Professor Helen Odell-Miller visits the Norwegian Academy of Music

Published: 23 September 2014 at 08:54

Talking in front of musical instruments

Professor of Music Therapy takes part in teaching exchange

In May 2014 Professor Helen Odell-Miller, co-founder of the MA Music Therapy course at Anglia Ruskin University and Director of the Music for Health Research Centre, visited the Norwegian Academy of Music. The Erasmus Exchange, which forms part of an ongoing collaboration with the Norwegian Academy, enables a teacher exchange in the field of Music Therapy.

As part of her visit, Professor Odell-Miller taught students for two days on the topic of Music Therapy for people with dementia, depression and psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia. The work included a practice-based workshop, the focus of which was themes that come up in these complex mental illness settings.

Professor Odell-Miller worked as a music therapist in the National Health Service for 20 years, before joining Anglia Ruskin University in 1994, and she still holds an honorary contract with the NHS. Her area of expertise is Music Therapy and Dementia, Music Therapy and Links with Diagnosis in Adult Mental Health and Psychoanalytically Informed Music Therapy. She has extensively published her research on Music Therapy, her publications including Supervision of music therapy: a theoretical and practical handbook, co-written with Eleanor Richards (Anglia Ruskin University), published by Routlege in 2009, and Forensic Music Therapy published by Jessica Kingsley in 2013, also co-written.

The Erasmus Exchange will continue this year with Professor Gro Trondalen from the Norwegian Academy of Music visiting the Music Therapy Centre of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in October and teaching Anglia Ruskin students for two days, focusing on her research on Guided Imagery in Music (GIM).

In July 2014 Professor Odell-Miller, along with colleagues Professor Amelia Oldfield and Professor Jorg Fachner, also visited Vienna for a research meeting of the International Consortium of Eight Music Therapy Research Universities, of which Anglia Ruskin is a member. This consortium includes the University of Melbourne, Aalborg University in Denmark, Temple University in Philadelphia, the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, among others. The collaboration offers fantastic research opportunities as well as an important international link with other universities around the world that focus on Music Therapy teaching and practice.