Kenneth 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.
Dr. 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.
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.
One topic that we have been interested in at MTRB is a comparison between music therapy and recreational music making. A recent study compared the two with older adults experiencing depression. Continue reading
Recently, Bidabadi et al. (2015) conducted a randomized clinical trial to compare the results of standard treatment (pharmacotherapy/cognitive-behavioral therapy) against standard treatment with the addition of twelve sessions of receptive music therapy over a month-long period. Continue reading
The two below articles are free access, so you can follow the link and read this current research! Continue reading
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.”
In our “Throwback Thursday,” here is a MTRB podcast from 2010 dissecting some articles on social skills in autism, music perception, and more!
Hi MTRB subscribers/listeners! It’s been a “long-ish” spring semester and we’ve been behind in getting some more MTRB podcasts out. So, to tide you over are a few podcasts we’ll release in the summer that we thought we had lost entirely, and can make available to you!
Here’s episode #1, when we first started the podcast in 2010 and gave you and idea of what we wanted to do with it. Enjoy an “almost throwback Thursday,” but on a Wednesday, MTRB podcast!