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.

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

Join us THIS Saturday, February 6th for the third and final VIRTUAL mini-conference of the season!

MMTA Mini-Conference #3: Taking Action
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 9:30am Virtual coffee and tech check; 10am START until 12:30pm
Where: Zoom: Ming Yuan Low, 刘明元, MA, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist
Moderator: Andrew Krahn, MA, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist

As we continue exploring our theme of “Reconnecting to Community, Recommitting to Justice,” we are excited to welcome music therapist Ming Yuan Low (he/him/his) to present on “Participatory action research: Challenging the traditional research paradigm.” 

In this presentation, we will explore how the participatory action research approach can be used to engage participants and communities in equitable ways toward justice. Examples from an arts based, participatory action research that was done in collaboration with drama therapists and disabled folx and their caregivers will be shared. 

With Ming’s work as an example, we will then identify concrete action steps we can each take in our own work to move toward greater justice and equity in our field. Join us!

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/Past Conferences

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
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

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

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?

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.