MTRB #14 – Felicity Baker

Felicity3Dr Felicity Baker is a former Australia Research Council Future Fellow (2011-2015) in the area of music therapy and working  on a study that aims to build a therapeutic model of songwriting across the lifespan. She is Founding Director of the International Research Network of Therapeutic Songwriting which has 32 members from 12 countries, and a professor of music therapy at the University of Melbourne.

Her clinical and research expertise are predominantly in neurorehabilitation with a special interest in communication rehabilitation and facilitating emotional adjustment to a changed identity via various music therapy methods.

Felicity is National President of The Australian Music Therapy Association, the national peak body for the discipline, and former editor of The Australian Journal of Music Therapy. She holds editorial board membership on The Journal of Music Therapy and the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and has taught on international music therapy programs in Taiwan, USA, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Felicity was awarded a University of Queensland Foundation Excellence in Research Award (2008), an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award (2009), and an ADC Australian Leadership Award (2011).

Felicity has published widely with over 70 publications and is best known for her authored and edited texts: Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician’s Manual. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2006 with Jeanette Tamplin), Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Student (2005, with Tony Wigram), and Voicework in Music Therapy: Research and Practice (2011, with Sylka Uhlig).

Songwriting article by Baker, Silverman, & MacDonald.

Oscar Key Sung – New Weird Australia

Elizabeth Stegemöller_ISU_Headshot“Music is the medicine of the mind.” (John A. Logan) To date, little is known about the neural underpinnings of music and its therapeutic application. As a music therapist, Dr. Elizabeth Stegemöller has witnessed several intriguing experiences where patients with a neurological disorder have overcome a debilitating condition through music. It is these experiences that have motivated her research goals. Dr. Stegemöller earned her bachelor’s degrees in Music Therapy and Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2001. Following her degrees, she worked as a clinical music therapist before returning to graduate school earning her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at Northwestern University in 2010. Following the completion of her graduate degree, Dr. Stegemöller completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology and Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. She joined Iowa State University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Stegemöller’s main research focus is to understand the neurophysiology associated with the therapeutic effect of music on axial impairments in persons with Parkinson’s disease. She currently has multiple projects examining the effects of music on speech, swallow, repetitive finger movements, and gait in persons with PD. Dr. Stegemöller has received funding and has over 25 publications in her young career. In addition, Dr. Stegemöller is highly active in the Parkinson’s Action Network advocating for Parkinson’s disease research. Dr. Stegemöller is very passionate about her work and hopes that through her research and advocacy effort, she can contribute to the development of new and innovated therapies that demonstrate effectiveness at targeting PD symptoms often not improved with medication.

MTRB #12 – Kenneth Aigen

Ken-Aigen-SmileKenneth Aigen is a music therapist whose clinical specialties include work with children and adolescents with emotional and developmental delays, and adults in mental health. His research uses musicological analyses to reveal connections between the elements of music and common cognitive, emotional, and physical goals in music therapy. He lectures internationally and has authored numerous publications on Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, pop music in music therapy, and qualitative research methodology. Two of his books, Paths of Development in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Music-Centered Music Therapy, have been translated into Japanese and Korean. Aigen is a past–president of the American Association for Music Therapy, a recipient of the Research and Publications Award from the American Music Therapy Association, and he was the scientific committee chairman for the Ninth World Congress of Music Therapy. His most recent book is The Study of Music Therapy: Core Issues and Concepts published by Routledge in December 2013. Aigen received his doctorate from New York University in 1991 and for 15 years he was the research director and then co-director of the NordoffRobbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU. From 2006 until returning to Steinhardt in 2013, Aigen was an associate professor in music therapy at Temple University where he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Music for this episode is “The Sidewalks of New York” by Matt LeGroulx.

Purple jacketDr. Amy Clements-Cortes is Assistant Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto; Senior Music Therapist/Practice Advisor, Baycrest; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University & Registered Psychotherapist. Amy has extensive clinical experience working with clients across the lifespan with a specialty in work with older adults and end-of-life care. She has given over 90 conference and/or invited academic presentations, is published in peer reviewed journals and books, and has supervised over 36 music therapy internships, 30 undergraduate research studies, and 3 Masters students Major Research papers. She is the President of the WFMT, Managing Editor of the Music and Medicine journal, a former President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy,  and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. Music for this podcast is “Out Here On My Own” a cover of the tune from “Fame” by Lesley and Michael Gore, performed by Amy Clements-Cortes.

MTRB #10: Ed Roth

This podcast is the first in our feature on members of the editorial board of the Journal of Music Therapy. We have pestered friends and colleagues of ours to be on the podcast to talk about their research and also give some tips from their perspectives as reviewers and editors of music therapy research.

Ed Roth is a sought after presenter regionally, nationally and internationally, most recently at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland), Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain) and Oxford University (England). His publications appear in music therapy and science or health related journals including the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 13(1) (2004), The Case Manager: The Official Journal of the Medical Case Management Society of America (May-June 2004), the Journal for the Professional Counselor (2007), and Perceptual and Motor Skills (2008).

Roth has worked in several clinical settings with clients in various neurological, physical and psychiatric diagnostic categories. While working as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University, he led music therapy and counseling groups for adolescents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and acute anxiety disorders from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Prior clinical experiences also include service as a music therapist at Blythedale Children′s Hospital (Westchester, N.Y.), the University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.), and Bronson and Borgess Medical Centers (Kalamazoo, Mich.).

Roth is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Recently, Roth chaired a pre-conference institute in San Diego at the American Music Therapy Association′s annual national conference. The institute, titled Clinical Neuromusicology: The Neuroscience of Music from Perception to Clinical Practice, featured some of the world’s most prominent neuroscientists and music therapists and drew a large audience from a broad field of disciplines.

In August 2010, Roth presented a synthesis of papers investigating the effects of music on motor functioning at the inaugural conference for the International Society of Clinical Neuromusicology in Salzburg, Austria.

MTRB #9 – Dr. Debbie Carroll

Dr. Debbie Carroll is music therapy professor at the Université du Québec à Montreal where she has been educating and supervising students since 1985. She received her postgraduate diploma in music therapy from the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and worked as a music therapist in Germany (Heidelberg and Mannheim) and Canada (Montreal). An accomplished pianist and clinician with extensive experience in special education and child/adolescent psychiatry, Debbie’s research interests include children’s intuitive musical understandings and the role of an adaptation of Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) in developing the expressive language of children with Down syndrome. She has also developed a guide for teaching clinical improvisation techniques. Debbie presents her work nationally and internationally. Recently, she was awarded a lifetime membership from the Canadian Association for Music Therapy in recognition for her outstanding commitment to the organization and to the field of music therapy. Her text, co-authored with Claire Lefebvre, is called “Clinical Improvisation Techniques in Music Therapy-A Guide for Students, Clinicians, and Educators (Charles C Thomas, publishers). This podcast is also for students of the CSU MU 545 course on improvisation and composition in music therapy practice, so we have cross-posted it here even though it is a little afield from the usual direct research focus.

Music for this podcast is “Improvisation for kalimba” by Serhio Efremis, off the album “Vocalises.”