Refund policy for MTAO conferences and workshops:

If you would like to cancel your registration for an MTAO conference or workshop, written notice of the reason for cancellation will be required (please contact If notice of cancellation is given at least 2 weeks prior to the event date, you will receive a full refund.  No refund will be given for less than 2 weeks’ notice.

Upcoming events

    • 22 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 14 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online

    MTAO is pleased to offer the business skills seminar series again throughout March and April. 

    This year's series includes 5 seminars! All seminars begin at 7:00PM EST.

    Registration is pay what you can. The meeting link will be provided at a later time. 

    March 22 - Finance Seminar

    During the seminar, Samantha will be discussing some of the key points to consider financially for sole proprietor small-business owners. She will discuss the tax requirements of being a small-business owner and some of the recent tax changes that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also be available to answer other tax and finance questions you may have.

    About the facilitator: 

    Samantha Dykstra, CPA, CA, LPA

    I am a senior accountant at Millard, Rouse & Rosebrugh LLP located in Brantford, Ontario. I have been with Millards for over ten years. I obtained my degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Waterloo, where I also obtained my Masters in Accounting. I work with a variety of files and clients, but I specialize most in audits of not-for-profit organizations, personal tax and small-business corporate tax. I am also the Treasurer of a local not-for-profit organization.

    March 26 - Becoming a Prefered Provider

    In this seminar, Sharon will be discussing the importance of quality service and interacting with your clients, which can lead to you becoming the preferred provider. This powerful seminar, which will show you how to stand out in your industry.

    About the facilitator:

    Sharon Hunter, is known as 'The Dream Hunter'. An entrepreneur, motivational mentor and speaker who magically adds spark into the lives of others by giving them a different perspective on their dreams and motivating them into action. 

    March 30 - Setting Your Rates with the MTAO Fee Schedule

    This seminar will be facilitated by members of the MTAO Board of Directors. In this seminar we will discuss:

    • The MTAO fee schedule 
    • Considerations for the region that you work in
    • Professional comparisons
    • Scope of work 
    • How to explain what you offer

    April 7 - The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing

    Everyone knows they should be on social media, but most people do not have the time or the patience to maintain it. Most small business owners have great momentum when they start using social media, but it wanes as soon as more urgent issues arise. There will be tips and tricks that will help you maintain all your social profiles in just 2 hours a week.

    In this workshop you will: 

    • Learn the basics of the most popular social media networks

    • Be able to determine which platform you should use for your business

    • Create and populate accounts on each of these platforms

    About the facilitator:

    Orzala is the owner of Make it Happen Services. A social media marketing boutique that helps small businesses develop and implement an effective digital marketing strategy using social media and direct email marketing techniques. 

    Orzala is passionate about helping small businesses grow their online presence furthering their business success. Orzala began her journey earning a post-secondary diploma in Business Administration, followed by earning a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree.

    She is an active member of the community. Orzala has served on the board of 100 Women Who Care, and is a member of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade.  She has mentored young entrepreneurs at the BACD (Business Advisory Centre of Durham). Currently, Orzala is a mentor with Futurpreneur Canada.  

    April 14 - Website Makeover: 3 Critical Elements for a Client-Attracting Website

    Your website is your most expensive marketing asset! It’s job is to generate
    leads and sales! Is it? Or is it costing you clients? Participants will learn:
    • Critical elements you can change immediately on your website to increase it's client attraction factor (even if you aren't a techie)
    • The exact flow of your home page that engages your prospect to leave their email address so you can grow you email list
    • How to simplify your home page content for easier readability and increased time spent on that page
    • What to include in your website header and what to eliminate so that your
      website works to turn leads into warm prospects even while you sleep.

    About the facilitator:

    For 35 years, Diana Lidstone has been a business owner and worked globally
    with small business owners who are tired of doing the ‘marketing hustle’.
    An international speaker and best-selling author of ‘Shift into Rich: Navigate the 9 Roadblocks to small business success’. Diana is the creator of “The Marketing
    Proficiency Effect.  If you’re ready to get more clients today from your marketing, you need Diana Lidstone’s Marketing Trifecta TM – a proven 3-step system that will have clients lining up to work with you! Diana can often be found walking her dog and drinking champagne (not at the same time)! Diana is also a member &  Ottawa President of CAPS, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers!

