Friday, August 26, 2016

Venues for SGMT16 - Maps and directions

3 - 2 - 1 and KICK-OFF

is now Happening . . .Sept 3 & 5!

For directions to the various venues, please reference the maps below:

Flagship SPED-MT Conference Event @Academia
Saturday, Sept 3, 2016 and Monday, Sept 5, 2016 

Address:  20 College Rd, Singapore 169856 (SGH Campus)

Head to Level 2 and look for the room Psl2A

Sept 1 & 2 - Pre-conference Early Childhood Music Training, 0900 hrs to 1730 hrs
Sept 6 & 7 - Post-conference Impact of Music on Autism Workshop, 0900 hrs to 1730 hrs
@ Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School

Address:15 Yishun Street 61, Singapore 768548
Tel:(65) 6482 2592
Fax:(65) 6482 2593
Nearest MRT:
Khatib Station
Bus 812

By Car:From Windsor Park Road, turn left to Upper Thomson Road. Keep right and turn right to Yio Chu Kang Road. Keep left to Lentor Ave and continue to Yishun Ave 2. Turn right to Yishun Ring Road and take the third left to Yishun Street 61. Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School will be on your left.

Dr. Kern Keynote

What is early childhood music therapy?
Does it help my child with disabilities?
What happens in a music therapy session?
What costs and time commitments are involved for this therapeutic service?
Is this for all children and families in our daycare center?

These are just a few questions families, educators, counselors, allied health professionals, administrators and policy makers worldwide may ask.

This keynote address answers these questions by spotlighting snapshots of music therapy practice from around the world.  Come and learn about:

  • Demographics from the imagine "color of us" series
  • Research-based benefits of early childhood music therapy
  • The therapeutic process in eluding individual and group sessions
  • Various service and reimbursement options, and
  • inclusion practice and collaboration

Participants will be encouraged to jot down their remaining questions for the Q&A Panel on Saturday afternoon.  Valuable resources such as exclusive articles, handouts, checklists or podcasts published in the imagine.magazine, will be cited.  Attendees can expect an interactive presentation including video and audio examples.

To register -
For more about the conference and related events -

Come join Dr. Petra Kern for the first of three keynotes at SGMT16- Early Childhood Music Therapy- Supporting Children and Families Worldwide at the Academia on September 3, 2016 from 0930 to 1030 hrs!

For more about the other keynotes -

Music Therapy in Early Intervention and SPED in Australia:  Looking backward and forward

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SGMT16- Who are the Trainers?

SGMT16 is pleased to feature three distinguished experts in our panel — Vicky Abad, Dr. Amelia Oldfield and Dr. Petra Kern!

Vicky Abad is a Registered Music Therapist, Academic, Researcher, Business Owner and mother. She is Managing Director of Boppin' Babies, a company that provides music early learning, music therapy, and music education to families and children around Australia, and works at the University of Queensland as a researcher and lecturer. She is the Founding Director of the largest early intervention music therapy program in Australia, Sing & Grow. Vicky has extensive national and international clinical experience in paediatric and early intervention music therapy and has lectured in Australia and overseas on music therapy and music early learning. 

Dr. Amelia Oldfield is a well-known and prestigious music therapist who has published six books and presented more than 13 keynote speeches. She works at the Croft Unit for Child and Family Psychiatry and at the Child Development Centre, Addenbrookes. She also lectures at Anglia Ruskin University, where she co-initiated the MA Music Therapy Training. Her research interests are with music therapy and families, Children with autism, the use of orchestral instruments in therapy and combining music therapy and drama therapy. More

Dr. Petra Kern is the owner of Music Therapy Consulting and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Louisville, USA. Her award-winning research on Autism Spectrum Disorder and inclusion conducted at UNC at Chapel Hill has been published in prestigious journals. A former President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) and recipient of the 2014 WFMT Service Award, Dr. Kern continues to serve as editor-in-chief of imagine, the Board of Directors of the Certification Board of Music Therapy (CBMT) and sits on various committees while being an active international speaker and guest lecturer.

For more about our 2016 Inaugural SPED-MT Conference, click here

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SGMT16 Workshops - Pre and Post Conference

Workshop Objectives

** These workshops, while taught by music therapists, will not train the participant to practice music therapy (a university-level degree programme). Music strategies that may be applicable to various work settings may be discussed.

Kindly note:
There is a change in venue for the pre-conference training on Early Childhood Music.

Both workshops will now be held at Yishun Park School.

Address:15 Yishun Street 61, Singapore 768548
Tel:(65) 6482 2592

Nearest MRT:
Khatib Station
Bus 812

By Car:From Windsor Park Road, turn left to Upper Thomson Road. Keep right and turn right to Yio Chu Kang Road. Keep left to Lentor Ave and continue to Yishun Ave 2. Turn right to Yishun Ring Road and take the third left to Yishun Street 61. Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School will be on your left.

SGMT16 Related Events:


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Call for abstracts open till July 31st, 2016!

Vicky Abad Keynote

Music Therapy in Early Intervention and SPED in Australia: Looking backward and forward

Abstract: Music therapy has a rich and proud history in Australia working with people across the lifespan and in a range of clinical settings, including special education. This paper will present overview of music therapy in Australia, including special education settings. The paper will then reflect the current day practice in Australia that has seen a broadening in focus from treatment for the child to prevention, intervention and treatment for families who have a range of needs including social and emotional needs as well as the more traditionally recognized educational needs. The current modern day parenting practice of enrolling children in formal music programs will also be explored and how this can be levered in a positive way to improve future family wellbeing will be explained. The role of the music therapist to support this process will be clearly defined.

For more about the other two keynotes -

Dr Oldfield Keynote

36 years as a music therapist with children and their families in the UK:
Lessons learnt and suggestions for the future

Abstract: This presentation will start with a quick history of music therapy in the UK including how the profession has developed, and how it has become established and nationally recognised. Music therapy as practiced by the author will then be defined and put into the context of music therapy in the UK as well as briefly compared with approaches in other countries where the author has taught, such as France, Germany and the Finland. Various DVD examples of the author’s music therapy practice will be shown which will serve to highlight the particularities of her music therapy approach and how this has changed over her 36 years of practice. Reference will be made both to the author’s research investigations and other recent research in music therapy which may inform or shape future music therapy practice with children and families. Finally, the author will reflect on what lessons may be learnt from a lifetime of music therapy practice in the UK, and some suggestions for the future will be made.

For more about the other two keynotes -

Monday, June 20, 2016

Register Today!

Come join us for our first SPED-Music Therapy conference!

Please note that both workshops are now held at Yishun Park School (link to map here)
Early Childhood Music
Impact of Music on Autism

Find out more information about our speakers and the conference today!     


$300 for each event, up till August 31.  On-site $488.
$888 for all three events (MT Conference + Two workshops).  On-site $1088.
$588 for Conference + One workshop.  On-site $688.
Professional Development Day (Sept 4) -$90.  On-site $120.

 (please show current registration) 
 $200 per event
$500 for entire (MT conference + Two workshops)
Professional Development Day (Sept 4) - $50

Group of 4 (further $25 discount per person, up to $100 per group)

Submit your abstracts by July 31st, 2016!