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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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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


This month, Barefoot Books is offering 20% off when you spend at least $60.00 online. The special offer code to use in the cart at check out is LAUGHUS.  Your continued support of this fundraiser helps support the NER Membership Support Program.

Early Bird Extension

We invite you to take advantage of our Early Bird Registration rate for another week. We will move the deadline to Monday, March 13th. If you are planning on taking one of the wonderful CMTEs that we are offering, we suggest that you register for that as soon as you’re able, then we can be sure there is a suitable number of participants for each CMTE.  

Registration is easy enough, but if you have any questions or concerns regarding the process, please feel free to contact our web mistress at


Follow this link to register now!


Some of the great offerings at this year’s conference are:



The Leadership Academy, 3 hr. CMTE, Thursday, March 30th, 9:00am to 12:00pm

This popular CMTE offered at our National Conferences is coming to NER to help professionals identify and further develop their leadership skills and qualities.


SOS – Singing Off Stress and Soothing Our Souls, 3 hr. CMTE, Thursday, March 30th, 2:00 to

5:00 pm

This experiential workshop engages participants in various forms and styles of communal singing and provide ideas and material for clinical applications, opportunities for community building, and a form of self-care.​


Developing and Expanding Supervision Skills, 5 hr. CMTE, Thursday, March 30th, 1:00 to

6:00 pm

This intensive training focuses on the theory and practical skills of clinical supervision. An immersion in both didactic learning and experientials will give participants practice with verbal, musical, and expressive arts techniques for supervision


Music Therapy and Chronic Pain, 5 hr. CMTE, Thursday, March 30th, 1:00 to 6:00 pm

This CMTE reviews symptoms and need areas associated with chronic pain, latest research findings, and advanced music therapy techniques for assessing and treating chronic pain. An experiential component of role playing client therapist relationships will be undertaken in efforts to facilitate opportunities to implement advanced clinical techniques.


Mindful Music Listening with Teenagers: “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a Therapeutic Tool,

Saturday, April 1st, 2:15 to 5:15 pm

The music that shapes our teenage years can be an important experience of connection and insight. This presentation will explore music listening as a creative, mindfulness-based technique, both for therapeutic use with teenagers and as a tool for professional and personal growth.


Walk in, Scramble in, Hop out, or Purge out of the Closet: LGBT Identity Development through the Lifespan, Saturday, April 1st, 2:15 to 5:15 pm

Participants examine theoretical models, the influence of social identities such as race in creating differing patterns, and the impact of social media on identity formation.




Poster Session and Internship Fair

Last years Poster Session and Internship Fair was such a success, so we are thrilled to offer this wonderful opportunity again. If you would like to present your research in the poster session, please see the application form on our web site.


The Musical Yard Sale

Rent a table and sell your old instruments, music, etc, or buy items to add to your Instrument Bag.

For renting a table, see the registration form on our web site



Business Lunch and Elections


Drum Circle

Self-Care Sessions


We look forward to your presence and participation at our 2017 NER-AMTA Annual Conference!

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