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Following our social media accounts will provide you with access to opportunities for scholarships, membership and conference support, and knowledge on regional and national initiatives.

Membership Support

The NER-AMTA strives to support music therapists in the region who want to become members, but may need some additional support. Through our Pay it Forward Campaign, professional music therapists may submit an application for financial support toward their AMTA membership. This is an effort to welcome as many professional members to the region as we can.

Click here for more information regarding the Pay it Forward Campaign.

Conference Support

The NER-AMTA aims to provide scholarships for professional music therapists who are planning to attend the annual NER conference to apply towards their conference fees. Interested in where this year’s NER conference is being held? Check the conference tab above!

New Professional Members

We encourage music therapy interns who have reached the midpoint in their internship to complete the Welcome to the Profession Intern Packet through AMTA. Please click here to learn more and apply.

If you are new to the region, please be sure to update your information in CBMT and AMTA databases to notify us of your move. Additionally, follow our social media pages to receive news updates for our region.

Contact Us

For more information regarding NER-AMTA membership, please reach out to…

Virtual CMTE Series

Dear Members & Colleagues, In light of recent events with COVID-19, NER-AMTA will not be hosting an on-site regional conference this year. To assist in maintaining our community and connections, the NER Board has put together a three-course virtual CMTE series, including three of the presentations that would have presented at our conference. The courses, as well as NER’s annual business meeting, will take place over 6/6-6/7 and 6/13-6/14 via Zoom.
 For presenter bios and course descriptions please head to:
PRICES:AMTA Members: FreeNon-AMTA Members: $40 for all three coursesStudents: Free
 ** Payment can be made to treasurer@musictherapynewengland.orgvia PayPal.


We can’t wait to see you there! Channing Shippen MA, MT-BCVice President, NER-AMTAConference Chair Kathlynn Sell MT-BCVice President Elect, NER-AMTAConference Co-Chair

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource We thank you all for your contribution and support during this unprecedented time. Below, find resources to support the wellbeing and coping of one another.

Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Mental Health Coalition
If you have resources you would like to share with us, please email

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