AMTA National Conference and PDS 2014
AMTA National Conference and PDS 2014
Musicking: In and Beyond Therapy
Turning 40: Evaluate. Explore. Integrate. Celebrate.
Thursday 28 August 2014 at 5.30pm: Perspectives on the value of music therapy in health and well-being: public forum
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August 2014: Conference days
Sunday 31 August 2014: PDS (RMT and MThNZ only)
The Royal on the Park hotel, Alice Street, Brisbane, Queensland
|Preliminary PDS program|
Toni Day RMT, Conference Convenor 2014
Dr Carmen Cheong-Clinch RMT, Chair of the Scientific Committee 2014
It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 40th National Australian Music Therapy Conference in Brisbane, Australia.
Building on the success of previous conferences, this year promises to offer delegates the opportunity to not only hear from leading researchers and practitioners in the field of music therapy and beyond, but also connect and strengthen the community we share with all those who participate in musicking for health and well-being. See you in Brisbane!
It has been very exciting to see the concept of turning 40 translating to this year's 40th conference program. We have had a lot of fun thinking and planning together. It promises to be an interesting and inspiring conference that will encourage all of us who musick to evaluate, explore, integrate and celebrate musicking!
Perspectives on the value of music therapy in health and well-being.
A panel chaired by Associate Professor Katrina McFerran RMT, University of Melbourne. This interactive panel features a music therapist, a clinician and a manager of a medical service, who will share their perspectives about working with a music therapist.
5.30pm for drinks and canapes, followed by the forum at 6.30pm. Free to conference delegates.
$25 for others. Register here.
Keynote speaker on Saturday: Dr Grace Thompson RMT
Lecturer in Music Therapy, University of Melbourne, President Elect, AMTA
Riding the momentum of 40 years of music therapy and expanding our community of practice
Keynote speaker on Sunday: Professor Jane Davidson
Head of Research in Creative and Performing Arts, University of Melbourne
This paper discusses participants from three data sets: firstly, those engaged in a longitudinal study traced from children through to adulthood who undertook musical activities music for a variety of personal/social goals; secondly, adult professional musicians who reflected on their own personal needs with music; and thirdly, a group of seniors who joined in musical practice and performance activities for wellbeing benefit. Using these diverse sources of information, it is argued that whilst individual experience affects the nature of musical engagement, the personal, psychological and social impact of both practice and performance are similar, though articulated through different mechanisms by different participants. The theoretical framework for the analysis builds of Juslin’s recent development of work on music and emotion, specifically its use and meaning. Exploring both individual and group experience, the work will shed light on what types of affect music arouses in the person engaging in music-making. Also, what specific emotions we might be dealing with and whether or not these change over time – individual time and historical time (when considering the performance of music composed in earlier times). Additionally, contexts for these specific emotions will be discussed, and consideration will be given to the mechanisms within the music that might elicit the emotion response. Also, whether or not these musical emotions are different to other emotions. Working through these questions, insights into the value of some research methods over others will be explored.
Full program coming soon.
“Turning 40 is one of the key psychological milestones in a person’s life when they evaluate who they are and where they want to be going.” George Negus
- Explore the ways that boundaries can make or break outcomes and build professional integrity
- Measure the seemingly unmeasurable and discover ways to evaluate that don’t impede therapy, but rather enhances it
- Learn how to make your conversations with managers, clients, students, supervisees and colleagues more influential
- Integrate music therapy practice with some of the latest advances in neuroscience
- Play with the uncharted territory in your voice and body
- Explore potentials for funding music therapy in a climate of budget restrictions.
This year's conference returns to the Royal on the Park hotel, Alice Street, Brisbane. Since AMTA was there last there have been extensive renovations, but the very welcome indoor-outdoor party and break area remains.
|Rooms are spacious and feature a king bed or two queens. Bathrooms are fresh and sparkling. And there is free unlimited wi-fi.|
Special AMTA conference rates are:
Thursday or Friday night
$185 per room, room only
Saturday or Sunday night
$159 per room, room only
Breakfast is an additional $20 per person per day, but must be booked in advance for this rate. If not booked in advance then breakfast is $25 per person, per day.
These rates can only be secured through ShowGroup. To book please use this form, phone ShowGroup on 03 9468 2100 or email them at
It is strongly advised to book as soon as possible, because once our allocation has gone the prices may go up. And one the hotel is full there is nothing we can do.
Welcome to registration for the 40th AMTA National Conference and PDS
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Early bird deadline is 5pm on Friday 18 July 2014. Please note that fees must be paid by then to secure that rate. Once a booking has been made it can not be refunded, so please book carefully.
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