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MUSIC THERAPY PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOP “Space to play”: space, improvisation and relationships in music therapy

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:45 pm








Adam Concert Room (ACR)

Saturday 14th December 2019,


Cost: Koha (Suggest $10.00 pp)


Dr Philippa Derrington, Music Therapy Programme Leader (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh). Philippa comes with significant international reputation and expertise in working/researching with young people at risk of marginalization.

Nicky Haire, Registered Music Therapist, Violinist, PhD Candidate (Edinburgh University). Nicky has expertise in experimental music making and free improvisation (violin is her primary instrument) and is currently doing her PhD on humour and improvisation in music therapy with supervisors Professor Raymond MacDonald, Dr Rachel Darnley-Smith and Professor Jonathan Wyatt. She has also been extensively involved in international music therapy projects in Rwanda where she worked with children with disabilities.


The story of the garage: making space for music therapy relationships in schools. Philippa will present her work with adolescents with complex emotional needs in a secondary school context, including case stories with video examples to highlight the importance of space in working relationally.

Thinking through improvisation: using reflexive improvisation as an analytic tool in research.  Nicky will present her PhD study investigating humour in music therapy, focusing on a methodological aspect of using her own reflexive improvisation as an analytic tool.

Empathic improvisation: understanding your relationship with your instrument and how to use this. Together we will consider our relationships with our instruments and focus experientially on our own unique histories and experiences as musicians, and how they shape our work as music therapists.

Space to Play: creating space for music therapists to play together. Space to Play is a monthly open meeting between music therapists in Edinburgh, Scotland. Differing from other spaces in our work lives – peer supervision for example – the focus is on playing together and sharing a creative experience. Participants will be invited to create a Space to Play in Wellington, New Zealand, and to reflect on why and how this space could be vital for music therapists.

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December 14, 2019
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Victoria University, Wellington
Adam Concert Room
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