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.

  • Music Therapists Appointed to NJ State Board

    (7/28/2021) - MUSIC THERAPISTS APPOINTED TO NJ STATE BOARDSubmitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF In June 2021, board certified music therapists, Carol Ann Blank and Brian Abrams were appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to three year terms on the Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies.  The appointments came after a months-long process that involved vetting and […]
  • Appointed Positions are Available

    (7/16/2021) - Hello music therapists of the Mid-Atlantic Region! The new executive board was seated at the end of June, and we are looking for those who may be interested in holding various appointed positions on the board and also for representatives to national committees within AMTA including: Executive Board Positions (non-voting) Historian Newsletter Editor Parliamentarian AMTA […]
  • Call for Papers 2022- Now Open!

    (7/15/2021) - Our conference will be held April 7th-9th, 2022 IN PERSON at the Hilton Harrisburg (1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101) in Harrisburg, PA. 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 2022 Conference Proposal Review Information provides […]
  • Statewide Partnership To Provide Music Therapy Services To Frontline Healthcare Workers

    (6/14/2021) - BIG NEWS FOR MUSIC THERAPY IN PENNSYLVANIA WOLF ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE MUSIC THERAPY SERVICES TO FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS Kudos and congratulations to the Pennsylvania State Task Force for working so hard to make this happen! It truly is BIG NEWS! Read the press release here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/council-on-the-arts_details.aspx?newsid=19&fbclid=IwAR3Dtf8AtNvLOcKL50v_dYYMLSwOnjFLDoOOq66C5pejRw5-FuKiYJzXDjg
  • Big News: Music Therapy Licensure in Maryland!

    (6/14/2021) - Maryland SB 82 was enacted into law on June 2, 2021. This bill creates a music therapy license, which will be overseen by the newly expanded Board of Audiologists, Hearing-Aid Dispensers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Music Therapists. Congratulations and thank you to the members of the Maryland Task Force (Tatyana Martin, co-chair, Niki Delk Runge, co-chair, […]
  • FT Music Therapist (Instructor) – College of Creative Arts/School of Medicine at West Virginia University

    (6/13/2021) - The West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the School of Medicine seek applicants for the position of Instructor in the expanding Music Therapy Program, which is a collaboration between the School of Music in the College of Creative Arts and the School of Medicine. This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track position.  The successful […]
  • MAR-AMTA 2021-2023 Election Candidates

    (4/25/2021) - The MAR-AMTA Nominating Committee is proud to present the slate candidates for MAR-AMTA Executive Board and Assembly of Delegates for the 2021-2023 term.    Candidate information can be found at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GcejQAc2lh_FvFL5AAObqF-eyYhyzwJb?usp=sharing   Here you will find each candidate’s biographical information, as well as motivation and interest in running.  In addition, audio versions of each candidate’s […]
  • MAR-AMTA Membership Business Meeting

    (4/15/2021) - Join us for our 2021 Spring Membership Business Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 17th from 7:00PM – 9:00PM and Sunday, April 18th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM.  These meetings will take place via zoom and login information is provided via email and Facebook Private Event.  WE WILL USE THE SAME LOGIN INFORMATION FOR BOTH MEETINGS.   As […]
  • MAR-AMTA Statement on Anti-Asian Racist Attacks

    (2/18/2021) - The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association condemns the anti-Asian racist attacks throughout the country. The Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have experienced exponential increases in anti-Asian racism since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making Asians the third most targeted group for violence in the United States behind Black people […]
  • 2021 MAR-AMTA Call for Nominations

    (2/15/2021) - The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association is calling for nominations for the following open Executive Board and Assembly of Delegates positions:  President-elect, 6 year term  Vice President for Membership, 2 year term Vice President for Conference Planning-elect, 4 year term Treasurer-elect, 2 year term Government Relations-elect, 4 year term Public Relations Chair, […]
  • Be a Conference Sponsor!

