Master’s Level Entry (MLE) Considerations

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has been investigating the question of Master’s Level Entry (MLE) to the profession of music therapy. The Master’s Level Entry Subcommittee, created in 2012, has completed their report and it can be found below, along with supplemental information on the topic.

We thank the work of the Subcommittee members: Ron Borczon, Jim Borling, Cynthia Briggs, Jane Creagan, Amy Furman, Michelle Hairston, Marcus Hughes, Bryan Hunter, Ed Kahler, Ronna Kaplan, Eve Montague, Christine Neugebauer, Angie Snell, and Chair, Mary Ellen Wylie.

You can read the report overview below:

You can also view the live stream of the Town Hall that took place at the 2018 GLR Conference on Friday, April 13, 2018.

[CONFERENCE] When the Psyche Sings: Vocal Psychotherapy Conference

When the Psyche Sings: Vocal Psychotherapy Conference
(6 CMTEs/LCATs CE credits)

Molloy College
Join Us On Friday, May 4, 2018!
A One-Day Conference for Music Therapists. LCATS, Health Care Professionals, including Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Mental Health Counselors, and Nurses.

This program will provide opportunities for participants to experience Vocal Psychotherapy, a new In-Depth Model of music psychotherapy that incorporates breath work, naturalsounds and vocal improvisation with verbal processing in order to facilitate a connection to oneself and others. Vocal Psychotherapy and the relationship between client and therapist, enables clients to access feelings, images and memories from the unconscious and integrate them into conscious awareness.

Participants will have opportunities to observe and participate in voice-centered therapeutic experiences, exercises and interventions.

Find out more about the conference here.

[CONFERENCE] 3rd Annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference

“Cultivating Identity Creatively”
June 8 – 9, 2018

Institute for Therapy through the Arts will be holding its 3rd integrated creative arts therapy conference in downtown Chicago. This conference will afford professionals utilizing the creative arts therapies an opportunity to connect and learn about clinical work, research, training, and community identity.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Earlybird Special has been extended to April 18th!

More information can be found here. 


Taking nominations!

GLR Past President Larisa McHugh is now taking nominations for elected officers of the Great Lakes Region. The elected positions include: President Elect, Vice President Elect, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. A description of each elected position is included below.

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please let Larisa know (via email: or phone: 937-478-0664) that you are interested by March 31, 2018.


The process for the nominations/election: the slate of nominations will be presented at the first GLR business meeting at the GLR conference. At the second GLR business meeting, nominations will be taken from the floor. Once there are no more nominations, the nominations will be closed.

Information from all of the nominees will be provided to Larisa and then within a month or two after the conference this information will be shared with the membership and a SurveyMonkey ballot will be sent out, thereby holding the election.

Officer Descriptions:

President Elect (a six year commitment: 2 years as President Elect, 2 years as President, and 2 years as Past President)

  • President-Elect will assist the President as requested; study the duties of the President in order to be prepared at the suitable time to take over the responsibilities of the President’s office; and assume all duties of the President in case of the resignation, disability, or absence of the President. The President-Elect will annually review the Bylaws, bringing recommendations for amendments to the Executive Committee; will chair the Awards Committee, consisting of the State Representatives, presenting Awards at the annual conference; and will receive Special Project proposals, serving as liaison with the project director and assisting the project director in completion and reporting of the results.
  • President will preside at Annual Conferences of the GLR; call and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee; appoint, with the approval of the Executive Committee, all appointive officers and all standing and special committees, designating the chairperson of each special committee; be an ex-officio member without the right to vote of all committees, except for the Nominating Committee; conduct GLR Executive Committee and general business meetings; and submit a written summary of the AMTA Annual Conference to be published in the Voice of the Lakes.
  • Immediate Past President will serve as Parliamentarian for Executive Committee meetings and be the authority in deciding matters of procedure according to the Bylaws; chair the Nominating Committee and coordinate the updating of the GLR Officer and Representative Handbook.

Vice President Elect (a four year commitment: 2 years at Vice President Elect and 2 years as Vice President)

  • Vice President-Elect will assist the Vice President as requested, study the duties of the Vice President in anticipation of assuming the responsibilities of the Vice Presidency, and assume all duties of the Vice President in case of the resignation, disability, or absence of the Vice President. The Vice President-Elect is elected to serve 2 years as Vice President-Elect and 2 years as Vice President.
  • Vice President will serve as Program Chairperson, taking responsibility for program planning for the Annual Conference, conferring on all details of management with the Chairperson of Arrangements (Local Program Chairperson) and special conference committees, supervising the finances of the conference participants and submitting their contributions in manuscript form. The Vice-President will succeed to the Presidency in case of the disability or resignation of the President and President-Elect; and will assume other duties as may be assigned by the President and the Executive Committee.

Recording Secretary (a 2 year commitment with possibility of re-election)

  • The Recording Secretary will keep the minutes of all general business and Executive Committee meetings; distribute copies to each member of the Committee within sixty days; notify AMTA National Office of newly elected and appointed GLR officers; and assume other duties as may be assigned by the President.

Treasurer (a 2 year commitment with possibility of re-election)

  • The Treasurer will pay all bills authorized by the Executive Committee; keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements; present a financial report on request of the President; and present a written report to the GLR at the Spring and Fall meetings.

SYMPOSIUM: Music Therapy at the Intersection of Medicine, Society, and our Personal Lives

Music therapists are cordially invited to a symposium on Friday, May 11 at Northwestern University titled, Music Therapy at the Intersection of Medicine, Society, and our Personal Lives.  

In addition to interprofessional panelists, featured speakers also include Drs. Connie Tomaino, Deforia Lane, Blythe LaGasse, and Elizabeth Stegemoller.

The link to the meeting:

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:



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.