MTAM 2023 Spring Conference Registration Form

Hope and Reconciliation through
Drumming, Singing, and Sharing the Music of South Africa

29:11 International Exchange: Brendon Adams

Sponsored by the Suzanne Holmes Hodder Memorial Fund of LeagueAires

Elision Playhouse
6105 42nd Ave N
Crystal, MN 55422
3 hours plus 1 hour performance

March 25, 2023 9:00 am – 11:45 am

Business Meeting 8:30 am – 9:00 am and Live Performance 12:15-1:00

This session will be recorded and available for further access until April 25, 2023.


Number of CMTE Credits: 3
(this fulfills 0 credits in ethics)

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MTAM believes in the power of music to provide and sustain hope, and we believe in the need for cultural exchange in dismantling racism and white supremacy.
We do not affiliate with any particular religion, denomination or spiritual lens.
While the organization 2911 identifies as a music ministry as one component of their work, their focus for this conference is on cultural exchange through music making, freedom songs, and body percussion, which aligns with our mission. Our board has had explicit conversations with 29:11 to ensure their focus will be on these learning objectives, and will not evangelize at the conference.
LeagueAires has sponsored the entirety of this conference. Your payment will only be going toward your lunch and your CMTE credits, which will go to MTAM. None of your payment will go to 29:11 or the hosting venue.

Conference Registration Please register by March 20, 2023 (please check one)
_____$15.00 MTAM 2023 Professional Member (Earn CMTE’s with this option)
_____$0 MTAM 2023 Student Member Free for student members!
_____$0 Non-Member (No CMTE Credit Option)

Special Needs:
_________ Check here if a disability requires accommodation for you to fully participate.

_____$15.00 Red Robin Boxed Lunch
_____$0 No Lunch

If you selected the lunch option above, please choose your lunch options below:

Red Robin’s Gourmet Burger Boxed Meal comes with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mustard, ketchup, mayo and seasoning.

Please select your type of patty:
_____Burger Box with Beef Patty
_____Burger Box with Grilled Chicken
_____Burger Box with Impossible Patty
_____Burger Box with Turkey Patty
_____Burger Box with Veggie Patty
Please select your bun:
_____Sesame Seed Bun
_____Gluten Free Bun
_____Lettuce Wrap
Please select your side:
_____Yukon Chips
_____House Salad with Balsamic Dressing
_____Mandarin Oranges
Special Instructions:

If your dietary restrictions cannot be met with the above choices, please contact Amber Stefan at and she can help you find an option that works for you!

_____$25.00 MTAM 2023 Professional Member
_____$12.00 MTAM 2023 Student Member

Please register here OR print this form and send along with a check payable to MTAM to the treasurer:

Amber Stefan
2732 Boone Ave N
New Hope, MN 55427

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Amber Stefan at

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Refunds for cancellations are made available by written request only and must be mailed to Amber Stefan.
Full refunds cannot be made.
50% of fees will be refunded if request is postmarked by Friday, March 24, 2023.
No refunds will be made after Friday, March 24, 2023.
Refunds will be processed within 45 days of the conference.

Grievance Policy and Procedure:
Participants of Continuing Music Therapy Education opportunities are entitled to submit a grievance in writing to Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM) in regard to any Continuing Education event within 14 days of completing the opportunity. The MTAM Executive Board will confirm receipt of the submission within 14 days with a possible request for additional information and respond with a resolution within 30 days to the submitted grievance. The grievance will be considered on an individual basis and appropriate measures will be carried out upon agreement from the Executive Board. If the issue is not resolved, the participant has the right to appeal to the CBMT Continuing Education Committee. A copy of this policy will be provided in promotional materials for Continued Education opportunities.

“Hope and Reconciliation through Drumming, Singing, and Sharing the Music of South Africa” presented by Brendon Adams is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for three (3) continuing music therapy education credits. The Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM), provider #P-052, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Join 29:11 International Exchange as they share their story of hope and reconciliation through drumming, singing, and sharing the music of South Africa. Embodied in this music is the story of overcoming oppression, seeking justice, and fighting for freedom. Hear these personal stories and learn how you might utilize music to assist others in expressing their own narratives of hope.

2023 MTAM Spring Conference Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am MTAM Business Meeting
9:00 am – 9:15 am Introductions
9:15 am – 9:45 am Drumming techniques
-Participants to bring their own instruments for hands-on learning experiences
9:45 am – 10:15 am Music and Movement
-Teaching South African songs and dance
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:00 am Personal Stories and History of Freedom Movement in South Africa
11:00 am -11:30 am Discussion of Social Justice, Music, and Hope
11:30 am – 11:45 am Questions and Evaluations
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Lunch Break
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Performance

Learner objectives:

Participants will utilize authentic South African drumming techniques as evidenced by participation in active music making.
III.A.5.f.4., III.A.5.i., V.A.6.

Participants will fully embody their music making through modeling by 29:11 presenters and learning music from South African heritage by rote.
III.A.5.f.5., III.A.5.i., III.A.5.j., V.A.6., V.B.12
Participants will understand the use of music in South African social justice and freedom movements through bearing witness to 29:11 presenters; personal testimonies and participating in group discussion.
II.A.4.g, II.B.4. II.D.9., III.A.4.c., III.A.5.u., IV.A.3., V.B.11

Presenter Bio:

Brendon was born and raised in the Elsies River, a township just west of Cape Town, South Africa. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, Brendon was surrounded by poverty, oppression, violence, and fear. Even amongst this darkness, Brendon was able to find hope and light. Brendon drew inspiration from the power of reconciliation, as modeled by Nelson Mandela. Despite his disadvantages, Brendon was able to rise above oppressive circumstances and forgive and love his neighbors who had hurt him. From that point on, Brendon has dedicated his life to helping motivated youth in Cape Town begin to realize their immeasurable potential through the music and exchange opportunities of 29:11. ​In addition to being a Founder, Brendon serves as the Artistic Director of 29:11.

29:11 International Exchange is a music ministry based in South Africa and the United States. Our mission is to facilitate hope and reconciliation through musical performance and collaboration, artist development, and cross-cultural relationships. By recognizing that each of us is worthy of understanding and love, we can bridge the ideological, racial, and socio-economic gaps that divide us, and live together as citizens of the world.

29:11 provides valuable professional experience to all members of the ensemble. The group produces, performs and records music across a wide range of genres. Repertoire features original works, including a cantata depicting the history of traditional African songs, Gospel favorites, remixed rhymes, and pop covers.

29:11 has been honored to perform at Orchestra Hall, Paisley Park, Dakota Jazz Club, and the Westminster Presbyterian Concert Series. Fans of the unique 29:11 experience and sure are diverse and span the globe. This extraordinary exposure often leads to exciting individual opportunities for education, employment, and cultural exchange.