There’s a lot happening across our active region! Below are some of the most recent news items that have been submitted. If you have something you would like to submit to the website, please contact us.

  • AMT Conference at Molloy College

    (4/15/2019) - Please join us for our Analytical Music Therapy Conference at Molloy College on Saturday April 27th. Earn 6 CMTEs / LCAT CEs! Limited space available – register today!
  • NJSTF on Occupational Regulation

    (4/8/2019) - February 22, 2019 Ms. Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director Autism NJ Dear Ms. Buchanan: I am writing in response to the most recent iteration of Autism NJ’s disregard for music therapy as a treatment option for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Namely, Autism NJ suggested language revisions for the proposed amendment to the New […]
  • New York State Task Force Appears at Hill Day

    (3/31/2019) - NYSTF held their 2nd Hill Day in Albany on Monday, 3/25/19. New initiatives this year included having 8 NY MTs serve as Team Leaders for our meetings and 12 exhibitors (schools and agencies). A very exciting moment occurred when a large portion of our group was invited by Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D; District 52 […]
  • Military Veterans with PTSD Continuing Education

    (3/18/2019) - Announcing a unique CMTE opportunity to learn about Music and the PTSD Brain in Military Veterans and earn 28 CMTE credits. This special program is taught by a MT-BC, who created and developed the concept, and combines lecture, experiential, and hands on experience in a music therapy retreat for veterans. The date is May 30-June […]
  • Conference App is Live

    (2/28/2019) - The conference app is live and ready to go! Please download the app by searching for ‘MAR events’ in the app store, or by following this link: The app allows you to easily find sessions of interest, connect with other conference attendees, find local places to eat, share photos taken at conference, among other […]
  • Constitution & Bylaws Proposed Revisions

    (2/24/2019) - Constitution & Bylaws Proposed Revisions Constitution & Bylaws 2019 Proposed Revisions To be voted on at the MAR conference in Reston, VA February 22, 2019 CONSTITUTION Article IV – Officers Current: Section 4. The appointed officers of the Region shall be the Parliamentarian, Assembly Chair, Recording Secretary, Editor of the official regional publication (hereinafter referred […]
  • Governor Murphy Proposes New State Board

    (2/14/2019) - NJ Governor Proposes State Board for Creative Arts Therapies Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF On January 31, 2019, at the “eleventh” hour, NJ Governor Phil Murphy sent the Drama/Dance Movement Therapist (D/DMT) licensing bill A1220 back to the General Assembly with a conditional veto. The veto recommended establishing a new State Board of Creative […]
  • Membership Spotlight: Kevin Leong, MA, MT-BC

    (2/14/2019) - MAR Membership Spotlight Kevin Leong, MA, MT-BC This quarter, the spotlight shines on MAR member Kevin Leong! Describe your career as a music therapist—education, populations served, etc. I have worked with various populations over of the course of my career as a music therapist so far. During my internship, I worked at the pediatric oncology […]
  • Winner of 2019 Arts Advocacy Day Scholarship Announced

    (2/4/2019) - Special Announcement! Congratulations to Nicole Hahna, co-Chair of the PASTF, winner of the 2019 MAR Arts Advocacy Day Scholarship! This is the first year for MAR to offer this scholarship, stay tuned for the 2020 application announcement later this fall. This scholarship offers monetary assistance to attend the annual Arts Advocacy Day held by Americans […]
  • Hotel Details & Information

    (1/12/2019) - Hotel Rates Single Occupancy: $159.00 Double Occupancy: $159.00 Triple Occupancy: $184.00 Quadruple Occupancy: $209.00 Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi. All guests have free access to the on-site swimming pool and fitness center. Parking: Daily ($10) and Overnight ($8) Cut-off date for discounted rates is February 13, 2019. The hotel is within Reston Town Center which […]
  • 2019 MAR-AMTA Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

    (1/9/2019) - Registration is now open for the 2019 MAR-AMTA Conference! Click here to register, but please read the below information first. Registration link: 2019 MAR-AMTA Conference CMTE Slate MAR-AMTA 2019 Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel Reservations IMPORTANT INFO BEFORE REGISTERING! If you are registering as an AMTA member you will need to enter a conference discount […]
  • Upcoming Conferences at Molloy College

