Improvisation – Exploring the Art & Science of Clinical Practice


May 24-28, 2011

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Third International Music Therapy Research Conference will explore past and present research on clinical improvisation and create a community of innovation and collaboration. Integrating the science and art of clinical practice is a debate that has been central to the development of music therapy and is a subject that has caused much controversy. Improvisation as clinical practise is at the interface of this questioning. This conference aims to bring together improvisation researchers and practitioners, to facilitate discourse, and encourage connections. A unique aspect of this conference is that delegates will present a 60 min paper followed by a 45 min discussion. This format has been central to previous conferences and allows for rich discourse and active participation. Highlights of the conference will include a concert of Paul Nordoff compositions, and a Inauguration of the Music Therapy Improvisation Collective.

Core Research Topics

Micro and macro analysis  –  Resources and styles  –  New research initiatives  –  Cultural perspectives  –  Community music therapy  –  Music Psychotherapy  –  Music-Centered practice  –  Musicology  –  Spirituality

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Welcome Message
LCMTR Name Change
Call for Papers (Closed)


Schedule and Program

Concert of Paul Nordoff Compositions Performed by Colin Andrew Lee (click image for full view)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Thursday May 26, 2011
Friday May 27, 2011
Saturday May 28, 2010

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