Past events

27 Feb 2021 Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience: The 2021 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
01 Dec 2020 CRPO Webinar
24 Oct 2020 2020 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference
02 Aug 2020 A Three-Part Panel Series: Online Music Therapy Across Populations
15 Apr 2020 Live Q+A About Online Music Therapy Sessions (with Amy DiNino)
29 Feb 2020 Inspiration, Motivation, and Collaboration: The 2020 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
28 Feb 2020 2020 MTAO Conference - Pre-Conference Workshop (De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations)
05 Nov 2019 Business Skills Seminar Series 2019
26 Oct 2019 2019 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference
23 Feb 2019 2019 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
22 Feb 2019 Special Pre-Conference Event: Bouncing Back - How to Restore and Reset
01 Nov 2018 Business Skills Seminar Series 2018
27 Oct 2018 2018 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference
24 Feb 2018 2018 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
07 Nov 2017 Business Skills Seminar Series
28 Oct 2017 An OAMT Event: Two-Day Music Therapy Workshop with John A. Carpente
21 Oct 2017 2017 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
25 May 2017 CAMT Conference 2017 - Reaching New Heights
25 Apr 2017 Guided Imagery and Music - Level 1 Training
25 Feb 2017 2017 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
24 Feb 2017 Advanced Supervision Training (Pre-Conference Workshop)
01 Oct 2016 2016 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
27 May 2016 CAMT Conference 2016
27 Feb 2016 2016 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
21 Nov 2015 Music Therapy Vs. Psychotherapy Panel Discussion
14 Nov 2015 2015 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
13 Jun 2015 Workshop: Use of Self in Anti-Oppressive Music Therapy Practice
30 May 2015 NICU Music Therapy: First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby & EMT as a Noise Modulator: A Continuum of Care
22 May 2015 CAMT Conference 2015
29 Mar 2015 March for Music Therapy
09 Mar 2015 Engaging Older Adults and Persons with Dementia Through Performing Arts
31 Jan 2015 2015 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
22 Nov 2014 The Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2014 Conference
08 Nov 2014 2014 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference (SISC)
21 Sep 2014 TAMT SOCIAL
23 Jun 2014 CAMT Conference 2014 - Celebrating 40 Years of Music Therapy Across the Lifespan
22 Jun 2014 2014 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
31 May 2014 Grandparenting Application Webinar
10 May 2014 Grandparenting Application Webinar
04 May 2014 Grandparenting Application Workshop #2
04 May 2014 Ottawa Area Music Therapists- Annual General Meeting 2014
02 May 2014 Neuroscience, Speech and Language Training in Music Therapy
26 Apr 2014 Grandparenting Application Workshop #1
01 Apr 2014 Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy- Info Night
30 Mar 2014 March for Music Therapy
08 Feb 2014 2014 Student/Intern Conference
08 Feb 2014 2014 Online Conference Music Therapy: Beyond Borders
02 Nov 2013 2013 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
18 Jun 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
26 May 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
20 Apr 2013 Music Therapy Night
14 Apr 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
26 Feb 2013 Toronto Area Music Therapist Meeting
02 Feb 2013 2013 Student/Intern Conference
10 Nov 2012 Music Care Conference
03 Nov 2012 2012 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
03 May 2012 CAMT Conference 2012
25 Feb 2012 Regulation Information Session
04 Feb 2012 2012 Student/Intern Conference
25 Jan 2012 Regulation Information Session
05 Nov 2011 2011 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
22 Oct 2011 Music Care Conference
24 Sep 2011 2-day Workshop in Ottawa, ON by Music Psychotherapist Diane Austin
14 Jul 2011 Free Lunch-time Lecture presented by Chilean music therapist Mireya P. Gonzalez
24 May 2011 International Music Therapy Research Conference 2011
18 May 2011 Exploring Special Features of Sudden Loss, Trauma & Suicide
17 May 2011 The Wilderness of Grief: Finding your Way
25 Sep 2010 2010 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
07 Nov 2009 2009 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
01 Nov 2008 2008 MTAO Annual Conference & AGM
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