Events From 2014

Dr Margaret Osborne - Performance Anxiety


8 things to give up…and not one of them is music

Music affords many benefits for our mental health and wellbeing. In a cruel twist of fate, the act of performing music can be so distressing that it is endured with dread and fear, and in extreme cases, leads some to avoid performing altogether. In this seminar Margaret will integrate a performance case study with one of Australia’s leading performers and music educators, clarinetist Paul Dean, to discuss the eight common triggers to music performance anxiety. She’ll show how musicians at all levels, from young learners in the precious formative years of their musical life to those who take the stage at a violin concerto, might be able to give up these triggers to invite more musical performance, and thus wellbeing, into our lives.

Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event. 

MMW/AMPS Public Seminar: Prof Joke Bradt (USA) - Vocal Music Therapy for Chronic Pain Management


Presentation Title: Vocal Music Therapy: An Embodied Approach to Chronic Pain Management

Presenter: Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC

Affiliation: Drexel University, Department of Creative Arts Therapies (Philadelphia, USA)

Location: Old Arts Theatre B, Melbourne University, Parkville Campus


This presentation will introduce the attendees to the use of vocal music therapy (VMT) for chronic pain management. Through clinical examples and video segments of actual VMT session, Dr. Bradt will discuss how vocal music therapy activates mechanisms that play an important role in the management of chronic pain. She will also present the results of an NIH-funded study on the effects of VMT on core outcomes in chronic pain management.

Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference - Brisbane


AMTA National Conference and PDS 2014

The 40th conference of the Australian Music Therapy Association will be held this year at The Royal on the Park, Alice Street, Brisbane, Queensland.

Welcome reception:  Thursday 28 August 2014

Conference and concurrent PDS sessions:  Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August 2014

RMT-only PDS:  Sunday 31 August 2014


Keynote speaker: Dr Grace Thompson  RMT

Riding the momentum of 40 years of music therapy and expanding our community of practice

In 40 years, lots of things change, and perhaps that’s why 40 is traditionally a time to reflect, evaluate and celebrate. Society’s notion of “therapy” and the ways we experience and participate in music has shifted and expanded since the pioneering days of music therapy in Australia and indeed the rest of the world. As music therapy continues to navigate beyond the traditional boundaries of health and education settings, we have embraced words such as collaboration, partnership and strength-based practice. At the same time, never before in our history have we had so many clinicians with considerable practice experience and such a fast growing generation of researchers in Australia. These conditions provide us with a new collective capacity to reflect deeply on the ways we engage people in musicking for health and wellbeing, as well as the courage to expand our community of practice in order to progress our profession in the years to come.

This presentation will reflect upon music therapy’s rich heritage, explore current trends emerging in health care and promotion, and propose ideas to continue to develop our community of practice. 

Call for papers: The call for papers is now closed.

Registration will open shortly. For further information see the AMTA conference website -

Accommodation: The conference and PDS will be held at The Royal on the Park, Alice Street, Brisbane.  Rates start at $159 for a twin/double room on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. Conference accommodation bookings will open in March. This conference rate can only be accessed through AMTA.


Dr Jeanette Tamplin - Therapeutic Effects of Singing


Therapeutic Effects of Singing

Awareness of the social, psychological, and physical health benefits of singing has increased significantly over the past decade. Singing has been reported to improve mood, decrease stress hormone levels, facilitate social connection, and even boost immune function. In this presentation, Jeanette will share findings from her research into the therapeutic application of singing in rehabilitation and discuss the benefits of singing as an accessible, non-invasive, and cost-effective way to improve health and wellbeing. 

Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event. 

A/Prof Felicity Baker - AMPS Seminar - Songwriting for self-concept following traumatic injury


People who have acquired a brain or spinal cord injury often experience significant emotional upheaval as they begin to process and acknowledge the long-term implications of their injuries. This feasibility study examined the effect of a targeted songwriting intervention on self-concept and wellbeing in adults with acquired brain injury or spinal cord injury. Six inpatients undergoing rehabilitation following a brain or spinal cord injury participated in 12 individual songwriting sessions over 6 weeks. The sessions were designed to support participants to create songs that explored issues of identity – with the aim of integrating aspects of the past pre-injured self with that of the new injured self. Participants created 3 songs – a song about the past self, the present self, and a future self. They completed a battery of pre, post, and follow up standardized measures designed to determine changes in self-concept, affect, anxiety and depression, satisfaction with life, and sense of flourishing. Changes to self-concept and wellbeing were in the positive direction demonstrating the capacity for this methodology to detect changes in this population. Data collection from control group participants is currently under way which will enable stronger inferences about the effects of the intervention. This presentation will discuss the findings to date and illustrate how self-concept changes are reflected in song lyrics.

Prof Sam Gosling - Music Taste & Personality


Sam Gosling, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, and "Good Morning America," and his research is featured in Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution. He lives in Austin, Texas.

He will be visting The University of Melbourne as a Brotherton Fellow in February-April 2014 and we are very fortunate that he will be giving a talk for MMW on his research in music tastes and personality.

Title: The Structure and Personality Correlates of Music Preferences 

Date: Thursday 3 April, 2014

Time: 6-7pm.

Location: Kenneth Myer Auditorium (Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville) 

Prof Jane Ginsborg (Royal Northern College of Music) 3 March 6pm


Professor Jane Ginsborg from the Royal Northern College of Music is visiting the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in March 2014. As part of her residency she will present the following seminar.

Title: Exposing the dynamics of the duo: Singers’ and pianists’ collaborative rehearsal and performance.

Date: 3 March 2014

Time: 6-7pm

Location: Babel-G03 (Lower Theatrette in the Babel Building, The University of Melbourne Parkville campus).