Archive for Special Announcements
Please welcome our newest Expanded NER Board Leadership appointments:
Joy Allen- Research Committee Representative
Amanda Goff- Muse Newsletter Editor
Caitlin Hyatt- Interprofessional Collaboration Committee Representative
Kate Lamoureux- NER Historian
Wendy Krueger- Standards of Clinical Practice Committee Representative
Sarah Gagnon- Workforce Development and Retention Committee Representative
There are several openings still available please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about:
– Membership Support Committee member (national conference not required)
-Membership Committee Representative
-Continuing Education Representative
-Diversity and Inclusion Committee Representative
-Clinical Networking Committee Representative
* Please note these Committee Representative are required to attend national conference.
Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC
Hello NER-AMTA Members,
Every year, members from the NER-AMTA Board participate in an internal audit of NER’s financial records. This involves verifying each transaction from the corresponding fiscal year and ensuring that the correct record keeping procedures have been followed.
The NER-AMTA board would like to propose one small change to the Article VII. Section 1 of our Bylaws. This section outlines who is eligible to participate in the annual internal audit, and the change broadens this.
The existing (old) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:
The Auditing Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and at least two Executive Board members, or the Treasurer and an accountant, who shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.
The proposed change (new) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:
The Auditing Committee shall consist of: (a) the Treasurer and at least two professional AMTA members (one Executive Board member and one member at-large, or two Executive Board members); or (b) the Treasurer and an accountant. The Auditing Committee shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.
In summary, this change allows members at-large to participate in the annual internal audit, increasing member access to this process, and further providing transparency.
This is the only change being proposed at this time.
The NER-AMTA members will vote on this proposed change on Friday, April 20, 2018 during the Business Luncheon at the NER-AMTA annual conference at Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT. If accepted, the change will become effective on April 21, 2018. Please read this proposed change before the Business Luncheon and send any comments/feedback to email@example.com before the Business Luncheon.
Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC
We are anticipating an exciting conference with the various concurrent sessions, annual Cabaret, and a plethora of CMTEs. This year’s focus is Uniting in Diversity: Bringing Together the Individuals of the Music Therapy Community. We are back at beautiful Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT and hope to see you there!
Master’s Level Entry (MLE) TOWN HALL
On Friday April 20, 2018, the NER Assembly Delegates and members of the former MLE committee will be hosting an unopposed Town Hall from 5:00-6:15pm. Please plan to attend. As a member of the NER-AMTA, the central question will be what additional considerations you would like the Board to consider before the Board makes a decision on the MLE Final Report?
The primary focus of the Town Hall is to provide NER music therapists the opportunity to engage with the Assembly delegates while the former MLE committee members encourage questions. Those questions will then be recorded (anonymously if desired) and submitted to AMTA Board of Directors for further consideration.
Please email all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be read and recorded by members of the NER-AMTA Assembly of Delegates. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions on-site at conference.
Take this time to thoroughly read through the lengthy MLE considerations posted on the AMTA website. They are available here: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/mle_considerations/
As you read the MLE considerations, please think about what additional considerations you would like the AMTA Board of Directors to reflect on before a decision is made on the MLE Final Report.
Hope to see you all soon!
Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC
Conference preparations are in full swing! We are so excited to bring to you this Level I GIM training Institute. This 25 CMTE institute, which will take place April 16-19 2018, is sure to fill up quickly, so reserve your space today! If you are interested in registering early, please email email@example.com.
resubmit a name to the NER-AMTA Board for their approval.
AMTA’s Master’s Level Entry (MLE) Subcommittee have updated the MLE Considerations. You can find the document on the AMTA website here: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/mle_considerations/
NER-AMTA is thrilled to continue supporting its members through the Pay it Forward scholarship for a second year! As part of the Pay it Forward campaign, NER-AMTA asks applicants to commit to a non-financial contribution to the region, in exchange for partial coverage of AMTA membership. In this way, awardees will pay their membership assistance forward to support the profession and music therapy in the New England Region.
