CONFERENCE : Laurier University — Written on the Wind

Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is hosting Written on the Wind, a one day conference for music, therapy, performance, and health on May 5, 2018.

The keynote speaker, Jos de Backer from Belgium, will be presenting Listening to the Silence in Clinical Improvisations.

You can find the details on the conference at here.

2018 AMTA Conference : Call for Proposals

“Music Therapy for a Growing World”

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) welcomes your proposals for concurrent sessions and additional courses at the 2018 AMTA conference.

Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, TX from November 15-18, 2018.

Deadline for submissions is: April 9, 2018

For more information see:



GLR 2018 Call for Posters

The 2018 Great Lakes Region Music Therapy Conference will sponsor a Research Poster Session on Friday, April 13th from 3:00-4:00 pm at the conference in Ypsilanti, MI. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to display their research in exhibition format.

DOWNLOAD: Call For Research Posters


DEADLINE: February 16, 2018

WORKSHOP: An Introduction to DIRFloortime® for Music Therapists

Music Therapy Services, LLC and the University of Dayton Department of Music are sponsoring An Introduction to DIRFloortime® for Music Therapists (DIR101 mt), presented by John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-CC. The workshop will take place at the University of Dayton on February 17-18, 2018, and has been approved by CBMT for 15 CMTEs.


The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model is a framework that helps clinicians, parents and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges. The objectives of the DIRFloortime Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing solely on discrete skills and isolated behaviors. Child-led music therapy share many similarities with Floortime in which the task of the therapist is to provide musical experiences that foster a continuous flow of affective interactions to help the client develop and expand his/her ability to relate and communicate within a musical-social context.

This introductory course, specifically designed for music therapists, will introduce the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the DIRFloortime® model and discuss how this model is framed and applied within a music therapy framework. Completion of the course satisfies the DIR 101 course required for the DIRFloortime® certification through the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL).

Download the workshop flyer here.

Register here for the workshop.

Assembly of Delegates (2018-2019 Term of Office)

Thank you to all members who voted for the Assembly of Delegates!

The GLR holds 16 seats on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates. Per the bylaws, GLR President Debbie Bates (or her designee) automatically serves as one of the delegates.

Those who have been elected to the Assembly are listed below:


Sharon Boyle
Amy Furman
Ed Gallagher
Lisa Gallagher
Jennifer Jones
Peter Meyer
Julie Palmieri
Melaine Pohlman
Lee Anna Rasar
Tracy Richardson
Todd Schwartzberg
Michael Silverman
Angie Snell
Mary Stryck
Jeff Wolfe


The Alternates for the 2018-2019 Assembly Delegates are:
Rebecca Barnard
Tanya Corso
Jennifer Fiore
Allison Gunnink
Kellee Hansen
Kristen Lindaman
Terra Merrill
Jody Stark
Cindy Ropp
Lindsey Rossmiller
Jan Schreibman
Emily Sevcik
Bernadette Skodack
Melissa Spiess
Lindsey Wright

GLR Conference Sponsorships

Do you work for an agency or organization that might be willing to sponsor the annual GLR Conference?

Are you a part of an organization that would support our mission?

Can you think of any business in your area that may both benefit and be interested in supporting our clients and region?

We’re looking to create a list of contacts to build a relationship with as we think of conference planning over the long term. Note: Please fill out a submission form for each individual potential sponsor.

Fill out the form here:

Announcing: The GLR-AMTA Mentoring Program

GLR-AMTA Mentoring Program

The Great Lakes Region Mentoring Program is a free program for members by members to help support growth and development across a range of professional domain areas.

The purpose of the program is to help members find a supportive ally from within the region. The Mentors are offering assistance in areas of professional writing, business development, research, clinical approaches, professional and career decision-making.

For all of the details about the Mentoring Program, please follow this link and enter your Members Only password:

We hope you will find this program beneficial and helpful in your professional life. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

News & Notes from 2015 AMTA Conference

GLR News & Notes

Upcoming conferences

The 2016 GLR Conference (#GLR2016) will be held on April 14-17, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

The 2016 AMTA Conference (#AMTA16) will be held on November 10-13, 2016 in Sandusky, Ohio (in the GLR!) at Kalahari Resorts. Look for Call for Proposals beginning in December.


Every regional conference, the Great Lakes Region recognizes music therapists who have made an impact on our region and our profession. Please nominate a music therapy colleague for these awards. Deadline is February 1, 2016. 


The GLR Past President Lisa Gallagher is taking names for nominations for the elected positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please make sure you have the person’s permission before nominating. Please contact Lisa to place your name or another name on the slate.


The GLR-AMTAS organization has been BUSY! They have a NEW website, filled with podcasts, updates, and scholarships for private practice music therapists. Visit their website here.

imagine 2015 is here!


imagine.magazine is celebrating five successful years! imagine 2015 focuses on inclusion practices and skill generalization through early childhood music therapy interventions.

Enjoy 48 text-based articles on 138 pages with 25 videos, 15 audio files, 11 audio podcasts, 4 photo stories, and numerous hyperlinks that invite for additional exploration.

Click here to read imagine 2015 !


Stay connected on Twitter with @imagineECMT and like our new facebook fan page

We also are offering each of the past five issues of imagine as full-color paperback books for purchase at

Music Does More Than Entertain – Interview with Lisa Gallagher and Christina Wood (April 2015)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) –Music therapy: The term itself seems quite vast.  “Music” and “therapy” by themselves,  also cover quite a bit of ground.  Aside from music being used as just a form of entertainment, clinical studies have shown that music does in fact contain the ability to help improve mental and physical health. In that spirit, a gathering discussing the power of music,  is taking place in Minneapolis.

April 5th through the 11th has been proclaimed “Music Therapy Week in Minnesota” as well as in the city of Minneapolis.  That’s because the “Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association” is holding its conference this week. 300 music therapists from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin are discussing some of the brand new research and topics in the music therapy world: topics such as “Relaxation Pre-Operative Training on Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Pain and Stress Perception After Spinal Fusion Surgery” as well as “Applications of Flow Theory in Therapeutic Songwriting, Research and Clinical Practice.”

While those in-depth topics were not discussed on “FOX in the Morning,” nonetheless, Nicholas Quallich spoke with two experts from two of the world’s leading health organizations, regarding music therapy’s more basic principles.  Lisa Gallagher from the “Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute” joined Nicholas as well as Christina Wood from Mayo Clinic and “Healing Rhythms Music Therapy.”  They discussed some common misconceptions about music therapy, Mahler to Metallica and how those who may not even need clinical treatment can still benefit from the healing power of music.

For more information, please visit any of these websites: