Music And Teenage Behaviour


6:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Katrina McFerran

Date: Monday 17 October 2011
Time: 6pm
Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr of Southbank Blvd and Sturt St, Southbank
Cost: Free
Bookings essential:

Music is a powerful influence in young people's lives, but is it powerful enough to trigger problem behaviours? There is a clear relationship between preferences for particular kinds of music and vulnerabilty to mental illness. In this presentation Dr Katrina McFerran will flesh out some possibilities in light of the MP3 revolution and the increasing access to music by all people.


Dr Katrina McFerran is a registered music therapist who completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2001 on the topic of Music Therapy with Bereaved Adolescents. Her research career has been dedicated to examining the therapeutic uses of music with young people across a range of settings including paediatric hospitals, special and mainstream schools, as well as community programs. Her research strengths are in qualitative designs, particularly in the use of Action Research, Phenomenology and Grounded Theory however she frequently partners with other researchers to utilise other approaches to evidence-based research. Katrina lectures music therapy students in training as well as coordinating cross-university subjectsMusic and Health, and Music Psychology. She published her first book in 2010 with Jessica Kingsley Publishers – Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy. She is a prolific publisher in both international and local refereed journals, both within the music therapy discipline and more broadly. She presents regularly at conferences, runs workshops and undertakes consultancies with industry colleagues.