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Date: NOVEMBER 3, 2014
Time: 5:30-6:00 pm
Place: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall Foyer
1. Introduction of Agenda
2. Minutes May 2013
3. Report of the previous year activities
4. Financial Statement 2013-14
5. Budget 2014-15
6. Future Plans
7. Other business
A message of introduction

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) - a dynamic forum that bridges clinical practice and research, and provides opportunities for collaboration. If you are involved or interested in interdisciplinary music therapy research I invite you to join us.

We will provide you with research facilities and opportunities to engage in joint scholarship, and an environment that will nurture global dialogue and networking by using internet, video-conferences and research seminars that concentrate on specific topics. We are interested in applying diverse approaches - some from within the discipline of music therapy and some from allied disciplines - and in forging important and innovative links between research findings. Research Clusters will be generated to take on specific evidence- or practice-based music therapy topics. Please see our web-site for current activities and feel free to offer your own ideas.

Join our international team - make connections.
Heidi Ahonen, Ph.D., Director of Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research

3rd International Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine- Music Medicine Through the LifeSpan
The newly created Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR), Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Canadian Association for Music Therapy have come together in collaborative partnership to plan a landmark event in Music & Medicine with the theme Music Medicine through the Lifespan. Plans are to build on the spirit of collaboration to bring together Music Therapists, Researchers in Music in Medicine, Researchers in Music as Medicine, Researchers in Musician's Health, Medical Practitioners, Neuroscientists, and students in all these fields. We are expecting to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange and future collaboration. more...
Improvising in Styles
A Workbook for Music Therapists, Educators and Musicians

Colin Andrew Lee & Marc Houde
ISBN: 1-891-278-58-4
2011, Spiral bound paperback, 430 pages, 2 CDs, $65
Improvising in Styles

Although improvisation is a therapeutic method that has been known and used in many music therapy settings, it is surprising there are only a few published practical guides on how to learn to clinically improvise. This publication aims to redress this gap by providing a comprehensive workbook specifically designed to give music therapists the tools to successfully improvise in their work.

The layout of the workbook was carefully designed to make the content practical, accessible and concrete, complete with appendices of instrumental combinations, jazz modes, and international scales. A listening guide provides readers with authentic audio recordings related to each chapter. We believe that by basing oneself in authentic musical renditions, readers will be able to experience the subtly inherent in each style that cannot be described in traditional music notation or words. This publication can be used both as a reference, in order to address specific clinical situations, and a daily practicing guide for long-term study. Readers may note that similar musical components and techniques are revisited in several styles. It is possible therefore to cross -reference between chapters to experience how the same technique is realized in various stylistic contexts.

We hope that this publication will be an addition to the existing texts on clinical improvisation and one that is unique in its emphasis on the duet (soloist-accompanist) relationship and its concrete step-by-step explorations of musical/aesthetic components. This thought workbook contains something for therapists, educators, and general musicians interested in developing or perfecting improvisation.

In April, Wilfrid Laurier University proudly unveiled the newly named Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR), in recognition of the Conrads’ $1 million gift to the Faculty of Music. Theirs is the largest individual donation ever given to the Faculty, and it will be used to support the research and therapeutic work done within Laurier’s international music therapy research institute, established in 2003, and to create an annual scholarship for a Laurier graduate student in music therapy.

The Conrads’ gift reflects their support of music therapy. Dr. Heidi Ahonen, Director of CIMTR, says that Laurier President Max Blouw and Dean of Music Charles Morrison introduced her to the philanthropists at a meeting in spring 2009, and that she was immediately struck by the Conrads' curiosity and passion. “They asked about my research and dreams. I told them how we can see the positive effects of music on those who have suffered trauma, and yet we don’t have the money for EEG and MRI studies, for example, to prove what we know. They asked me lots of questions, including how much money it would take to do the studies that I dreamed of doing. I told them a million dollars.”

Meetings between the Conrads, Blouw, Morrison, and members of the University’s Development staff followed, resulting in the gift.

