Conference 2024 Registration is Open! We can’t wait to see you all virtually April 4th-6th. Register here. See more info here. Stayed tuned here or on our social media for more info. FB IG

Thank you to AMTA for supporting our conference with additional CMTE’s! These courses and the MAR CMTE’s are included with conference for AMTA members.

Conference will be available live and Asynchronous (watch on your own later).

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to list our CMTE’s. We are working without anyone in the Vice President of Conference Planning Elect role, so everything will take a little longer.

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Announcing the MAR AMTA Conference Keynote Speaker
Dear Community,The MAR AMTA Conference Keynote Presentation will take placeThursday April 4th, at 7:00pm. We are thrilled to have Kerry Devlin, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC, presenting: What Matters to Us: Cripping Music Therapy Values.The presentation will include:Introduction of disability values emphasizing interdependence, liberation, and care.Stories from Kerry’s work as a music therapist in an adult medical context that illustrate these valuesOpportunities for audience reflectionKerry Devlin (she/her) is senior music therapist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Music & Medicine, where she has the honor of co-constructing music therapy encounters in adult neurology and critical care. She is an adjunct associate professor of music therapy at Shenandoah University, a doctoral student at Aalborg University, and a proud dog parent. As a disabled clinician and human, Kerry understands the unique experience of moving through the healthcare system as both a patient and a provider. You can see more of Kerry’s work on instagram @liberatedlearning @jhmusicmedicine.

2024 MAR-AMTA Annual Virtual Conference Call for Papers is open!
April 4th-6th, 2024 

One month for submissions left! Final Deadline November 4th!

Hello MAR-AMTA! The Conference Planning Committee is so excited to be having another virtual conference! The 2024 “Call for Papers” for our conference is officially open, and information for submitting a proposal is below! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Broaddrick, VPCP at her email address below. Thank you all and we look forward to receiving your proposals and hosting you VIRTUALLY in 2024!! 

  • Our virtual conference will be held April 4th-6th, 2024 
  • The “Call for Papers” is OPEN and we will only accept online submissions. 
  • Before filling out the online form, please review the following documents:
    • The 2024 Conference Proposal Review Information provides information on items that reviewers will be paying attention to, and provides more information on the proposal question related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • The 2024 Call For Papers PDF is a document that includes all of the questions so you can have a hard copy to refer to.  Please DO NOT use this to turn in your call for papers.  It must be submitted electronically through the link below. You may use this document for preparing to submit your proposal. 
  • The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association seeks to acknowledge and repair the oppressive structures placed upon our historically marginalized music therapy colleagues and students. With this in mind, we are providing compensation in the form of free conference registration for historically marginalized music therapy members. We recognize the emotional labor required in both constructing and presenting these sessions. To receive this free conference registration:
    • Individuals must be from a historically marginalized community (e.g. Asian, Black, Disabled, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQIA2+, North African, South-West Asian).
      • MAR-AMTA recognizes Affinity Groups as those who represent historically marginalized and oppressed community members.
    • Individuals must submit their presentation within the “Call for Papers” call period.
      • Presentations must undergo the anonymous review process and receive a passing score. 
    • In the “Call for Papers,” individuals must select “yes” in the corresponding section for this compensation.
      • The Vice-President for Conference Planning will have sole access to this identifying information and will not question or police individuals identity. 

SEPTEMBER 29th, 2023 (by 11:59pm): $25.00 registration discount
NOVEMBER 4th, 2023 (by 11:59pm): Final submission deadline.  (No registration discount.)
(Discounts are for concurrent sessions ONLY. Both CMTE’s and Pre-Conference Institutes receive a stipend)

Last but not least, please follow THIS LINK to submit your proposal. We are excited for your submissions and hope to host you at the 2024 Virtual Conference! 

If you have any questions please contact Allison Broaddrick at

In service, 

Allison Broaddrick, MT-BC 
Vice-President of Conference Planning MAR-AMTA 

MaryClaire Holliday, MS, LCAT, MT-BC 
Continuing Education Coordinator, MAR-AMTA 

Conference 2023 Begins!

