Music, Mind and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care

Oct. 9 and 10, 2013
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

Music, Mind and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care is a two-day event that will present and examine the current state of  scientific, artistic, and clinical thinking around the use of music in therapy, medicine, and education. A group of world class experts, many of whom are trained both as scientist-clinicians as well as highly accomplished musicians in their own right, will convene to meet the primary objectives of the conference:

  • The presentation of the most contemporary thinking and “cutting edge” research related to the neuroscience of music and its relationship to therapy, medicine, and human development
  • Emphasize the unique social and emotional characteristics of improvisation and its connection to creativity and consciousness
  • Development of the most important questions and methods to pursue for future research, clinical practice, brain development, and expansion of artistic expression.

Through a series of presentations, performances, and experiential opportunities, the panel and conference attendees will engage in a dialogue structured to deepen our understanding of all aspects of music production and perception. This includes the musical and extra-musical processes involved with extemporaneous music-making, the underlying neural correlates of improvisation, and the application of that knowledge toward clinical applications of music. Both days of the conference will include performances, lectures, and audience participation to generate a more complete understanding of music, creativity, and improvisation, including its cognitive, emotional, and social implications.

Interested attendees will include physicians, musicians, health care practitioners, educators, music therapists, and psychologists/counselors; generally, those involved with research, music, and/or the clinical treatment of people with developmental, neurologic, and mental health disorders.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Music Therapy Across the Lifespan

June 23 & 24, 2014 

Toronto Canada

The Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT), in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) will be hosting its 40th Annual National Conference in Toronto, Ontario on June 23-24, 2014. This is a milestone conference for CAMT as we celebrate 40 years of music therapy in Canada! We are proud and excited to be hosting both this event and our colleagues from across Canada and beyond!

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development (CAMT, 1994).

The mission of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy is to promote excellence in music therapy practice, education, research and development; to increase access to high quality music therapy services; to further the awareness of music therapy in Canada and to serve as an organizational agency for its members (CAMT, 2013). In Canada, music therapists are working with a variety of clients in diverse settings such as: hospitals, nursing homes, schools, community centres, hospices, group homes and in private practice. Our Canadian Association have over 500 accredited members serving the public and contributing to holistic health care and quality of life.

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3rd International Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine

Music Medicine Through the LifeSpan
University of Toronto
June 24 thru 28, 2014

The newly created Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR), Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Canadian Association for Music Therapy have come together in collaborative partnership to plan a landmark event in Music & Medicine with the theme Music Medicine through the Lifespan. Plans are to build on the spirit of collaboration to bring together Music Therapists, Researchers in Music in Medicine, Researchers in Music as Medicine, Researchers in Musician’s Health, Medical Practitioners, Neuroscientists, and students in all these fields. We are expecting to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange and future collaboration.

The 3rd International Conference of IAMM will be preceded by a pre-conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy on June 22-24. International scholars and therapists are warmly invited and encouraged to come a few days early to the IAMM conference and participate in these worthwhile professional conference days. Please see the links on this website for more information.

As co-hosts of the 3rd International Conference of IAMM, we are proud to welcome this illustrious association to Canada and pleased to plan what we believe will be an exciting and stimulating conference experience that will motivate greater energy and commitment to the potent field of music and medicine.

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