MAR 2021 Online Conference


We hope to see you all at the 2021 MAR-AMTA Online Conference!

Registration Closing Deadline – April 6th

Registration for the 2021 online conference is open until April 6th!  You will NOT be able to register for anything, after April 6th, even if you plan on watching recordings only, you must be registered by April 6th.
Registration link:

Professional Registration
AMTA Member 
Early Bird (Ends 2/26/2021)
AMTA Member
Non-Member Early
Bird (Ends 2/26/2021)
Full Conference
3 hr – $35
5 hr – $50
3 hr – $45
5 hr – $60
If Registering for CMTE(s) only (not attending conference) there is a one time $15 registration fee
Student Registration
AMTA Member Student Registration
Early Bird (Ends 2/26/2021)
AMTA Member Student Registration
Student Registration Early Bird (Ends 2/26/2021)
Student Registration
Full Conference


Quick Links:

Register for Conference

Conference Schedule

Conference Tutorial

Events open to conference & non-conference members (must pre-register for some):

For more information on pre-conference events and events open to conference and non-conference members, view below!


Pre-Conference Events

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Although our Opening Ceremony is on Saturday, there are several events that will take place on Thursday and Friday.  Please take note of the following events happening on zoom, and how to get the information.

Thursday, April 8th

Friday, April 9th

  • Special Networking Event on Accountability for Active Allyship, 6-7PM
  • Virtual Internship Fair, 6:30-8:30PM
  • Plenary Session: Town Hall with AMTA President Deborah Benkovitz-Willias and New Chief Executive Officer Adonia Calhoun Coates, 7:30-8:20PM
    • On Crowdcast.  You will log in to the Crowdcast link for conference and login to Crowdcast.  
    • This is for conference registrants only due to taking place on the Crowdcast platform.


Events available to conference and non-conference members

The following events are open to everyone and will take place on zoom.  Some you will need to register for to get the zoom link, and some have the zoom links listed.  All information that I have is listed below.  The information needed to log on to these meetings/events are also found on the full conference schedule.  The link for the full conference schedule is:

These events include:

Affinity Group Meetings

We will be offering closed affinity group meetings for the following groups:

  • Asian Music Therapy Network – Sunday, April 11th 7:30-8:30pm 
  • Black Music Therapy Network – Sunday, April 11th 7-8pm
  • Latin American Music Therapy Network – Sunday, April 11th 4-5pm
  • Latinx Music Therapy Affinity Group – Sunday, April 11th 8:30-9:30pm
  • LGBTQIA2+ Affinity Group – Sunday, April 11th 11:40-12:40pm

You do not need to be registered for conference to attend.  These meetings are for those who self-identify as members of the affinity group(s).  This is a time to experience a sense of inclusion while at the conference, and to provide an opportunity to share in a safe and supportive environment without allies present.

Each meeting will take place on zoom.  To get the zoom login information, you must complete this google form:

Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email with all of the needed zoom links for each of the affinity groups.  

Conference Tutorial

Timothy Doak, VP Elect of Conference Planning, put together a video to show you around and give you some tips about our conference on the Crowdcast platform.  This video is from last years conference, but is still very helpful in showing how to best navigate through Crowdcast. 

Video Link:

Please take note that you will need to “register” for the event on Crowdcast.  You can learn more about this in the youtube video link above.  “Registering” for the Crowdcast event is demonstrated starting around the 1:50 mark.




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Registration for our 2021 Online Conference is now open! We hope you are able to join us for our online conference this year April 9-11.  Concurrent sessions will be held on April 10th and 11th. The early bird registration deadline is February 26th, so be sure to register early to save yourself some money!

Registration link:

***When you register, please use your email as opposed to an employer or accountant etc.  The email address entered will be used to send you conference login information. ***

The online platform (Crowdcast) allows for a substantial amount of continuing education credits, starting with earning 5 CMTE’s just for attending.  In addition, ALL of the concurrent sessions will be recorded and available for 30 days after the conference.  MT-BC’s can claim 1 CMTE credit for every concurrent session watched either in real time and/or via recording. Recordings will be available on the Crowdcast platform for 30 days. To see more information regarding continuing education credits specific to board certification and LCAT’s please click on the link below.

