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Third International Music Therapy Research Conference


The Third International Music Therapy Research Conference explored past and present research on clinical improvisation and fostered a community of innovation and collaboration. Integrating the science and art of clinical practice has always been a debate that has been central to the development of music therapy, and is a subject that has caused much controversy. Improvisation as clinical practice is at the interface of this questioning. This conference brought together improvisation researchers and practitioners. The discourse facilitated and encouraged connection to develop. A unique aspect of this conference was delegates presented a 60 min paper followed by a 45 min discussion. Highlights of the conference included a concert of Paul Nordoff compositions, and a Inauguration of the Music Therapy Improvisation Collective.

Heidi Ahonen. Chair