Archive for Special Announcements

NER-AMTA Call for positions

Calling all NER-AMTA Members,
We are looking to fill several non-voting positions and we need you! Please share your passion for music therapy and willingness to
serve. The NER-AMTA Extended Board is interested in finding the ideal candidates for these regional positions. Please send your
Statement of Interest describing your qualifications and interest in being considered for these positions to Judy Nguyen Engel, NER-
AMTA President, All Submissions due by 4/10/18.
NER Historian
**This is a brand NEW position**
-Passion for capturing and preserving history of
music therapy the New England region
-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 4 for additional
Muse Newsletter Editor
-Professional AMTA member
-Excellent written communication skills
-Computer literacy, specifically with MailChimp
-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 3 for additional
NER Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (3 positions)
GOAL: to promote inclusion and diversity within the
NE region
-2 year service commitment
-Reports to Diversity and Multiculturalism
committee representative, who will act as the Board
-Has a strong interest in creating and identifying
ways for inclusion
NER Internal and External Funding Task Force (3
GOAL: to explore internal and external funding for
development and research of music therapy in the
New England region
-Will report guidance and tasks for implementation
-1 year service commitment
-Research expertise
-Interest and willingness for research and grant
-Reports to Research committee representative and
Financial Chair, who will act as the Board liaisons
Standards of Clinical Practice Committee
-Professional AMTA membership required.
-Two years of clinical experience desirable.
-Familiarity with the AMTA Standards of Clinical
Practice required.
-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing
Committees for full positions details.
-AMTA regional/national conference required
Research Committee Representative
-Professional AMTA membership required.
-Experience with and knowledge of research
methodology required.
-Graduate degree desirable
-Publication(s) desirable
-Previous committee experience desirable
-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing
Committees for full positions details
-AMTA regional/national conference required
All committee representatives are required to: maintain professional AMTA membership, attend regional and
national conferences which include board meetings, and conference calls, and lastly work well as part of a team.
Please note: The requirements listed after each standing committee position were taken from the AMTA Handbook for Councils
and Standing Committees.
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.

MLE Considerations

AMTA’s Master’s Level Entry (MLE) Subcommittee have updated the MLE Considerations.  You can find the document on the AMTA website here:

Pay it Forward Scholarship

Dear Colleagues,

NER-AMTA is thrilled to continue supporting its members through the Pay it Forward scholarship for a second year! As part of the Pay it Forward campaign, NER-AMTA asks applicants to commit to a non-financial contribution to the region, in exchange for partial coverage of AMTA membership. In this way, awardees will pay their membership assistance forward to support the profession and music therapy in the New England Region.

You may now apply at the link below, until  January 10th, 2018

Pay it forward


In memory of Sonja Granskou

Dear NER community,

Just want to share that our community has lost a bright, beautiful soul. My friend and music therapist, Sonja Granskou, passed away on August 4, 2017. I met Sonja a few years ago and was immediately inspired by her smile and positive, gentle way of being. Sonja was a radiant light who loved nature and loved to sing. One of her favorite songs was “Climb Every Mountain.” And boy, did she climb mountains! Sonja received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2009 and a Master of Music in Performance Voice in the Graduate Opera Program at Boston University in 1996. She had a gorgeous voice and loved working as a clinician and music therapist. We liked singing together and talking about our wonderful music therapy community.

Sonja was from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. One of the biggest mountains that Sonja climbed in her life was her healing journey from ovarian cancer. Sonja did everything possible to heal, researching and using conventional and many alternative treatments (even going to Vienna, Austria). I admired her sense of humor, strong will to live, her diligence, her faith and most of all her ability to be vulnerable and at peace with whatever the outcome. Sonja’s light is very bright. I truly believe that her light is with all of us in this community and her spirit is flying free with the angels and God in heaven. God bless you Sonja. We love you!!

Please email or call me if you would like to mail a card and I will send the address. Sonja also has a Facebook page if anyone would like to post a message there as well.

Thank you,


Lauren Calista Angelone

(617) 780-8530

Memorial Services for Sonja (USA and Canada):

Where: First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington (Sonja’s Boston church). 630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA.

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments to follow.


Where: Christ Lutheran Church (Sonja’s Waterloo church).

445 Anndale Ave, Waterloo, ON.

When: October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Refreshments to follow.

AMTA leadership academy

Update: all spots are filled!!

Thank you for your interest!

Dear NER-AMTA members,

As a gift, AMTA would like to provide five complimentary registration for five NER-AMTA members in good standing to attend the AMTA Leadership Academy at this year’s annual AMTA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This institute will run on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:30-5:30pm.

Now in its third year, the AMTA Leadership Academy gives everyone a chance to develop and deepen their leadership skills and capacity. Through a series of presentations by a diverse panel of leaders within our field, Leadership Academy participants will experience multiple frameworks for thinking about leadership and how to recognize and build critical skills in all areas of leadership!  Whether you have attended a previous Academy or not, this year’s Leadership Academy is sure to provide you with new information, insights, and connections to help you grow into the leader you desire to be in your work, your community, and in your life.

Please see session information for further details.

