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Membership Support

Already a member of AMTA within the New England Region? Great! You are automatically a member of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Joining NER-AMTA has many benefits including opportunities for membership and conference support, networking, and becoming part of the community of music therapists and allies who supports you. NER-AMTA welcomes professional music therapists, allied health professionals, students, professors, and the community.

For more information regarding the AMTA membership and how it benefits you, click here or visit


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Membership Support

The NER-AMTA strives to support music therapists in the region who want to become members, but may need some additional support. Through our Pay it Forward Campaign, professional music therapists may submit an application for financial support toward their AMTA membership. This is an effort to welcome as many professional members to the region as we can.

Click here for more information regarding the Pay it Forward Campaign.

Conference Support

The NER-AMTA aims to provide scholarships for professional music therapists who are planning to attend the annual NER conference to apply towards their conference fees. Interested in where this year’s NER conference is being held? Check the conference tab above!

New Professional Members

We encourage music therapy interns who have reached the midpoint in their internship to complete the Welcome to the Profession Intern Packet through AMTA. Please click here to learn more and apply.

If you are new to the region, please be sure to update your information in CBMT and AMTA databases to notify us of your move. Additionally, follow our social media pages to receive news updates for our region.

Contact Us

For more information regarding NER-AMTA membership, please reach out to…

Virtual CMTE Series

Dear Members & Colleagues, In light of recent events with COVID-19, NER-AMTA will not be hosting an on-site regional conference this year. To assist in maintaining our community and connections, the NER Board has put together a three-course virtual CMTE series, including three of the presentations that would have presented at our conference. The courses, as well as NER’s annual business meeting, will take place over 6/6-6/7 and 6/13-6/14 via Zoom.
 For presenter bios and course descriptions please head to:
PRICES:AMTA Members: FreeNon-AMTA Members: $40 for all three coursesStudents: Free
 ** Payment can be made to treasurer@musictherapynewengland.orgvia PayPal.


We can’t wait to see you there! Channing Shippen MA, MT-BCVice President, NER-AMTAConference Chair Kathlynn Sell MT-BCVice President Elect, NER-AMTAConference Co-Chair

Community Resources Updated 3/19/20

As a community, the NER-AMTA will continue to share resources to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share these resources among one another. If you are in need of assistance, or affected by COVID-19, please reach out to We hope you are staying well during this time of storm.

If you have resources that you would like shared, please reach out to


Music Therapy Community Mutual Aid Intake (for folks affected by COVID-19)

Google form for #musictherapy professionals and students affected by COVID-19 and those who may be in positions to help. Created by Natasha Thomas. Link:


Virtual Supervision

“Connection is vital at such a difficult time.

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux is “offering remote supervision groups to any music therapists or students during this difficult time for what you are able to pay (or free). Once this is over and life (and bank accounts) return to some semblance of normal, my regular fees will return.” For more information, 



Music Therapy Support Blog

Music Brings Harmony to the Staccato of the World.” Suzanne Hanser has started a blog for support around managing stress and anxiety:

Pay it forward application open

Pay It Forward Applications are now open! If you are a board certified music therapist within the New England Region and want to become a full member of AMTA, apply today! Our goal is to welcome and support as many new professional members to the region as we can.

Applications open: Monday November 9th, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday December 6th, 2019

Pay it forward form

Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) Wakefield, Massachusetts serving Eastern Massachusetts

Are you passionate about music therapy and feel confident about your skills?

Do you enjoy working with a diverse client population?


As our practice grows and we serve more and more clients, we are seeking novice and seasoned music therapists with diverse skills and experience.


If you are interested in being considered for candidacy, please submit a cover letter and resume, in pdf format, to

This role will start part-time and has the potential to grow into a full-time position.


Essential Responsibilities:

·         Planning, organizing and leading goal-driven music therapy sessions for groups and individuals with diverse skills, abilities, and needs in a variety of locations

·         Documenting all music therapy sessions within the required time period including logs, reports, assessment and treatment plans and client communications in format provided by RMTS in BestNotes CRM

·         Assessing new clients and groups to develop treatment plan, within 3 sessions, using the assessment format provided by RMTS in BestNotes CRM

·         Demonstrate a professional attitude to all clients, prospects, and other professionals at all times

·         Maintain MT-BC Credential through CMTE’s and participation in professional conferences, including, but not limited to, music therapy conferences

·         Staff at least (2) two community events and (2) tabling events  in a calendar year


Complete Job Description provided upon request.


Why work with us?

·         Be part of a dynamic team of skilled Music Therapists

·         Participate in both individual and group supervision on a regular basis

·         Be part of successful, well-established programs for all populations

·         A diverse case load working with young children, children and adults with special needs and older adults


Required Education: 

BA, BS, or MA in Music Therapy with completed 1040 hours of clinical training and Board Certification as a Music Therapist (MT-BC.)  Demonstrate proficiency of clinical musicianship on piano, guitar and voice and rhythmic improvisation. 


