AMTA 2020 Conference

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Monica Logan | 28/09/2020

This year, the 46th Australian Music Therapy Associal National Virtual Conference will run from 7th to 15th November.  The conference theme of Connection: Evolving, Reflecting, Responding was chosen by the conference committee at the end of 2019 to reflect the role of music therapy and RMTs in facilitating the relationship between music and human connection. Little did anyone know how pertinent and significant the theme would become this year in the face of the challenges we have been facing locally and globally.

The conference will be delivered online this year, and the program has been reimagined for this purpose with several presentation modes including:

  • Masterclass
  • Panel
  • Perspectives session
  • Paper or virtual roundtable
  • PechaKucha

Conference registration is now open 

Online registration for the conference is now open. To find out more information about registering for the conference, click here.

All registrations must be paid in full by Friday 23 October 2020.

The Virtual Professional Development Seminar will be held on 7th November, and other conference sessions held from 8th to 15th November.

Don't miss your chance to hear from and join the discussion with industry leaders

We are fortunate to have an amazing line up of keynote speakers, presenters and experts leading us in discussions this year. Our program and guests include:

Keynote speakers:

Dr Marisol Norris, who will present 'Building connections: Radical imaginations in music therapy'.

  • Dr. Marisol S. Norris is a board-certified music therapist, critical arts therapies educator, speaker, consultant, and founder of the Black Music Therapy Network, Inc

Professor Susan Hadley, who will present 'The Urgency for Sociocultural Reflexivity in Music Therapy'.

  • Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC, is professor and director of music therapy at Slippery Rock University. 

Professional Development Seminar Speakers:

Libby Sherring

  • Libby Sherring is a psychotherapist, spiritual care practitioner, counsellor and educator with experience in community health, private practice and a variety of acute, sub-acute and palliative care hospital settings.

Associate Professior Debra Phyland

  • Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist having primarily worked for the past 33 years in acute hospital settings, part-time lecturing in voice, neurological and dysphagia subjects and running her private voice practice.

Leaders in Conversation

  • With Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson, AM and Asami Koike (RMT) in conversation on the topic of Indigenous and Diasporic Perspectives on Trauma.

  • With Dr Dale Taylor and Professor Jorg Fachner in conversation on the topic of Contemporary Understandings of Music and Neuroscience. 

To find out more about the AMTA 2020 Conference program and guest speakers, visit the conference website.