You may now apply at the link below, until January 10th, 2018
Dear NER community,
Just want to share that our community has lost a bright, beautiful soul. My friend and music therapist, Sonja Granskou, passed away on August 4, 2017. I met Sonja a few years ago and was immediately inspired by her smile and positive, gentle way of being. Sonja was a radiant light who loved nature and loved to sing. One of her favorite songs was “Climb Every Mountain.” And boy, did she climb mountains! Sonja received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2009 and a Master of Music in Performance Voice in the Graduate Opera Program at Boston University in 1996. She had a gorgeous voice and loved working as a clinician and music therapist. We liked singing together and talking about our wonderful music therapy community.
Sonja was from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. One of the biggest mountains that Sonja climbed in her life was her healing journey from ovarian cancer. Sonja did everything possible to heal, researching and using conventional and many alternative treatments (even going to Vienna, Austria). I admired her sense of humor, strong will to live, her diligence, her faith and most of all her ability to be vulnerable and at peace with whatever the outcome. Sonja’s light is very bright. I truly believe that her light is with all of us in this community and her spirit is flying free with the angels and God in heaven. God bless you Sonja. We love you!!
Please email or call me if you would like to mail a card and I will send the address. Sonja also has a Facebook page if anyone would like to post a message there as well.
Lauren Calista Angelone
Memorial Services for Sonja (USA and Canada):
When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments to follow.
Where: Christ Lutheran Church (Sonja’s Waterloo church).
When: October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Refreshments to follow.
Update: all spots are filled!!
Thank you for your interest!
Dear NER-AMTA members,
As a gift, AMTA would like to provide five complimentary registration for five NER-AMTA members in good standing to attend the AMTA Leadership Academy at this year’s annual AMTA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This institute will run on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:30-5:30pm.
Now in its third year, the AMTA Leadership Academy gives everyone a chance to develop and deepen their leadership skills and capacity. Through a series of presentations by a diverse panel of leaders within our field, Leadership Academy participants will experience multiple frameworks for thinking about leadership and how to recognize and build critical skills in all areas of leadership! Whether you have attended a previous Academy or not, this year’s Leadership Academy is sure to provide you with new information, insights, and connections to help you grow into the leader you desire to be in your work, your community, and in your life.
Please see session information for further details.
If you wish to be one of the five NER-AMTA members to attend at no charge, please contact NER President, Judy Engel, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the first five NER-AMTA members to make contact will receive complimentary registration for the AMTA Leadership Academy.
Please note that NER-AMTA is unable to assist with or plan transportation, lodging, parking or meals (these would be on your own).
Hello NER-AMTA Members, Rebecca Preddie, AMTA Scholarship & Grants Coordinator is looking for some willing Scholarship Reviewers (5-6 volunteers) that will be part of the AMTA Scholarship Review Committee. This is a great opportunity for NER-AMTA members who do not have the ability to be involved in large, year round projects, but DO have the ability to work from home for short periods of time.
By agreeing to be a Scholarship Reviewer, you must be a current AMTA member. You will review for at least three AMTA scholarships offered within the calendar year (January 2017 – December 2017), will be provided with blinded applications and rubric sheets (in the majority of cases), and will typically have 7-10 days to review 2-10 brief applications and return results. If you are interested, please send your name and email address to email@example.com before 5/13/17.
Please note: this is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, you will be notified if your name is submitted to AMTA.
Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC
There is a tingling of excitement in the air as we arrange the final touches on this year’s conference. This year we will have released our conference program via PDF. Our VP elect did a BEAUTIFUL job creating this for us. I recommend downloading this to your device in a program such as iBooks (for apple devices) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (for Android Devices). If you require a print version, I suggest downloading it on your device now and print it out.
Need more guidance? I created a handy video tutorial especially for you! So check it out for download instructions and a sneak peek of guidebook. If you need further assistance with android devices, try this link or visit me at the registration desk and we can troubleshoot together. As always, if you require assistance with other technology related matters, you can contact me.
Looking forward to sea-ing you in Newport!
Cassandra Mulcahy, MMT, MT-BC
NER-AMTA Solutionist and Webmistress