Other Requirements:

Must have reliable transportation, valid license and proof of insurance.

Must be willing to travel to various sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

Must own or have access to a computer/laptop.


Hours, Pay Range and Benefits:

Part Time Fee for Service Employees will work an average of 1-19 hours a week depending on contract work available.  Pay will vary based on education and experience.


Full Time Fee for Service Employees will work 20 or more hours a week depending on contract work available.  Pay will vary based on education and experience.  Full Time Fee for Service Employees are Benefits Eligible including Medical Benefits, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance.


Job Setting:

On-site at Roman Music Therapy Services in Wakefield, MA and off site visits in the surrounding Greater Boston, Metro West , South Shore and North Shore areas through contracts with schools, community programs, agencies, and individual families.


Position Reports to:

Clinical Supervisor, Roman Music Therapy Services



Nichole Gregg

Operations Manager


Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC

333 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA 01880

781-224-3300 Phone

781-224-3306 Fax


Making Music – Transforming Lives


Manchester Community Music School Manchester, New Hanpshire Music Therapy Program

The Manchester Community Music School offers a wide array of high-quality music programs, including private lessons, music therapy, early childhood, Suzuki, summer programming, and NH Youth Ensembles.

We are looking for a Board Certified Music Therapist to join our MT team!

Our Music Therapists provide in-house MT services and also work in partnership with public schools, adult day programs, after school programs, assisted living facilities, and hospitals in Manchester and in surrounding communities.

This part-time (hourly) MT position includes a focus on individual and group work with children (early childhood, preschool and elementary age) in school settings and based at MCMS. The Music Therapist in this position may have opportunities to increase clinical hours with individuals of all ages in varied settings as our MT program continues to expand and as new contracts develop.

Interested and qualified individuals should be comfortable working independently, in 1:1 and group sessions with individuals of all ages and all abilities, onsite at MCMS and/or in a variety of community settings.  Schedule could include daytime, after school, and/or evening times. 

Reliable transportation is required as this position involves travel in Manchester and southern New Hampshire communities.

Essential Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– Planning, organizing, and leading goal focused music therapy sessions for groups and individuals with diverse skills, abilities, and needs in a variety of locations.

– Documenting all music therapy sessions and client communications, and completing required periodic reports

– Collaborating with other members of treatment teams, including family members and staff

– Communication/meetings with MCMS MT Department staff on a regular and on-going basis

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Barbara Scott, Director of Music Therapy   email:

Manchester Community Music School                                                                         

2291 Elm Street                                                                                                   

Manchester, NH 03104                                                            

Changing Lives through the Power of Music

2019 Pay-It-Forward Scholarship Application Process is Open!

The application Process for the 2019 Pay-It Forward Scholarship program put forth by the NER-AMTA Membership Support Committee is officially open. We hope to provide membership scholarships for as many music therapists as possible. Check out more information on our Pay-It-Forward Scholarshippay-it-forward-fact-sheet.pdf!

Scholarship Applications are due by December 9, 2018.

Scholarship Recipients will be notified by December 18,

To apply, Music Therapists should complete the 2019 application form located at:


about the scholarship application or eligibility can be directed to The Membership Support Committee at

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All eligible purchases made through AmazonSmile benefits all of NER-AMTA!!!!  

Thank you in advance for your support!


Dory Stapleton, Chair of the NER Financial Committee 

2018 call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

We want to remind you that the call for papers for next year’s annual NER-AMTA conference: 42,000: Embracing Our Impact, at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, March 28th – 30th, 2019.  Last year we had an amazing turnout of 213 attendees. We compared this information with the results for AMTA’s 2017 workforce survey and surmised that the average NER music therapist sees an estimated 196 clients per year. From this we can estimate that information shared at last years conference has the potential to reach 41,748 clients over the course of the year! This year we are setting a goal to impact the lives of 42,000 clients with the brilliance of our community. Over the next few months, leading up to the 2019 conference, we will be sharing some facts and information about our small but mighty region.

We invite you to submit your papers, posters, and CMTEs, to share your practice and your specialties with your community; empowering each other in creation and education to change the lives of our clients.  

In the 2018 conference evaluation, attendees most frequently reported interest in music centered presentations, technology, neurology, special education, autism, geriatrics, diversity, trauma, and ethics.  However, we invite you to also think about the Impact that you make on your clients, and the Impact they make on us when submitting your sessions.

All proposals will be reviewed using a double-blind review model.  Reviewers will base their considerations on content, clarity, and completeness of the abstract (50%), if the proposal fits within the scope of practice and professional competencies of AMTA and CBMT (25%), and how the proposal meets the needs of our region based upon the 2018 conference evaluations (25%).  

