Music Therapy Association of Minnesota Online Conference

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota presents…You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for the Real World
Presented by: Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
Distance Learning via Zoom3-50 minute online workshops
May 16, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJune 13, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJuly 18, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amThese sessions will be recorded and available for further access until August 15.Number of CMTE Credits: 3

Description:  While researchers and clinicians alike agree that self-care is vital for music therapy professionals and students, making it a priority in our daily personal and professional lives is most certainly easier said than done, particularly during this challenging and uncertain time. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore and integrate a variety of self-care strategies identified in the research, built around the following three areas:

  1. Physiological Self-Care Practices
  2. Music/Music Therapy Practices
  3. Personal and Professional Sources of Support

Finally, participants will be encouraged to be proactive about their self-care and will be invited to identify at least one self-care SMART goal in each area that they will incorporate into their daily lives, using the knowledge gained throughout this time together. Follow-up on this goal will be offered.

Songs Of Hope: Social Media Information

AMTA Business Meeting

May 2, 2020 

Hello, NER! 

It’s time for our annual NER annual business meeting. It will take place via Zoom on Saturday 6/6 from 10-11:30am. 

Stay tuned for details about the meeting code and password. 

Best, Adrienne 

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA 

November 2019 minutes

DRAFT November 23, 2019 General Membership Minutes

Seeking input from marginalized members:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is going to host a Zoom call to gain input from marginalized members on the search process on Monday 4/6 at 9:00PM ET with the following Zoom link:

Executive Director search

Membership-wide Zoom calls regarding new Executive Director search:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is offering three membership-wide Zoom calls on the following days:

Monday 3/30 at 7:00pm ET

Wednesday 4/1 at 8:30am ET

Thursday 4/2 at 9:00pm ET


**Since her Zoom platform can only handle up to 100 participants, she created a Google doc sign-up sheet, with overflow sign-up instructions to alert her if she needs to create new Zoom calls. Please sign up to provide your input. 

If the above link to the sign up sheet does not work, please go to:



Dear Colleagues,


As a community, the NER-AMTA aims to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete the NER-AMTA COVID-19 Impact Survey in efforts to provide insight on how professional, student, and intern music therapists are affected at this time. This survey is open to all, and is encouraged to be completed by both members and nonmembers. Please share and invite others to complete.
Complete the survey here:
Thank you!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

Mark Fuller Jr, MT-BC
Membership Representative

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource Please share this relief resource in efforts to support those seeking assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Music Relief Resources

(credits to Nichelle J. Mungo and community)

1. The Boston Artist Relief Fund (formally the Opportunity Fund):

2. The Record Co, Music Maker Relief Fund:

3. Boston Singers Resource:

4. Musicians Foundation Resources: 


5. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources:

6. Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources: 

COVID-19 Resources

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:

2020 Conference Suspended

March 13, 2020


Dear NER Music Therapists:

The wellness and safety of community is our top priority. With that in mind and given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 conference.

If you have registered for the 2020 NER conference, you will receive a full refund for your conference registration fees.

Each attendee is responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservation, and we urge you to contact the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa as soon as possible in order to secure your refund with them.

Moving forward, we are exploring options to provide an alternative conference experience before the 2021 NER conference and will keep you updated as we learn more.

I hope that you are staying well during this stressful time. Please keep connecting virtually, making music, and taking care.



Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA


Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Music Therapist

Our Music Therapist is responsible for planning, organizing and conducting a comprehensive music therapy program.

Required qualifications:

 Appropriate licensure Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
 Excellent oral and written communication skills
 Ability to use technology effectively
 Self-motivated learner
 Bachelor’s Degree
 Provide appropriate and effective learning experience


Job Type: Contract


Contact information:

Dana Spinney



Get involved!

Hello, NER music therapists!


Are you interested in volunteering to help fellow music therapists and the organization? Here are two ways to get involved. Please email me at if you are interested in these position


The Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup provides support to music therapists for incorporating, consulting for and educating about music listening programming for all populations. Information and resources for the workgroup are made available to music therapists through AMTA non-members and members area website pages, online CMTE course, concurrent and CMTE presentations at state, regional and national music therapy conferences. This position is great for you if you are available for periodic conference calls and are especially interested in dementia care. 


AMTA is seeking 5-6 members from each region to serve as scholarship reviewers for 2020. There are eight scholarship categories for which AMTA will need reviewersduring 2020. Reviewers are provided with applications and rubric sheets to assist with the review of required documents, and typically have 7-14 days to review applications and return results to the Scholarship Chair. If you are interested and available to review at least three AMTA scholarships during the 2020 calendar year, please email me no later than February 20, 2020. 



Adrienne Flight


Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA




Pay it forward

Pay It Forward application has been extended! 

Apply today at:

Application Deadline: Monday December 23rd, 2019

Brief Description:  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.

National Business Meetings! Join Us!

Hello, NER music therapists,

This is a friendly reminder that the NER regional meeting will take place on Saturday 11/23 from 9:30-11am. We hope to see you there. Please view the previous meeting minutes on NER’s website so that you are up to date when a vote is taken.

To ensure that we can fill NER’s seats on the Assembly of Delegates during this national conference, the Board put three extra Assembly Alternates in place and will call them if needed. They are Kayla Daly, Jean Nemeth, and Brian Jantz.

Last, the AMTA business meeting is scheduled for Friday 11/22 from 10:30am-12pm. Please attend to hear more about what is happening at a national level.

Happy conference!

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA

Business Meeting Minutes 3/2019

DRAFT MINUTES March 29 2019 Business Breakfast

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