Child Music Therapy
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING TO THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC THERAPY CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN´S MUSIC THERAPY – HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WITH MUSIC!
There was a total of 194 participants from 27 different countries, including the library participants, and of which around 130 were present.
The warm and joyful atmosphere was exceptional, and we all will remember this for a long time.
We planted the seeds of new knowledge, collaboration, friendship, and love in all its dimensions
Thank you keynote speakers
- Dr. Friederike B. Haslbeck from the University & University Hospital, Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Minna Huotilainen from the Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Dr. MT-BC Cheryl Dileo, who is Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy, Founding Director: The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, USA
- Prof. Dr. Gro Trondalen from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway
- Research Director Dr. Mari Tervaniemi from the Cicero Learning and Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Prof. Dr. Karin Schumacher from the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
Special heartfelt thanks go to the music performances of the babies and children form the Juvenalia Music Institute and Ninni Repo; and to the Lied-Duos from the Vantaa Music Institute and Saara-Maija Strandman and Marjukka Eskelinen.
The conference ended with us experiencing something unique. Conductor Tuomas Törmi and the symphony orchestra of the Länsi Uusimaa Music Institute took us to a Music & Imagery journey with “The Magic Hot Air Balloon” created by the Researcher, Music Therapist, Musician and Composer Ilan Sanfi.
Dr Hanna Hakomäki, Chair of the conference
Abstract Book can be found from the Program page.
Dear Library participants,
You have been sent the links for the Keynote Stream and The Library Program.
If there are any problems, please contact us. The Keynote presentations will be available at the Library as well.
The face to face program is updated! You’ll find it from the Program page.
Keynote sessions will be live-streamed, and recordings will be made available following each presentation in the Library program.
The 1st International Children’s Music Therapy Conference will be organized face-to-face as there are already over hundred participants registered. Thank You!
Registration is now open! Click here for the registration form.
Children’s Music Therapy Conference 2022 – Health for Children with Music – has multiple registration fee categories for regular and student participants. Early bird registration is offered until February 28, 2022.
All registration for in-person participation also includes access to the Children’s Music Therapy Conference online library of pre-recorded presentations until May 30, 2022.
Registration for Online Access will grant access to the Children’s Music Therapy Conference 2022 online library of pre-recorded presentations until May 30, 2022. Note that not all presentations will be available online.
Online Access ONLY
Regular 50 €
Student 50 €
There is an additional discount for participants who register for both conferences as part of Music Therapy Week: The International Conference on Children's Music Therapy (April 26–27), and The Nordic Music Therapy Conference (April 28–30). *NOTE! Those registering under the Music Therapy Week category are required to register for BOTH of these conferences before the registration deadline. Each conference has a separate registration form. The price below reflects the discounted rate for the Children’s Music Therapy Conference 2022 and does NOT include the registration fee for the NMTC 2022. For more information on the NMTC 2022, and how to register, please visit their website.
The program of the Children’s Music Therapy Conference 2022 includes the Helsinki City Reception and a Symphony Concert presenting “The music imagery journeys by Ilan Sanfi”, both free of charge.
CHILDMT Early Bird Registration(Music Therapy Week Discount*)
|CHILDMT Regular Registration (Music Therapy Week Discount*)|
|Regular||230 €||280 €||195 €||240 €|
|Student||130 €||165 €||110 €||140 €|
Cancellations with requests for refunds must be received in writing before 23 March 2022. A EUR 50 processing fee will be applied to refund requests received by the deadline given. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after the given deadline nor will they be given for failure to attend. Refunds will be issued via the original payment method used and will be processed within 30 days providing that the refund request is approved. Please contact the secretariat of the International Music Therapy Week (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding all cancellations or changes in participation.
Highlights of the ProgramFace to face program April 26-27, 2022 Helsinki(pdf 261.48 KB) (opens in new window, links to another website) Library program "Health for Children with Music"(pdf 263.86 KB) (opens in new window, links to another website)
Abstract BookHealth for Children with Music 2022 abstract book(pdf 686.51 KB) (opens in new window, links to another website)
HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WITH MUSIC
The 1st International Conference on Children’s Music Therapy is delighted to present the distinguished keynote speakers:
Tuesday April 26, 2022 – MUSIC THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS
Dr. Friederike B. Haslbeck, University & University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
“The brain booster – how creative music therapy can improve brain development in preterm infants”
Prof. Dr. Minna Huotilainen, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
“Music therapy in infancy – Nordic experiences”
Dr. MT-BC Cheryl Dileo, Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy, Founding Director: The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, USA
"Tell Me Where It Hurts" A Hierarchy of Music Therapy Pain Management Approaches in Pediatrics
Helsinki City Reception
Wednesday April 27, 2022 – MUSIC THERAPY IN CHILD PSYCHIATRY
Prof. Dr. Gro Trondalen, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway
“Musical Relationship: An act of trust”
Research Director Dr. Mari Tervaniemi, Cicero Learning and Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland
“About children's musical learning through brain research”
Prof. Dr. Karin Schumacher, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
“Music and the Development of Interpersonal Relationships in Early Childhood - Implications for Music Therapy”
Symphony Concert at the Paavo Hall / Musiikkitalo
- Music & Imagery by Ilan Sanfi (music therapist, PhD, BMGIM therapist, and composer). Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
- Symphony orchestra of the Länsi-Uusimaa Music Institute, conductor Tuomas Törmi, Länsi-Uudenmaan musiikkiopisto
In the spirit of the conference, the concert combines and unites specially composed music, inner imagery, paediatrics, research, and a live youth symphony orchestra.
