Image Description: Gray Niagara Falls skyline against a dark blue circle with text. Text: Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association; Music Therapy Conference; March 9th-11th 2023, Niagara Falls, NY

Hello Friends and Members of MAR-AMTA! 

We are so excited to announce registration is officially OPEN (1/05/23) for our 2023 IN PERSON MAR-AMTA Annual Conference! We are so looking forward to hosting you all once again in the beautiful city of Niagara Falls, NY at the Niagara Falls Convention Center & Sheraton Hotel! The following are the registration deadlines and prices: 

Professional Registration 

AMTA Member Early Bird (Close Feb 1 12:00am)AMTA MemberNon-Member Early Bird (Close Feb 1 12:00am)Non-Member 
Full Conference$190$224$258$280
Single Day $157$180$190$213
CMTE (3 Hour)$41$41$51$51
CMTE (5 Hour) $67$67$84$84
Processing Fee (CMTE w/out conference) $15$15$15$15
Pre-Conference Institute 1 Day$112$112$134$134
Pre-Conference Institute 2 Day$134$134$150$150
Online Only (All) $246$246$260$260

Student Registration 

AMTA Member Early Bird(Close Feb 1 12:00am)AMTA MemberNon-Member Early Bird(Close Feb 1 12:00am)Non-Member 
Full Conference$78$90$106$118
Single Day $78$78$90$90
Online Only (All) $90$90$110$110

If you are a member of AMTA, you will receive an email from vpconferenceplanning@maramta.org with the “AMTA Member Code”. This will be used to receive the AMTA Member registration discount for the conference. Registration will CLOSE on February 28th, 2022 at 12:00am. Here is the link and QR Code to our registration portal which has all information regarding the various registration options and the conference: MAR-AMTA 2023 Conference Registration

QR Code for conference registration portal

To see our current offerings of concurrent sessions, please follow this link: Concurrent Sessions 2023

To see our continued education offerings (i.e. CMTE’s & PreConference Institute) 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)

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 

While we understand that COVID-19 is ever changing, we are hopeful to continue providing both in-person and recorded educational opportunities for our region. Due to ever changing needs COVID-19 requires, we will be following both local, state, and national recommendations. These precautions are subject to change at any time per the CDC recommendations and at the discretion of the MAR-AMTA Executive Board: 

  1. Masks will be optional. A N95, KN95 and KF94 are the current recommendations by the CDC. 
  2. Implementation of a 3-tiered system of social contact consisting of hugs/handshakes (green), elbow taps (yellow), or no contact (red) which will be visible on registrants name tags.
  3. An increased number of hand sanitizing stations and cleaning supplies available. 

Following the success of our online conferences, feedback from members, and to create more accessibility, MAR-AMTA Conferences will continue to record and place concurrent sessions online. This will allow individuals to see ALL concurrent sessions, rather than just sessions they attend! ALL individuals who register for a FULL conference (Non-member, Member, Student) will have access to the recordings for 30 days once the videos are available. CMTE’s & Pre-Conference Institutes will NOT be recorded and must be attended live. We have continued the “Online Only” registration option. This will once again be for individuals who do not wish to attend the conference in person, but still wish to receive the CMTE credits for attending a conference. A link and password will be sent at a later date. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Timothy Doak (vpconferenceplanning@maramta.org) and Ian Vereen (vpconferenceplanningelect@maramta.org). 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

Ian C. Vereen, MT-BC, NMT
VP for Conference Planning-elect, MAR-AMTA

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


Conference Updates and Announcements

Pre-Conference Institutes A&B (1/26/2023) - Abstract: Receiving increasing attention since the events of 9-11, 2001 and exacerbated by pandemic crises, this presentation is designed to clarify and crystalize current understandings of trauma and trauma-related issues in music...
Conference 2023: Hotel Information (1/13/2023) - The 2023 MAR-AMTA conference will be held at the Sheraton Niagara Falls & Niagara Falls Convention Center from March 9th - March 11th, 2023. One of the many benefits of staying at the conference hotel is that attendees can receive a discounted hotel room. Not to mention you are directly across the street from all the events!
2023 Conference Registration Opens Jan. 5th! (1/5/2023) - We are so excited to announce registration is officially OPEN (1/05/23) for our 2023 IN PERSON MAR-AMTA Annual Conference! We are so looking forward to hosting you all once again in the beautiful city of Niagara Falls, NY at the Niagara Falls Convention Center & Sheraton Hotel!...
MAR-AMTA Conference Research Poster Session Application (12/16/2022) - Write an abstract that describes your research using the following content areas. Please follow the word limits for each section and delete all material in this introduction and in the parentheses for each section. By submitting this application, you agree to submit all requested materials within the requested timeline...
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...
2023 MAR Research Session! (10/4/2022) - Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 MAR Research Poster Session! Accepted applicants will be able to display a poster and give a short presentation at the MAR conference at Niagara Falls, NY (March 9-11), in addition to...
Call for Papers: MAR-AMTA Conference ’23 (7/1/2022) - Hello MAR-AMTA! The Conference Planning Committee is so excited to be having yet another conference in-person for our incredible region in Niagara Falls, NY! The 2023 “Call for Papers” for our conference is officially open, and information for submitting a proposal is below! If you have any questions, please...
Anonymous Elections Timeline (4/5/2022) - Anonymized voting was implemented as a way to increase equity. It was initiated as a response to feedback from historically marginalized group members who had incurred harm. There has been wide support for its implementation as well as voices of opposition. This timeline is being shared...
2022 Bylaws Revision Proposals (4/5/2022) - Below, you can find the 2022 Bylaws proposed revisions and rationale. Thank you to all those who contributed feedback and suggestions for this year’s revision proposals. Some have been included, some will be looked at for next year’s revisions in order to give them due diligence, and some are outside...

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.