    (12/21/2018) - Molloy College Upcoming Conferences for Music Therapists Music Therapy 2019 Guest Workshop Series: Celebrating 10 years of Graduate Music Therapy at Molloy College! The following conferences will be offered at Molloy College and may be of interest to music therapists, as well as to college students and faculty (click on the titles for further information): […]
  • Passages 2018 Program

    (10/30/2018) - Our 2018 Passages Conference was an inspiring day! Radford University and Music Therapy Club welcomed students, interns, and new professionals from the MAR for a day filled with terrific presentations, great discussions, and opportunities to connect. Thank you to all who attended, and congratulations to our terrific presenters!! Check out the program here! PASSAGES 2018 […]
  • Inaugural Constituent Survey Open Until 11/3/18

    (10/23/2018) - From your MAR Assembly Delegation: Please complete our inaugural constituent survey to share your views and help inform our Assembly tasks and discussions moving forward. Survey will be open until 11/3/18, and should only take a few minutes of your time–ALL are welcome to participate. Please encourage your colleagues to complete as well!“
  • Submit Your Research for the 2019 MAR Research Poster Session

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  • Molloy College Graduate Music Therapy Program Auditions & Information

    (10/16/2018) -   Molloy College Graduate Music Therapy Program: Information Night – Tuesday October 30th 6pm at Molloy College Auditions at Conference – Friday November 16th 2-4pm in Dallas 10 Year Anniversary Celebration – Tuesday December 4th at Molloy College 516-323-3320
  • Job Posting: VA Maryland HCS – Perry Point MD campus

    (9/1/2018) - Job announcement opportunity for VA Maryland HCS – Perry Point MD campus for full time music therapist. Apply by September 4, 2018 Application link here
  • 2019 Call for Proposals

    (7/16/2018) - The 2019 Call for Proposals is now open! The conference will be held March 8-10, 2019, in Reston, VA at the Hyatt Regency Reston. WE WILL ACCEPT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Before filling out the online form, PLEASE REVIEW the following documents: The 2019 Conference Proposal Review Information provides information on items that reviewers will be paying […]
  • AMT Training at Molloy College

    (6/3/2018) - AMT Training at Molloy College FALL 2018 Admission: Application Deadline: June 30, 2018 Enrollment Deadline: August 1, 2018 Fall 2018 Start Date: September 17, 2018 Seung-A Kim, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC Coordinator, Blended Learning: Analytical Music Therapy Training
  • NJ General Assembly Passes A2183

    (5/13/2018) - NJ General Assembly Passes A2183!!! On our way!  New Jersey music therapists are celebrating passage of A2183, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, in the General Assembly on April 12, 2018. The New Jersey State Task Force (NJSTF) is pleased that this was accomplished so quickly.  Starting on January 29th and culminating with the April 12th […]
  • Sign-up to Attend the 2018 Student Leadership Academy in Pittsburgh

  • CMTE Waiting List

    (4/2/2018) - For some CMTE topics, a certain course size is a must. Can you imagine trying to learn piano improv in a group of 30? Or have a good, interactive course about anything with more than 60 people? This year, we offered presenters the opportunity to tell us how many people is too many to provide […]
  • 2018 Proposed Changes to Constitution and Bylaws

    (3/28/2018) - The Constitution and Bylaws Committee (members: Beth Deyermond, Chair, Julie Neal, Tara O’Brien, Donna Polen, Gary Verhagen, and Becki Warren) has been busily working on updating the MAR Constitution and Bylaws to reflect the most up to date practice. There are a number of changes to both documents and we are asking the membership to […]
  • Annual MAR Yard Sale Information

    (3/22/2018) - Great opportunity for MAR members! We are organizing the ANNUAL YARD SALE of music therapy books and equipment, to occur on Thursday night at the regional conference from 6-7pm. Professional members of AMTA are invited to sell items that you no longer need or want! There will be a limited number of tables available on […]
  • Conference App Information

