Discovering Possibilities: Together Facing Forward - The 2022 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM

  • 26 Feb 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 2:40 PM
  • Online - Zoom
  • 286


  • Registration for the MTAO regional reps
  • For those (non-student, non-MTAO member) interested in attending the conference
  • For students/interns who are not yet MTAO Student Members (MT-S). PROMOTION: Registration for this year's AGM conference includes a one-year membership that will be set up after the conference. This offer is only for non-member students only.

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Discovering Possibilities: Together Facing Forward - The 2022 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM


The conference will be held virtually via Zoom on February 26th, 2022: 9:00am - 2:45pm

Register by February 1st, 2022 to receive a $10.00 Gift Card to Tim Hortons.



Call for Short Videos: 

The theme for the 2022 AGM & Conference is 'Discovering Possibilities: Together Facing Forward'. We know it has been a challenging couple of years and we want to celebrate the work you have been doing! Please send us a short video clip (1 minute max) stating your name and completing one of the sentences below. This video will be included in a video compilation shown at the conference to help inspire our members!

  • What keeps me going as a music therapist throughout the pandemic is...
  • I love being a music therapist because...
  • I'm continually motivated to practice music therapy because...
  • My advice for new music therapists is..

Due February 10th. Send to via google drive link. 

Bursary Applications (10 Available) - Due February 1st, 2022 - Apply Here


Pre-Conference Workshop: 

Friday, Feb 25th, 2022: 7:00pm - 8:00pm 

Doing More with Less: Tips and Tricks to Expand the Use of The Guitar

Facilitated by Daniel Allen

Join certified music therapist Daniel Allen in a virtual group guitar workshop that outlines ways to enhance the guitar techniques commonly used in music therapy sessions. Daniel will demonstrate pedagogical concepts, how to increase chord change efficiency, non-chord tone applications, and how to use basic self-accompanied melodies. This workshop is designed for players of all levels and abilities. Grab your guitar and come have fun learning alongside fellow professionals.

*Can only attend pre-conference workshop if registered for entire conference (No extra cost). 

Conference Schedule 

Saturday, Feb 25th, 2022:  9:00am - 2:45pm

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

9:15am - 10:00am - Jennifer Buchanan - Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist

10:00am - 10:45am - Allyson Rogers - Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth 

10:45am - 11:00am - Break 

11:00am - 11:45am - Thyra Andrews - How to Support, Inspire and Retain a Team to Work Through Anything 

11:45am - 1:00pm - AGM + Lunch

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Skill Building Workshops

  • Sense-Bound Songwriting Tips N Tricks - Dave Macintosh

  • Heartbeat Recordings - Emily Kiefer 

  • Trauma Informed Care - Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi 

1:30pm - 2:15pm: Michael Thaut - Engaging in Autoboigraphical Salient Music Improves Brain Plasticity and Cognitive Performance in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Minimal Cognitive Impairment. 

2:15 - 2:30pm - Video Compilation

2:30pm - 2:40pm - Closing Remarks


Breakout Room Description

Sense-Bound Songwriting Tips N Tricks

Writing songs can be as easy as knowing which questions to ask. In this workshop we will learn how to make our client-co-created songs pop with vivid, sense-bound images which support deeper feeling statements. This presentation will encourage participation from attendees- we will create a song together based on these techniques.

Trauma Informed Care

Description: in this short (30 min) workshop, participants will learn signs of trauma, basic neuroscience of trauma, and some techniques to help clients in self-regulation. Useful literature and assessment information will be provided. 

Heartbeat Recordings

Heartbeat recordings are becoming popular in music therapy practice in many forms. In the form of a legacy project where the heartbeat is combined with a meaningful song, they can be an accessible and creative way to provide meaningful connections to loved ones. They can also be used creatively to connect to identity or for expression. In this workshop, we will discuss the technology required, demonstrate the process, and discuss other considerations for implementing heartbeat recordings into your music therapy practice.

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