The Music of Music Therapy conference

Published: 15 February 2010 at 10:16

Major conference to look at the types of music that make music therapy techniques possible

Anglia Ruskin University, a pioneer of music therapy teaching and learning in the UK, is to host a major conference on 26-27 February to discuss the specific nature of music within music therapy, a discipline that is now accepted and trusted to improve the physical, emotional and wellbeing of a variety of individuals today.

The event, organised by the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the East Road campus, Cambridge, will feature keynote speakers Rachel Darnley-Smith from  University of Durham and Mercédès Pavlicevic from Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, London. Over 80 delegates, including speakers, are expected from all over Europe.

Discussions of the clinical process in music therapy have in common their recognition of the value of music as part, or all, of the means of emotional communication and therapeutic exchange. At this conference the experts will turn their attention to the nature of the music itself to discuss the place of the therapist's own musical 'history', the influences on the therapist's choice of instruments made available for the therapy, and the way in which the client's own musical background affects the development of the musical language of the work.

To book a place, or to check the registration fee, please email