2020 Annual Conference
of the Music-Thanatology Association, International
The 2020 MTAI conference, On the Threshold, will be held virtually – on Zoom – the weekend of October 24-25. Sessions include a presentation on recent developments in palliative medicine and the field’s future in the Covid-19 era, a discussion of adaptation for music-thanatologists impacted by Covid-19, a memorial tribute, and panels on racial inequities in the health-care system, and diversity and cultural outreach within the field of music-thanatology. There will also be music, ritual and breakout rooms for small-group conversation.
The conference is open to all MTAI members, except the 90-minute Annual Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon, which is open only to Full and Retired members.
Please proceed to the Dues & Fees page to complete your registration.
Below is a draft of the conference schedule as of 9/14/2020.
Expect changes and refinements:
*Please note: All times listed below are in Pacific Time.
Saturday, October 24th, 2020
|8:00am||Welcome||Conference Planning committee|
|8:05am||Intro to IT resources/housekeeping||Michael Olmos|
|8:20am||Waiting at the Threshold||Dia Walker|
|Competency: Musical and Personal|
|8:30am||Opening Ritual & Conference Attendee Introductions||TBD|
|10:00am||COVID-19 Discussion: Professional Impacts||All|
|12:30pm||Moving within the Threshold||Dia Walker|
|12:45pm||MTAI Business Meeting
(full & retired members only)
|2:30pm||PalliativeCare: Developments & Future||Dr. Elise Newman|
|Competency: Medical/Thanatological & Professional/Clinical|
Loraine McCarthy & Patricia Hurdle
|6:00pm||Evening Musical Activity||All|
Sunday, October 25th, 2020
|8:00am||Housekeeping & Announcements|
|8:05am||Playing within the Threshold||Dia Walker|
|Competency: Musical & Personal|
|8:45am||Exploring Racial Disparities within Healthcare||TBD|
|10:30am||Cracking Open the Paradigm: Addressing Racial & Cultural Issues within M-Th||TBD|
Reflecting on Diversity Panel Sessions
|1:00 – 1:10 Guidelines for break-out discussions||Panel Moderators|
|1:10 – 2:00 Break-out room discussions||All|
|2:00 – 2:30 Reconvene in the larger group to share major takeaways||All|