You may find the links on our website at:

The last day for submissions is Sunday December 2nd, 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


We look forward to seeing you March 28th – 30th, 2019 as we focused on expanding our and embracing our impact.


Courtney R. Biddle, MMT, MT-BC

Conference Chair

Vice President NER-AMTA

Channing Shippen, MA, MT-BC

Conference Co-Chair

Vice President-Elect NER-AMTA

Hands in Harmony Seeks 2 Full Time Music Therapists & 1 Per Diem Music Therapist

Job Title : 2 Full Time Music Therapists & 1 Per Diem Music Therapist

Hours: Full-time and per diem

Salary : Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Facility : Hands in Harmony

City and State : Kingston, RI

Qualifications : We are looking for three board-certified music therapists (MT-BC required) NMT (neurologic music therapy training) preferred. Ability and interest in collaborating across disciplines a must.

Population : Varies! We service a wide range of clientele throughout RI. We offer extensive services in schools (as an IEP based/related service) and in early intervention. We also offer increased neurorehabilitation services and are partnering with local medical facilities (adults and children)

Starting Date : Immediate and ongoing

Description of position : Hands in Harmony is a social enterprise experiencing a period of rapid growth. Music Therapist will be part of an expanding interdisciplinary team and will be responsible for facilitating group and individual music therapy sessions/assessments. Music therapist will have the opportunity to become involved with the growth of music therapy in a developing state. We are looking for an enthusiastic professional who will have the opportunity to grow and establish a position within our company. Services are offered to a variety of clientele and their families.

Majority of sessions are home/facility based but some work may occur in clinic. Music Therapist is responsible for completing progress notes on a daily basis and other evaluations/progress as needed and facilitating in-services and workshops. Music Therapist should be comfortable helping to create music therapy programs for a variety of facilities. Light secretarial/administrative duties also required (maintaining schedule on schedule program, answering questions regarding music therapy to administrators). Travel is essential.

Contact information : Please submit CV/resume and cover letter to Nicole O’Malley MA, MT-BC, NMT/F LPMT

For more information, please contact us (401) 783-4810

AMTA’s Stakeholder Committee

Dear NER-AMTA music therapists,

AMTA is seeking a new Executive Director as Dr. Andrea Farbman is retiring after 30 years of service. As part of the search process we want to hear from you about your hopes for the organization and the Executive Director transition. Working with Raffa, a  national search firm that specializes in founder or long-tenured non profit executive transitions, the AMTA Board has developed a search process outlined on the website. A Stakeholder Committee comprised of members elected by their regions, AMTAS, or appointed by the president has worked closely with Raffa staff to generate this  survey.

We invite you to  take the “AMTA Survey to Support Executive Director Transition.” The responses are completely confidential and go directly to Raffa. All professionals and students, regardless of AMTA membership status, are encouraged to participate as we would like maximum input toward this important work. . Most importantly – this survey is open to all music therapists and music therapy students regardless of membership status or level of practice. Feel free to share the survey link with your colleagues and fellow students.

Please complete the survey by Wednesday, May 16th (5:00 pm EST)

You can follow the process of the AMTA Executive Director Search through regular updates posted on the AMTA website at As the search and transition work progresses, we are following two key principles: 1) Using AMTA’s mission and strategic plan to guide the leadership skills, experience, and attributes that will best serve the organization; and 2) utilizing a process that is tailored to our organization, values, and culture.

The AMTA’s Stakeholder Committee thanks you in advance for taking time to respond and participate.

Amy Furman (Chair), Wendy Woolsey (Vice President Elect), Natalie Generally (Council Coordinator) Piper Laird (Assembly Delegate), Jean Nemeth (New England Region), Joke Bradt (Mid-Atlantic Region), Cathy McKinney (Southeastern Region), Meganne Masko (Great Lakes Region), Blythe LaGasse (Midwestern Region), Robin Edwards (Southwestern Region), Sara Cannon (Western Region), Annette Whitehead-Pleaux (AMTA member representing diversity/multiculturalism), Rachel Quirbach (Undergraduate Student), Garrett Weeks (Graduate Student), and Penny Brill (Community representative/musician)

SURVEY LINK: Here is the link to the survey.

West Bay Collaborative

West Bay Collaborative is looking for a per diem or part time Music Therapist located in or around the state of Rhode Island.

Currently, there are approximately 4 clinical hours available with the option to increase up to 8-10 if interested. This is also a growing caseload so there is potential to grow hours to full time. This is also a flexible caseload and many clients can be moved and adjusted as needed.


– Bachelors degree from an accredited college.

– MT-BC required.

– Rhode Island license required (will help acquire).

– Understanding of Microsoft office, Google Drive.

– Proficiency of multiple instruments.

– Experience writing IEPs a plus.

If interested, please contact

2017 Fall Symposium – Berklee College of Music

Drum Circle Facilitator Training


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