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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

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

Download NER’s 2016 Program

Hello NER Members,

We are working on finalizing some of the delicious details of our upcoming conference. As health advocates of our clients, community, culture and world, we continue to  transition toward a paperless conference. The conference committee is delighted to release our first ever digital program.

Download Conference Program Here:

This program can be downloaded onto your device (computer, phone, tablet) and referenced throughout the conference. Additionally, our mobile app allows you to have a unique experience with conference details and info.

Access the Mobile App Here:

Simply log on with the email and password you used to register and explore. See the included video for tips on how to access this site as an app button for easier access.

View the Video Here:


Lastly in our pursuit of paperlessness is the conference evaluation. Please complete this after conference to receive your (paper) certificate. We truly value your participation in these surveys and use your feedback to create a better conference experience in the future.


Yours in Joy,

Cassandra Mulcahy, MMT, MT-BC

NER-AMTA Conference Solutionist & Tree Saver


2016 Conference Scholarship Now Available

Up to three scholarships are available to Professional NER-AMTA Members to cover the cost of full conference registration for the upcoming spring conference (approximately $200 in value). This does not include fees for CMTE’s or any special meal such as banquet. Any current AMTA Professional member may apply; student members are not eligible. Should an applicant who wins already have paid conference registration, that fee will be reimbursed in the form of a check at the regional conference; with that in mind it is recommended that applicants choosing to register do so prior to the early bird deadline.

Apply Here

Application Process:

1) Please fill out the information form linked above. You must be a 2016 AMTA member to apply.
2) On a separate document, write a short essay (250 words or less) stating why you’d like to be considered for a New England Region Conference Scholarship and how you would benefit from it personally and professionally. Do not include your name or specifically identifying information on your essay, as they will be reviewed blindly by a panel of NER music therapists.
3) Submit the application by  3/15/2016.
Rating process: The essays will be exported from google forms assigned an ID #, then distributed and reviewed by a blind review panel of music therapists in the NER region. The panel will return their ratings and the three or four highest ranked essays will be provided with the Conference Scholarships. Scholarship winners will be announced by Early April via email and on
***Please note that if you have been the recipient of the NER Conference Scholarship in the past 5 years that we will be unable to consider your application***
Any questions may be directed to Courtney Biddle

2016 Conference Announcement


We’d like to invite you to register for our 2016 New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, An Ocean of Knowledge, a Sea of Experiences!, on April 28th – 30th, at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel and Spa, in North Falmouth, MA.  Our conference is a little later than usual, but the benefits of enjoying warm, lovely, late April days at the beach, are alluring. 

Whether you’re able to join us for a day on The Cape, or for a long weekend, plan on pampering  yourself with self-care experiences, making connections with friends and colleagues (, and furthering your professional development (CMTE page). 

An overarching theme at our conference this year is the importance of Self-Care.  We have a number of sessions, CMTE’s and events over the weekend that will address this very important need in our lives.  Lisa Kynvi is generously donating her time and professional talent in providing our professional membership with a Sand Tray experience.  Please take a look at the schedule provided on the web site and consider signing up for a session.

This year we have Steve Wikes, a percussion professor at Berklee, joined by Berklee students, including some of our own NER Student Members, providing a wonderful Drum Massage experience. 

“Come lay down and give your mind and body some self-care

as we massage you with an aural bath of low frequencies and

quiet, repetitive rhythms.”

Announcing for the first time ever… THE NER MUSICAL YARD SALE!!!

Please take a look at the announcement on our website and consider participating in this terrific NER event!  Lorrie Kubicek is the coordinator, and will be happy to answer your questions, or provide you with any additional information.

Of course, what is an NER Conference without the CABARET, and My Band, playing for our dancing pleasure!  Bring along your dancing shoes for a serious “Saturday Night Dance Party”!

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel and Spa are holding a block of rooms for NER-AMTA with the discounted price of $129.00 per room until March 25th.  After that, their prices move back to their typical rates.  Please be sure to book your hotel room sooner rather than later, to take advantage of the discounted conference room rate.

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Conference!  With your presence, it is sure to be a fabulous time!


Meg Capen, Vice President/Conference Committee co-chair

Courtney Biddle, Vice President Elect/Conference Committee co-chair

Federal Regulation Call to Action – Long Term Care Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the proposed rule: “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” (CMS-3260-P). The rule proposes revisions to the standards of care that nursing facilities must meet in order to receive federal funding. 

Director of Activities Qualifications

Within the proposed rule they are seeking comments on the Director of Activities Qualifications. They are specifically requesting comments on whether the requirements for the director of the activities program remain appropriate and what should serve as minimum requirements for this position. Although CMS is not proposing specific changes at this time, it is the appropriate time to share information with them. To improve recognition of music therapists’ qualifications to serve as activities directors within Long Term Care (LTC) facilities, we are proposing CMS add music therapists to the regulatory language.    


