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NER-AMTA DEI Community Gathering

The NER-AMTA DEI Committee invites you to Community Music Gathering! Come together to share music and reflect on clinical music repertoire, holding space to talk about how we can support each other in building a community guided by diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be a community event and participants are welcomed to bring a song to share (live or recorded) that relates to the topic.

For this event, the DEI Committee has selected the song: White Privilege II by MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. JAMILA WOODS in follow up from our first gathering event.

Link here to the music:

Date and Time: Sunday December 6th from 6-7pm (space held after 7pm for additional support/processing)

Zoom link will be provided in your confirmation email!

NER Business Meeting

Save the date! The NER business meeting will be on Monday, November 16 from 8-9:30pm on AMTA’s Zoom account. Zoom info to follow.

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

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota Online Conference

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota presents…You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for the Real World
Presented by: Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
Distance Learning via Zoom3-50 minute online workshops
May 16, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJune 13, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJuly 18, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amThese sessions will be recorded and available for further access until August 15.Number of CMTE Credits: 3

Description:  While researchers and clinicians alike agree that self-care is vital for music therapy professionals and students, making it a priority in our daily personal and professional lives is most certainly easier said than done, particularly during this challenging and uncertain time. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore and integrate a variety of self-care strategies identified in the research, built around the following three areas:

  1. Physiological Self-Care Practices
  2. Music/Music Therapy Practices
  3. Personal and Professional Sources of Support

Finally, participants will be encouraged to be proactive about their self-care and will be invited to identify at least one self-care SMART goal in each area that they will incorporate into their daily lives, using the knowledge gained throughout this time together. Follow-up on this goal will be offered.

Songs Of Hope: Social Media Information

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.



Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA



MedRhythms, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, & Berklee College of Musicare collaborating to bring Wendy Magee and The XXth International MATADOC Training to Boston in September. Get your tickets today!

When: Sep 26 at 8 AM – Sep 28 at 5 PM

Where: Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

What is the MATADOC?

The MATADOC is a standardized assessment and evaluation system for music therapists working with minimally responsive populations, or populations whose awareness is unknown due to profound brain damage. This includes people born with brain damage, who have had a stroke, or who might have sustained brain injury through accidents such as road traffic accidents, gunshot wounds, drowning or falls. It can be used for: diagnosis of awareness in adults with disorders of consciousness; treatment planning and goal setting; evaluation of long-term treatment with patients in chronic care settings.

With which populations can it be used? People with complex needs resulting in ‘minimal’ responsiveness e.g. adults and children in vegetative or minimally conscious states; late/end-stage dementia; advanced neurological illness such as Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s Disease; profound and multiple developmental disabilities; people with end stage terminal illnesses.

MATADOC has been standardized and validated for use with adults with disorders of consciousness. It is an assessment, diagnostic and treatment evaluation tool.

Which clinical settings?

• Rehabilitation settings

• Nursing home settings (and other continuing care) for diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation of ongoing treatment.

• Intensive care

What does the first level training involve?

• Classroom lectures

• Experiential sessions

• Video observations

Participants will learn to understand the clinical presentation of people with DOC; how to run a MATADOC session; how to complete the documentation; how to formulate a diagnosis; and how to communicate the assessment findings to interdisciplinary teams and families. Training tools include handouts and training videos that are accessible post-training to assist professionals in applying classroom learning to clinical session.

See more information and get tickets online below:

Passages 2019

GIM training

Have you thought of adding GIM to your practice? Do you have colleagues who have always wanted to learn more about GIM? We are serving as the CBMT Approved Provider for a Level One GIM Training in Connecticut with Madelaine Ventre, who studied with Helen Bonny. Early bird pricing ends on May 30th. Get your applications in soon!


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Guided Imagery in Music Training August 24-28, 2019 in Litchfield, Connecticut

Deepen your practice, expand your skills, and earn 46 CMTE credits, including 3 ethics credits! You do not want to miss this training opportunity for a Level One Bonny Method GIM Training. Spend 5 days with Madelaine Ventre, MS, LCAT, MT-BC, and learn about the major components of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) process. The topics covered include the history, definitions and session format of GIM and music and imagery; imagery; non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC); processing techniques; guiding techniques; music in non-ordinary states of consciousness; contra-indications and ethics. This course will include an experiential component in addition to the didactic work.


Early bird registration ends on May 30, 2019. Take advantage of the early bird to save on your registration and get the training with all of your food and lodging included for only $1500!  For 46 credits, you can’t beat this!!  Send your applications in as spaces are limited!


Traditional Chinese Medicine, Arts and Culture

Registration is now open for Endicott College Expressive Therapies Symposium: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Arts, and Culture; October 25, 2019, 9:00am – 3:30pm, in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts. This one day event will feature a gallery talk, keynote, and hands workshops by experts in the fields of Creative Arts Therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine. For questions, please contact Expressive Therapies Professor Krystal Demaine, symposium coordinator,  Follow the link to register: 

Private Guitar Lessons for Music Therapy Students

Beginning August 2019, I am offering private guitar lessons for Music Therapy students, focusing on your specific guitar needs.  Lessons are $45 per half hour or $90 per hour if you come to my studio in Roslindale, $10 more if I come to you.  I have been a professional performer and taught guitar students of all ages for 40 years.  I have been on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Curry College and The Park School.  Contact info: Scott Sandvik  (; Cell: 617-947-8186)

Music and Imagery for Wellness

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NERAMTAS fundraiser

Berklee Spring Symposium

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