Welcome to Niagara Falls!

Our 2023 regional conference has begun! Yesterday our packed opening ceremony was introduced by Jordan Smith, who led a group thank you and song in the Mohawk language. The mayor of Niagara Falls, Robert Restaino, came up next to speak about music therapy has impacted his and his loved ones’ lives for the better. Our keynote speaker Jana Stanfield (her short bio is down below) blew us away with her wonderful story telling and song writing.

Niagara Falls Convention Center
Grand Foyer
Mayor Robert Restaino
Keynote Aud smiles
Audience Interaction with Jana Stanfield
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Following the beginning festivities, people split off for their first concurrent session and the exhibit hall. Our 20+ exhibitors were ready to greet people

Exhibit Entrance
Basket Auction
West Music
Concurrent Session 1
Concurrent Session 2
Exhibit Hall Entrance
Fredonia Booth
Basket Raffle
West Music Exhibit
Hudson Valley Hospice Booth
ETown Booth
Duquesne Booth
Bloom Booth
Augsburg Booth
Internship Smorgasbord
Naz Booth
WBMT Booth
Imperial Prints Booth
Molloy Booth
Purdue Booth
Temple Booth
Tempo! Booth
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To see our current offerings of concurrent sessions, please follow this link: Concurrent Sessions 2023

To see our continued education offerings (i.e. CMTEs) please follow this link: Continuing Education Sessions 2023 

To review the schedule of the conference, please follow this link: 
2023 MAR-AMTA Conference Schedule (this will be updated as needed)

For Pre-Conference Institute A and Pre-Conference Institute B, see our linked post: Pre-Conference Institutes A&B

To see our Frequently Asked Questions, please follow this link: FAQ Sheet 

Our Keynote speaker will be Jana Stanfield, an acclaimed international speaker and songwriter who has received rave reviews internationally. She is known as “The Queen of Heavy Mental,” Jana describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” With soaring vocals, acoustic arrangements, and meaningful lyrics, Jana Stanfield says her goal is to use her music to give people a “faith-lift.” Her fans say the music is the ideal alternative to Prozac… all the mood elevation with none of the water retention. Through the global charity she co-founded, “Together We Can Change the World,” she helps women and children in need of education, and leads volun-tour trips with the theme, “The Life You Change May Be Your Own.”

“Jana is a multi-faceted, multi-talented person who can deliver the results you’re looking for. She can make a huge difference in your life, the life of your conference, and the life of your organization.” ~ Jack Canfield, CEO Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises. You can find her YouTube Channel here: Jana Stanfield YouTube 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Timothy Doak ( We look forward to welcoming you to the conference this year! 

In Service, 

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
VP for Conference Planning, MAR-AMTA

Conference updates will be posted here and on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

Conference Updates and Announcements

2024 Annual Conference Call for Papers is open! (8/24/2023) - Hello MAR-AMTA! The Conference Planning Committee is so excited to be having another virtual conference! The 2024 “Call for Papers” for our conference is officially open, and information for submitting a proposal is below! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Broaddrick, VPCP at her email address below. Thank you all and we look forward to receiving your proposals and hosting you VIRTUALLY in 2024...
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MAR Symposium Scholarship (10/5/2022) - The MAR-AMTA National Conference Award offers monetary assistance to professional members to support member involvement at the national conference (in 2022, the inaugural symposium).  An award in the amount of $150 will be offered to one (1) professional member to as a reimbursement for symposium registration...
Extended Call for Papers: 2023 Conference (10/5/2022) - Hello MAR-AMTA! The 2023 Call for Papers has been extended to increase the number of submissions and diversity of presentations. We are looking to receive all forms of submissions including; Pre-Conference Institute, CMTE’s, and concurrent sessions...
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Past MAR Conferences

More information about previous Mid-Atlantic Region Music Therapy Conferences is available in the conference archives. Click here to access the archives.