Prepare yourself for a special and relaxing treat!
The main musical feature of the concert is a premiere of The Magic Hot Air Balloon, one of the specially composed music imagery journeys applied in the composer´s Scandinavian child oncology research project: Music Imagery in Child Oncology/The MICO Project (www.micostudy.com).
The concert is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
SCANDIC GRAND MARINA
All guests can book rooms themselves through the following link: www.scandichotels.fi?bookingcode=BINT240422
Bookings can be made with booking code BINT240422 on website or by contacting the hotel directly via telephone/ email using contact details mentioned above.
Reservations can be made until 10.04.2022.
Method of payment
The guests settle their room bills at the hotel.
We warmly welcome you to the 1st International Children’s Music Therapy Conference on June 14–16, 2021! The theme of the conference is Health for Children with Music.
The New Children's Hospital in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has given us inspiration to invite students, researchers and professionals worldwide to talk about the potential of music therapy as a contributor to the mental and somatic recovery of children.
The New Children's Hospital was opened in September 2018 and was selected as the winner of the 2018 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The New Children’s Hospital is highlighting a pleasant environment for child patients and their parents with transparency and colorfulness.
Finns have always expressed themselves with music. The Kalevala (1835), our national epic, is one of the cornerstones of Finnish literature. It consists of folk poetry collected by Elias Lönnrot from singers who either had grown up with these songs or had learnt them in adulthood. Playing the kantele, singing contests and runo singers have a significant role in The Kalevala. Most importantly, this epic has mediated to us the runo singing, a tradition in which the poems follow certain basic metrical and musical patterns.
Various types of music created by children have also been an important element in the Finnish tradition of folk music and a rich topic for research. In its Kalevala Yearbook in 1938, The Kalevala Society reports on early children’s songs. Their themes vary: children’s everyday observations, shouts with which they call their parents and loved ones, and ideas developing in their own minds.
This time in the history of music therapy conferences, the focus will be only on children’s music therapy. We wish to increase knowledge about music therapy for children across professional boundaries in practice, as we are encouraged by the results gained so far.
The first conference day, Tuesday 15th, is dedicated to music therapy in pediatrics (children aged 0–15); the second day, Wednesday 16th, deals with music therapy in child psychiatry (children aged 0–12). We will announce even more information about the International Music Therapy Week in June 2021, soon.
On behalf of the organizing committee I hope that this dialogue between the beautiful New Children’s Hospital and the long human tradition of expressing thoughts and emotions with music will result in an inspiring and rewarding conference.
Chair of the First Children's Music Therapy Conference
PhD Music Therapist, Family and Couple Psychotherapist, Supervisor
HUS Helsinki University Hospital, Child Psychiatry
I cordially welcome you all to Helsinki, to the first international children’s music therapy congress!
The congress is organized in collaboration with Helsinki University Hospital, Child Psychiatry and University of Jyväskylä and held in the context of the New Children’s Hospital, which offers advanced level treatments and expertise and serves the needs of the whole country. Needless to say, the New Children’s Hospital is a perfect place for children’s music therapy congress!
The history of professional music therapy in Finland starts from 1970s and this time, almost 50 years, has been a time of dynamic and active development of clinical training, research and practice. Unlike other creative therapies in Finland, music therapy has been an academic discipline right from the beginning and this, for one’s part, has speeded up the development of the profession. Before the children’s music therapy congress, we have organized Nordic Music Therapy congresses (1997 and 2012 – and, 2021 again!), and European Music Therapy congress (2004) and we hope to meet many of the attendants of these events in Helsinki at the same time as we welcome new people. We look forward to hear and share the latest about children’s music therapy research and clinical applications. We also wish that this congress is a place where new openings for international collaboration may take place.
Children have always been in the focus of music therapy including a wide range of different disabilities such as developmental, neurological, behavioral and emotional disorders. Music offers a non-verbal form of expression and interaction and, thus, makes meaningful communication possible even in a situation where verbal communication is not possible. In addition to being emotionally meaningful, music has bodily dimensions and meanings as well – sometimes called as embodied musical cognition. With appropriate music therapy methods and techniques, a meaningful communication can be achieved even with a child with severe retardation. From this perspective, it is logical that early interaction theories have an important role in music therapy literature explaining the specific music related mechanisms and meanings.
Music therapy offers many possibilities in children’s hospital environment. Children suffering from various medical conditions and receiving demanding and sometimes even painful treatments easily develop stress and anxiety and just in these situations, music therapy has shown its potential and power. However, availability of music therapy in medical hospital context is not a self-evident truth and, in this respect, room for development exists. There is also lack of knowledge of the benefits of music therapy among medical staff and perhaps prejudices occur. We hope that this congress offers a productive platform where good practices and approaches can be shared in order to improve the role of music therapy in children’s hospital context.
