Articles From 2014
8 Things To Give Up… And Not One Of Them Is Music
On Monday 22 September, Dr Margaret Osborne discussed the topic of performance anxiety. In this seminar Margaret led a performance case study with clarinetist Paul Dean to cover the eight common triggers to music performance anxiety.
The talk was part of our Music on the Mind series of free talks exploring the relationship between music and the human brain and the related links to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development and the role of music in our contemporary communities.
June 15th 2014
Dr Jeanette Tamplin is interviewed by Lynne Malcolm for ABC Radio National's 'All in the Mind' program. She discusses the use of music therapy in stroke rehabilitation.
May 18th 2014
Associate Professor Felicity Baker (President of the Australian Music Therapy Association) talks with Sunil Badami on the Overnights program on ABC Local radio about what music therapy is and how it can help a variety of conditiions and problems.
The Junba project - reviving endangered indigenous song and dance traditions
Current research by Dr Sally Treloyn, highlighted at at the recent Congress Lowitja conference on Culture, Identity and Health, focuses on reviving endangered songs and dances that are indigenous to much of the Kimberley area, which holds some of Australia’s oldest and richest performance traditions.
The big focus is on the endangered Junba (corroboree), which University of Melbourne ethnomusicologist Sally Treloyn says is “one of the world’s most precious dance–song traditions” and brings people together with country and family, past, present and future. The Junba project has been taking up to five generations of local families off to Junba camps, to bring alive indigenous song and dance traditions away from distractions. Digital technology is also helping, with children making their own mini Junba documentaries and transcribing Junba texts and elders using repatriated audio and video recordings of past performances to pass on stories.
The Pizzicato Effect and the power of music
Now in its fifth year, a music education partnership between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a primary school in Broadmeadows is paying some amazing dividends.
Click here to watch a video article on The Pizzicato Effect which was a supplement to the printed article in The Age Life and Style 8 February 2014, including evidence gathered by Prof Gary McPherson and Dr Margaret Osborne showing that research into the program's effects on academic performance looks promising so far, with improved literacy and stronger non-verbal reasoning skills.