Welcome to the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

We are celebrating our 36th year of supporting Music Therapists in the area and providing ongoing training.  We meet three times a year, offering up to 5 CMTEs (Continuing Music Therapy Education credits).

The 2016-2017 program will focus on Expanding the clinical toolbox: Practical applications for the Music Therapist and is a 3 part series that will enable participants to broaden their clinical knowledge and skills. Methods will include music-based experientials and collaboration with fellow professionals, clinical music instruction with a board certified music therapist, and a panel discussion with experts in three different theoretical approaches to music therapy – Neurologic Music Therapy, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Guided Imagery and Music.

The 2016-17 mini-conference dates are:
1st Mini-Conference
: Community Meeting “Tool Swap”

When: October 15, 2016 @  9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Andrew Rohwer, MT-BC, LMHC
Participants will share clinical interventions used in their music therapy practices, including music activities, goals and outcomes. They will discuss successes and challenges, as well as skills they would like to develop and utilize in their work.

2nd Mini-Conference
What: Intensive Music Therapy Workshop / Clinical Musicianship with Leticia Prieto Alvarez, MT-BC.
When: December 10, 2016 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Andrew Krahn, MT-BC
Leticia Prieto Alvarez, MT-BC, will discuss her work and provide training in clinical musicianship in work with older adults in a residential setting, including methods and specific techniques she uses to promote health and well-being.

Leticia is part of the Expressive Therapies team at Hebrew Senior Life and adjunct faculty at Lesley University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Sciences at the International Doctoral School of Juan Carlos I University, studying the effect of music therapy on the mood of residents with advanced dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms. She received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Music Therapy from Lesley University and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from New England Conservatory, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She is a neurologic music therapist who believes in an integrative approach. She has lectured at music therapy conferences in the U.S. and Spain and loves to learn from her clients, interns, and students.

3rd Mini-Conference
What: Panel Discussion w/ Guided Questions from Three Theoretical Approaches – Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy and Guided Imagery and Music.
When: February 4, 2017 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Joe Spilsbury, MT-BC
Three different approaches to music therapy will be presented and discussed by leading providers in the field: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (Andrew Krohn, MT-BC), Neurologic Music Therapy and Guided Imagery in Music (Christine Routhier, MT-BC).

Christine Routhier, MT-BC, Certified GIM Practitioner. Christine Anne Routhier is a board certified music therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds a Masters degree in Music Therapy. She has over twenty-five years of clinical experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and trauma.

Andrew Krahn, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist. Andrew Krahn became a board-certified music therapist after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music. He subsequently received a master’s in music therapy from NYU, as well level I certification as a Nordoff-Robbins music therapist. Andrew works in the greater Boston area, using improvisational techniques with a range of populations, including hospice, pediatric palliative care, and children with special needs.

Caitlin Hyatt, MT-BC, NMT. Caitlin is a neurological music therapist for MedRhythms, an organization that works with clients throuhgout Massachusetts working with individuals with various neurologic impairments. 


CBMT Course Objectives (up to 5 Credits Available if you attend all 3 sessions):
–  Participants will increase their understanding of 2-3 different music therapy interventions to apply to their clinical populations.

–  Participants will increase their understanding of 1-3 specific clinical music skills, and demonstrate practical application of these music skills in their work.
–  Participants will increase their understanding of 3 different theoretical approaches to music therapy – Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy and Guided Imagery and Music.

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

Statement of Relationship: “Expanding the clinical toolbox: Practical applications for the Music Therapist” is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3-5 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The NER/AMTA, provider # P-063 maintains responsibility for the program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. The cost of these courses is the cost of membership for the year. See our membership page for prices. There are no prerequisites to taking these courses. 

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.