Fall 2022 Mini-Conference: Online

Image Description: MAR logo on a blue circle with gray background. Text: MAR-AMTA; Fall Mini Conference; Virtual Conference November 5th


The MAR-AMTA Executive Board is pleased to announce we will be having a virtual “Mini-Conference” on Saturday November 5th, 2022 from 8am-4:30pm! The event will be held on Crowdcast, our virtual conference platform used for previous conferences. 

The Mini-Conference will feature the previous winners of MAR-AMTA’s “Innovative Spirit Award”, who will present on their innovative work within the music therapy profession. We are also thrilled to feature Adenike Webb, PhD., MT-BC and Sangeeta Swamy, PhD., LCMHC, MT-BC as our keynote speakers! 

Dr. Webb is a board-certified music therapist with 20 years of experience with clinical work focusing mainly within inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. Her personal and clinical experiences as an Afro-Caribbean woman and immigrant in the United States sparked her research interests in developing cultural awareness and sensitivity in music therapy practice and education. She is active in her local and professional communities in educating on and advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Webb has served as adjunct faculty at Temple University and Molloy College and is currently Director of Academic Services at Cultural Connections by Design, a diversity education consulting company. A founding member of the Black Music Therapy Network, Inc., Dr. Webb co-hosts their sponsored podcast “Black Creative Healing”.

Dr. Swamy (she/they) is an Associate Professor and incoming co-chair of the Integral Counseling Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a licensed psychotherapist and Board-Certified Music Therapist, they have worked in both individual and group music therapy settings for 30 years. Her work has focused on children and adolescents through family reunification, with disrupted attachments, mood disorders, psychosis, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, neglect, sexual abuse, and trauma. Dr. Swamy’s research with Indian adults resulted in her developing Culturally Centered Music and Imagery (CCMI), the first music therapy framework of its kind for minoritized clients to access the wisdom and power of the cultural unconscious for support, awareness, and insight. As a queer, Indian-American educator, Dr. Swamy specializes in culturally responsive pedagogy, scholarship, and supervision. They have taught at several Universities supervising expressive art therapy and music therapy interns, teaching core expressive arts and music therapy courses and pioneered a culturally responsive curriculum. She is published in multiple Music Therapy publications, and is currently the co-editor of the 2nd edition of The Handbook of Music Therapy, and guest co-editor of a special issue in Music Therapy Perspectives on social justice. Dr. Swamy is a Level III advanced trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, studied shamanism with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, is an award-winning violinist, and maintains a daily two-hour Vipassana practice in the tradition of S.N. Goenka.  

Registration is OPEN for this mini-conference and can be found at this link (Registration Link). Costs for the mini-conference are: 

Professionals: $100 

Students: $50 

To see a general schedule for the Mini-Conference, please follow this link (Mini-Conference Schedule).

Individuals who register will be able to receive 8 CMTE credits for attending Registration will CLOSE on NOVEMBER 1st, 2022 at midnight so please register prior to October 31st, 2022 at 11:59pm. There are no prerequisites required in order to register.

If you would like to review the learner objectives and presenter biographies, please follow this link by clicking here

The deadlines for refunds are specified by the Vice President for Conference Planning. Any exceptions to the refund schedule must be approved by the Vice President for Conference Planning and usually involve a personal or medical crisis.

  • Full Refund: until October 1
  • 50% Refund: until two weeks before the mini-conference
  • No refund: two weeks before the mini-conference

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email stating you will receive directions and the password to access the CrowdCast platform. 

If you would like to volunteer as a moderator, please fill out this google form (Google Form). We will need a minimum of 8 volunteers, and a max of 10. There are training and technology requirements listed at the top of the google form. The first 8 individuals who volunteer their time will receive a free registration to the mini-conference. 