Specialized Rehabilitative Services

CMS seeks to expand the list of designated specialized rehabilitative services available to LTC residents. Expanding the list of specialized rehabilitation services ensures that residents will receive specialized services included as an option to address care and services provided in the LTC setting. The listing of specialized rehabilitative services specified within this section is not exhaustive; however, we would like to see music therapy specifically listed within the regulation. 


How Can You Help?


We ask that you please join us in submitting comments to CMS via email urging the agency to include music therapists as meeting the requirements of directors of activity within long term care facilities and specifically listing music therapy as a specialized rehabilitative service available to long term care residents.


Suggested revisions are included below. Please request these specific changes, which have been worded to fit the CMS regulation format. Feel free to adapt the intro, rationale language, and closing to reflect your personal situation.  





You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-3260-P. 


Cut and paste link below in browser:!docketDetail;D=CMS-2015-0083


Click the blue “Comment Now” button. Cut and paste your comments and follow the directions given on the website.


Script (please adapt language below as needed and remove words in CAPS before sending)






Submitted Via


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Attention: CMS-3260-P

PO Box 8010

Baltimore, MD 21244


RE: (CMS-3260-P) – Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities; Proposed rule (Federal Register, July 16, 2015)

My name is [INSERT NAME] and I am a [INSERT POSITION— i.e., MUSIC THERAPIST] from [CITY and STATE]. I appreciate the opportunity to submit comments on the above-referenced proposed rule. I seek to comment on the quality of care and quality of life and specialized rehabilitative services sections of the proposed rule.

II. Provisions of Proposed Regulation


I. Quality of Care and Quality of Life (§ 483.25)


I support the proposal to reorganize the current §483.25 section to include services and care that is provided in a manner intended to “support achievement of a resident’s individualized goals for attaining or maintaining his or her highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being (42196).” To that end, I feel it is appropriate that the requirements for Directors of Activity reflect the potential needs of every long term care resident. Currently regulation (F249) §483.15(f)(2); lists the requirements for Activity Director.


Recommended revision in BOLD:


§483.15(f)(2) The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who–


(i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities professional who–


(A) Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and


(B) Is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or


(ii) Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or


(iii) Is a qualified occupational therapist, or occupational therapy assistant; or


(iv) Is a qualified music therapist who is eligible for board certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapists;


(v) Has completed a training course approved by the State.


· I believe that the national education, clinical training, and board certification requirements established for the music therapy profession fully qualify music therapists to serve as Activity Directors within long-term care facilities.


· Services provided or directly supervised by qualified music therapists who hold the national music therapy board certification credential referred to as Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) have a significant positive impact on quality of care and quality of life.


· Board Certified Music Therapists are trained and skilled in conducting assessments, defining treatment plan goals, implementing procedures, evaluating and making appropriate modifications and accommodations to address multiple needs of residents, and documenting residents’ response to treatment.


Q. Specialized Rehabilitative Services (§ 483.65)


I support the proposed relocation and expansion of the list of designated specialized rehabilitative services (42263). Expanding the list of specialized rehabilitation services ensures that residents will receive specialized services included as an option to address care and services provided in the LTC setting. Currently, the list of Specialized Rehabilitative Services (§ 483.45) is being revised and relocated to the new section, Specialized Rehabilitative Services (§ 483.65) and adds a specific listing of respiratory therapists as a specialized rehabilitation service available to residents. I recognize that the listing of specialized rehabilitative services within this section is not exhaustive, but believe that residents will benefit from the addition of music therapy to this list of potential services.


Recommended revision in BOLD:


§ 483.65 Specialized rehabilitative services.


(a) Provision of services. If specialized rehabilitative services such as but not limited to physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, music therapy, and rehabilitative services for mental illness and intellectual disability or services of a lesser intensity as set forth at § 483.120(c), are required in the resident’s comprehensive plan of care, the facility must—



· The Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 currently lists music therapy under Section O. Special Treatments and Procedures, O0400. Therapies, F. Recreational Therapy (includes recreational and music therapy). This listing recognizes the important service that music therapy provides within LTC treatment programs.

· Specifically adding music therapy to this list will improve facility recognition of potential specialized rehabilitative services.


I greatly appreciate your attention to my suggested revisions. Please contact me if you require additional information regarding these comments.



Rebecca Preddie
Federal Programs Analyst
American Music Therapy Association
8455 Colesville Rd. #1000

Silver Spring, MD 20910

(301) 589 – 3300 Phone

International Training Institute in Neurologic Music Therapy


Berklee College of Music and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network will host the International Training Institute in Neurologic Music Therapy. Dr. Michael Thaut will lead the training with other guest presenters.

When: October 8 – October 11

Where: Berklee College of Music and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network campuses

For additional information:

Direct all questions to:

The international relations committee is interested in your story!

The international relations committee is interested in your story! if you have gone out of the country, and provided music therapy services, we would appreciate if you would send some information about what you did. We want to hear about all the wonderful connections we are making around the world through music therapy. We would love it if you could share your story, and pictures, if you have any! It is very exciting that so many people are reaching out to other countries and demonstrating the power of music and music therapy. What great connections we are making all around the globe! Send your information to:


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
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