    (3/16/2018) - The conference app goes live on Friday, 3/16, first thing in the morning! This means that, starting Friday, you can download the app on your device and begin planning your conference events. You can do so using the below QR code, searching for “MAR Events” in your device’s app store, or downloading it from this website by clicking […]
  • Hotel Discount Extension

    (3/13/2018) - Good news! The Sheraton has agreed to extend the hotel discount until 3/21! Please take advantage of the discounted hotel rate and reserve ASAP. We also want to apologize for the discrepancy between the MAR and hotel websites regarding the hotel discount that occurred earlier this week. Thank you to all who caught that and reached out, […]
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    NJ Bill Needs Support!!

    (2/26/2018) - The New Jersey Bill Needs Support! Please check out the link below to help us advocate! Click here for a PDF version. Please Support Bill A2183/S1687 Music Therapist Licensing Act What is Music Therapy? Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels […]
  • New Jersey Off to a Promising Start

    (2/18/2018) - New Jersey Off to a Promising Start Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF The New Jersey Music Therapist Licensing Act bills have been re-introduced in the 2018-2019 session and are now known as A2183 and S1687 in the General Assembly and Senate respectively. After a disappointing pocket veto by outgoing Governor Christie in the last […]
  • Two CMTE Courses at Radford University, March 15-17, 2018

    (2/15/2018) - Radford University is happy to announce the Spring 2018 Annual Music Therapy Symposium, March 15-17, 2018, with 2 courses that offer 9 CMTEs each. Both courses are offered free of charge, and neither course has any prerequisites. We are very excited to host Elizabeth (Beth) Schwartz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC and Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC. Beth […]
  • Conference Planning Committee Needs Your Input

    (1/28/2018) - Greetings from the Conference Planning Committee!  We are hard at work, planning to bring you an exciting and enriching conference experience in Pittsburgh.  We need to hear from you!!  Would you like a Yard Sale at this year’s conference?  Tell us your thoughts HERE.  See you in Pittsburgh!
  • Membership Spotlight: Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

    (1/23/2018) -   Jenny Hoi Yan Fu MA, LCAT, MT-BC   Membership Spotlight Questions Describe your career as a music therapist—education, populations served, etc.   I went to New York University for my MA in music therapy. From then on, I have completed Level I & II Certification training at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy and was trained […]
  • Conference Registration & Hotel Information

    (1/22/2018) - Registration is now open for the 2018 MAR-AMTA Conference! Click here to register, but please read the below information first. Registration link: 2018 FINAL MAR Conference Printable Program 2018 MAR-AMTA Conference CMTE Slate IMPORTANT INFO BEFORE REGISTERING! If you are registering as an AMTA member you will need to enter a conference discount code number […]
  • Governor Does Not Sign NJ Licensing Bill

    (1/17/2018) - The New Jersey Music Therapist Licensing Act A783 passed in both houses on January 8, 2018; but Governor Chris Christie did not sign the bill in his final days in office and the bill is no longer active.  The Governor also left the Drama/Dance Movement Therapist Licensing bill unsigned among the almost fifty bills suffering […]
  • Job Posting: Tenure Track Music Therapy Faculty Position at Radford University

    (1/9/2018) - Happy New Year! The Radford University Music Therapy Program is pleased to announce a tenure track position for an Assistant Professor of Music, Music Therapy Faculty, beginning August, 2018. The job posting and application portal can be found here If you have any questions please feel free to pm me or contact me at
  • Conference Proposal Update & Registration Rates

    (1/2/2018) - Thank you to all who submitted conference proposals. We have an exciting and innovative conference program this year! Watch for the program to be posted here later in January. Conference registration will open on Mon 1/22. 2018 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION RATES REGISTRATION OPENS: Monday, January 22nd, 12:01am EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Monday, February 26th, 11:59pm   Professional Registration AMTA […]
  • NJ Licensing Bills Released from Final Committee

    (12/22/2017) - New Jersey Licensing Bills Released from Final Committee By Paula Unsal On Monday, December 18, 2017 S1601, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, and its sister bill A783 were released from the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (B&A) in a unanimous bipartisan vote from the eleven committee members present.  The next step will be […]
  • Graduate MT & Blended Learning AMT Certification at Molloy College

    (12/6/2017) - Graduate Music Therapy at Molloy College The Molloy College Master of science degree in music therapy (M.S. in M.T.) is the first and only music therapy graduate program on Long Island and is designed to prepare students for advanced clinical practice in music therapy and music psychotherapy, supported by studies in research, ethics and diverse […]
  • Draft Meeting Minutes Posted!