Co-chair of the First Children’s Music Therapy Conference
University of Jyväskylä
Jos De Backer
Professor, LUCA, School of Arts, campus Lemmens, Leuven, Belgium
Head of the Music Therapy Department at the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven
Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC
Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy
Temple University, USA
Founding Director: Arts and Quality of Life Research Center
Jaakko Erkkilä, PhD, Music Therapist, Psychotherapist
Professor in Music Therapy, University of Jyväskylä; Finland
Katrien Foubert, PhD, Music Therapist
Associate Professor, LUCA School of Arts, Belgium
Hanna Hakomäki, PhD, Music Therapist, Family and Couple Psychotherapist, Supervisor
Helsinki University Hospital, Child Psychiatry, Finland
Eija Korpinen, MD, PhD
Child Psychiatrist, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
Liisa Lehtonen, MD
Director of the Division of Neonatology, Turku University Hospital
Professor in Pediatrics, University of Turku, Finland
Suvi Saarikallio, PhD, Vice Head responsible for Research and Innovations at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies
Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Heli Sätilä, MD, PhD, Pediatric Neurologist
Senior Physician, the Central Hospital of Päijät-Häme Region
Tampere Center for Child Health Research, Finland
We are happy to finally announce the new dates and venue for the 1st International Children’s Music Therapy Conference: April 26–27, 2022 at the Scandic Marina Congress Center in Helsinki, Finland.
As mentioned in prior correspondence, all previously accepted presentations for the 2021 conference are guaranteed acceptance for the new conference dates in 2022. However, we require that authors re-submit their original abstract.
A brief call for abstracts is now open from September 15 – October 6, 2021 during which time you may re-submit your abstract.
Please note that if the abstract has undergone revisions it will be subject to evaluation by our scientific committee once more.
The topic of the Conference is:
HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WITH MUSIC
Themes of the conference days are:
Music Therapy in Pediatric Hospitals (children aged 0–15)
Music Therapy in Child Psychiatry (children aged 0–12)
Paper Presentations (30 minutes)
Paper presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. The conference highlights the following topics:
- Music Therapy and Early Interaction
- Music Therapy in Pediatric Hospitals
- Family-oriented Music Therapy
- Communication with Music
- Short-term and Long-term Music Therapy Methods for Children
- Digital Music Therapy for Children
- Group Music Therapy for Children
- Child Music Psychotherapy
- Music Therapy in Child Neuropsychiatry
Round Table (60 or 90 minutes)
Abstracts for round table sessions would be in the form of a proposal. Round table sessions will be held by groups of people centered around a specific topic. One proposal should be submitted on behalf of the group. Please include other group members as additional authors on the submission form. These sessions will be either 60 minutes or 90 minutes in length – please indicate your preference on the abstract submission form. Preferred presentation length is not guaranteed and will be confirmed upon abstract acceptance.
Workshops (45 or 90 minutes)
Workshop sessions will have two time formats, either 45 minutes or 90 minutes – please indicate your preference for presentation length on the abstract submission form. Preferred presentation length is not guaranteed and will be confirmed upon abstract acceptance.
There will be a poster session during the conference related to the conference themes. Information of the poster size will be sent with the abstract acceptance details
Organisers of International Music Therapy Week have decided to postpone all events that were originally planned for June 2021. The decision to postpone, rather than move to an online platform, was not taken lightly. Being a collaborative effort, organisers needed to take into consideration current protocols, requirements, and wishes of each organisation and institution involved. The original program was planned with the intention of hosting an in-person event, and many program items were not transferrable to an online format.
International Music Therapy Week is sure to be an incredible week of events, and we are thrilled to welcome you to Helsinki in April, 2022! Stay tuned for more updates.
International Music Therapy Week
April, 2022, Helsinki, Finland
APRIL 25–30, 2022
APRIL 25, 2022 MUSIC THERAPY CONSORTIUM
APRIL 26–27, 2022 THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN’S
MUSIC THERAPY – Music Therapy in Pediatric Hospitals and Music Therapy in Child Psychiatry
APRIL 28–30, 2022 THE 10TH NORDIC MUSIC THERAPY CONFERENCE
Scandic Marina Congress Center
Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki http://www.marinacongresscenter.com/en
University of Jyväskylä
HUS Helsinki University Hospital, Child Psychiatry, University of Helsinki
Finnish Society for Music Therapy
- University of Jyväskylä
- HUS Helsinki University Hospital, Child Psychiatry, University of Helsinki
- Finnish Society for Music Therapy
Music Therapy Consortium
For invited international consortium representatives.
THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN’S MUSIC THERAPY
Health for Children with Music
Contact: Dr Hanna Hakomäki, email: email@example.com
THE 10 TH NORDIC MUSIC THERAPY CONFERENCE
Contact: Dr Esa Ala-Ruona or Mikaela Leandertz, email: firstname.lastname@example.org