Innovative Developments in AMT

Cupola atop a building on the Molloy University campus

Innovative Developments in Analytical Music Therapy (AMT):
Applications Across Diverse Settings 
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Two Options to Attend: In-Person and Virtual via Zoom
8 CE credits (CBMT/LCAT)

40th Anniversary of the Molloy Music Therapy program

Celebrating 40 years of Music Therapy at Molloy University, this conference recognizes and explores the growth of analytical music therapy (AMT), a music psychotherapy model, and its applications in diverse settings. The presentations showcase the innovative work from recent graduates of the Molloy Blended Learning AMT Advanced Training Program as well as seasoned professionals, offering valuable insights and practical applications in various environments, such as hospitals, schools, pediatric long term care facility, day-treatment programs, and private practice. The conference celebrates and commemorates the legacies of AMT pioneers Mary Priestley and Benedikte Scheiby, as well as acknowledges the contributions of Dr. Seung-A Kim Jung, who founded the AMT Training Program at Molloy University. This conference highlights the profound advances in AMT and engages participants in exploring various clinical applications, implementation of AMT techniques, and resources for professional growth. 

Conference Agenda

8:30am-8:45am         Introduction (Registration & Networking)

8:45am-9:00am         Historical Perspectives on the Blended Learning AMT Training at Molloy University, Dr. Seung-A Kim Jung

9:00am-10:30am       Guest Speaker, Dr. Lillian Eyre, PhD, MT-BC, Session Title: Priestley’s Depth Work with a Person with Schizophrenia: Reconstructive AMT from a Trauma-Informed Perspective

10:30am-10:45am     Break

10:45am-11:30am     Presentation I : Megan Shelley, MA, MT-BC

11:30pm-12:15pm     Presentation II: Matt Brady, MS, LCAT, MT-BC

12:15pm-1:00pm       Lunch

1:00pm- 1:30pm        Congratulatory Messages (The Significance of Advanced Training in MT), Dr. Inge Pedersen, Guest Supervisor

1:30pm-2:15pm         Presentation III: Anne Therese Crean , MS, LCAT, MT-BC (she/her)

2:15pm-3:00 pm        Presentation IV: Elizabeth Ingram, MS, LCAT, MT-BC

3:00pm-3:15pm         Break

3:15pm-4:00pm         Presentation. V: Carly Caprioli, MS, LCAT, MT-BC (she/her/hers)

4:00pm-4:30pm         Future Directions & Course Evaluation

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what measurable outcomes participants will gain from this program
  • Identify AMT  techniques
  • Describe the role of self-experience in AMT training
  • Identify two examples of countertransference
  • Identify two ways in which improvisation serves as a way of accessing unconscious in AMT

Guest Speaker:

Lillian Eyre, PhD, MT-BC, Associate Visiting Professor, Temple University, Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery, Licensed Professional Counsellor, PA, MARI Practitioner

Session Title: Priestley’s Depth Work with a Person with Schizophrenia: Reconstructive AMT from a Trauma-Informed Perspective

Session Description:
This presentation will take a retrospective look at Eyre’s (2007) reconstruction of Priestley’s work with “Curtis” which appeared in Essays on Analytical Music Therapy (1994). In current mental health practices, we are more than ever aware of the potential to do harm to clients, and we seek to practice from a trauma-informed approach. This presentation will follow the unfolding of Priestley’s work with Curtis from the perspective of current understandings of best practices in working with PWS in individual therapy. The speaker will integrate Priestley’s work with Curtis along with excerpts from her AMT-informed improvisational work with a PWS, demonstrating how, for both these persons, the AMT approach provided safety and adhered to current concepts of trauma-informed practices. In addition, AMT provided these persons with the opportunity to reflect on their lives, and through the lived experience of improvisation, to construct fuller narrative accounts that included their strengths and challenges, leading them to the construction of richer present lives and a vision for their future.

