News

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.

  • Job Posting: Maryland

    (3/25/2017) - Job Posting: Baltimore, MD A family in Baltimore, MD is looking for a Music Therapist for a 3 and a half year old boy with autism. The family states that their insurance does cover music therapy and the family is confirming the details with their plan, and has a pediatrician who has written “medically necessary” […]
  • Harrisburg Draft Meeting Minutes

    (3/25/2017) - Click the link below to view to meeting minutes for the MAR Membership Meeting in Sandusky, Ohio.   Membership Meeting Minutes, Sandusky OH
  • Harrisburg Draft Meeting Minutes

    (3/16/2017) - Click the link below to view to meeting minutes for the upcoming Business Meeting.   2016MARMembershipMeetingAgendaHarrisburg03.16
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    Radford University Music Therapy Symposium

    (3/11/2017) - Radford University Music Therapy Symposium 8 CMTEs, 0 CPEs for LCATs Radford University is happy to announce the Spring 2017 Annual Music Therapy Symposium, April 13 and 14, 2017. We are very excited to host Dr. Joanne V. Loewy, D.A., LCAT, MT-BC. Dr. Loewy is the Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & […]
  • Looking for CMTE’s? Check out the MAR Conference!

    (3/4/2017) - For a plethora of CMTE opportunities, check out the MAR-AMTA 2017 Conference in Rochester, NY. View the CMTE Course offerings for the 2017 Conference. Also, take a look at the Conference Program to see what is available for umbrella groupings! Umbrella Groupings The Board Certified Music Therapist may earn up to 100 CMTE credits per cycle for this […]
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    CMTE Opportunity: Boomwhackers, Harp, and Garageband

    (3/2/2017) - The Music Therapist’s Toolbox: Applications and Interventions for boomwhackers, harp, and Garageband! VMTA: Spring Meeting & CMTE 4 CMTEs, 0 CPEs for LCATs This 4 credit CMTE will outline different applications and interventions featuring the tools of boomwhackers, harp, and GarageBand used by various music therapists within their practices. The presenters will explain techniques for […]
  • Sound Birthing Music: CMTE Workshops

    (3/1/2017) - Click here for more details!  
  • Maryland Bill Hearing!

    (3/1/2017) - Bill Hearing! ANYONE AND EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS HEARING! Support HB1458 – March 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. “HB 1458” will be heard in the Health and Government Operations Committee. Please come and support music therapy advocacy in Maryland. Look forward to seeing you there! Address: House Office Building: Room 241 6 Bladen […]
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    Maryland Hill Day!

    (2/25/2017) - Hill Day in Maryland! 6 CMTEs, 0 CPEs for LCATs This FREE, 6 CMTE presentation hosted by Maryland Music Therapy State Task Force will discuss the advocacy work which has led to the bill HB1458- THE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS- MARYLAND MUSIC THERAPISTS ACT. Participants will learn the necessary skills to communicate effectively […]
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    Discounted Conference Hotel Room- Deadline Extended!

    (2/24/2017) - Book Your Discounted Conference Hotel Room- Deadline Extended!   The MARAMT 2017 regional conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, NY. The deadline to book a room and receive the discounted rates has been extended to February 28th, 2017! Click here for more information about the hotel.   For more information about the […]
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    CMTE Opportunity: Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth

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    CMTE Date Change for PA CMTE!!

    (2/16/2017) - Due to low enrollment, the date for the following CMTE has been changed to TBA. Keep on the lookout for a set date in the future!  
  • Job Posting: Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland

    (2/15/2017) - The following e-mail was sent to President Ritter seeking information about music therapy services for special education students. Her contact information is at the bottom of the letter! My name is Lisa Eaton and I am the secretary for the Coordinator for Related Services in the office of Special Education for Baltimore County Public Schools. […]
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    Membership Spotlight: Rick Soshensky

    (2/13/2017) - Membership Spotlight: Rick Soshensky, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, NRMT Describe your career as a music therapist—education, populations served:What brought you to the field of music therapy or why did you decide to pursue music therapy as a profession? I originally wanted to be an original singer/songwriter such as Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty but after trying […]
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    Government Relations Report!

