Professional Development

CLOSED Position Open: Board Certified Music Therapist

Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC is happy to announce that we are looking to add a board certified music therapist to our clinical team! The start date of this position will be September 21, 2015. This will be a full time position.

This position is right for you if:

  • You are passionate about working with children and adults with special needs, as well as with older adults within a relationship-centered, music-centered framework.
  • You are a skilled clinical musician, strong in voice, guitar and piano
  • You live in, or are willing to live in and travel within Connecticut
  • You enjoy a variety of clientele and enjoy a variety of clinical settings- private homes, schools, clinic, nursing homes, community settings.
  • You are flexible and willing to work afternoon/evening hours and potentially on Saturdays
  • You are dependable, responsible and a team player.

We are looking for a responsible and dynamic therapist to join our team, therefore this might not be the right position for you if you are looking to establish your own private practice right now, if you are not a good communicator via writing, email and phone, if you are not able to provide transportation between clients or willing to travel throughout your day or if you are not willing grow as a person or clinician.

Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC is an established private practice that serves children and adults with developmental and brain health needs in home, school, community, and nursing home settings throughout the state of Connecticut as well as in our Watertown, CT center.

We are seeking to provide an exciting and supportive work experience for a flexible, motivated, energetic, and talented clinician. Some equipment and instruments, clinical supervision and continuing education experiences will be provided. Along with a competitive pay rate, heath insurance and other additional benefits are available to our full time employees.

Please view/download the job posting and application details here.

NER-AMTA15 Conference Update

Several staff members recently attended the 2015 conference hosted by the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Here is an update on the event from CTMTS co-director, Emily Bevelaqua.

CT Music Therapy Services-25As Music Therapists from the New England Region, we are always spoiled with beautiful locations for our regional conferences. This year was no different at Whitefield, New Hampshire’s Historical Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in the heart of the White Mountains. It was a wonderful week of networking, learning, and fun.

The conference unofficially started on Thursday, April 16th with some fantastic CMTEs followed by the Opening Banquet and a Song Circle led by Caryl Beth Thomas. Friday’s concurrent sessions offered a wide variety of topics from song writing with dementia patients, to the legislative efforts that occurred in the passage of the music therapy registry bill in Rhode Island, to Multicultural Music Therapy in Early Intervention.  (You can find the full conference program here.)

During Friday’s business lunch two of Connecticut Music Therapy Services’ team members were honored with awards! Cassandra Mulcahy, MMT, MT-BC was given the Presidential Service Award and Linda Bosse, MT-BC was given the Lifetime Service Award. We are so lucky to have you working with us Cassandra & Linda! Friday night offered fun and inspiring events for conference attendees including “Take a Drum Ride/A Rock and Roll, Interactive Drumming Hoot” facilitated by Bob Bloom, and our Annual CABARET featuring performances by NER members and dance music by “My Band” led by Kimberly Khare.

Saturday morning started bright and early with a Networking Breakfast, followed by concurrent sessions. I was lucky enough to have been asked by AMTA to present alongside local New Hampshire Music Practitioners; Emily Mills, M. Ed., CMP; Cliff Conti, CMP, and De Luna, CMP.  Our presentation which was also given at other regional conferences was called “Learning to Harmonize: Opportunities for Music Therapists and Therapeutic Musicians to Collaborate.”  The presentation was well attended and very well received, educating board certified music therapists about what it means to be a certified music practitioner and starting a conversation about how we can work together.

I left this conference feeling energized and I am excited to incorporate everything I learned into my work.

Emily Bevelaqua

Co-Director & Clinical Coordinator


Investments and Returns:
#MTAdvocacy Month

SM Advocacy Badge 2012_250x250When we invest money, it is because we want to get a return on our investment, to see compounded growth in our investment over time (return on investment or ROI) to fund future projects or to meet financial goals like retirement.  In our profession of music therapy, we might also consider what we invest and what returns we hope to see.


  1. You must invest in yourself, in your education, in your musicianship, in your self-care, in your continuing education.
  2. You must invest in your clients through your absolute best efforts, through your creativity and through your responsibility.
  3. You must invest your patience in a profession that is still in many ways evolving, growing and changing.
  4. You may invest your time and financial resources in service to the profession through local, regional and national associations.
  5. You may invest your energy in discussing and debating the best route forward for our future clients and for our field.

Returns on investment:

From the perspective of “returns” on our investment, really we are describing our brightest and best vision for music therapy:

  1. Maximized recognition and access to service for clients/consumers in need, via insurance and other 3rd party funding, in every state in the US.
  2. Maximized public understanding of the practice of music therapy in the context of the many milieus in which we work.
  3. A sustainable, well-compensated, consistently talented and trained, music therapy workforce that continually grows and expands upon our current body of practice and research, resulting in the highest quality of music therapy services to all.

As CTMTS approaches the 10th anniversary of it’s founding, we continue to invest the best of what we have to offer in our community.  We are doing everything we can to provide the highest quality of service to our clients, in part by helping to grow a strong, stable and vibrant music therapy profession.  To this end, we are happy to share that CBMT and AMTA have developed an updated Scope of Practice and we look forward to working with our colleagues in investing in our profession’s future.

From CBMT:

As the profession of music therapy has been moving forward with recognition at the state level it has been identified that a document was needed to reflect a similar format to other health care professional organizations Scopes of Practice. CBMT and AMTA worked together to create a Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) for the profession based on published documents from both organizations.  This new document entitled Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) is available as an educational tool and legislative support document that broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification. Click here to read the Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015).