You will also have the option to register for CMTEs only (not attending conference). There is a one time $15 registration fee for that option.

CMTEs can be viewed live or recorded.  If you will be watching live, then you must register for the live CMTE.  If you are going to watch the recorded CMTE, then you will have to register specifically for the asynchronous CMTE(s).  You also have the option to register for both.  Recordings are only available for 30 days. 

You will find a list of concurrent sessions, abstracts, presenters and the CMTE slate in this folder. Please follow the link below for that information:

This Google folder will contain updated word documents so you will know what is being offered.  This is also where we will have a copy of the schedule as the details are solidified. 

If you are registering as an AMTA member you will need to enter a conference membership code number to receive the member discount pricing. AMTA will send the MAR Conference Planner a list of new and renewed members for 2021. After that information has been received, the conference planner will email you a unique code that you must enter into the system to receive the member discount.

It is VERY important for all members to understand that the MAR system and AMTA’s member system are in no way linked. The process of retrieving membership numbers and emailing the unique codes is a time consuming process completed by the VP for Conference Planning and the VP Elect for Conference Planning. Please take this time delay into consideration when you are renewing your AMTA Membership and registering for conference. The VP for Conference Planning will receive an updated AMTA Membership list weekly, and that is when the email with the Membership code will go out. If you renew your membership 24-48 hours before the close of the early bird deadline we cannot guarantee that you will be able to get your unique number and benefit from the early bird discount!



Call for Conference Moderators

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We are in need of tech savvy people who are interested in moderating via the Crowdcast platform for our online sessions.  This opportunity is open to anyone that is interested, and is not limited to MAR members. 
Moderators will be responsible for:
  1. Attending a mandatory training on Sunday March 14th at 3pm EST to learn the basics of Crowdcast through Zoom. 
  2. Coach presenters before April 8th on the basics of Crowdcast presenting. 
  3. Obtain a copy of your presenter(s) slides before April 8th.  
  4. Meet with your presenter(s) within the “green room” on Crowdcast to work on technical issues at minimum 10 minutes before the presentation.
  5. Moderators will alternate every other session, or less depending on the total number of moderators.
  6. Moderators will stay within their assigned session for the entirety of the presentation.
  7. During your assigned session(s), work alongside presenter(s) for a smooth presentation.
  8. If there are 3 or more presenters, moderators will maintain who is “promoted” to speaker.
  9. For closed captioning purposes, moderators must be in a quiet space and be online without using headphones, so google slides can hear whoever is speaking to convert the talk to text.
There is opportunity for discounted conference rates if you moderate.
If you are interested in being a moderator for our MAR-AMTA 2021 Online Conference please complete the following google form.  
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Lauren Faggiano at 


Dear Members and Friends of the MAR-AMTA,

After much consideration and trepidation, we have decided that it would be in everyone’s best interest to host our 2021 MAR-AMTA Conference online.

Planning for our conference in Harrisburg was well underway, and as we talked about the uncertainty of it all, it became clear that the best way to approach 2021 is virtually. This will provide us with a significant amount of time to put a solid program together specifically designed to take place virtually. We WILL meet in person again, and we look forward to visiting Harrisburg for our conference in 2022!

In keeping with the same dates as if we met in person, the 2021 MAR-AMTA Online Conference will take place April 8-10, 2021. At this time, we have not decided on the platform that we will use. There were many pros and cons to the Crowdcast format, and we are open to suggestions of any online platforms that would suit our needs. Please feel free to contact Lauren Faggiano with any suggestions you may have.

Although we are saddened knowing that we will miss seeing everyone again in 2021, the safety and well-being of ourselves, our families and friends, and our clients is paramount. We hope that you will consider joining us for our 2021 online conference, and look forward to learning and growing with you again this year.

In service,
Lauren Faggiano, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Vice President for Conference Planning

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Vice President for Conference Planning-Elect



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Past MAR Conferences

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