Registration is Open!!!


Changing Winds: Innovation in Music Therapy
Pheasant Run Resort – St. Charles, Illinois (just outside Chicago)
October 10–14, 2012

You can now register online for this great conference, an educational and networking experience you will not want to miss!


to sign up and view the latest on conference offerings.

Or go to and click the Attend a Conference button.

The early deadline to save big is July 11th. AMTA members save more than ever on Institutes and Trainings and everything!

Click on to make your reservations at the beautiful Pheasant Run Resort



Saturday, October 13, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Internship Directors who are registered for the conference are invited to take part! Participants will be given poster board space for presentations about their internship sites and may share public relations materials. Whether you’re a student looking for an internship site or a Internship Director looking to find prospective interns, this session is for you! Space is limited. To reserve a space and ensure your name is published in the final program, send your name, address, and name of internship site or poster to

Information must be received by Friday, August 31, 2012



Submission for the AMTA National Conference Poster Session is entirely electronic.
Those interested in having their research considered for the Research Poster Session should:

1) Submit a 500-word abstract. Include the following headings:
Background: brief statement describing existing knowledge and study significance
Objective: brief statement of the study purpose/aims
Methods: summary of participants, design, measures, procedures
Results: primary findings
Conclusions: specific statement about how findings can be interpreted and implications for practice
Each submission must include complete information for judging research quality.

2) Submissions must be received as an e-mail attachment using WORD (12 point in Times New Roman or 11 point Arial).

3) In the MAIN BODY OF THE E-MAIL include all of the information necessary for listing in the final program including 1) the title of the paper, 2) names(s) of author(s) 3) institutional affiliation(s) and a complete address.

4) On the abstract INCLUDE ONLY the title. DO NOT include authors’ name or affiliations.

The deadline for submissions is JUNE 29, 2012. Please send submissions to: Debra S. Burns, PhD, MT-BC Chair, AMTA Research Committee If, after 5 days of submission you have not received a confirmation of your abstract being received contact Dr. Burns by email or phone (317) 278-2014.

After a blind review by the committee, each corresponding author will be notified via email of acceptance or rejection of the submission.

Note: The Research Committee is in the process of creating student awards for best poster. Abstracts will be published in the following edition of Music Therapy Perspectives. In order to be considered for this award, please indicate on the abstract if the first author is a student and what level (undergraduate, masters, doctoral).



The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the International Poster Session at the upcoming AMTA conference. The session showcases international music therapy activities, including events, conferences and service opportunities from around the world. Our First International Poster Session in 2011 highlighted both professional and student experiences. Please email Flossie Ierardi at by July 31, 2012 with your ideas for 2012!



Music therapists may earn one or two graduate credits by attending sessions at the AMTA annual conference by participating in the Crane School of Music/AMTA Professional Development Experience (PDE). This experience is appropriate for serving many curricular and professional purposes and can be used by music therapists and others:

seeking course work to meet board certification and re-certification criteria in accordance with the policies of the Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc.,

seeking career advancement on local salary schedules,

for in-service learning credit, and

for lifelong learning.

Tuition is currently $370 per credit hour and ten (10) contact hours of attendance at AMTA conference sessions and professional meetings as appropriate are required per credit hour. There is a limit of two credits.

For more information concerning the program requirements and registration forms please visit

or contact Tracy Wanamaker, MT-BC at


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