    (2/11/2017) - GOVERNMENT RELATIONS (Current as of February 5, 2107) Respectfully Submitted: Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery margovernmentrelations@gmail.com “We Were Made For These Times” I am writing this article just hours after our 45th president was sworn into office. The divisiveness surrounding this event and those leading up […]
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    Update: New York State CE requirements for the LCAT

    (1/15/2017) - Dear Colleagues, As you are aware, effective January 1, 2017, Section 8412 of Article 163, the Mental Health Practitioner’s law, requires LCATs to earn 36 hours of approved continuing education (CE) for every 3-year registration period. All CE must be taken from a state-approved provider, and any CE completed prior to January 1, 2017 will […]
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    Now Live: 2017 Conference Program and Registration!

    (1/15/2017) - MAR-AMTA 2017 Conference Program and Registration are live! Click here to head over to the conference page, but don’t forget to read the important information below! Looking forward to another great conference! PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING! If you are registering as an AMTA member you will need to enter a conference discount code number to receive […]
  • Call to Action!

    (1/13/2017) - Call to Action Open Comment Period–MT Waiver   The PA State Task Force is happy to report that music therapy, art therapy and Equine Therapy are all included in the Consolidated, P/FDS waivers that are being renewed. The public comment period is NOW and ends on JANUARY 17TH. The Department of Human Services has 3 […]
  • New Jersey Bill Passed in Assembly!

    (12/23/2016) - NJ BILL PASSED IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY!! ONE DOWN In the continuing process to get a New Jersey state license for music therapists, The Music Therapist Licensing Act, A783 was voted on and passed in the New Jersey General Assembly on November 21, 2016 by a vote of 59 to 13. We also had two additional […]
  • Call For Posters!!

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    MAR Research Awards- Seeking Applicants!

    (12/12/2016) - MAR is seeking applications for its 2017 research awards. MAR will be offering a Research/Special Project Award ($5000), a Collaborative Research Award ($5000) and a Graduate Student Research Award ($1000).  For descriptions about the awards and application guidelines, please see the ‘Scholarships, Grants, and Awards) section of our website. Check them out here! For more […]
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    Radford University Job Posting!

    (11/17/2016) - Department of Music College of Visual and Performing Arts Radford University The Department of Music is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Music Therapy beginning August 2017. A Masters in Music Therapy and MT-BC is required, and a Ph.D. in Music Therapy or related field is preferred. At least five years of […]
  • The MAR Assembly delegation seeks your questions, comments, and concerns!

    (11/4/2016) - Dear MAR Members, In preparation for the Assembly meetings in Sandusky, OH, and in consultation with President Ritter, please take time to review the following items included here that will come before the Assembly of Delegates. There are four items: a revised policy for candidates for national office; recommendations for possible changes in the AMTA Bylaws […]
  • You can now nominate for the MAR Advocacy Award!

    (11/3/2016) - MAR Advocacy Award Nomination Form is Now Live! Click here for the form! Do you know of an administrator, public official or other friend of music therapy who has impacted the ability of clients to access music therapy services? Perhaps it was through increasing access to financial resources, promoting awareness of music therapy, or the […]
  • Update from the Maryland State Task!

    (11/1/2016) - Maryland State Task Force Update The Maryland Task force conducted a survey reaching out to the Maryland music therapists due to the overwhelming response from the legislators to submit a bill for licensure. We received a tremendous response and support from the music therapists and are pursuing licensure, which the bill is currently being drafted. […]
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    Fall Government Relations Report!

    (11/1/2016) - GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Respectfully Submitted: Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery margovernmentrelations@gmail.com Fall Salutations! As I am writing this newsletter, it is exactly one month to Election Day. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 you are strongly encouraged to vote. Voting is one of the most important advocacy tasks […]
  • Radford University seeking faculty member!