If you have any questions, please contact Vice President for Conference Planning (Timothy Doak) vpconferenceplanning@maramta.org 

In service, 

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC – VP for Conference Planning, MAR-AMTA

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


The MAR-AMTA Fall Mini Conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The MAR-AMTA P#065 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

2023 MAR Conference: Niagara Falls, NY

Call for Papers: MAR-AMTA Conference ’23

(Image description: rectangular white box with falls in backdrop and text 2023 MAR-AMTA Annual Conference Call for Papers is open! March 9th-11th, 2023 – Niagara Falls, NY)

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 do not hesitate to contact Timothy Doak, VPCP at his email address below. Thank you all and we look forward to receiving your proposals and hosting you IN PERSON in 2023!! 

  • Our conference will be held March 9th-11th, 2023 IN PERSON at the The Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls NY, 14303).   
  • The “Call for Papers” is OPEN and we will only accept online submissions. 
  • Before filling out the online form, please review the following documents:
    • The 2023 Conference Proposal Review Information provides information on items that reviewers will be paying attention to, and provides more information on the proposal question related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • The 2023 Call For Papers PDF is a document that includes all of the questions so you can have a hard copy to refer to.  Please DO NOT use this to turn in your call for papers.  It must be submitted electronically through the link below. You may use this document for preparing to submit your proposal. 
  • The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association seeks to acknowledge and repair the oppressive structures placed upon our historically marginalized music therapy colleagues and students. With this in mind, we are providing compensation in the form of free conference registration for historically marginalized music therapy members. We recognize the emotional labor required in both constructing and presenting these sessions. To receive this free conference registration: 
    • Individuals must be from a historically marginalized community (e.g. Asian, Black, Disabled, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQIA2+, North African, South-West Asian).
      • MAR-AMTA recognizes Affinity Groups as those who represent historically marginalized and oppressed community members.
    • Individuals must submit their presentation within the “Call for Papers” call period.
      • Presentations must undergo the anonymous review process and receive a passing score. 
    • In the “Call for Papers,” individuals must select “yes” in the corresponding section for this compensation.
      • The Vice-President for Conference Planning will have sole access to this identifying information and will not question or police individuals identity. 


SEPTEMBER 1st, 2022 (by 11:59pm): $35.00 registration discount

SEPTEMBER 15th, 2022 (by 11:59pm): $25.00 registration discount

OCTOBER 1st, 2022 (by 11:59pm): Final submission deadline.  (No registration discount.)

(Discounts are for concurrent sessions ONLY. Both CMTE’s and Pre-Conference Institutes receive a stipend)

Last but not least, please follow THIS LINK to submit your proposal. We are excited for your submissions and hope to host you in Niagara Falls, NY March 9th-11th, 2023!

If you have any questions please contact Timothy Doak at vpconferenceplanning@maramta.org

In service, 

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC 
Vice-President of Conference Planning MAR-AMTA

Ian Vereen, MA, MT-BC, NMT 
Vice-President Elect of Conference Planning MAR-AMTA

MaryClaire Holliday, MS, LCAT, MT-BC 
Continuing Education Coordinator, MAR-AMTA

2022 MAR Conference: Harrisburg, PA


Image Description: White background with grey and Blue MARAMTA logo in top right corner, Dark blue silhouette skyline of Harisburg, PA. Text reads 2022 Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association Music Therapy Conference April 7th-9th, Harrisburg, PA

The Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is currently planned to be held on April 7th-9th, 2022 IN PERSON at the Hilton Harrisburg (1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101) in Harrisburg, PA, with the option to attend virtually.

Welcome to the 2022 MAR-AMTA Conference!

Our first, in-person conference since 2019 has begun! The opening day started with a ceremony led by Tim Doak, MAR-AMTA’s VP for Conference Planning, and concluded with a performance by David Cullen and Mike Starkey. Our Keynote Address: The Magic of Humor and Creativity, was delivered by magician Jim Snack. Attendees socialized and networked at our Music Therapist Connect sessions. Tomorrow, the concurrent sessions begin!

  • Tim Doak at Opening Ceremony

We had many colleges, universities, and businesses advertise at our exhibit hall!

  • Exhibit Hall Attendees

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

Conference Updates and Announcements

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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.