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April 2021 - March 2022

Association Updates

  • CE / AGM days Hosted another successful virtual CE day September 25, 2021, with three presentations: 

    • Language and Supports Matter: Child-Centered Positive Behavior Supports and Regulation, presented by Amanda Smith-Demers, MSc, PhD

    • How to Support Clients with Speech & Language Goals, presented by Krysta Siever, R. SLP

    • Contract Writing 101, presented by Fleur Hughes, MMT, MTA, MT-BC

  • Hosted our Annual General Meeting online September 26, 2021. Welcomed several new members to the Board of Directors including 3 new Members at Large and a new Continuing Education and Professional Development Director

  • Continued monthly member meetups throughout the year, including general ‘check-ins,’ ‘Journal Club’ and discussions, self-care strategies, and both in-person and virtual intervention sharing

  • Our membership currently includes 63 members

  • Received 35 requests for a music therapist via email and our website contact form 

  • Continued to handle misrepresentation and other ethics inquiries

  • Created the Certification Bursary in April 2021 to support music therapy interns by helping to partially cover the cost of the CBMT exam

  • Formed a ‘Social Media & Communications’ committee to work collaboratively on our communications and to grow our social media platforms as a place to educate the public about music therapy and to celebrate the work of music therapists in the province

  • Surveyed our members about rate trends in the province, to ensure the rates suggested on our website reflect current practices - 

  • Together with MTAO and MTAS, we co-hosted a 2-part Anti Racism Workshop June 3 and 10, 2021. The workshop was facilitated by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center (ACLRC). 

Regulation Efforts

  • Received Provincial Bursary from CAMT to create social media materials designed to educate the public around the way that government regulation would include and impact certified music therapists upon proclamation of the College of Counseling Therapists here in Alberta. While these materials have now been completed - they will not be shared upon proclamation of the college

  • Experienced an unexpected stall from the government around proclamation in September 2021;

  • The MTAA continues to support ACTA’s efforts toward regulation and the proclamation of the College of Counseling Therapists by the government, through their letter campaign, social media blasts as well as the newly instated Federation Association fee. 

  • Fleur Hughes and Sheila Killoran have stepped down from their roles as Regulation Representatives for the MTAA. We cannot say enough thanks to Sheila and Fleur for their many years serving the MTAA and leading the push towards Regulation;

  • The MTAA welcomes our new Regulation Representatives Colleen Kehler and Isabel Lavender. The board is looking forward to working with them. 


Our association would like to thank the CAMT board of directors for their ongoing dedication and commitment to supporting music therapists across the country. 


Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Cheung, MMT, MTA

President of the MTAA 

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