Music Care Conference and Research Symposia

Posted on October 1, 2013 by connie. Posted in: Conferences, Educational Opportunities, Latest News, Music, Music - MaHRC, Other Events

Music Care Conference and Research Symposia

Nov 8–10, 2013

Four Important Events in Music & Medicine at

University of Toronto

1. Music and Neurological Rehabilitation Research Symposium
November 8, 2013 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Tanz Neuroscience Building, University of Toronto

2. Music Care Conference
November 9, 2013 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

3. Music Medicine and Quality of Life Research Symposium
November 10, 2013, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

4. Music Medicine and Pain Research Symposium
November 10, 2013, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

Registration at:


Music and Neurological Rehabilitation Symposium
November 8, 2013
Tanz Neuroscience Building, Imperial Oil Lecture Hall,
6 Queen”s Park Cres., West

12:00 Registration
1:00 Welcome: Dean Don McLean, Lee Bartel
1:15 Joyce Chen, Overview of Music and Neuro-­‐Rehab Research
1:30 Bartel ‐ Overview of the Connaught Application
1:40 MaHRC-­‐ Rhythmic Sound Stimulation and Alzheimer”s – Amy Clements-Cortes
1:50 MaHRC-­‐ Imaging Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation – Shahab Jamali
2:00 Vera Brandes – Alzheimers
2:20 Break
2:40 Frank Russo – Recent research in Music & Parkinsons
3:00 Quincy Almeida – Recent research in Music & Parkinsons
3:20 Jessica Grahn – Recent research in Music & Parkinsons
3:40 Gabriele Ilie – Traumatic brain Injury and sound
4:00 Bernhard Ross – Takako Fujioka -­ Stroke Study
4:30 Research Directions Panel – Chair: Dr. David Alter Quincy Almeida, Ralph Spintge, Vera Brandes, Joyce Chen.


Music Care Conference
Saturday Nov 9, Faculty of Music
80 Queen’s Park Cres.

8:00 Registration and Exhibits open Refreshments Served
9:00 Opening Drumming for mindfulness
Presentation 1. Music for Health and Well‐being – Jennifer Buchanan
Presentation 2. Defying the Odds – A Story of Music and Miraculous Recovery – Jason & Marjorie Crigler
10:45 Break – Refreshments & Exhibits
11:15 Music and Memory – Dan Cohen
12:15 Lunch – Exhibits Open
1:15 Workshops 1

  • Using Music to Connect with People with Dementia – Robin Rio
  • Music and Medicine – Dr. Lee Bartel
  • Music Therapy and Pain – Dr. Joanne Loewy
  • “Songs Within”: A Musical Journey of the Soul – Exploring music therapy and spirituality – Carolyn Williams
  • Music in Hospice Palliative Care & Bereavement – Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes, Sara Klinck, & SarahRose Black

2:30 Workshops 2

  • Using Music to Connect with People with Dementia – Robin Rio
  • Music and Quality of Life: A Panel of Experts – Dr. Lee Bartel
  • Tune-In – Using Music for Health and Well­‐being – Jennifer Buchanan
  • Cultivating Presence with Therapeutic Rhythm & Mindfulness (TRM) Program – Dr. Shari Geller
  • Singing for Dementia Care – Dr. Amy Clements‐Cortes, Bev Foster

3:30 Break – Refreshments & Exhibits
3:45 Celebrating the Stories of Life -­‐ Murray McLauchlan, Canadian Singer/Songwriter


Music Medicine and Quality of Life Symposium
November 10, 2013 Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

8:30 Registration & Coffee
9:00 Opening – Lee Bartel
9:10 Russell Hilliard – Overview of Music Medicine Research and QoL
9:40 Research Snapshots

  • Group drumming and mindfulness program to enhance cancer survivor”s quality of life. Dr. Shari Geller,
  • Piano Improvisation with Older Adults. Lisa Tahara,
  • Low Frequency Sound Therapy improves QoL in patients with Fibromyalgia Dr. Lili Naghdi,
  • Technology Enhanced Multi-modal Meditation to Treat Stress-related Symptoms. Dr. Henry Moller

10:00 Vera Brandes – Music and Depression
10:30 Break
10:45 Rebecca Renwick– Assessing QoL in Research
11:00 Jaakko Erkkilä-­‐ Clinical Improvisation & Depression
11:30 Research Directions Panel – Chair: Dr. David Alter Joanne Loewy, Ralph Spintge, Russell Hilliard, Jaakko Erkkilä


Music Medicine and Pain Symposium
November 10, 2013 Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

