Welcome to the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

We are celebrating our 39th 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 2019-2020 program will focus on  Songwriting. In this 3-part series, MMTA will discuss the songwriting process as both clinical and self-reflection and discovery. Presenters will share
their personal and professional experiences working with clients and
 other professionals.

SAVE-THE-DATES: 2019-20 Mini-Conference dates are:
1st Mini-Conference: Community Meeting on Songwriting
When: October 12, 2019 @  9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Andrew Rohwer, MA, MT-BC, LMHC

Come join us for our community meeting where we will discuss songwriting as both a clinical tool and means of self-care and reflection.

2nd Mini-Conference with Heather and George Woods: Songwriting for Clinical Practice and Self-Care
December 7, 2019 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Lindsey Horbert, MT-BC
This workshop will review songwriting elements including form, chord narrative, and re-framing of metaphor as related to supportive and re-educative themes in clinical songwriting. Songwriters will learn the basic tools needed to craft lyrics and music in a meaningful way, both in clinical practice and for self-care.

Heather Woods is a board-certified music therapist and singer-songwriter based in the Boston Area. Heather earned her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music and currently serves as manager of Expressive Arts Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Additionally, she completed advanced songwriting studies at Berklee, and served as a songwriting mentor for their 2014, 2015, and 2016 Summer Songwriting Intensives. 

George Woods is an assistant professor of songwriting at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, and has been a staple force in the Boston Music scene for over 10 years. Once the grand prize winner, he is now the host and mc of the nationally renowned Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge.

3rd Mini-Conference Songwriting/Sharing Cafe
When: February 1, 2020 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493
Moderator: Andrew Krahn, MT-BC

This 3rd session will be open for members to come in and share their songwriting work from as inspired by the previous two conferences. Songwriting strategies, techniques, and products will be shared and work-shopped. Group songwriting activities will also be shared to close out the MMTA year.

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

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