MTAM 2024 Spring Conference Registration Form



Cultural and Mental Health Considerations When Working With Hmong Patients,

Hmong Music, Dance, and Traditions


Songs, Games, and Stories of the Somali People

Including a silent auction!

Park Nicollet Clinic – Naegele Auditorium 

3850 Excelsior Blvd

St. Louis Park, MN 

April 27, 2024 9:00 am – 4:40 pm

This conference, apart from the networking sessions, will be recorded and available for further access until May 27, 2024. 

Total number of CMTE Credits for in person option: 6

 (this fulfills 0 credits in ethics)

Total number of CMTE Credits for virtual option: 5

 (this fulfills 0 credits in ethics)

Click HERE to register or print off the form below and mail it in (mailing address below).


Name______________________________________CBMT #________ (for music therapists)



Home/Cell Phone__________________________________________________________

E-mail address____________________________________________________________

Conference Registration Please register by April 24, 2024 (please choose one)

_____$55.00 Professional Member IN PERSON

_____$35.00 Professional Member VIRTUAL

_____$0 Student Member IN PERSON 

_____$0 Student Member VIRTUAL

_____$45.00 Non-Member (No CMTE Credit Option) IN PERSON

_____$25.00   Non-Member (No CMTE Credit Option) VIRTUAL


Special Needs:

  •  Check on the form if a disability requires accommodation for you to fully participate. If so, please tell us how we can accommodate!


Lunch: Baked Potato and Salad Bar from D. Brian’s Kitchen and Catering

_____$19.00 Standard Lunch

_____$0 Student Lunch

_____$0 No Lunch


_____$25.00 MTAM 2024 Professional Member 

_____$12.00 MTAM 2024 Student Member 

Please register online by clicking HERE  OR print this form and send along with a check payable to MTAM to the treasurer:

Andee Schueler Sherman

15421 76th Ave N

Maple Grove MN 55311

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Andee Schueler Sherman at


Cancellation and Refund Policy:  

Refunds for cancellations are made available by written request only and must be mailed to Andee Schueler Sherman. 

Full refunds cannot be made.

50% of fees will be refunded if request is postmarked by April 26, 2024.

No refunds will be made after April 26, 2024.

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.


Cultural and Mental Health Considerations When Working With Hmong Patients, Hmong Music, Dance, and Traditions, and Songs, Games, and Stories of the Somali People is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for six (6) continuing music therapy education credits for in person and five (5) continuing music therapy education credits for virtual. The Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM), provider #P-052, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.


Join this engaging presentation on a culturally relevant approach to music therapy! We will cover the importance of cultural representation, mirrors and windows, and global music. 

You will learn about cultural and mental health considerations when working with Hmong patients. See a Hmong Dance group present two Hmong dance pieces and hear about traditional Hmong clothing, music and the importance of dance. 

You will learn new Somali repertoire directly from “The Rhythm of Somalia” and how to use it with students! 

MTAM will be hosting a silent auction. All bids can be placed in person for a wide variety of items! Proceeds will also go to the Jenn Werner fund.


2024 MTAM Spring Conference Agenda

9:00 am – 9:10 am Introduction and Housekeeping

9:10 am – 10:00 am: True Thao

  1. Hmong History and Culture 
  2. Refugee History and Experience

10:00 am – 10:10 am: Break

10:10 am – 11:00 am: True Thao

  1. Importance of understanding patient’s background including culture and trauma 
  2. Recognize the potential of harm in services and promoting sense of safety

11:00 am – 11:10 am: Introducing Hmong Dance Group and Dance

11:10 am – 11:20 am: Hmong Traditional Clothing, Music and Dance

11:20 am – 11:30 am: Hmong Dance

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch–Baked Potato and Salad Bar from D. Brian’s Kitchen and Catering

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MTAM Business Meeting

1:20 pm – 1:30 pm Break

1:30 pm 1:40 pm: Housekeeping and Introducing Qorsho Hassan and Becca Buck

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm: Qorsho Hassan and Becca Buck

  1. A culturally relevant approach to trauma-informed teaching  
  2. Understand the importance and need for global music education vs Eurocentric music education
  3. Learn about Somali culture, practices, and values

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm: Break

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm: Qorsho Hassan and Becca Buck

  1. Discuss the importance of global music in connecting to students and their lived experiences
  2. Learn new Somali repertoire directly from The Rhythm of Somalia and how to use it with students

3:30 pm – 3:40 pm: Find rooms for Professional Development Networking Breakouts

3:40 pm – 4:40 pm Professional Development Networking Breakouts

  1. MTBO
  2. Medical settings
  3. Long Term Care settings
  4. School based services
  5. Community Based Services

Learner objectives:


  1. Will be able to verbalize the importance and need for global music education and services vs Eurocentric music education and services. 
CBMT Domain V.B.2
2. Demonstrate knowledge about Somali culture, practices, and values. CBMT Domain I.D.9
3. Actively engage in 2 Somali pieces of repertoire directly from “The Rhythm of Somalia” and how to use it with students. CBMT Domain III.A.2.i
4. Demonstrate knowledge about Hmong culture, practices, and values CBMT Domain I.D.9
5. Through group discussion, verbalize the importance of supporting a client’s therapeutic needs while considering their cultural background.  CBMT Domain V.B.2
6. Verbalize the importance of creating space for expressing Hmong culture through dance and traditional clothing.  CBMT Domain III.A.5.j

Presenter Bios:

True Thao was 11 when he came to the United States as a refugee in 1976. Since settling in the Twin Cities in 1995, he’s dedicated himself to providing counseling services to people who’ve come to this country fleeing persecution. After earning a master’s degree in social work, Thao opened his own counseling practice, aiming to take a different approach than what he’d seen in most Western-focused clinics. He wanted to combine his Western training with his cultural values. For almost 30 years, Thao has used his cultural insight and expertise to guide and counsel other mental health practitioners to better support Minnesotans from many different backgrounds, including those who arrived here as refugees. Thao has excelled in making the field of mental health care more sensitive to the different experiences and perspectives of everyone who calls Minnesota home. Thao was the recipient of the The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ 2020 Outstanding Refugee Award in Entrepreneurship. 

Becca Buck is a K-5th grade music teacher in ISD 191, living in Minneapolis, MN. She received her Bachelor of Music in K-12 Vocal Music Education (2012) and Master of Arts in Music Education with a concentration in Kodály (2018) from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Becca has presented at the local and national level for her work in culturally relevant teaching in a Kodály-inspired classroom, served as treasurer for the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota for 9 years, and received the Spirit of Excellence award in her district in 2020. She is co-lead for her district’s union equity team, recently co-authored “The Rhythm of Somalia,” received MMEA Elementary Teacher of the Year 2024, and is a 2024 MN Teacher of the Year semifinalist.

Qorsho Hassan is an educator, researcher, and community organizer. She has served as a classroom teacher for 10 years and in 2020, was named the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Qorsho is the artist and co-author behind the exhibit and book “Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between,” which presents color portraits, first-person video stories, and written narratives of Somalis living in Columbus, Ohio. She has co-written “A Rhythm of Somalia” a Somali song collection book aimed at bringing cultural preservation to classrooms. She advocates for educational equity and centering student voice and agency in schools. Qorsho is currently consulting and book writing.