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MHTP Virtual National Conference 2020

Thursday • June 18, 2020 Saturday • June 20, 2020

The Music for Healing and Transition (MHTP) 2020 National Conference, scheduled to be hosted by the Longy School of Music, has moved online and will be held via Zoom videoconference. New attendees can register for the full conferenceone day, or an individual plenary session. If you registered for the onsite conference, you can switch your registration to the virtual conference or cancel your registration.

The conference presenters below promise to inspire and educate us for the days ahead. While we must be physically apart, we can still come together in support of each other—and, through our profession, alleviate some of the suffering in our weary world.


2020 Conference Keynote Speakers

Kenny Werner, the beloved jazz musician and author of one of MHTP’s most popular required books, said he was very taken with MHTP’s mission of music “in service.” He is a healer and a believer in the power of music to heal not only the listener but the musician as well, as evidenced in his book, Effortless Mastery. His workshops are infused with joy and playfulness. Kenny will start the conference with an inspirational talk on Thursday and continue with an improv workshop on Friday morning.

Dr. Donald Levy, Harvard Medical School Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, is a close colleague with Dr. David Eisenberg, the physician featured in The Power of Chi, a required component to MHTP’s Module 3. Dr. Levy’s holistic orientation and philosophy resonate with our CMP training. He will present the medical keynote on Saturday morning.

Presenters Include

Joy Allen, Ph.D.Joy Allen, Ph.D., is the Acting Director of the Berklee Music and Health Institute. Her session Research in Music and Health: State of the Art explores research at the crossroads of music and health, with a particular focus on the healing power of live music. By considering some of the latest research findings, trends, and opportunities, participants will learn strategies for capturing data and implementing empirically-based, best practices.

Ashley Hall is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, chamber musician, music educator, and life-coach. From small rural villages in the developing world to grand concert halls, Ashley has engaged in her passion for building community and inviting people into the experience of music as a tool for connection. Ashley is a member of Longy’s trumpet faculty and also manages the school’s innovative Career Coaching Program—a program designed to help students craft meaningful careers in the arts that are congruous with their personal values and goals. She is offering the workshop Maximizing Your Unique Potential in the Gig Economy.


  • Research panels with Berklee Music and Health Institute
  • Self-care and body-mapping for musicians with Susan Wilkes, CMP
  • CMP panels on working in integrative medicine; innovative ways to find jobs; additional breakout sessions
  • Opportunities to connect and play music with fellow musicians and CMPs

Hosted by Music for Healing and Transition Program and Longy School of Music of Bard College.


Thursday • June 18, 2020
Saturday • June 20, 2020
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.