Music Therapy, Young People and Families with Special Needs – Talk and Workshop

Come join us with two very esteemed speakers from Australia for a day of experiential workshop, and engaging talks on music therapy and young people.

Date: 22 November 2014
Venue: AWWA Resource Centre, 11 Lorong Napiri, S547532
Time: 9am – 5pm
Fee: $80 (early bird before 1 Nov) / $90 (regular) inclusive of light lunch & refreshments
Register: or call 6511 5310


Associate Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran is Head of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Along with more than 50 articles in refereed journals, and 20 books/book chapters, Dr McFerran is a world expert in research, theory and practices of music and young people.

Dr Grace Thompson is a lecturer and coordinator the Masters in Music Therapy course. Dr Thompson is also President of the Australian Music Therapy Association and has published in high impact journals about family-centered approaches to music therapy with young children and their families.

Course Outline:
(1) The Power of Music with Young People
An overview of using music with young people, describing the benefits and dangers of musical engagement as well as traditional and innovative approaches to practice in music therapy.

(2) The Value of Including Families
Introducing music therapy practices with young children and their families, highlighting the value of music therapy groups and family sessions to foster capacity in young children and their carers.

(3) Choose a Workshop: Exploring ideas together
(A) Working in Schools (B) Working in Preschools
Learn about practical suggestions on working with young people in schools, or working with families in pre-school context.

(4) Music Therapy in Singapore : Young People & Families
Learn about new possibilities of studying Masters in Music Therapy from University of Melbourne in Singapore, and sharing by local music therapists about their work with young people and families.


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