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.

  • 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 […]
  • 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

    (4/5/2018) - STUDENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2018 SIGN UP
  • 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: https://www.regonline.com/2018midatlanticregionofamtaannualconferen_1972333 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 http://jobs.radford.edu/postings/5763 If you have any questions please feel free to pm me or contact me at pwinter3@radford.edu
  • 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:  nystate.task.force@gmail.com 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!
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    CMTE: Clinical Applications of Blues Guitar

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  • 2018 MAR Conference Request for Proposals!

    (7/14/2017) - The 2018 MAR Conference Request for Proprosals (RFP) is now open! Conference dates will be April 11th-14th! WE WILL ACCEPT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Before filing our the online form, please review the following PDF’s: This form provides information on what reviewers will be looking for during the blind review process. Please review this form to ensure […]
  • Check Out The MARAMTA 2017 Conference Slide Show!

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    Hey NY!!!!! Did you know?!?

    (7/13/2017) - 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: CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS – CALCULATING AND RECALCULATING!!! In case you haven’t heard … effective January […]
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    Government Relations Report

    (7/12/2017) - GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Respectfully Submitted: Amy Rodgers Smith, MMT, MT-BC Neurologic Music Therapist NICU-MT margovernmentrelations@gmail.com NATIONAL UPDATES The American Music Therapy Association is monitoring changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). AMTA is encouraging members and others to exercise your rights and responsibilities as citizens and consider participation in the democratic process in the following […]
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    2017 Conference in Pictures!

    (7/10/2017) - 2017 MARAMTA Conference: An Overview in Pictures Stay tuned for a slideshow that includes more pictures!  
  • Sounds of Recovery: Music Therapy in Medical Settings

    (7/6/2017) - Upcoming CMTE Opportunity! Friday, September 15th, 2017 8:00 am- 4:30 pm NYU Langone Medical Center Sounds of Recovery: Music Therapy in Medical Settings is a one-day conference featuring presentations about matters surrounding the practice of music therapy in hospital settings with a variety of client populations. A keynote address, nine concurrent sessions, a panel discussion and […]
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    PASTF Presents: CMTE at Marywood Univeristy

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    Music Therapy and Adolescents CMTE!

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    MARAMTS Update: Student Affairs and Happenings

    (5/13/2017) - MARAMTS Update: Student Affairs and Happenings Conio Loretto, MS, LCAT, MT-BC – Outgoing MAR Student Affairs Advisor Jason Willey, MMT, MT-BC – Incoming MAR Student Affairs Advisor Tara O’Brien – Outgoing MARAMTS Vice President Colleen McDonough – Incoming MARAMTS Vice President   PASSAGES 2016: BLOOMING INTO SONG This year’s Passages Conference for our region’s students […]
  • Job Posting: Private Music Instructor

    (5/5/2017) - Looking for a part-time PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR!!! You will be teaching voice/piano/guitar to students of all ages and skill levels in the Northern Westchester/Connecticut area.  Background in music therapy preferred. Must have a car. Send inquiries and resumes to Info@creativemusiclessons.net Amy Rood Miller Founder Creative Music Lessons, Inc. www.CreativeMusicLessons.net
  • Announcement: Research Award Winners!

    (5/3/2017) - 2017 MAR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AWARD and 2017 MAR RESEARCH/SPECIAL PROJECT AWARD WINNERS The MAR Research Committee is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 MAR Research/Special Project Award and the 2017 MAR Collaborative Research. Due to the large number of outstanding applications, it was decided to award two winners in each category this year! […]
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    Hey, New York!! Let’s Talk About Continuing Ed!

    (4/29/2017) - 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: CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS – CONTINUING! As most everyone knows, effective January 1, 2017, Section […]
  • Government Relations Report

    (4/26/2017) - GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT Respectfully Submitted: Amy Rodgers Smith, MMT, MT-BC Neurologic Music Therapist NICU-MT margovernmentrelations@gmail.com NATIONAL UPDATES The American Music Therapy Association is monitoring changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). AMTA is encouraging members and others to exercise your rights and responsibilities as citizens and consider participation in the democratic process in the […]
  • 2017 Election Results!

    (4/25/2017) - 2017 ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN! On behalf of the MAR-AMTA Executive Board, please join me in congratulating our new MAR-AMTA Executive Board members and Assembly Delegates and Alternates! We appreciate all who ran for each of these positions and hope that more will do the same going forward. There is a place for everyone to […]
  • 2015 Regional Music Therapy Conference: Join us in Ocean City, MD for the time of your life!

    Save the Date!

    (4/25/2017) - Save the Date! The 2018 Conference will be held on April 11th- 14th, 2018. The location will be at the Sheraton Hotel in Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
  • Assembly of Delegates Nominees

    (4/8/2017) - Assembly of Delegates Nominees Elaine Abbott, Ph.D., MT-BC has over 20 years of clinical music therapy experience in skilled nursing facilities, inpatient behavioral health facilities and private music psychotherapy practice. She is associate professor and director of music therapy at Duquesne University were she has taught methods and practicum courses for nine years. Statement of […]