    (2/10/2021) - Be a Conference Sponsor! There are three sponsorship levels that will allow you to connect with conference participants.   Gold Level Sponsor With your gift of $500 or more, you receive the following benefits:  Formal recognition during the opening ceremony.  Participation in the virtual open house.  Your logo displayed on conference advertising materials online.  Social media […]
  • 2021 Online Conference Registration OPEN

    (2/9/2021) -   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! […]
  • NYSTF Workshop

    (1/31/2021) - The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and New York University in conjunction with The New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation of the Mid-Atlantic Region of AMTA are pleased to present A Dialogue on Current and Future Music Therapy Practice in NYS TWO DATES:   Monday, February 22, 2021 6:30 – 9:30 pm Saturday, February 27, 2021 […]
  • General Membership Meeting on January 31, 2021

    (1/14/2021) - The MAR-AMTA Executive Board invites you to a General Membership Meeting. Please come and hear about the latest news in our association! There will be time for members to share their own news, voice concerns, and give feedback. We want to hear from YOU!
  • Statement on the Events at the Capitol

    (1/9/2021) - Dear Members and Friends of the MAR-AMTA, The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association decries the assault on our country’s democracy that took place inside our nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021. The violent storming by mostly white rioters is an act that we wholeheartedly reject, as a community of music therapy clinicians, […]
  • New Vice President of Membership Announced

    (12/6/2020) - On behalf of the Nominating Committee and the MAR-AMTA, please join us in welcoming Clarissa Lacson who will be serving a brief term as Vice President of Membership until June 30th, 2021. We are excited to welcome Clarissa to the Executive Board and work with her in the months ahead. From Clarissa Lacson: Dear members […]
  • FT Music Therapist (Instructor) College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University

    (12/3/2020) - Music Therapist (Instructor) – College of Creative Arts/School of Medicine- 15880 Description Music Therapist (Instructor) – Full-Time Position College of Creative Arts and School of Medicine The West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the School of Medicine seek applicants for the position of Instructor in the expanding Music Therapy Program, which is a collaboration […]
  • Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists News

    (12/3/2020) - News from the Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists On November 22, 2020, members of the Commission presented at the AMTA online national conference. They reviewed the history of the Commission and the themes that emerged from the feedback received on the two key questions and shared emerging themes […]
  • Molloy College Fall Open House November 15

    (11/10/2020) - We hope to see you on Sunday November 15th at 1:30 or 2:00 for one of our graduate music therapy information sessions. To register and get the Zoom link, click here . Questions? music@molloy.edu
  • Special Election for Vice President of Membership

    (11/7/2020) - A special election is called when there is a vacancy in an Executive Board position. The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association will be sending ballots to members on November 23rd to vote for Vice President of Membership (VPoM) who will be serving for a brief term starting December, 2020 and finishing mid-April […]
  • PT Music Therapy Position with The Sonatina Center in New Hampshire

    (10/10/2020) - Part-Time Music Therapy Position Date Posted: October 2, 2020 Job Title: Music Therapist Hours: Part-time with opportunity to grow to full-time. Salary: Hourly, based on experience (Salary range $30-40/hour) Organization: The Sonatina Center, LLC; 750 Central Ave, STE U, Dover, NH 03820 603-978-4808 www.thesonatinacenter.com Required Education: B.A., B.S., or M.A. in music therapy with completed […]
  • 2020 MAR-AMTA Conference

    (9/19/2020) - Dear Members and Friends of the MAR-AMTA, The 2020 MAR-AMTA Conference will, for the first time, be held ONLINE on June 6 – 7, 2020! The conference committee is committed to continued education and sharing of current best practices and has been working tirelessly to bring you another dynamic conference with TWO full days of […]
  • The LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group Is Up and Running

    (7/19/2020) - The LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group is up and running! Purpose: To organize, advocate, communicate, connect and bring about positive and systemic change related LGBTQIA2+ topics/issues in the field of music therapy. Group Values/Goals: • Hold space for/support the needs of professional LGBTQIA2+ music therapists • Support the educational needs of LGBTQIA2+ music therapy students […]
  • Passages 2020 Registration Form and Conference Session Proposal Form

    (7/11/2020) - 17th Annual MAR Passages Conference Session Proposal Form *2020 *ONLINE!* Saturday, September 26th 2020 9:00AM-3:30PM PROPOSAL FORM Deadline For Submission: August 31st, 2020 All sessions are 50 minutes total, including 5 minutes for questions and feedback. Theme: Unification This year’s Passages Conference is about providing care in uncertain times. Not only that, it’s about banding […]
  • Passages Conference Coming Soon

