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NER’s business meeting

You are invited to attend NER’s business meeting on Monday, November 16 from 8-9:30pm!


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Nov 16, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: NER Business Meeting


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Or Telephone:

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Webinar ID: 890 7841 5783

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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

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

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

AMTA Business Meeting

May 2, 2020 

Hello, NER! 

It’s time for our annual NER annual business meeting. It will take place via Zoom on Saturday 6/6 from 10-11:30am. 

Stay tuned for details about the meeting code and password. 

Best, Adrienne 

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA 

Get involved!

Hello, NER music therapists!


Are you interested in volunteering to help fellow music therapists and the organization? Here are two ways to get involved. Please email me at if you are interested in these position


The Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup provides support to music therapists for incorporating, consulting for and educating about music listening programming for all populations. Information and resources for the workgroup are made available to music therapists through AMTA non-members and members area website pages, online CMTE course, concurrent and CMTE presentations at state, regional and national music therapy conferences. This position is great for you if you are available for periodic conference calls and are especially interested in dementia care. 


AMTA is seeking 5-6 members from each region to serve as scholarship reviewers for 2020. There are eight scholarship categories for which AMTA will need reviewersduring 2020. Reviewers are provided with applications and rubric sheets to assist with the review of required documents, and typically have 7-14 days to review applications and return results to the Scholarship Chair. If you are interested and available to review at least three AMTA scholarships during the 2020 calendar year, please email me no later than February 20, 2020. 



Adrienne Flight


Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA




National Business Meetings! Join Us!

Hello, NER music therapists,

This is a friendly reminder that the NER regional meeting will take place on Saturday 11/23 from 9:30-11am. We hope to see you there. Please view the previous meeting minutes on NER’s website so that you are up to date when a vote is taken.

To ensure that we can fill NER’s seats on the Assembly of Delegates during this national conference, the Board put three extra Assembly Alternates in place and will call them if needed. They are Kayla Daly, Jean Nemeth, and Brian Jantz.

Last, the AMTA business meeting is scheduled for Friday 11/22 from 10:30am-12pm. Please attend to hear more about what is happening at a national level.

Happy conference!

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA

Business Meeting Minutes 3/2019

DRAFT MINUTES March 29 2019 Business Breakfast

Open board positions

Are you a professional music therapist in New England who is interested in volunteering on the NER-AMTA board? If so, please contact NER President Adrienne Flight at with questions and to explore opportunities.


Here are the current positions that we are looking to fill:


NER representative to AMTA’s Clinical Practice Networking Committee: Provide coordination for networking and mentoring opportunities for practitioners working in a range of settings and with different populations, and foster communication between committees and with professionals in related fields. The candidate must be a professional AMTA member with two years of experiences, and would plan to attend all AMTA conferences, as this is where meetings take place. 


NER Pay It Forward Committee Member: Work with the region’s membership representative to organize, advertise, and carry out the Pay It Forward annual campaign. The goal is to help NER members with the cost of professional AMTA membership. This position does not require attendance at AMTA national conferences, but does require attendance at NER regional conferences.


NER Financial Committee Member: Fundraising to allow NER to continue providing its Membership Support Program. This position is ideal for you if you are confident interfacing with vendors, restaurants, a creative thinker, and are comfortable tracking fundraised dollars and reporting back to NER’s treasurer.


NER Representative to the Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup: Workgroup provides support to music therapists for incorporating, consulting for, and educating about music listening programming for all populations. Representative will share information about music listening resources through AMTA web pages, an online CMTE course, and presentations at conferences. Attendance at national AMTA conferences is notrequired but is preferred.



Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA


Ner board nominations

Hello, New England Region Music Therapists:

The nominating committee is excited to share that 2019 is an election year for the NER Executive Board. We are currently accepting self-nominations for all voting Executive Board positions which include:

• President-Elect: 6 year commitment

• Vice President-Elect: 4 year commitment

• Treasurer: 2 year commitment

• Secretary: 2 year commitment

• Assembly Delegate: 2 year commitment (note: a total of 9 candidates are needed to fill 4 primary and 5 alternate positions. This position requires attendance at every annual AMTA national conference)

We strongly encourage you to download and review the NER Bylaws which include descriptions for each position:

The following is required to serve on the NER-AMTA board:

• a commitment to maintaining professional AMTA membership status; and

• attendance at four regional board meetings which take place in:

◦ March or April at the annual NER Regional Conference

◦ June in Sturbridge, MA or via conference call

◦ September or October in Sturbridge, MA

◦ February in Sturbridge MA

If you are interested in running for any of these elected positions, please submit the following, via email to, no later than Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:59am:

• A letter of interest to the NER-AMTA Nominating Committee

• A biography of 100 words or fewer for member reference or use on the ballot

The election will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the NER-AMTA Membership Meeting.

If you have questions about any of these positions, please contact Jennifer Sokira at  

In service,

Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC

Nominating Committee Chair

NER-AMTA Past President

PS:  Interested in helping NER-AMTA, but not in an elected capacity? We also have openings for committee representatives for Clinical Practice Networking, Continuing Education, and NER’s Financial Committee. Contact President Judy Engel at for more information!

Updated NER-AMTA Bylaws

Bylaws NER-AMTA Updated 4.21.2018 with table of contents

Email server is down!

Due to some exciting website-related work, our email addresses are temporarily down. To contact NER, please use Facebook Messenger. 
Thank you, 
NER Board


Please welcome our newest Expanded NER Board Leadership appointments:

Joy Allen- Research Committee Representative

Amanda Goff- Muse Newsletter Editor

Caitlin Hyatt- Interprofessional Collaboration Committee Representative

Kate Lamoureux- NER Historian

Wendy Krueger- Standards of Clinical Practice Committee Representative

Sarah Gagnon- Workforce Development and Retention Committee Representative

There are several openings still available please email to inquire about:

– Membership Support Committee member (national conference not required)

-Membership Committee Representative

-Continuing Education Representative

-Diversity and Inclusion Committee Representative

-Clinical Networking Committee Representative

* Please note these Committee Representative are required to attend national conference.

Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

NER-AMTA, President

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