    (10/22/2016) - Department of Music College of Visual and Performing Arts Radford University The Department of Music is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Music Therapy beginning August 2017. A Masters in Music Therapy and MT-BC is required, and a Ph.D. in Music Therapy or related field is preferred. At least five years of […]
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    NJSTF Hearing and News!

    (10/12/2016) - SAME SONG OF SUCCESS! For those of you who are familiar with the 1942 Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn song I’ve Heard This Song Before, let’s sing together. “It seems to me I’ve heard this song before, It’s from an old familiar score.” What a sweet sound was the vote at the Senate Commerce Committee Hearing 5 […]
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    NYSTF Workshop at Molloy College!

    (10/2/2016) - Dear Colleagues, Please see the attached flyer for details on a day-long workshop at Molloy College on Friday, October 21, presented by the New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation (NYSTF) as well as representatives from AMTA and CBMT. The morning session is geared toward students and others who would like detailed information on the […]
  • WRAMTA Call for Papers!

    (9/27/2016) - Greetings! The deadline is rapidly approaching for CMTE, Concurrent, and Connections/Passages Call for Papers for the AMTA Western and Mid-Western Regional Conference.  This is a great opportunity to share with two regions as we have joined forces with the Mid-Western Region to provide the 2017 Conference in Broomfield, CO March 16th – 19th, 2017. CMTE Courses […]
  • Job Announcement: Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

    (9/24/2016) - Job Announcement: Ancora Psychiatric Hospital Music Therapist – Full Time Position There is a current job opening for a full-time music therapist working 40 hours per week: one weekend day, 8:00am-4:30pm, and weekdays, 12pm-8:30pm Ancora Psychiatric Hospital is a 600 bed adult psychiatric facility located 30 miles from Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore. We offer […]
  • Job Announcement: Daniel’s Music Foundation

    (9/21/2016) - Job Announcement! Daniel’s Music Foundation in New York City is actively seeking instructors who are specialized in music therapy and/or special education and music. For details and contact information, please click here.
  • Registration is OPEN for Passages 2016!

    (9/10/2016) - Registration is now open for PASSAGES 2016: Blooming Into Song. PASSAGES is a FREE conference for students and new professionals within the MAR. This year’s conference will be held at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY from 9am to 5pm. To register, simply follow the link below! Register Here
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    Attention PA Music Therapists!

    (9/7/2016) - Attention PA Music Therapists! Do you have questions about the PA Music Therapy Licensure Bills? Make sure to attend one of our regional CMTEs at Temple, Duquesne, and Immaculate September-October 2016. Click the image below to find out more!      
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    NJSTF News and Updates

    (9/6/2016) - PROCESS BRINGS RESULTS Advocacy, like music therapy, can be all about the process. This was the experience at the New Jersey Senate Hill Day held August 1, 2016 in Trenton. The New Jersey State Task Force (NJSTF) members contacted over half of the state’s Senators to request meetings to garner support for S1601, The Music […]
  • New Awards for Members!

    (9/6/2016) - MAR-AMTA Membership has just announced three new awards! MAR-AMTA National Conference Award, MAR-AMTA National Conference Award and the Student Member Regional Conference Award– View them here!   Check them out soon– Deadlines are quickly approaching!
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    Upcoming NYSTF Workshops!

