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.

Join us THIS Saturday, December 5th for the second of our three virtual mini-conferences! This year’s theme? “Reconnecting to Community, Recommitting to Justice”

**If you haven’t already, please also CLICK HERE to fill out the membership form and pay dues for the 2020-2021 season.**

We are thrilled to have guest presenter Wrenn Compere, MA, MT-BC joining us on Saturday to share some of her anti-racism work with our community.

As we prepare to gather, please take a moment to read THIS PIECE on the characteristics of white supremacy culture by Tema Okun. Here are two questions to consider:

  1. How can you see these characteristics showing up in your music therapy practice or studies? Any examples you can think of?
  2. What strategies or reflexive processes, if any, have you found helpful to counteract the impact of these damaging and deeply-rooted cultural characteristics?

“Black Lives Matter More Than White Feelings: Transcending White-Centric Subjectivity in Music Therapy and Beyond”
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: 9:30am Virtual coffee and tech check; 10am START until 12:30pm
Where: Zoom!
Presenter: Wrenn Compere, MA, MT-BC
Moderator: Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC

White America seems, at long last, to be awakening to the urgent need to dismantle systemic racism. White supremacy culture conditions many of us to spring into action with a sense of urgency, an internalized perfectionism. As music therapists, we have an advantage. Our work and our training have taught us that a practitioner’s learning must begin as an internal journey, one in which we uncover — and forgive ourselves for — the dysfunctional badlands of our own implicit conditioning. 

This workshop will provide opportunities to process some of the ways in which we internalize white supremacy culture. It will allow participants to reinforce a healthy racial identity, and to plan for building accountability, support, and action into their anti-racist development.

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.


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
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 link posted above.

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 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.