MMTA

Welcome to the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

First of all, we hope all in our communities and elsewhere are safe and doing well during these difficult times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if in need of support or assistance.

We are celebrating our 40th!!!! year of supporting Music Therapists, Therapeutic Musicians, students, and anyone interested in the field through providing ongoing training.  We meet three times a year, offering up to 5 CMTEs (Continuing Music Therapy Education credits).

Join the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance (MMTA) for our *VIRTUAL* 2020-2021 Mini-Conference Series titled “Reconnecting to Community, Recommitting to Justice.” This year’s series will be held virtually on Zoom on October 3rd, December 5th, and February 6th. Links to come!

It has been a challenging year. We are living through a global pandemic with unprecedented impacts on our work, our families, and the communities we serve. We are facing a difficult political atmosphere and a media landscape that often exacerbates divisions between us. We are grappling with the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others whose stories shine a light on the systems of oppression, police brutality, anti-Black violence, and white supremacy culture that have been at play in our country for centuries and are a daily reality for Black and Brown communities.

All of this impacts our wellness, our work, and the choices we make every day as music therapists. We hope to use the 2020-2021 MMTA Mini-Conference Series to provide a space to reconnect, reflect on the past year, and commit to taking concrete, meaningful steps toward justice, equity, and healing in our communities and our field.


SAVE THE DATES

CMTEs: We meet three times a year and offer 5 CMTEs (Continuing Music Therapy Education credits) for attending all three meetings. Individual sessions can be submitted for partial credits as well. 


1st Mini-Conference: Community Check-In
Date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time: 9:30am – Virtual coffee and tech check
10am – START until 12:30pm
Moderators: Andrew Rohwer, MT-BC, LMHC and Hannah Shefsky, MT-BC

Our first of three VIRTUAL mini-conferences involved these two questions for our Community Check-In:

  1. How has the upheaval of the past seven months impacted your music therapy practice? What are some ways you’ve adapted and some areas in which you are struggling or looking for support?
  2. In reflecting on the ongoing racial justice protests in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, what is a topic or topics related to equity and justice within our field that you feel should be examined or that you are seeking more resources around?

2nd Mini-Conference with Wrenn Compere, MA, MT-BC: “Black Lives Matter More Than White Feelings: Transcending White-Centric Subjectivity”
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: 9:30am Virtual coffee and tech check; 10am START until 12:30pm
Where: Zoom (links to come)

Stay tuned for more details.

3nd Mini-Conference: Centering MT Voices from Marginalized Communities
Date: TBD
Time: 9:30am Virtual coffee and tech check; 10am START until 12:30pm
Where: Zoom (links to come)

Join us for a panel discussion featuring the voices and experiences of Black music therapists and music therapists from other marginalized communities as we continue our shared work of breaking down racist and oppressive systems within our field. More info to come.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If cancelled, meeting will be rescheduled for an alternative date. 

We have added a new way for our professional community to connect with us and each other via MMTA’s Google Group. To subscribe, send an email to massmusictherapyalliance@googlegroups.com and in the Subject Line, type “Subscribe”. From there, you can post events, announcements, job postings, professional development topics, research questions, etc or just say hi.

To become a member, please visit our membership page.