“The Conrads donation will now fund research into Alzheimer’s patients, studying how music can actually rewire the brain. That’s just one example of what the Conrads’ gift now makes possible. There are so many exciting projects. We now have a way of proving what we know to be true,” Ahonen says.

Currently, the work conducted within CIMTR also helps those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, promotes healing for victims of trauma and abuse, assists those with developmental, behavioural, mental health and communication challenges, and helps patients requiring critical or palliative care.

“This remarkable $1-million gift from Manfred and Penny Conrad to support the music therapy research institute will ensure Laurier is at the forefront of music therapy research in Canada and around the world,” said Morrison. “This historic donation promises to help so many people as Laurier researchers continue to better understand the therapeutic powers of music.”

At the naming ceremony, Penny Conrad also spoke of her 2009 meeting with Ahonen, impressing the audience with her knowledge of music therapy, and revealing that her gift to the institute is, indeed, thoughtful.

“I tell my students you need four things for research: vision, passion, wisdom, and money,” Ahonen says. “I’ve been doing my work for 23 years, with the first three ingredients, but never the fourth. Until now. Because of the Conrads, My colleagues and I, and our students, will have the money we need to do our work.”

Group Analytic Music Therapy
Heidi Ahonen-Eerikäinen
ISBN 13: 978-1-891278-50-1, $46
Group Analytic Music Therapy
This book introduces Group Analytic Music Therapy (GAMT), different levels of the group, and the different characteristics of musical images. It illustrates that music is the “royal road to the unconscious”— just like dreams. Images created during group analytic music therapy have similar clinical value to dreams. These images, just like dreams, communicate through feelings and body sensations. Their language is metaphorical, emotional and insightful.

They speak from and to our hearts. In GAMT, the role of the music therapist is to find ways of making the best therapeutic use of client’s feelings, thoughts, bodily sensations, dreams, and images created through music. Images created during improvisation or therapeutic music listening can be seen as part of unconscious intersubjective and interpersonal processes within the group. In GAMT, when someone shares their musical image, other clients are encouraged to provide their own associations too. These images are their own, but at the same time part of the groups collective unconsciousness.

The book is divided into three parts: Part One sets the philosophical foundation of GAMT. The purpose is to provide a group psychotherapeutic context that will be explored in more detail in Parts Two and Three. Part Two presents the theory and method of GAMT and different characteristics of musical images. It discusses how dreams and images created during group analytic music therapy can be a unique source of clinical data. Part Three illustrates theory through a clinical case study of Mary, an “invisible” woman who turned visible and found her voice during GAMT.

The book includes both theoretical and clinical sections and several case study examples and in-depth analyses. Away from being a first of its kind in music therapy field, this book expands group music therapy theories and proposes a new way of defining clinical group music therapy practice. (ISBN 13: 978-1-891278-50-1, $46)

Dr. Heidi Ahonen,
Professor of Music Therapy,
Director of the Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research

PROVIDES A CONTEXT for applying DIVERSE APPROACHES - some from within the discipline of music therapy and some from allied disciplines - and forges important and innovative links between research findings.
STRENGTHENS THE RELATIONSHIP between clinical practice and research.
BRINGS TOGETHER researchers and practitioners from a variety of academic and clinical disciplines - including local, national and international allied professionals.
PROVIDES A CONTEXT for a WIDE VARIETY OF RESEARCH and EDUCATOINAL INITIATIVES, involving undergraduate, graduate and post-graguate students, and professionals and researchers in music therapy and allied disciplines.
A Reality After Years of Planning
Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) is dedicated to the advancement of music theraphy through research and continuing education. Our philosophy is that music is central to clinical practive, theory and research. Our mission is to advance the disciplines and profession of music therapy.
Our mandate includes:
providing a facility designed and equipped for advanced clinical education
preparing and publishing musical and instructional materials
presenting lectures, workshops and symposia to allied professional audiences
hosting conferences and seminars on specific topics to allied professionals
serving as a resource centre, disseminating information and providing consultant services
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