[Events] Music Therapy Seminar tomorrow

Ellen.Byrne Ellen.Byrne at STAFFMAIL.ul.ie
Tue Feb 9 15:35:26 GMT 2010

The Irish World Academy 

Of Music and Dance

'Of our Times' Spring Seminar Series

Wed 10th February, Room B, 

Lr Ground Floor, Foundation Building

2.30 pm All Welcome


Music Therapy Seminar



Professor Jane Edwards, (Irish World Academy)



Orla Casey (UK):

'Music Therapy in Childrens' Hospices'


There are over 40 children's hospices in the U.K. Most of these offer a
music therapy service to children and families as part of holistic care
programme. This presentation will outline music therapy services in a
children's hospice including - a history of services, current trends and
developments, theoretical approaches, funding and links with wider
services. Examples of casework will be discussed using audio and video


Dr Simon Gilbertson (Irish World Academy):

'The Danger of Order'


In music and health, as in most aspects of human experience like sport
and love, it is the human capacity for extremes of variation, diversity
and contextual irrelevance or significance in which humans naturally
evolve and co-exist. Contrastingly, many systems related to both music
and health are often conceptually dominated by order. Can this bias
towards order harbour risk, or even danger in some aspects?


In this paper, I will begin by looking at contemporary discussions on
the conceptualisation of order in music and health and will highlight
core aspects using examples from the field of music therapy. From this
perspective, time will be then taken to a reflect on how a consideration
of the danger of order may assist us in a natural exploration of what it
is actually like to be human.


About the speakers:


Orla Casey qualified as a music therapist from Anglia Ruskin University,
Cambridge in 2003. She has worked for six years in a children's hospice
and is head of a county music therapy schools service in the UK.


Dr Simon Gilbertson is Assistant Course Director of the MA in Music
Therapy program at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and
Associate Director of the Music and Health Research Group at the
University of Limerick.


As a music therapy clinician he has worked in England and Germany in a
range of clinical settings working with children and adolescents with
autism, children and adults with cancer, neurological illness and
trauma. He completed his doctoral research on music improvisation with
people with traumatic brain injuries related to road traffic incidents
in 2004 under the mentorship of Professor David Aldridge at the Chair of
Qualitative Research in Medicine, University Witten/Herdecke, Germany.


Simon has presented internationally and been published in a number of
peer-reviewed journals. He has written two book chapters on music
therapy with people who have experienced traumatic brain injury and has
written his first book, 'Music therapy and traumatic brain injury: A
light on a dark night' with David Aldridge for Jessica Kingsley
Publishers. Simon is the current World Federation of Music Therapy
Regional Liaison for Europe.


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