Refund policy for MTAO conferences and workshops:

If you would like to cancel your registration for an MTAO conference or workshop, written notice of the reason for cancellation will be required (please contact If notice of cancellation is given at least 2 weeks prior to the event date, you will receive a full refund.  No refund will be given for less than 2 weeks’ notice.

Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM (EST)
    • Online - Zoom
    • 322

    Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience: The 2021 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM


    The conference will be held virtually via Zoom on February 27th, 2020: 9:00am - 4:15pm

    Register by February 1st, 2020 to receive a $10.00 Gift Card to Tim Hortons.


    There are 20 Bursaries available for this conference. (10 Students & 10 MTAs). 

    Apply Here by February 7th, 2021. 

    Pre-Conference Workshop: 

    Anti-Oppressive Practices - Hayley Francis Cann & Priya Shah

    Feb 25th, 2021 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm 

    *Can only attend pre-conference workshop if registered for entire workshop.

    As music therapists, we strive to support the development, health, and wellbeing of our clients. In doing so, we also have a moral and ethical responsibility to challenge inequality and disadvantage. In this workshop we will engage in dialogue about our experiences in relation to privilege and oppression, and begin to consider our role as clinicians in challenging oppression and promoting change. The unfortunate killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) individuals has catapulted the conversation of racism, discrimination, and oppression into the limelight. Now, more than ever, we need to engage in difficult conversations and build our knowledge of anti-oppressive practices. This workshop will provide opportunities to gain an introductory understanding of anti-oppressive vocabulary, identify bias and privilege, develop tools for practicing within an anti-oppressive frameworkcreate personal goals, and engage in self-reflection.

    Conference Schedule

    9:00am - 9:15am:  Opening Remarks 

    9:15am - 10:00am: Telehealth Music Therapy for Autistic Individuals: Benefits and Disadvantages - Nicole Richard

    10:00am - 10:30am:  Workshops (Select 1 Upon Registration) 

    • Overcoming Technical Difficulties: The Clinician’s Toolbox for Telehealth Music Therapy  - Cody Ray, Nicole Richard, & Gloria Tian

    • Mindfulness Techniques in Music Therapy -  Naomi Ben-Aharon

    • Vocal Health Workshop -  Adrienne Pringle 

    10:30am - 10:45am: Break

    10:45am - 11:30am - Annual General Meeting

    11:30am - 1:00pm - Lunch 

    1:00pm - 1:45pm - Associated Mood and Memory Training: How this Drives Change in the Brain - Glenda Grace Rogers

    1:45pm - 2:15pm: Fireside Research Chats 

    • 1:45pm - Vocal Interventions in Oncology & Palliative Care - Amy Clements-Cortes

    •  1:55pm - The Singing Field: Attunement to Urban Environments and the Self through Vocal Improvisation - Nicola Oddy

    • 2:05pm - Feasibility Study - Vibroacoustic Stimulation - Amy Clements-Cortes

    2:15pm - 2:30pm: Break 

    2:30pm - 3:15pm: Music Psychotherapy in Practice: Panel Discussion - Elizabeth Mitchell, SarahRose Black, Sarah Pearson. Moderated by Aksana Kavaliova

    3:15pm - 4:00pm  Custom Musical Instrument Design with Inclusive Instruments - Kerry Byers, Ryan McCaul

    4:00pm - 4:15pm: Closing Remarks

    Presentation Descriptions: 

    Telehealth Music Therapy for Autistic Individuals: Benefits and Disadvantages

    Telehealth music therapy with persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has benefits and disadvantages, yet these are not well understood. This presentation will summarize results from a survey given to music therapists worldwide regarding the benefits and drawbacks of telehealth music therapy for clients with ASD.

    Nicole Richards is a neurologic music therapist, and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. She studies the impact of music on movement in persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Associated Mood and Memory Training: How this Drives Change in the Brain - 

    Associated Mood and Memory Training (AMMT) is a Neurologic Music Therapy technique for cognitive rehabilitation, memory maintenance, and life review. It targets the function of memory in individuals with diseases resulting in memory impairment. The Rational Science Mediating Model is used to present the scientific information undergirding this technique. The Transformation Design Model is used to illustrate examples of the AMMT technique used with Dementia and Parkinson’s Clients.

    Glenda Grace Rogers: I am a mature student who recently graduated from the Masters of Applied Music and Health program at University of Toronto. My background is in voice. I enjoy working with dementia clients, helping them access memories through familiar music.

    Custom Musical Instrument Design with Inclusive Instruments - 

    This presentation will discuss the creation and application of three custom designed musical instruments: the one man band wheelchair, the one-handed guitar, and the immersive vocorder.

