Welcome to the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

We are celebrating our 38th 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 2018-2019 program will focus on Bringing the Music of Cultures Into Your Practice: Can I Play That? In this 3-part series, MMTA will discuss the interplay between multicultural music and clinical music therapy. Presenters will share
their personal and professional experiences working with clients and
other professionals from diverse backgrounds. Workshop and
experientials will be a highlight of this year’s theme.

SAVE-THE-DATES: 2018-19 mini-conference dates are:
1st Mini-Conference: Community Meeting
When: October 13, 2018 @  9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Andrew Rohwer, MA, MT-BC, LMHC

At this year’s first mini-conference we will discuss the interplay between multicultural music and clinical music therapy. Feel free to bring a cultural instrument to play and share at our opening improvisation. 

2nd Mini-Conference with Julianne Parolisi, MA, MT-BC
December 8, 2018 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Lindsey Horbert, MT-BC

Julianne is a music therapist, pioneer, and passionate choral singer. In addition to being the founder of Music Therapy Without Borders, Julianne also founded Cayman Music Therapy, the first music therapy practice in the Cayman Islands, which serves individuals from birth through end-of-life care through a wide range of music-based services and programs.

Julianne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Yale University, and a dual Master’s Degree in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. She has presented her clinical work and guest lectured around the US and the Caribbean. Julianne’s clinical work includes children who have special needs ranging from moderate to severe; at-risk youth struggling with emotional, learning, or behavioral challenges; adolescents within the juvenile justice system; and adults with developmental disabilities. Additionally, she provides music therapy for wellness in workplace and community settings to relieve stress, improve quality of life, and enhance interpersonal dynamics.

Julianne is passionate about mentorship, service, cultural exchange, and the power of music. She is dedicated to creating opportunities for others to experience the transformative impact of international arts-based service work. For more information about Julianne, click here.

3rd Mini-Conference with Alisa Apreleva, MT-BC
When: February 9, 2019 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493
Moderator: Joe Spilsbury, MA, LMHC

Alisa Apreleva is a Russian-born singer, composer, producer, and a music therapy advocate. Her music is rooted in a wide variety of genres: from authentic Eastern Slavic folklore to chamber to jazz to rock to film music. Alisa uses voice and an array of acoustic instruments (cellos, harp, accordion, hang drum, piano, ethnic drums), along with looping and electronic processing, in her compositions, creating the style best described as “acoustic ambient.” EthnoLoops, one of her most recent project, is a solo set for voice, cello and a loop station, where Eastern European and Native American traditional songs coexist with original compositions to create a universe full of joy and color.

Alisa graduated summa cum laude from Moscow State University in 2003 (M.A., with major in Russian Language studies) and in 2013, ten years later, she earned summa cum laude degree from Berklee College of Music (B.M., majoring in Music Therapy). In 2014 she launched MuzTerapevt.Ru, a nonprofit educational initiative about music therapy in Russia. She also supervises clinical training for music therapy students at Berklee College of Music.

Alisa will share her Music Therapy work in Russia, focusing on the ethnic and cultural aspects of her work. For more information about Alisa, click here.

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

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