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Neurologic Music Therapy Training

MedRhythms, Inc. is partnering with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network to bring The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy to Boston for the International Training Institute in Neurologic Music Therapy. This is only the second time that it has ever been offered in Boston – it will fill up quickly, so register today!

Dates: November 29th – December 2nd

Address: 1st Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

Call for Research Poster Session Submissions 2018 AMTA National Conference Dallas, TX November 2018

Individuals are encourag ed to submit content information describing works in progress and/or completed works for Oral Presentation (Paper) or Poster Presentation. Diverse methodologies are encouraged.


Submission deadline is June 10, 2018 by 5 pm CST.


Online Submissions

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Format Options


Authors must submit information as “Paper only”, “Poster Only”, or “Paper or Poster” by indicating preference during the submission process. Researchers are encouraged to submit using the “Paper or Poster” option. Information submitted using this option will be considered and selected for either option by the Research Committee.


Oral Presentations (Paper Presentations)

Individual oral papers provide researchers the opportunity to present original work related to music therapy. Presenters will have 15-minutes to present and 5 minutes to answer questions from attendees. Oral Presentations will be scheduled during a Concurrent Session time block Saturday, November 17 from 11:15am to 12:30pm.


Research Poster Presentations

The Research Poster Session provides an interactive forum for researchers to discuss their work with conference attendees.

The Research Poster Session is Saturday, November 17 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Presenters will be assigned a location to put up each poster, and posters will be organized by topic as related to MTR 2025 goals.


Student Awards


Music therapy students are eligible for best poster awards. Abstracts will be published in Music Therapy Perspectives.

One undergraduate and one graduate submission will be chosen.

In order to be considered for this award, indicate in the submission online process if the first author is a music therapy student and what level (undergraduate, masters/masters equivalency, doctoral) and if you wish to be considered for this award.

Submission Process


The following bullets will correspond to questions on the online submission process and we ask that you plan accordingly for submission and review by the AMTA Research Committee.


  • Introduction, objective, phenomenon under investigation, hypotheses or research questions
  • Description of rigorous and relevant research methods (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, systematic reviews, theoretical frameworks, philosophical papers)
  • Description of research participants if applicable and data gathering methods
  • If the study is completed:

Description of the data analysis and results

Summary of findings supported by presented data


  • If the study is in progress:

Description of intended data analysis

  • Statement of how the research advances music therapy clinical practice.


Each submission must include complete information for judging research quality.


The deadline for submissions is JUNE 10, 2018. If, after 5 days of submission you have not received a confirmation of your submission being received contact Cindy Colwell by email at or phone (785) 864-9635.


After a blind review by the committee, each corresponding author will be notified via email by July 31 of acceptance or rejection of the submission.


Online Submissions

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NER MLE 2018

Updated NER MLE 2018 Regional Conference 04-05-18

2018 Final Program

Drum Circle Facilitator Training

Hello Friends-
SSC Drum Circle Facilitator Training has been rescheduled because of the recent winter storms.  
Our training will take place on May 5, 2018.  
Open to all  – no experience necessary.  Music Therapists can earn 7 CMTEs for participation.

Eve D. Montague, MT-BC
Director, Creative Arts Therapies
South Shore Conservatory
781-934-2731, x20

Stakeholder Committee Representative

Hello NER-AMTA Music Therapist,

Are you interested in being part of the search for the new AMTA Executive Director?

Join the Stakeholder Committee and work together to contribute to a membership survey regarding the desired characteristics of a new Executive Director as well as other tasks outlined by the executive search firm Raffa, Inc.

To ensure membership representation, the Regional Presidents have all been asked to submit one nominee to represent their region, to be part of the Stakeholder Committee.

The key role of the Stakeholder Committee Representative is to ensure communication with the membership of the regions regarding the process of the search for the Executive Director.

If you would like to be considered for the Stakeholder Committee representative position, please include TWO items: 1) a 50 word biography, required from AMTA 2) a statement of interest. Please send to

All submissions are due 4/4/18.



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.