    Kerry (PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC) established a private practice in 1990. She served as MTAO President for 6 years. In 2016, Kerry published "A history of the music therapy profession: Diverse practices and concepts."

    Ryan studied music at Western University and in Chicago. He designs custom inclusive musical instruments for people with disabilities.

    Refund Policy

    If you would like to cancel your registration for an MTAO conference or workshop, the MTAO requires written notice of the reason for cancellation with at least 2 weeks notice prior to the event date. If notice is given at least 2 weeks prior, a full refund will be issued. No refund will be given for less than 2 weeks notice. Please contact us at to request for a refund, indicating "MTAO AGM Registration Cancellation" as the subject title. 

Past events

01 Dec 2020 CRPO Webinar
24 Oct 2020 2020 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference
02 Aug 2020 A Three-Part Panel Series: Online Music Therapy Across Populations
15 Apr 2020 Live Q+A About Online Music Therapy Sessions (with Amy DiNino)
29 Feb 2020 Inspiration, Motivation, and Collaboration: The 2020 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
28 Feb 2020 2020 MTAO Conference - Pre-Conference Workshop (De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations)
05 Nov 2019 Business Skills Seminar Series 2019
26 Oct 2019 2019 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference
23 Feb 2019 2019 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
22 Feb 2019 Special Pre-Conference Event: Bouncing Back - How to Restore and Reset
01 Nov 2018 Business Skills Seminar Series 2018
27 Oct 2018 2018 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference
24 Feb 2018 2018 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
07 Nov 2017 Business Skills Seminar Series
28 Oct 2017 An OAMT Event: Two-Day Music Therapy Workshop with John A. Carpente
21 Oct 2017 2017 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
25 May 2017 CAMT Conference 2017 - Reaching New Heights
25 Apr 2017 Guided Imagery and Music - Level 1 Training
25 Feb 2017 2017 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
24 Feb 2017 Advanced Supervision Training (Pre-Conference Workshop)
01 Oct 2016 2016 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
27 May 2016 CAMT Conference 2016
27 Feb 2016 2016 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
21 Nov 2015 Music Therapy Vs. Psychotherapy Panel Discussion
14 Nov 2015 2015 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
13 Jun 2015 Workshop: Use of Self in Anti-Oppressive Music Therapy Practice
30 May 2015 NICU Music Therapy: First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby & EMT as a Noise Modulator: A Continuum of Care
22 May 2015 CAMT Conference 2015
29 Mar 2015 March for Music Therapy
09 Mar 2015 Engaging Older Adults and Persons with Dementia Through Performing Arts
31 Jan 2015 2015 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
22 Nov 2014 The Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2014 Conference
08 Nov 2014 2014 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
21 Sep 2014 TAMT SOCIAL
23 Jun 2014 CAMT Conference 2014 - Celebrating 40 Years of Music Therapy Across the Lifespan
22 Jun 2014 2014 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
31 May 2014 Grandparenting Application Webinar
10 May 2014 Grandparenting Application Webinar
04 May 2014 Grandparenting Application Workshop #2
04 May 2014 Ottawa Area Music Therapists- Annual General Meeting 2014
02 May 2014 Neuroscience, Speech and Language Training in Music Therapy
26 Apr 2014 Grandparenting Application Workshop #1
01 Apr 2014 Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy- Info Night
30 Mar 2014 March for Music Therapy
08 Feb 2014 2014 Student/Intern Conference
08 Feb 2014 2014 Online Conference Music Therapy: Beyond Borders
02 Nov 2013 2013 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
18 Jun 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
26 May 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
20 Apr 2013 Music Therapy Night
14 Apr 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
26 Feb 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
02 Feb 2013 2013 Student/Intern Conference
10 Nov 2012 Music Care Conference
03 Nov 2012 2012 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
03 May 2012 CAMT Conference 2012
25 Feb 2012 Regulation Information Session
04 Feb 2012 2012 Student/Intern Conference
25 Jan 2012 Regulation Information Session
05 Nov 2011 2011 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
22 Oct 2011 Music Care Conference
24 Sep 2011 2-day Workshop in Ottawa, ON by Music Psychotherapist Diane Austin
14 Jul 2011 Free Lunch-time Lecture presented by Chilean music therapist Mireya P. Gonzalez
24 May 2011 International Music Therapy Research Conference 2011
18 May 2011 Exploring Special Features of Sudden Loss, Trauma & Suicide
17 May 2011 The Wilderness of Grief: Finding your Way
25 Sep 2010 2010 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
07 Nov 2009 2009 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
01 Nov 2008 2008 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
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