Guest Speaker Bio:
Lillian Eyre is an accredited music therapist (MT-BC), a licensed professional counsellor (LPC, Pennsylvania), a Fellow of the Association for Music & Imagery (FAMI) and a MARI Practitioner.  She is a Visiting Associate Professor at Temple University, USA. Prior to joining Temple, Eyre was Associate Professor and Director of Music Therapy (2014-2018) and Assistant Professor (2008 to 2013) at Immaculata University, PA. She was also an adjunct professor in music therapy at the University of Quebec in Montreal (2000 – 2005). In 1995, she founded and developed a music therapy program in psychiatry and established music therapy programs in dialysis and long-term care in the McGill University Heath System, Canada, where she worked until 2006. She co-founded Le groupe MusiArt, a performing arts group and choir comprised of persons with serious mental illness. Eyre serves on the editorial review board of Music Therapy Perspectives, VOICES, and the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. Among her many article and chapter publications is her edited book, Guidelines to Music Therapy Practice in Mental Health, published in 2013 by Barcelona Publishers, and qualitative research that reconstructed an Analytical Music Therapy case study by Mary Priestly (2007). Her current work involves collaboration with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and Al Kamandjâti Association in Ramallah to establish the foundations of music therapy education in Palestine.

Matt Brady, MS, LCAT, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist, has completed advanced training in Analytical Music Therapy (AMT) at Molloy University. Matt currently works at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Hospital, NY, primarily working on a specialized behavioral health unit serving adult patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities in need of acute psychiatric treatment and crisis stabilization. 

Carly Caprioli, MS, LCAT, MT-BC (she/her/hers) is a recent graduate of Molloy University's Blended Learning Analytical Music Therapy (AMT) Training Program, studying under the supervision of Dr. Inge Pedersen. Carly has worked with a variety of populations, dedicating working within a pediatric medical setting. Carly currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Molloy University and is working in private practice.

Anne Therese Crean (she/her) MS LCAT MT-BC, is 
a music therapist at Rebecca School, NY, with neurodivergent children, adolescents, and young-adults. Anne has completed Analytical Music Therapy Training and both her undergraduate and master's music therapy studies at Molloy University. Also, Anne has a certificate of proficiency in DIRFloortime®, and is passionate about accessibility, inclusion, and client-led practice. 

Elizabeth Ingram, MS, LCAT, MT-BC is a music therapist at NYU Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital working with children and families in the NICU, PICU, general med, and Cardiac care, and is completing Analytical Music Therapy (AMT) Training at Molloy University.  Elizabeth has a wide range of experience working with a variety of clients and also has completed research in which Elizabeth and colleagues created an adapter to provide opportunities for children and adults with tracheostomies to play wind instruments through their tracheas. Elizabeth is very passionate about research and advocating for the efficacy of music therapy and the creative arts in the healthcare setting. 

Megan Shelley, MA, MT-BC is the Director of Music Therapy Services, LLC, a private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio and has completed advanced training in Analytical Music Therapy (AMT) at Molloy University and also is currently pursuing the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Megan works with adults in addictions treatment, and oncology/hematology, hospice, and bereavement. Megan has supervised practicum students and interns as a practicum site and university-affiliated internship, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton. 

Continuing Education Credit:

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs)  Molloy University is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is approved for eight (8) CE contact hours for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.  
Music Therapy: CMTE This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.  
Location/Zoom Link:
If you attend in-person the conference will be held in the Larini Room of the Public Square (2nd floor) at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571. Click here for directions to the campus and a campus map.

All participants will also be emailed the Zoom link with further information as we get closer to the conference date. 
Participants may choose to attend in-person or remotely through Zoom. The registration process is the same for both options, but the tuition rate differs for the virtual option because breakfast and lunch are not included. 

Click here to register online. Register on-line 24/7. You will need a MasterCard, Discover or Visa charge card and an email address.   To register by phone, please call 516-323-3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa charge card.   Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration. You will receive the Zoom link to join the program via email within a week of the date of the program. Registration is limited. Registration the day of the conference cannot be guaranteed.  

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us prior to the start date.  

"In-Person" Section Tuition Rates (includes breakfast and lunch):
Early Registration until March 15, 2024: $60
Regular Registration, March 16-May 3, 2024: $75
Late Registration, May 4-May 17: $95
After  May 17 or at the door: $115
Full-time students: $25 (please provide your student ID at check-in)
Molloy Students, Faculty and Staff- no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy Alumni- 25% discount

"Zoom" Section Tuition Rates (no food is included):
Early Registration until March 15, 2024: $40
Regular Registration, March 16-May 3, 2024: $55
Late Registration, May 4-May 17: $75
After May 17: $95
Full-time students: $15 (please provide your student ID at check-in)
Molloy Students, Faculty and Staff- no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy Alumni- 25% discount

Questions regarding registration?
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program