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Music Therapy Drumming 18 CMTES

MMTA is excited to announce that we will be hosting a unique training opportunity over the summer with Bill Matney, MA, MT-BC and Michael Marcionetti, MT-BC of Music Therapy Drumming to provide a level 1 & 2 Intensive Training.
The training will be held from Friday evening to Sunday, June 26 – 28, at New England Academy’s new campus in Beverly, with easy access off the highway and plenty of free parking.

The Training includes:

  • A drumming/percussion training for music therapists, by music therapists.
  • Receive small group and individualized attention.
  • Develop your skills on hand drums, frame drums, bass drums and auxiliary instruments.
  • Learn traditional techniques and music from the cultures that created the instruments.
  • Develop your own rhythmic acuity.
  • Learn about research trends regarding percussion in music therapy.
  • Apply concepts to your clinical work, regardless of your setting.
  • Apply percussion skills to the four music therapy methods.
  • Have fun playing music and sharing with other therapists!

Earlybird Registration    $265.00
Music Therapy Student  $145.00
On Site Registration       $335.00

Discounts are available for MMTA members and music therapy students.

Special Announcement:
Mike Marcionetti, one of the Music Therapy Drumming Trainers, has set up a very unique opportunity for this training…a field trip.  Cooperman drums, who amongst other products are one of the finest frame drum makers in the world,  is within driving distance from the training.  Mike and Bill Matney are planning to take a field trip to Cooperman either the 25th or the 29th.  Cooperman has offered to open this field trip to any people taking the MTD training.  They will also be providing us some frame drums to use for the training/for sale.  More details to come…

* Music Therapy Drumming CMTE credits through approved provider P-101, Sarsen Publishing Continuing Education.

RI Representatives of Finance, State, Links, and Please oppose article 20 Template

Dear Fellow Music Therapists:

I would like to thank you for taking the time to help us with our continued advocacy in RI and to thank you for your support and assistance in passing legislation last year.  Your efforts were noted by our legislators. 
For those of you who may be hearing this for the first time, last year RI passed legislation to create a registry in the state of RI. The bill passed and we are waiting on the completion of our registry.  Unfortunately, our governor has just proposed her budget with an article (article 20) that would repeal the registry passed last year.  I have grave concerns regarding the negative impact this could have not only in RI but also in setting a pattern across the country. 

I am reaching out again to request assistance in RI.  I am attaching a template to send to the representatives in RI (I am also attaching two sets of emails). The most important representative would be the heads of the house committee on finance (Representative Gallison)  If you copy or forward correspondence to we will also create a database to ensure all testimony was received by the appropriate individuals. 

Thank you again for your response and assistance. 

Respectfully , 

Nicole O’Malley MT-BC, NMT
Neurologic Music Therapist Board Certified 
Hands in Harmony LLC
House Committee on Finance 

  Representative Marvin L. Abney
  Representative Gregg Amore
  Representative Jean-Phillipe Barros
  Representative John M. Carnevale
  Vice Chairman
  Representative Raymond E. Gallison Jr.
  Representative Antonio Giarrusso
  Representative Joy Hearn
  Representative Raymond A. Hull
  Representative Robert B. Jacquard
  Representative Jan Malik
  Representative Kenneth A. Marshall
  Representative Patricia L. Morgan
  Representative Eileen S. Naughton
  Deputy Chairwoman
  Representative Daniel P. Reilly
  Representative Deborah Ruggiero
  Representative Patricia A. Serpa
  Representative Scott Slater
  Representative Teresa Ann Tanzi
  Representative Carlos E. Tobon
  Rep. Edith H. Ajello   (401) 274-7078
  Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski   (401) 484-8814
  Rep. Thomas A. Palangio   (401) 248-8877
  J. Aaron Regunberg   (401) 222-2466
  Rep. John J. DeSimone   (401) 351-7373
  Rep. Raymond A. Hull   (401) 272-4026
  Rep. Daniel P. McKiernan   (401) 222-2466
  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi   (401) 453-3900
  Rep. Anastasia Williams   (401) 272-8135
  Rep. Scott Slater   (401) 741-7641
  Rep. Grace Diaz   (401) 467-8413
  Rep. Joseph S. Almeida   (401) 467-7033
  Rep. John M. Carnevale   (401) 274-1353
  Rep. Charlene Lima   (401) 222-2258
  Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello   (401)222-2466
  Rep. Robert B. Lancia   (401) 222-2259
  Rep. Robert B. Jacquard   (401) 943-7799
  Rep. Arthur Handy   (401) 785-8996
  Rep. Joseph M. McNamara   (401) 941-8319
  Rep. David A. Bennett   (401) 648-1711
  Rep. Eileen S. Naughton   (401) 738-7928
  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr.   (401) 308-3904
  Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi   (401) 827-0100
  Rep. Joseph A. Trillo   (401) 826-9100
  Rep. Jared R. Nunes   (401) 821-8693
  Rep. Patricia L. Morgan   (401) 222-2259
  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa   (401) 828-5687
  Rep. Robert A. Nardolillo   (401) 222-2259
  Rep. Sherry Roberts   (401) 222-2259
  Rep. Antonio Giarrusso   (401) 415-5390
  Rep. Doreen Marie Costa   (401) 206-6891
  Rep. Robert E. Craven, Sr.   (401) 294-2222
  VACANT      —
  Rep. Teresa Ann Tanzi   (401) 527-9468
  Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty   (401) 222-2466
  Rep. Blake A. Filippi   (401) 222-2466
  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro   (401) 596-1434
  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy   (401) 377-8818
  Rep. Justin Price   (401) 222-2259
  Rep. Michael W. Chippendale   (401) 497-4495
  Rep. Michael J. Marcello   (401) 647-5905
  Rep. Stephen R. Ucci   (401) 934-2121
  Rep. Deborah A. Fellela   (401) 231-2014
  Rep.Gregory J. Costantino   (401) 426-0284
  Rep. Mia Ackerman   (401) 658-0981
  Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady   (401) 725-7163
  Rep. Cale P. Keable   (401) 222-2258
  Rep. Brian C. Newberry   (401) 222-2259
  Rep. Michael A. Morin