1:30 Welcome: Lee Bartel
1:40 Dr. Ralph Spintge – Medicofunctional music against acute and chronic pain ­‐ Applications and Research.
2:15 Lee Bartel – Pain and MaHRC Research
2:30 Music as a Sleep Aid in Fibromyalgia Larry Picard
2:50 Effects of Low Frequency Sound Therapy on pain management in Fibromyalgia patients. Dr. Lili Naghdi
3:10 Break
3:25 Music Therapy Approaches in Pain Management. Joanne Lowey
3:55 Recent Research in Music and Pain. Vera Brandes
4:25 Research Directions Panel – Chair: Dr. David Alter Dr. Ralph Spintge, Jaakko Erkkilä, Russell Hilliard, Dr. Allan Gordon



Quincy Almeida, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Faculty of Science; Director, Sun Life Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. David Alter, MD, PhD, FRCPC. Cardiologist in the Department of Medicine, St. Michael”s Hospital and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. Senior Scientist in the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Vera Brandes. Director of the Research Program in Music-­‐Medicine, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria. Vice-­‐President of the International Association for Music & Medicine.

Joyce Chen, PhD. Stroke Rehabilitation Scientist, Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery, Sunnybrook Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Associate Member, Graduate Dept. of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto;

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD. MTA, MT-­‐BC, FAMI. Senior Music Therapist, Baycrest Centre; Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, University of Windsor; President of Canadian Association for Music Therapy.

Jaakko Erkkilä is Professor of Music Therapy at the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä (UJy, Finland). He has a qualification of psychotherapist and he is trained as a music therapist from Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) and UJy.

Takako Fujioka, PhD Assistant Professor, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University; Scientific Associate at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre

Shari Geller, PhD. Clinical psychologist, and creator of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program (TRM™). On the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and for the Applied Mindfulness Meditation (AMM, JSM) program at University of Toronto.

Dr. Allan Gordon, MD, FRCP(C) Clinical Neurologist and Director of the Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Jessica Grahn, PhD Assistant Professor at the Centre for Brain and Mind in the Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario.

Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT,MT-­‐BC is the National Director of Supportive Care, Research, and Ethics of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care based out of Chicago, IL and the Founder of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care. He is the author of the text, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care.

Gabriela Ilie, PhD. Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, UTS; Post-­‐Doctoral Fellow, St. Michael Hospital, Neurosurgery, Injury Prevention Office and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-­‐BC Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, New York. Co-­‐ Editor in Chief of the Journal of Music & Medicine.

Dr. Henry Moller, MD, DABSM, FRCPC. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Toronto Sleep Clinics.

Dr. Lili Naghdi, MD, CCFP. The Health Centre of Maple, Sound Therapy Centre of Vaughan.
Dr. Larry M. Picard, MD. FRCP(C). Clinical Neurologist, Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Rebecca Renwick, PhD. Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Director of the Quality of Life Research Unit. University of Toronto.

Bernard Ross, PhD. Senior Scientist at Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics.

Frank Russo, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University; Director, Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Laboratory.

Dr. Ralph Spintge, MD. Professor of Music Medicine at Sportklinik Hellersen, Lüdenscheid; University for Music and Drama HfMT Hamburg; President of the International Society for Music in Medicine; Co-­‐Editor in Chief of the Journal of Music & Medicine.


Jason & Marjorie Crigler – Jason Crigler, professional guitarist in the downtown New York music scene, had a stroke in the middle of a show leaving him immobile and barely responsive. Doctors thought Jason would need to spend the rest of his life in a nursing home. Today he leads a normal, productive life. Jason and his sister Marjorie deliver a powerful multimedia presentation, Defying The Odds. Jason’s story was the subject of the award‐winning documentary Life. Support. Music. Which aired on PBS’ POV series in 2009.

Dan Cohen is founder and executive director of Music & Memory (the iPod Project) which promotes the use of digital music players to improve the quality of life for elders, regardless of their physical or cognitive status. The iPod project now runs in more than 100 nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospices in 24 states and 7 countries, and has been covered on CNN, CBC, NPR, The New York Times, CBS’s The Doctors, and the Huffington Post.

Robin Rio, Associate Professor and Director of the Music Therapy Clinic at Arizona State University, is the author of Connecting through Music with People with Dementia: A Guide for Caregivers, which strives to give caregivers tools to use music in improving quality of life. Her clinical work has focused on improving communication and helping to facilitate opportunities for strengthening social, spiritual and physical well-being.

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s best songwriting performers presents, Celebrating the Stories of Life. To experience him perform is to enjoy creative storytelling, social commentary and wit with a man who clearly enjoys sharing his music and experiences with an audience. Murray has nineteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. Murray has won eleven JUNO awards, as well as RPM “Big Country” awards and Toronto music awards.


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