Detailed descriptions of the workshops

MTABC offers workshops that will build your professional resources, musically and academically. Attending these workshops will enable you to refresh, expand and explore your professional skills as well as make connections with other music therapists. We are continuously looking for ideas and suggestions for future professional development workshops and potential presenters.

These workshops are a complimentary member service available to all MTABC members. Non-MTABC members are welcome to attend at a cost of $35/workshop. CE certificates will be given upon completion of the workshop. Where possible, these workshops will be recorded and uploaded to the “Recorded workshop” area within a month.

MTABC introduced several different professionals from various backgrounds who offered us invaluable resources this past year. All of our workshops were well attended by our members and often we were at full capacity.

Our CE workshops in the Lower Mainland will help develop skills to support the growth of music therapy in BC.

Please check our website for upcoming CE workshops or if you have ideas for a workshop topic or presenters, please contact the CE workshop chair at:

If you are looking for past CE workshops and recorded workshops, please click here (membership required).

Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at an MTABC workshop!

Lorri Johnson, MTA
CE Chairperson
For further details of these events, please check the Events calendar

Interventions for Autism

Presenter: Esther Thane, MTA, AVPT
Executive Director, ET Music Therapy
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: TBD

Workshop description:

First half will be presentation, second half is experiential. Extensive handout provided to participants that covers presentation.
Presentation will cover:
1. Considerations for Autism in 2019
2. Modalities
3. Philosophy & Approach
4. Behavior Management
5. Four music therapy interventions


Esther has specialized for over 20 years in the field of Autism and special needs. After 14 wonderful years on faculty at Capilano University, teaching in the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program, Esther continues to enjoy presenting at conferences, writing book reviews for published journals, & holding workshops for universities, local agencies and abroad. In 2014, Esther completed Dr. Diane Austin’s (Music Psychotherapy Center, NY) first international distance training program in Advanced Vocal Psychotherapy. Her publication in the book: Voicework in Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), focuses on her innovative method of Vocal-Led Relaxation for Children with Autism. Esther created Meet In The Music (MITM) music therapy curriculum for children with autism, which is utilized by music therapists throughout the United States and Canada. Esther is Executive Director of ET Music Therapy in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the team serve over 90 families in two studio locations, in schools, and in home, implementing the MITM program. In 2016, Esther was honored to receive an Iconic Women Creating a Better World For All award, presented by the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India.