Future Conference Needs Survey for the NER-AMTA

As part of the NER-AMTA Strategic Plan and to better serve the membership, this survey is to gather information and opinions regarding future regional conferences. Please take a moment to fill out this survey. It will help us better serve you.

2015 Future Conference Needs Survey

2015 Conference Survey

NER Conference eval is paperless this year! You can access it through the ‘surveys’ of your mobile app, or complete it here:


Please complete this survey to receive your CMTE Certificate for conference attendance.

2015 Conference Documents Available

Please CLICK HERE for 2015 Conference documents.

Have a document to add, please email to:

Conference Announcement: Please Contribute to Memorial Song

I would like us to sing Warren Zevon’s song “Keep Me in Your Heart” at the cabaret, in memory of our colleagues who have died this past year. I’m thinking of our Andrea Tooker, and Louise Montello and Evelyn Selesky from MAR. There may be others, as well. Anyone who would like to write verses for the song, please email them to    

Please email or handwrite lyrics before or during conference so I can project for a group sing along. You need only write 2 lines, as lines 2 & 4 of every verse are “Keep me in your heart for a while.” Or feel free write an additional bridge. Original lyrics are below; link to a youtube video is


“Keep Me In Your Heart”

Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile
If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile
There’s a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you’re doing simple things around the house
Maybe you’ll think of me and smile
You know I’m tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver’s headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile
These wheels keep turning but they’re running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile

s keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver’s headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile
These wheels keep turning but they’re running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile   

2015 NER Conference Scholars Announced

Congratulations to this year’s NER Conference Scholarship award winners:

Marissa Ruffini
Janna Frelich
Linda LaSalle
Thank you to all who applied!

International Conferences as of March 13, 2015

7th Arts and Quality of Life Research Center Conference: Envisioning the Future of Music Therapy: An International Symposium
April 10, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
For more info visit

Canadian Association for Music Therapy 2015 Conference
May 22-24, 2015
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
For more info visit

3rd Biennial Conference of the Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine
July 24-26, 2015
Immaculata, Pennsylvania, USA
For more info visit

10th European Music Therapy Conference
July 5-9, 2016
Vienna, Austria
For more information visit

15th World Congress of Music Therapy
July 3-8, 2017
Tsukuba, Japan
For more info contact

8th Nordic Music Therapy Congress: Music Therapy Across Contexts
August 5-8, 2015
Oslo, Norway
For more info visit

41st National Conference: Australian Music Therapy Association
September 18-19, 2015
Sydney, Australia
For more info visit


CALL FOR PAPERS – Extended until January 16th!

