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DEI update


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is excited to have become a standing committee for the New England Region. We are committed to continue working towards an inclusive environment for the NER-AMTA community that raises the voices of marginalized groups. As a standing committee, our goal is to identify, address, and implement necessary steps to uncover and dismantle the systems that reinforce oppression. This decision to become a standing committee will allow for continued dialogue and space for the NER-AMTA community to engage in this work.

As a committee, our first task will be to gather baseline data from our cultural climate survey to gain a better understanding of the cultural diversity of the region. From this data, we aim to investigate experiences and perceptions of cultural issues in our region to identify how we will most effectively foster anti-oppression, safety, and inclusion within our region.

Lastly, we invite members of NER-AMTA who are interested in collaborating on DEI to discuss how they would like to be involved in creating positive change for our region. We believe this work is central to the values of NER-AMTA, and is an important step in uniting our membership and community.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jocelyn Khoo

Mark Fuller

Shannon Kiley

NER-AMTA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

From the AMTA Board of Directors to the Music Therapy Community in the Twin Cities and Across the United States

In response to recent acts of violence and social injustice against Black people in Minneapolis and across the country, AMTA condemns historic and ongoing forms of racism that permeate our society and institutions. We are heartbroken that this is happening.

We stand against racism and hate in all its forms and acknowledge the trauma that repeated violence against people of color causes. We uphold kindness, social responsibility, dignity and respect, equality, accountability, excellence, integrity, and courage as our core values and recognize that we have a responsibility to uphold these values.

As we strive to do better, AMTA leadership acknowledges that we must be serious about examining our own biases individually, in our work, and in organizational structures. It is beyond time to give voice in support of our colleagues, students, and service users of color as we endeavor to embody the core values and principles of our aspirational Code of Ethics.

We recognize the important work and advocacy of our colleagues in The Black Music Therapy Network. To learn more about their work, click here. We encourage you to review statements of solidarity made by the Mid-Atlantic Region Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee (link and resources) and the Asian Music Therapy Network – U.S. (link and resources). These statements also contain resources to offer assistance or expand your awareness of racial injustice.


Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

Music Therapist Position

Position: Music Therapist
Description: The Nashua Community Music School, located just over the border of Massachusetts in Nashua, NH is looking to add a Board Certified Music Therapist to our team. NCMS takes great pride in featuring a roster of distinguished music professionals who love to work with students of all ages. Our growing Music Therapy program is looking for a qualified Music Therapist who is interested in working with multiple populations and age ranges in individual and group settings. The ideal candidate will be equally comfortable offering services in live and remote settings via Zoom. Special consideration given to those with experience working with clients diagnosed with emotional disorders and/or older adults.
Qualifications: The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and completed 1200 hours of clinical training. Candidates must be Board Certified or eligible to sit for the exam. The applicant should have previous experience working with children, adults, or seniors. Candidates who are also willing to teach adaptive lessons are highly desirable.
Please apply via e-mail by sending your resume and statement of intent to
Upon review, we may contact you for supplemental materials and/or an interview
Desired Start Date: July 2020
Application Deadline: Position is open until filled

Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists.

Hello Members and Colleagues!
We would like to extend the invitation to join us Monday June 22nd, 2020, 7-8pm EDT, in a discussion with members of the Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists. In which they will highlight information, including charges from the AMTA Board; share responses to two key questions presented to the MT community; review previous work and next steps; and emphasize the importance of connecting with the Commission.
This hour long meeting will also provide you the opportunity to be heard and to ask questions of your committee.
Registration is required for this virtual meeting at:
Registration will close June 21st at 5pm. The zoom link will be sent out to registrants 24 hrs prior to the meeting at 7pm on June 21st.

We are excited to bring this opportunity to the region and hope to see you there!

Channing Shippen MA, MT-BC
Vice President NER-AMTA
Conference Chair
Kathlynn Sell MT-BC
Vice President Elect NER-AMTA
Conference Co-Chair

NER-AMTA bylaws

Dear NER Music Therapists:

The purpose of this communication is to inform members of the New England Region of AMTA of two proposed changes to the NER-AMTA bylaws.

We will be voting on these changes during the NER Business Meeting being held Saturday, June 6 (10-11:30 am) on Zoom. 

Please find and review the proposed NER-AMTA bylaws changes below:


Proposed Change #1:

Reason: To streamline and clarify the process of nominating candidates for elected office.


Current text:




Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.


Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Additional nominations may be accepted from the floor at least 24 hours before the vote is held.


Proposed new text:




Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.


Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Nominations from the membership shall be received by the nominating committee no later than 72 hours before the annual meeting.


Proposed change #2:

Reason: To match AMTA’s fiscal period, which is changing to the calendar year starting January 1, 2021.


Current text:



Section 1. The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.


Proposed new text: 


Section 1. The fiscal year will match the AMTA fiscal year.






Brian Jantz MA, MT-BC

President-Elect, NER-AMTA

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


Stay up to date with NER-AMTA by following our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Following our social media accounts will provide you with access to opportunities for scholarships, membership and conference support, and knowledge on regional and national initiatives.

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

#neramtacommunityresource We thank you all for your contribution and support during this unprecedented time. Below, find resources to support the wellbeing and coping of one another.

Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Mental Health Coalition
If you have resources you would like to share with us, please email

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
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