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It was an incredible experience for me to present a workshop at the Hong Kong Music Therapy Conference 2018, alongside leaders in the music therapy field including Alan Turry, Leslie Bunt and Professor Katrina McFerrin.

 

Photo by #hkmtc2018

My workshop delved into the use of music technology in music therapy. This is an area I am particularly passionate about. I love sharing my knowledge of how music technology can be used in music therapy settings. There are significant gaps in the training and utilisation of music technology in music therapy. I hope that sharing my my skills and experience will help music therapists broaden their skill set so that music-making is relevant and accessible for the people we work with!

 

AUMI is a great free program which can use motion tracking to generate musical sounds

 

Australian RMTs Carlin McLellan, Geena Cheung and Tim Kwan

My fellow Western Sydney University alumni RMTs Geena Cheung and Tim Kwan also attended the conference. In this photo we are admiring Geena's poster about the role of music therapy in addressing mental health issues for adolescents in Hong Kong.

 

It was inspiring to hear from the local presenters and to learn about some of the music therapy programs making a difference in Hong Kong. I struck up a friendship with two music therapists from Hong Kong, Esther Dorcas Wong and Cat Chau. We met up after the conference and spent an afternoon improvising with traditional and electronic instruments. The jam was heaps of fun and really hit home that music technology can be incorporated with traditional instruments to create new, exciting possibilities in music-making.

 

Check out a short video from the jam below.

 

 

Hong Kong is such a vibrant, diverse, energetic, exciting place. It was great to meet music therapists from across the world, share our knowledge and strengthen the profession. Of course, I didn't mind the amazing food and hospitality of Hong Kong either.

 

I'm back home in Newcastle now, looking forward to putting into practice some of the knowledge gained at the conference and to continue the journey of learning, learning, learning..

 

Next stop, I'll be presenting at the Australian Music Therapy Conference in Sydney on September 15!

 

 

I was lucky enough to be a part of the amazing Desert Feet Tour for three weeks in June/July this year. For those of you who haven't heard of Desert Feet they are a Western Australia based charity dedicated to bringing professional concerts to remote communities in WA. The purpose of the concerts is to showcase the amazing local musicians and create a fun evening of celebration and togetherness. The most recent tour visited four communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, which comprises a large geographical region (Approx 1500km from Perth).

Ngaanyatjarra lands is located close to the border of the NT. Closest town is Yalara (Uluru).

My role on the tour was to educate locals and service providers about the role and benefits of music therapy as well as conducting music therapy sessions in schools and aged care homes. We had a busy schedule jam packed with concerts workshops and my music therapy work. One of my favourite experiences was meeting the residents at Wanarn Aged Care Home. I ran a group music session and also spent time individually with some of the residents. Karen, a Ngaanyatjarra woman and the activities officer translated my 'Hello Song' into Ngaanyatjarra which we sang as a group. To read more about music therapy in the NG lands check out my blog posts on the Desert Feet blog - here.

 

 

Photo by Sarah Early Photography / Desert Feet

 

We had a lot of interest in the tour. Check out this great summary by Renew Newcastle's Rayannon Innes - here.

 

What an incredible experience it was to travel to the NG lands. Thank you to the people of Papulankutja, Jameson, Wanarn and Warburton for welcoming us into your communities and for sharing your music! Hope to see you again soon.

 

Moonrise over Singing Rocks near Papulankutja