Urgent: early bird deadline approaching

Dear membership,
To take advantage of the early bird membership discount, please renew your  with AMTA membership no later than Friday before noon. This ensure that your membership number is active in our system by Sunday.  There will be significant latency in responding to registration issues on Sunday 4/1 due to the holiday.
With Gratitude,
Cassandra Mulcahy, MMT, MT-BC
NER-AMTA Technology Committee Rep, Solutionist and Volunteer Webmistress

Eastern Connecticut

Job Title: Staff Music Therapist

Hours:  Part time growing into full time

Salary:  Hourly, based on experience

Facility:  Progressions Music Therapy Services (Eastern Connecticut)

Qualifications:  MT-BC must be obtained before start date.

Population:  Children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities, dementia, mental health, substance abuse, adaptive music lessons, brain injury, others

Starting date:  Immediate

Description of position:  Growing private practice seeks a motivated, energetic, and independent music therapist to conduct group and individual sessions with a wide variety of populations. Allowances for continuing education, supervision, supplies, and instrument purchases are available.  This position includes driving to sites throughout Eastern Connecticut as well as holding sessions at our clinic in Old Mystic.  Candidates will need a dependable form of transportation and auto insurance.

Contact Information:  Please email resume to Courtney Biddle, MMT, MT-BC (860) 389-1356

NER-AMTAS’ upcoming fundraiser

The event will be held Saturday April 7th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The location is 921 Boylston street, The LOFT (3rd floor), Boston, MA, 02215. It’s an open mic night and bake sale! All are welcome; students, new professionals, professionals and the general public. The funds raised will be used for student conference scholarships. The sign up sheet and other additional information can be found on the NER-AMTAS Facebook page.

Thank you!

Kayla McBrien

Madonna Hall Resident Assistant

NER-AMTAS President

Choir President

Anna Maria College

Class of 2019

2018 Preliminary Program

NER-AMTA 2018 Conference Program:


Preliminary Program 2018

Conference hotel rate expires tomorrow!

Dear Colleagues,
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, MARCH 18, is the FINAL DAY to get the special rate of $129/night at the Water’s Edge.
Please call 860-399-5901 and mention our conference to get the discount.
Please visit our conference website at
for more information about the hotel and reservation process.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at The Water’s Edge.
Courtney Biddle, MMT, MT-BC
Vice President
Conference Chair
Channing Shippen, MA, MT-BC
Vice President-Elect
Conference Co-Chair


(Please click here for the Songbook Agreement)

This year’s conference will feature a brand new

fundraiser: a collection of songs written by

our own New England Region members.

Contribute a song(s) that you would like to share with others.

You can e-mail them written on manuscript

or share the sound file to Erin Boardman

@ by April 7th.

Along with your song, please indicate what population

the song would best be used as well as

the purpose of the song.

The songbook will then be organized and bound and copies will

be available for purchase at the conference.

As always, all of the proceeds from the

sale of the books will go toward

the NER’s Membership Support Program.

If you have any questions, please contact Dory Stapleton


Get in on the fun.

Don’t Miss Out on Being A Part of Vol. 1 !!!!!!

Hotel Information 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to update you with the hotel information for this year’s NER-AMTA Conference.  Many people have been asking about hotel arrangements with the Water’s Edge. You will be glad to know that we were able to negotiate a very reasonable room price for the duration of conference.

Here is the important information for making your reservations.

Room Cost $129.00 per night (even on Friday when rates tend to go up!)

The way to make a reservation is by calling the hotel at 860-399-5901.  Be sure to mention that you are staying with the NER-AMTA so that you qualify for the special rate.

If you would like to make reservations online, you can simply go to and click on the BOOK NOW icon.  To get the special rate, please enter the code 292160

For any of you attending the Music and Imagery training, the hotel has extended the special rate starting on Sunday, April 15.

However, to get these special rates, all hotel rooms must be booked by MARCH 18.  After this date, they will not be able to honor the special rate.

As a reminder, conference registration is now open, and the early bird deadline is April 1.

We have so many exciting things planned for this year’s conference, and we can’t wait to see you at The Water’s Edge!


Courtney R. Biddle, MMT, MT-BC

Vice President

Conference Chair

Channing Shippen, MA, MT-BC

Vice President Elect

Conference Co-Chair

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


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