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Level 1 GIM Training Institute

Dear Colleagues,

Conference preparations are in full swing!  We are so excited to bring to you this Level I GIM training Institute.  This 25 CMTE institute, which will take place April 16-19 2018, is sure to fill up quickly, so reserve your space today!  If you are interested in registering early, please email


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


We invite you to attend a plenary session at the NER-AMTA Conference on Friday, from 5:15-6:15 pm. The following questions will be part of a panel and audience discussion as we reflect on our profession, our personal biases and our desire to be effective and inclusive Music Therapists.

  1. In your ideal world, what does diversity look like in music therapy?(consider yourself, your colleagues, your clients, NER-AMTA, AMTA)
  2. Please describe a music therapy experience in which diversity was honored. (a session with client/(s), work experience, conference experience, etc.)
  3. Please describe a music therapy experience in which diversity was compromised.
  4. What does diversity in our profession look like now?
  5. What would it take to make sure diversity is valued in our profession?

Audience will be invited to share, question panel, etc. challenges and solutions

Conference Program and App Announcement

Hello NER!
There is a tingling of excitement in the air as we arrange the final touches on this year’s conference. This year we will have released our conference program via PDF. Our VP elect did a BEAUTIFUL job creating this for us. I recommend downloading this to your device in a program such as iBooks (for apple devices) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (for Android Devices).  If you require a print version, I suggest  downloading it on your device now and print it out.

Also, we have used Guidebook as our app host this year. Please download the app. A unique passcode will be presented to you at conference.

Need more guidance?  I created a handy video tutorial especially for you! So check it out for download instructions and a sneak peek of guidebook. If you need further assistance with android devices, try this link  or visit me at the registration desk and we can troubleshoot together. As always, if you require assistance with other technology related matters, you can contact me. 

Looking forward to sea-ing you in Newport!

With Joy,

Cassandra Mulcahy, MMT, MT-BC
NER-AMTA Solutionist and Webmistress

Conference reminders

Hello All!We are excitedly counting down the days when we will all be together in Newport! The Hotel Viking is thrilled to have us back and promises to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.  





Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00 pm on arrival day and reserved until 11:00 am on departure day. Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure.



The Spa at the hotel is offering our attendees a discount, so make your reservations as soon as possible!

A 20% discount on spa services in SpaFjor with be offered on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 and Thursday, March 30, 2017 and a 10% discount on spa services will be offered on Friday, March 31, 2017 and Saturday, April 1, 2017. Guests may contact SpaFjor at 401-848-4848 and should identify themselves as part of the group at the time of booking.


The Hotel is also offering our group complementary parking.  


Don’t forget to bring your appetite – we provide breakfast on Friday and Saturday, and of course our Business Lunch on Friday.  


Bring your instruments!!! Along with you sharing your music at the Cabaret, we will have a drum circle on Friday after dinner led by our wonderful Lauren Caso – please bring along a drum for this event, or buy a new one from Tom at Mud Pie!


If you’re wanting to participate in Krystal’s Yoga Session you may want to bring along a yoga mat.


Our 2017 NER-AMTA Conference is sure to be a wonderful event! We hope you have safe travels to Newport and we will see you there!  

Meg & Courtney

Conference Hotel Extension!

Hello NER –

We have good news: The Hotel Viking is willing to give us a bit of a break while they have rooms available, but you’ll have to act quickly…

Although we’ve past the deadline for our guaranteed discount, Thursday is open for the rate of $119.00!! There are rooms available for our members.


Friday and Saturday are very limited with a higher rate of $179. and up. If anyone still needs a room they can email Krista, she is offering an additional 10% discount and is willing to work with whoever needs a room at an affordable rate. Just email and ask for help in reserving a room for the NER Music Therapy Conference.


2017 Conference Scholarships. 3/10 deadline

Up to three scholarships are available to Professional NER-AMTA Members to cover the cost of full conference registration for the upcoming spring conference (approximately $200 in value). This does not include fees for CMTE’s or any special meal such as banquet. Any current AMTA Professional member may apply; student members are not eligible. Should an applicant who wins already have paid conference registration, that fee will be reimbursed in the form of a check at the regional conference; with that in mind it is recommended that applicants choosing to register do so prior to the early bird deadline.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10.  Visit to apply!

Questions about the scholarship?  Please contact Elizabeth Ferguson at

Important: Conference Registration FAQ

Hello NER,

For the past few years we have used the Regonline System. This system has aided in drastically reducing and streamlining many tasks our volunteers have had to hand check in the past. I have observed a number of frequently asked questions that I feel would be useful to have on hand publicly. All of this information is also available on registration form in strategic locations. 


1. Question: Why won’t my membership number work?

1. Answer:  If you are registering as an AMTA member to receive discounted member pricing, you will need to enter a current AMTA Membership Number.  Regional numbers are distributed to us once a week.  If you recently became an AMTA Member or renewed your AMTA Membership, you may need to wait  until this number is distributed and input into our system for registration.


2. Question: I am a member with an address outside of the region. How will you receive my membership number?

2. Answer: Registrants from outside the region must email a screenshot receipt of your membership number and forward to


3. Question: How do I contact you?

3. Answer:  There are many ways! You can connect directly through our website. However, is the most preferred and efficient way.  You may also text or call (617) 276-5213.  FYI: Cassandra is the point of contact. This is her personal mobile phone, please be kind. 


4. Question: How can I be eligible to receive an AMTA member discount price before early bird deadline?

4. Answer: You will be guaranteed eligibility for membership regular registration rate if your membership is renewed by Friday March 3rd at 4:00 PM. Registration will be updated on Saturday March 4th, and you will have until  Monday March 6th at 11:59 PM EST to take advantage of the regular conference rate.  We cannot guarantee the regular rate for those who renew their registration after  Friday March 3rd at 4:00 PM.  

Please see Answer 2 if you are out of region.

Call for Posters 2017

2017 Conference Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

The preparation for the NER-AMTA 2017 conference has begun, and we hope that you are as excited as we are to be back in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, at the Hotel Viking.

We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for a concurrent or CMTE session at the regional conference.

You may find the links on our website at:

The last day for submissions is Friday, January 13, 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:, or through the addresses below.

We look forward to seeing you March 30-April 1, 2017 as we focus on Empowering the Wind in our Sails.

Meg Capen, MT-BC
Conference Chair
Vice President NER-AMTA

Courtney Biddle, MMT, MT-BC
Conference Co-Chair
Vice President-Elect NER-AMTA

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