Events From 2015

Music on the Mind - Prof Gro Trondalen (Norway) - Time-limited Guided Imagery And Music (GIM) With Professional Musicians


Time-limited Guided Imagery And Music (GIM) With Professional Musicians

Musicians have the most wonderful profession; they have the opportunity to create music as an art form for a vibrant audience. However, being trained and working as a musician, also means confronting one’s physical, mental, and existential wellbeing. This presentation addresses time limited individual Guided Imagery and Music with professional musicians: exploring music listening as a health resource. I propose an open music listening approach, supported by drawings and verbal conversation, in order to integrate and balance the physical/mental and existential dimensions of life in the name of excellence in performance and an enriched personal life.

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. 


St Vincent's Annual Lecture in Psycho-oncology - A/Prof Clare O'Callaghan


The St Vincent's  Hospital, Melbourne, Annual Lecture in Psycho-oncology  

Lecture title: ''That song understood how I was feeling': The contribution of music and music therapy to psycho-oncology''

Date: 8th October - Wine and nibbles commence at 5:30 and the lecture is from 6:15 - 7:45.

Venue: Michael Chamberlin Theatre, Mary Aikenhead Building, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne (entrance from Victoria Parade, near Nicholson Street, Fitzroy). 

A/Prof Clare O'Callaghan has worked as a music therapist in Melbourne hospitals since 1985 and was an NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in Palliative Care in 2008-9.

This is a free public lecture. Please RSVP to

Music on the Mind: Dr Margaret Barrett - Nurturing Creativity: From Infant Songs To Symphonies


Nurturing Creativity: From Infant Songs To Symphonies - Prof Margaret Barrett (UQ)

It has been observed that creativity awaits the prepared mind. For educators and parents alike what prepares the mind for creative thought and activity is of major interest. This lecture will draw on the findings of a series of longitudinal studies of infants and young children’s music-making to trace the developmental pathways to music creativity. Prof Barrett will discuss the facilitators and constraints on young children’s creative thought and activity in family settings and consider the implications for curriculum and pedagogy in music education. The discussion will be extended through reference to recent research on the pedagogy of creativity when expert composers work with non-neophyte student composers.

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 on the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

AMPS Seminar Series: Prof Raymond MacDonald


Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose: What is human musicality and why it is important 

This presentation outlines a number of different perspectives investigating the relationship between music and health while presenting evidence to support the assertion "We are all Musical".  Possible reasons relating to why music may have beneficial effects on health are explored; these include a discussion of social, cultural neurological, medical, developmental and education issues.   The contrasting but related contributions of music therapy, community music and music education will be discussed and research   examples will highlight various ways in which music and health can be studied.   Particular emphasis will be placed upon the importance of improvisation as an accessible, unique, spontaneous, social and creative process that can facilitate collaboration between many musical genres and across disciplines.

Venue: Old Arts Theatre B, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Time: 6pm Thursday 13th August, 2015


Raymond MacDonald is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation   and Head of The School of Music at University of Edinburgh.

As a saxophonist and composer he has released over 50 CDs and toured  and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television,  theatre, radio and art installations and much of his work explores  he boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen   as improvisation and composition.  Collaborating with musicians such as David Byrne, Evan Parker, Jim O'Rourke and Marilyn Crispell his  work informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative   and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically.   He is a key player and a founding member of The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.

After completing his PhD at the University of Glasgow, investigating therapeutic applications of music, he worked as Artistic Director for a music company, Sounds of Progress, specialising in working with people who have special needs.  He runs music workshops and lectures internationally and has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.  He has co-edited four texts, Musical   Identities (2002) and Musical Communication (2005), Musical Imaginations (2012) and Music Health & Wellbeing (2012) and was editor of the journal Psychology of Music between 2006 and 2012. He is an associate editor for The International Journal of Music Education, Jazz Research Journal, Research Studies in Music Education, Musicae Scientiae, and The Journal of Music Therapy.

His on-going research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, musical communication, music health and wellbeing, music education and musical identities. He studies the processes and outcomes of music participation and music listening and has a particular interest in collaborative creativity. His new coedited text with David Hargreaves and Dorothy Miell "The Oxford Handbook of Musical Identities" is due for publication in 2016.


AMPS Seminar Series: Vocal emotion processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder & Twin study on Singing Ability


Come to hear two postgraduate students from the Music Psychology lab speak about their research.


Topic 1: Individual Differences in Vocal Emotion Processing: Findings from the General Population and Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Speaker: Yi Ting Tan 

Topic 2: “Let’s Hear Twins Sing!”: The first online twin study on singing ability
Speaker: Valerie Yap

Time: 6-7pm. Date: 23 July 2015. Where: University of Melbourne, Old Arts Building, Theatre B.


The Brain's Way of Healing - Public Lecture by Dr Norman Doidge (author of 'The Brain That Changes Itself')


The Brain's Way of Healing

Wednesday 27 May 2015 6:00–7:00PM


Melbourne City Town Hall
90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Join Toronto psychiatrist, Dr Norman Doidge, renowned author of the The Brain that Changes Itself. This international best-seller made headlines when it discussed the way the brain can repair itself - known as neuroplasticity - an utterly fascinating notion that turned conventional thinking on its head.

Seven years later, Norman has interviewed several of our neuroscientists as part of a new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing.

Come and join a discussion about remarkable discoveries and recoveries of the brain, thanks to neural healing. Hear stories Norman has gathered - on the way people have alleviated years of chronic pain; improved the lives of those living on the autism spectrum; diminished symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries and how we may lower our risk of dementia. 

Norman and a panel of Florey researchers (including Prof Sarah Wilson from MMW) will chat about the way the mind, brain and body work together in health and healing. 

This promises to be a night of optimism, cool neuroscience and thought-provoking wonder.

To book for this free public lecture click here.

Public Lecture - A/Prof Wendy Magee on Music in Disorders of Consciousness



 Music as an intervention in paediatric and adult populations with disorders of consciousness 


PUBLIC LECTURE - A/Prof Wendy Magee

5pm, May 20th, 2015 

Vernon Collins Room 

Health Education Learning Precinct 

Royal Children’s Hospital 

50 Flemington Rd, Parkville 


Using clinical illustrations and examples from neuroscience, this presentation will outline the latest evidence for using music as a diagnostic tool and medium for intervention with children, adolescents and adults who have complex needs stemming from acquired brain injury and disorders of consciousness. 


Assoc. Prof. Wendy Magee, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA 

With over 25 years’ experience working in neurology, Wendy Magee has extensive specialist clinical skills in this area and has pursued a range of research with adults and children with neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, low awareness states, and Locked-in Syndrome. Dr. Magee is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, with 25 book chapters in edited volumes, and editor of the text Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings. Her current research and theoretical priorities include developing the evidence base for Music Therapy practice in neurology and rehabilitation, including developing and testing treatment methods and measurement tools, and within interdisciplinary practice


Light refreshments will be served after the lecture. 


Please register here by Friday 15th May, 2015