Hello Fellow Music Therapists,

we hope you have had a wonderful summer. Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about our 2015 Conference, Scaling the Heights of Music Therapy, being held next year at the beautiful Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH, from April 16-18. (


In addition to our selection of CMTEs and concurrent sessions on a wide array of professional topics (see below for your peers’ suggestions), your conference committee is planning a fabulous 3 days for you that include:

  • Thursday AND Saturday CMTEs
  • Keynote speaker at Plenary Session
  • All snacks and beverages, full networking breakfast, business luncheon
  • Our Free Raffle and Great Prizes
  • Lots of dancing, song and drum circles
  • 10% discount at the Mountain View Grand Spa
  • Child care (available through personal arrangement with the hotel)
  • Bus transportation from Boston can be made available,based on interest; more info to come in January

Our Call for Papers is attached (Call for Posters will be sent in November.) Topics of particular interest to our region’s membership, per last year’s evaluations, are:  neuroscience and MT, psych/at-risk youth, Austism, Special Ed, Early Intervention, mental health, adult DD, trauma, PTSD, gerontology, pediatric hospice, Parkinsons, MT with veterans; clinical improv, songwriting, drumming improv, music and movement, GIM, self-care, skill-building in voice, guitar, percussion; MT and speech therapy; technology and MT; time-management, reimbursement, supervision in private practice, LMHC licensure info-session, writing goals and objectives, sensory processing/SEMTAP; research, applying MT theory to practice.


So begin pondering how you would like to participate in NER Conference 2015.

The deadline for receiving all Calls for Papers is January 16, 2015.


The committee was delighted to receive a huge number of proposals for both concurrent sessions and CMTEs last year–more than we could accommodate! Please bear in mind that we have a limited number of presentation rooms (and hours in the day); so as you consider your proposals, please send us those you are most passionate about sharing with us. We will do our best to accommodate as many as we can.


With great thanks and looking forward to seeing you all in April,

Alden and Meg


Alden Rockwell Murphy, MA, MT-BC

NER-AMTA Vice President

2015 Conference Chair


Meg Capen, MT-BC

NER-AMTA Vice President Elect

2015 Conference Co-Chair

 Download: 2015 Call For Papers

Conference Scholarship Announcement

Congratulations to the 2014 conference scholarship winners:

Leanne McMorrow
Lauren Calista
Marcie Hernandez
All three ladies received a complimentary early bird conference registration.

2014 Conference Scholarship Announcement

Up to three scholarships are available to Professional NER-AMTA Members to cover the   cost of NER full conference registration. ($200 in value).

Click here for more info:   2014 Scholarship announcement form

Conference Registration is now open!!

Hello Fellow Music Therapists,
your conference committee is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Spring 2014 conference, Expanding Our Horizons, Deepening Our Practices, taking place April 3-5 at the beautiful Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT, popular site of our 2010 conference.

Many exciting events–both educational and social–are planned for this conference. Please go to
to see the Pre-program.
Instructions for reservation for hotel rooms–at the same great conference rate as 2010–are also available at that site.

So tell your friends/colleagues and make your plans.
Can’t wait to see you in Westbrook!

2014 Conference Pre-Program Posted!

NER 2014 Pre-program

Please see our 2014 Conference page for additional conference information. 

Join us for the 2014 NER AMTA conference!

Join us for the 2014 NER AMTA conference!

“Expanding our Horizons, Deepening our Practice”


at The Water’s Edge, Westbrook, CT

April 3-5, 2014

Your conference committee has been hard at work arranging what we hope will be a great conference for you all–thanks, largely, to the many wonderful proposals we received from you. We have many CMTEs to offer on Thursday, April 3, including our first-ever 8-hour Institute, on Supervision. We also have a wide range of topics that will be covered in our concurrent sessions. Our opening night banquet Thursday night will feature keynote speaker Hugh Blumenfeld, acclaimed singer-songwriter and MD, who will follow-up his talk with a performance. Friday’s business luncheon will feature a special highlight, “Celebrating 60!”—a history and acknowledgment of NER’s incredible 60 years in service.  And, of course, the weekend will also include our Song-Circle of Friendship with Caryl Beth Thomas, as well as our matchless Cabaret!


Don’t miss it–sign up soon. See you in April!

Alden and Meg


Alden Rockwell Murphy, MA, MT-BC          Meg Capen, MT-BC

NER-AMTA  Vice President                       NER-AMTA Vice President-Elect

2014 Conference Chair                            2014 Conference Co-Chair




Registration opens February 1.

Early-bird deadline is March 15.


Please visit for program and registration forms.

Reserve your room at The Water’s Edge here:  The group code is 93917.           Rooms will be held at the conference rate until March 2, 2014. Reserve now!

Save time: register and pay online

Email with questions.

Pre-program of conference CMTEs and concurrent sessions will be posted next week.


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