Archive for Special Announcements

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.  

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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

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