Events From 2016

Performing Wellness symposium 10 Dec 2016


The stresses and strains of elite musical performance can have debilitating effects on the musician.

This symposium offers the opportunity for musicians to share their research and participate in practical activities promoting performer wellbeing in order to maximise performance potential and enjoyment.

Keynote speakers include Profesor David Howard, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Dr Bronwen Ackermann, University of Sydney.

Click here to register your attendance. 

Please email Frederic Kiernan for enquiries,

MMW Postgraduate Symposium


This symposium will comprise presentations by current PhD candidates who are conducting music research at the University of Melbourne as part of MMW.


The afternoon will serve as a forum for graduate researchers across music therapy, musicology, music education, music neuroscience and music psychology to share their research findings and to facilitate broader networking and collaboration between disciplines conducting music research within the University of Melbourne.


The symposium will be joined by a special guest from Macquarie University, Sydney: NHMRC Dementia Fellow Dr Amee Baird (Clinical Neuropsychologist).


Please register here


Date: Thursday 24 November 2016

Time: 1-5pm

Venue: Kenneth Myer Building Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Center, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville.

The Neurobiology of Art - Lecture by Professor Semir Zeki FRS


Derek Denton Lectures in Science and the Arts 

The Inaugural Derek Denton Lecture in the Arts 


The Neurobiology of Art 


Professor Semir Zeki FRS 

Professor of Neuroaesthetics at University College London 

Chairman: Dr Robyn Williams AM 



Tuesday 4 October 2016 



6.00pm – 7.00pm



The Spot-B01 (Copland Theatre)

Business and Economics Building

198 Berkeley St

The University of Melbourne




All Welcome

42nd Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference


The 42nd Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference will be held at Rydges Melbourne on September 16-18th 2016.

This year’s theme ‘Creating Partnerships in Music’ celebrates collaboration within and beyond music therapy. This conference presents an opportunity to share, challenge, and expand understandings of what it means to partner in music, and to strengthen and forge new possibilities for action. 


Conquering performance anxiety: Applying research findings to optimize music performance


Dr Katie Zhukov joins us from The University of Queensland to discuss new research on managing music performance anxiety.

When: Thurs 8 September 6-7pm

Where: Oscar Oeser Room, room 1120, level 11, Redmond Barry building (Psychological Sciences).

Directions: Enter Parkville campus through Gate 1 off Swanston St, follow Tin Alley for approx. 150 meters, and Redmond Barry building is on your left. 

Alive Inside: Music and Dementia - Melbourne Recital Centre, Fri 12th Aug 6pm


Dementia poses significant challenges for all those it affects. This presentation investigates the benefits of music for persons with dementia and their carers on memory, mood and behaviour. Three of the country’s new National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council Dementia Research Development Fellows Drs Amee Baird, Jeanette Tamplin and Sandra Garrido offer critical insights into how music can have positive effects on the minds of people living with dementia.

Accessing music, accessing ourselves: Exploring our relationship with music today


Accessing music, accessing ourselves: Exploring our relationship with music today

Dr Amanda E. Krause, Curtin University

Tallis Wing, MCM, The University of Melbourne.


With an aim to better understand the place that music occupies in everyday, modern life, this presentation will address recent findings of psychology research that concern our daily interactions with music.  Specifically, the presentation considers how music fits in with other contemporaneous activities, and focuses on how we access and select music to listen to.  Additionally, the presentation will highlight how our interactions with music influence our perceived well-being.


Amanda Krause is a postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University.  She is interested in the social and applied psychology of music, with a focus on everyday music interactions.  Specifically, Amanda's interests concern listening behaviours (with an emphasis on considering digital music and emerging web technologies) and the intersection of everyday music interactions and well-being.  She is currently collaborating with Professors Adrian North (Curtin), Jane Davidson (UniMelb) and Katrina Skewes McFerran (UniMelb) on an ARC Discovery Project, ‘Musical investment: assessing and enabling musical participation for well being impact across the lifespan’.