November is an exciting month for us music therapists. Every year, we head to our national music therapy conference for several days of professional development, continuing education, and networking with colleagues from all over the country. It’s kind of like our version of Disney World, except with less kids and more guitars.
I attended my very first AMTA conference way back in 2009, and I haven’t missed one since. This year is special, though, because not only is it lucky number 8, but it’s also the first conference in 4 years when I haven’t either been pregnant or accompanied by a tiny baby. Look out, Sandusky, Ohio! ;)
Another big difference from years’ past is that I’ll be exhibiting for Music Therapy Connections (my private practice/teaching studio) instead of the Music Therapy Round Table (the podcast I co-hosted for 6 years). I’ll definitely miss hanging out with my MTRT buddies, but I’m super excited about the opportunity to share what Katey and I are doing at MTC.
Katey and I, along with one of our music therapists Alisabeth and intern Sammy, are road tripping to Sandusky — it should be an interesting adventure! I think we are all ready for a little change of scenery, and attending conference is the best way to recharge our professional batteries.
I’m already sad thinking about leaving my babies at home for 5 days, but I count this as absolutely necessary self-care. I can’t wait to see old friends, meet new ones, learn from the best, and stay out a little later than usual.
As is the case every year, I’ll be posting regularly on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #AMTA16. To my fellow music therapists, please come find me in the exhibit hall and say hi!