    (7/11/2020) - Note from Molly Pow, MS, MT-BC, Student Affairs Advisor: Hello Mid Atlantic Region! I continue to be impressed and heart warmed by the incredible amount of love and support our field shares with one another. We absolutely raise each other up, without a shadow of a doubt. These unprecedented times have greatly impacted us all. […]
  • Actions in New Jersey During COVID-19

    (7/11/2020) - ACTIONS in NEW JERSEY DURING COVID-19 Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF New Jersey music therapists saw their music therapist license signed into law on January 21, 2020 and in July that law became final after the mandatory 180 day waiting period. In June the same waiting period ended on the new State Board of […]
  • Two Upcoming Meetings on June 23, 2020 & June 25, 2020

    (6/21/2020) - Dear members of the MAR-AMTA, There are two meetings coming up this week that the MAR-AMTA Executive Board wanted to be sure to share with you. The next MAR-AMTA Executive Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23rd at 9:00, and an opportunity to follow up/debrief after the 2020 MAR-AMTA Online Conference is scheduled for […]
  • A Message from the MAR-AMTA Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

    (5/31/2020) - Dear members and friends of the MAR-AMTA, As we collectively struggle with these uncertain and challenging times, the MAR-AMTA Cultural Humility, Accessibility Diversity, and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee acknowledges the ways in which people of color, and particularly Black people, continue to be endangered in ways that white people are not. Amidst a pandemic which has […]
  • World Congress of Music Therapy Conference is Online

    (5/7/2020) - The World Congress of Music Therapy (WCMT) is an event that happens once every three years, in which music therapy professionals and experts in related fields from around the world gather to share ideas, experiences, trends, and research outcomes. Taking into account the current difficulties being experienced globally surrounding COVID19, this year’s WCMT was re-designed […]
  • Music Therapy License Created in Virginia

    (4/28/2020) - The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are excited to announce that on Tuesday March 3, 2020 Governor Ralph Northam signed into law HB 1562. This bill creates a music therapy license under the Board of Social Work, and establishes an Advisory Board on Music Therapy to assist […]
  • Virtual PAMT Check-in

    (4/26/2020) - Virtual PAMT Checkin Call: Friday, April 24 12-1:00 PM. Stay tuned for future calls.
  • Pennsylvania Update

    (4/26/2020) - The Pennsylvania State Task Force for Professional Music Therapy Licensure (PASTF) held its first Virtual PA Music Therapy Check-in call on Friday, April 24th. The PASTF plans to hold these calls every few weeks as we adapt to life in the Pandemic. We will be posting information about future calls here, on our FB page […]
  • Moving AMTA Forward

    (3/30/2020) - Dear friends and members of the MAR, I hope this email finds you well and safe during these difficult times. I know you have been receiving an increased number of emails over the past few weeks, and I hope they have not been too overwhelming. We recognize that not everyone uses social media and want […]
  • MAR-AMTA Question and Answers; Membership Check-in

    (3/19/2020) - There has been so much happening over the past few weeks that we wanted to be sure to check in with our friends and members of the MAR. If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, the cancellation of our annual conference, or any other thought you would like to share, members of the […]
  • COVID-19 Resources

    (3/19/2020) - Dear friends and members of the MAR, We hope this message finds you all doing well and staying healthy. As we have all been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the MAR-AMTA will try to provide resources as they come about. Please, let’s continue to come together as a community, and support each other during […]
  • COVID-19 Announcements and Other Information

    (3/12/2020) - Our app for conference is live! We will be making a few changes as things finalize, so be sure to keep refreshing the app to get the most up to date changes. Here is the download url: https://www.core-apps.com/dl/mar_amtaconf2020 and the QR code. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help out with some […]
  • Student Affairs Advisor Report, March 2020

    (3/3/2020) - Student Affairs Advisor Report: Molly Pow, MS, MT-BC, Student Affairs Advisor Student Activities Updates: Melissa Acheson, MARAMTS VP Student Affairs Advisor Report: Our regions’ students have been busy preparing for regional conference with fundraising, MARAMTS Gives Back, and making plans for the Hill Day at Student Leadership Academy. Exciting growth has taken place throughout the […]
  • New Jersey — First Music Therapist License in MAR