If you wish to be one of the five NER-AMTA members to attend at no charge, please contact NER President, Judy Engel, at Note that tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the first five NER-AMTA members to make contact will receive complimentary registration for the AMTA Leadership Academy.

Please note that NER-AMTA is unable to assist with or plan transportation, lodging, parking or meals (these would be on your own).

AMTA Scholarship reviewers needed 

Hello NER-AMTA Members, Rebecca Preddie, AMTA Scholarship & Grants Coordinator is looking for some willing Scholarship Reviewers (5-6 volunteers) that will be part of the AMTA Scholarship Review Committee. This is a great opportunity for NER-AMTA members who do not have the ability to be involved in large, year round projects, but DO have the ability to work from home for short periods of time.  

By agreeing to be a Scholarship Reviewer, you must be a current AMTA member. You will review for at least three AMTA scholarships offered within the calendar year (January 2017 – December 2017), will be provided with blinded applications and rubric sheets (in the majority of cases), and will typically have 7-10 days to review 2-10 brief applications and return results. If you are interested, please send your name and email address to before 5/13/17.  

Please note: this is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, you will be notified if your name is submitted to AMTA.  
Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

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

NERAMTA Bylaws and Constitution Merge

Hello NER-AMTA Members,
The Bylaws Committee has been tasked with the BIG job of merging our two current documents the NER-AMTA Constitutions and NER-AMTA Bylaws which governs our regional organization.
The merging of both documents is to streamline these documents into one; to follow AMTA’s model of their Bylaws, to avoid duplicity, and to make updates.
Please review the newly merged document entitled NER-AMTA Bylaws to understand the rationale behind each change. However in summary, the changes include:
-General language used, to be more inclusive and forward-thinking
-Delineate elected officers versus appointed officers and to clarify their roles
-Update and include additional positions to the current leadership that are not listed in NER’s current documents
The NERAMTA members will vote on this newly merged document, to replace our current two documents on Friday March 31st during the Business Luncheon at the Spring Conference in Newport, RI, to go into effect on March 31, 2017.  Please review before then and send any constructive comments/feedback to for considerations by 3/29/17.

Barefoot books fundraiser 

The Barefoot Books fundraiser for NER continues with a special February offer of 30% off a set of books: The Compassionate Citizen set. Remember: a portion of your purchase goes towards the NER Membership Support Program.  

Looking to contact our communications team?

To reach our social media, website and newsletter outreach, you can connect with us here:

or directly at

2017 NER-AMTA conference announcment: Call for Papers

2017 World Congress of Music Therapy

Save the Date!

July 4-8, 2017

Tsukuba International Congress Center2-20-3, Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0032, Japan

For more information:

Dr. Jayne Standley from Florida State University to present at Pediatric Ground Rounds on Wednesday, September 21st.

 Dear NER:

The Music Therapy Association of Vermont is very honored that the University of Vermont Medical Center invited Dr. Jayne Standley from Florida State University to present at Pediatric Ground Rounds on Wednesday, September 21st.  Dr. Standley will be at the hospital all day meeting with various teams to discuss her research and medical music therapy. Here is information about Dr. Standley:
Jayne M. Standley, Ph.D., MT-BC is a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University with appointments in the Colleges of Music and Medicine. Her research emphases are medical music therapy and MT in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Standley is Director of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy, a network affiliation of universities and medical centers to promote research and training in NICU-MT. The Institute has trained hundreds of music therapists, neonatologists and neonatal nurses from around the world in the clinical specialty of evidence-based NICU-MT for premature infants. She is widely published in international MT and medical journals. Standley is author of over 30 refereed research articles on Medical MT for premature infants and co-author of the book, Music Therapy for Premature Infants: Research and Developmental Interventions, 2nd ed. She was honored as the first recipient of the World Congress of Music Therapy research award.
Title of Talk and Description: “The Multiple Benefits of Evidence-Based Music Therapy in Pediatric and NICU Care.”

This lecture will provide description of referral-based music therapy in pediatrics for procedural support to reduce pain and trauma, to improve cooperation with procedures and reduce need for sedatives, and to improve counseling and adjustment to medical treatment and illnesses/injuries. NICU music therapy procedures that lead to earlier discharge for premature infants will be discussed, including MT to improve independent oral feeding, MT to enhance neurologic maturation and reduce overstimulation, MT to improve oxygen saturation levels, and MT to promote parent attachment and participation in shaping developmental milestones. Videotaped examples will be shown.
MTVT members invite all interested music therapists to Burlington on Wednesday, September 21st! The lecture will be from 8-9am, and there will be opportunities later in the day to connect with Dr. Standley. For more information, contact Jen DeBedout, MM, MT-BC: or 802-310-9793

Dining for a cause

Wanted: MC for Cabaret

The NER-AMTA is searching for an enthusiastic individual to facilitate our cabaret experience. This is a great opportunity to refine your skills of extraversion and super large group leadership skills!

You may apply at the registration desk at conference, Just ask for Meg, Courtney or Cassandra.

You may also apply by sending an email highlighting your skills, passions and inspirations to Webmistress Mulcahy:

#NERAMTA2016 #Cabaret #MC #Music #Joy #leadership

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