    (8/29/2016) - Dear Colleagues, Please see the attached flyer for details on a day-long workshop at Nazareth College of Rochester on Saturday, September 24, presented by the New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation (NYSTF). The morning session is geared toward students and others who would like detailed information on the Mental Health Practitioners law and the step-by-step […]
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    VP for Membership Summer Report

    (8/15/2016) - Vice President for Membership Report Marisol S. Norris, MA, MT-BC Greetings MAR-AMTA!! I am excited to serve as your new VP of Membership. MAR is renowned for its members who daily exhibit 1) passionate service, 2) commitment to music therapy field advancement, and 3) dedication to the professional growth fostered by our inter-connectivity. These are […]
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    Membership Spotlight- Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC

    (8/15/2016) - Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC Membership Spotlight Questions Describe your career as a music therapist—education, populations served, etc. I have been running my private practice, Inner Rhythms Music Therapy since 2013. I am constantly surprised and delighted by the individuals and groups who reach out for services. Over the past few years, I have run groups […]
  • Mandatory Continuing Ed. Requirements for the LCAT

    (8/3/2016) - Dear Colleagues and Advocates, We have just been notified that information regarding the new mandatory continuing education requirements has been posted on the Office of the Professions (OP) website. As indicated in correspondence from Dr. David Hamilton, Executive Secretary of the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners: The information is organized under the links to […]
  • Attention NYS and LCATS!

    (7/28/2016) - Dear Colleagues and Advocates, We have been receiving many questions regarding the new regulations that require mandatory continuing education (CE) for all Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, including LCATs. While we all respect and value the process of continuing education for maintaining competence in practice, NYSTF has concerns about components of the proposed regulations, specifically: The […]
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    MD Music Therapists: Next Step Advocacy For Music Therapists!

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    The Summer Government Relations Report Is In!

    (7/21/2016) - GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Respectfully Submitted: Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery margovernmentrelations@gmail.com Summer is usually a time to slow down in the lazy, hazy heat. While work related to government relations generally slows down a bit in the summer months, task forces are still very active gathering information, […]
  • HEY, NEW YORK! Help for the Helpers!

    (7/21/2016) - HEY, NEW YORK!!! DID YOU KNOW??? In an effort to help keep NYS music therapists informed regarding the Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) law and regulations, we are pleased to offer this little column of regulatory tidbits! This Issue’s Feature: HELP FOR THE HELPERS Self-care for therapists is an important pursuit. Our work is both […]
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    Upcoming Conference Request for Proposals!

    (7/8/2016) - The 2017 MAR Conference Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open! Conference dates will be March 15th -18th. We will accept online submissions only. Please note that there are some changes to the RFP to help us streamline the process and to gather as much information as possible for the review process. We are also […]
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    MAR President’s Forum: Responses from AMTA

    (6/27/2016) - MAR President’s Forum: Responses from AMTA On behalf of the AMTA, President Geiger has provided a document with responses to the questions and concerns raised during the MAR President’s Forum.  To read the original document from the Presidents Forum, click here. A HUGE thanks goes to President Geiger for compiling this information for us and for […]
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    MAR Graduate Student Research Award Recipient

    (6/22/2016) - On Behalf of the MAR Research Committee, we would like to announce the recipient of the MAR GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD; The recipient of the 2016 MAR Graduate Student Research Award ($1,000) is Katherine Myers-Coffman for her research study ‘The Resilience Songwriting Model for Adolescent Bereavement: A Mixed Methods Study’. Katherine is a PhD student at […]
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    Submissions for Global Perspectives Session

    (6/11/2016) - Submissions for Global Perspectives Session The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Conference. The session showcases international music therapy projects, scholarly work and service opportunities from around the world. Previous sessions have highlighted both professional and student experiences. Please email Flossie Ierardi at fmi22@drexel.edu with your […]
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    Note from the MAR President

    (6/11/2016) - MAR President’s Forum: Let Your Voice Be Heard (Notes that we collected during the forum) A key theme that emerged repeatedly throughout the forum was communication. Every issue we discussed came back to lacking clear communication to members from the “top down” and no voice available for “bottom up” communication. And along with communication was […]
  • VP for Conference Planning Letter

    (4/30/2016) - Hello MAR, The 2016 conference in Harrisburg, PA was an exceptional event, thanks to the 748 attendees, the dynamic local committee, talented musicians, and the conference session offerings. This was the biggest conference to date and it was an honor to be a part of the process. The conference evaluation is now closed and we […]