    (3/3/2020) - New Jersey – First Music Therapist License in MAR!! Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF And with this Senate vote 30-8… New Jersey music therapists moved their licensing bill to the Governor’s desk!!! Then on January 21, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A2183 the Music Therapist Licensing Act, P.L.2019, c.471 making New Jersey […]
  • NYU Music Therapy AMT Symposium 2020

    (2/26/2020) - AMT Symposium Save The Date 2020
  • Two Bills Making Way to Virginia Governor’s Desk

    (2/18/2020) - SB633 passed the Senate on February 4th and is making its way through the House, while HB1562 passed the House on January 27th and is making its way through the Senate. Now we are waiting to see which bill makes it to the governor’s desk first.
  • Music Therapy of the Rockies Retreat for Veterans

    (2/9/2020) - Music Therapy of the Rockies has been holding music therapy retreats for veterans since 2017 and have served over 100 veterans. The retreats are held nationally and focus on Music and the PTSD Brain, a program conceived, designed, and implemented by Mack, a MT-BC. This offer includes 2 days of lecture and experiential work that […]
  • Maryland Hill Day: Postponed Until Further Notice

    (2/4/2020) - Find Hill Day advocacy information below. 2020 Music Therapy Advocacy for Professionals 2020 Music Therapy Advocacy for Students 2020 Student Leadership Academy Participant Guide
  • New Jersey Establishes Precedent with State Board

    (2/1/2020) - New Jersey Establishes Precedent with State Board Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF On December 19, 2019 Governor Phil Murphy signed into law P.L. 2019, c.273, the Drama and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act w GR. Beyond providing state recognition through licensing for these therapists, this law created a new State Board of Creative Arts Therapies […]
  • Questions and Concerns Regarding Sunset of National Music Therapy Registry

    (2/1/2020) - Questions and concerns regarding the sunset of the National Music Therapy Registry and the subsequent impact on the use of alternate professional designations, particularly in NY and in relation to the Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) law, have been brought to the attention of the New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation (NYSTF). The […]
  • Conference Registration Now Open

    (1/11/2020) - Registration is now open for the 2020 MAR-AMTA Conference! Click here to register, but please read the below information first. This message also includes a link for hotel reservations as well as the CMTE conference Slate. Registration link: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Or here is the direct link https://midatlanticregion.regfox.com/2020-mid-atlantic-region-music-therapy-conference-cambridge-md 2020 MAR-AMTA Conference CMTE Slate MAR-AMTA 2020 […]
  • Attention NYS LCATs Seeking Continuing Education Opportunities

    (12/26/2019) - Have you heard about the new AMTA member benefit starting in January 2020? AMTA is launching the AMTA E-course Research Review Series for members only. Members will be able to access e-courses based on research from recently published journals, complete assignments, and earn CMTE credits. Read more about it here: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/continuing_music_therapy_education/ These courses will qualify […]
  • Board of Health Professionals Issue Recommendation

    (11/22/2019) - The final report of our study through the Board of Health Professions has been officially approved and is now posted on their website. The Board recommended Licensure for Music Therapy in the state. This means we plan to have another bill in 2020, one that will be backed by the recommendation of the Board! Looking […]
  • Commission Connection — Two Questions

    (11/7/2019) - Dear colleague, In 2018, the AMTA Board of Directors created the Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists. The Commission is charged to: ● identify inconsistencies within degree programs to support clinical practice in a changing world; ● identify inconsistencies among and between National Roster and University Affiliated Internship programs; […]
  • Student Affairs Advisor Fall 2019 Newsletter

    (11/7/2019) - Student Affairs Advisor Fall Newsletter Molly Pow, MS, MT-BC November, 2019 Our region’s students have been hard at work preparing for the 2019-2020 academic year! September 27th and 28th Elizabethtown College graciously hosted the 1st Annual combined MARAMTS Fall Business Meeting and Passages Conference. 35 students from 17 Music Therapy programs attended the FBM and […]
  • New York State Task Force Visits New Jersey

    (11/6/2019) - Donna Polen, Chair of the New York State Task Force (NYSTF) and members of NYSTF came to Montclair State University in September at the invitation of Brian Abrams, Associate Professor at the Cali School of Music. NYSTF presented a workshop regarding the License for Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) which is important information for New Jersey […]