    (11/16/2017) - For accessibility, the MAR-AMTA Draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been posted here for the membership to view before voting.    
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    Assembly of Delegates Announcement

    (11/8/2017) - Dear MAR Members, In preparation for the Assembly meetings in St. Louis, MO, and in consultation with President Viega, please take time to review the following information that will come before the Assembly of Delegates and/or the general membership. There are four main items: recommendations for possible changes in the AMTA Bylaws regarding student membership and […]
  • Research Award Applications Posted!

    (11/8/2017) - Research Award Applications Posted!   All research awards have been updated with applications, both in Word format and PDF format. Deadlines are within a few months, so start the application process soon!  Check them out here!        
  • Job Posting: Music Therapist II

    (9/16/2017) - There is a new job opening at Spring Grove Hospital Center, located in Catonsville, Maryland on the outskirts of Baltimore City. We are a 425 bed state facility,that provides a broad spectrum of in-patient psychiatric treatment to adults and adolescents. Areas include: Admission and Continuous Level of care, in addition to specialty areas of psycho-geriatric, […]
  • CMTE: Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA: Making Music Therapy Happen in Public Education

    (9/16/2017) - CMTE: Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA: Making Music Therapy Happen in Public Education Upcoming CMTE Opportunity with MAMT! October 15, 2017 11am-4pm, Howard Community College, Columbia MD, 5 CMTEs. Every music therapist working in special education needs to know and understand the specific laws and regulations that support and fund their practice. Every family with a […]
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    Passages: Registration and Call for Papers are open!

    (9/10/2017) - Passages Information! On October 14th, this years Passages will be held at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY. Co-chairs will be current student Liz Ingram and new professional Tara O’Brien.  For more information, please contact Student Affairs Adviser, Jason Willey.   Registration Call for Papers    
  • Come celebrate 40 years with SRU!

    (9/7/2017) - Celebrate 40 years with SRU! We are excited to announce that on Saturday, October 7, 2017, the SRU Music Therapy Program will host a 40th Anniversary Celebration at the SRU Alumni House. We will be offering 2 CMTEs– an Ethics for cultural music making CMTE (Demeko Freeman & Heather Wagner) and an Improvisation CMTE (Alan Turry). […]
  • Upcoming CMTE: Trauma Informed Practice

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  • Attention New York!

    (9/6/2017) - ATTENTION NEW YORK!!!! As you may know, the New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation (NYSTF) has a new email address: We are hearing that our new format for large emails, coming through MailChimp, often sends our messages into folders for spam or (in Gmail) promotions. Please make sure to check these folders […]
  • Conference Prospectus Available

    (8/17/2017) - The 2018 Conference Prospectus is ready for Exhibits and Fundraising! This link is for exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers only. Looking forward to an exciting conference in 2018!
  • Announcement from President and Membership

    (8/17/2017) - The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association writes to acknowledge and condemn the terrible acts of bigotry and violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend (August 12, 2017).  We extend condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Lt. Pilot H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Pilot Berke M.M. Bates who were killed in the events […]
  • Summertime in New Jersey

    (8/1/2017) - SUMMERTIME IN NEW JERSEY Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair While the New Jersey legislative session continues during the summer, legislative activity has slowed and the combined Music Therapist Licensing bill A783/S1601 remains in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee with no scheduled hearings as of this writing. The New Jersey State Task Force (NJSTF) is […]
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    Save the Date for Passages 2017!

    (7/24/2017) -  Save the Date for Passages 2017! Passages 2017 will be held at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY on October 14th, 2017.  Co-chairs will be current student Liz Ingram and new professional Tara O’Brien.  Check back for registration and more info!