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4th International Conference on Music Therapy

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

The 4th  International Conference on Music Therapy: Salutogenic Approach to Health was organized on 10th  March 2017 at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute by Centre for Music Therapy Education & Research (CMTER). Prof. Gerhard Tucek, Head Josef Ressel Centre for personalised Music Therapy of IMC University of Applied Sciences, KREMS, Austria delivered the inaugural address. In his inaugural address, he said that Current neuro-imaging and neuro-anthropological investigations have revealed fresh insights on therapeutic effects of music and there are emerging trends of personalized music therapy services based on new ways of thinking through inter-disciplinary dialogues.

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

This will pave the way to understand the music therapy mechanisms/processes and the current trends of development in delivering music therapy services. The cultural expressions of human experiences like fear, sorrow, pain, emotions, and behavior may be different but the phenomenon of understanding what is common and what is different and how we handle these human experiences through music and making the connections with people is what we do in music therapy. This helps us to understand the anthropological needs in pathological conditions and create a therapeutic relationship which is important in having the desired positive clinical outcomes. In the Keynote address, Dr. Helen Odell Miller, director of Music Therapy Research Centre at Anglica Ruskin University, Cambridge spoke on Music Therapy and adult mental health in the 21 Century. She highlighted the specific ways in which people with personality disorder use music in Music therapy as, music provides a link between emotion and thought, music is used to heighten understanding of the expression of emotion, links between the memory of abuse and childhood music making can be powerful. She revealed an alarming statistics of WHO that, 350 million across the globe suffer from depression, 60 million with bipolar disorder, 21 million with schizophrenia and 47.5 million with dementia-related illness. Professor Felicity Baker, Co-Director, National Music Therapy Research Unit, The University of Melbourne, Australia spoke on Facilitating neurological organization and recovery of speech in people with acquired aphasia through a modified melodic intonation therapy programme.

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

4th International Conference on Music Therapy

Dr. Jorg Fachner Professor of Music, Health and Brain at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom spoke on Imagery and brain processing in Receptive Music Therapy Settings and Dr. Maria Montserrat Gimeno of State University of New York at New Paltz spoke on Clinical Research on Music Therapy. The Conference was presided over by Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and was attended by Prof. M.Ravishankar, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Prof. A.R. Srinivasan, Registrar, SBV, Dr. Adithan, Director, Central Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, Professors, staff and delegates from other colleges and institutes. The conference was organized by the Centre for Music Therapy Education and Research (CMTER) headed by Dr. Sumathy Sundar.

Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Music Therapy

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