Welcome back – global community of Music Therapists!


It has been a frustrating few weeks. After loosing access to the administration panel of my previous blog “Musictherapy365” I have decided to start anew. Hopefully, at some point, I will be able to retrieve my previous posts. If not, I will probably repeat myself so you will receive the information again, with appropriate updates.

So what, if anything has changed since Musictherapy365? I am still interested in music therapy education, globalization, e-learning, Web 2.0, videoconferencing tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, LMS systems such as Moodle and how they can all work together for the improvement and understanding of music therapy by music therapists and the general public. So, in short, not much. I encourage you to follow my newest blog if any of these ideas/concepts/tools are of interest to you. I also encourage you to comment, react, and criticize.

Here are a few news items that involve the items mentioned in the previous paragraphs.

WFMT Congress (Seoul, Korea). Many music therapists are gathering together for the World Federation of Music Therapy Congress. It is destined, I believe, to become one of the defining moments in the history of the music therapy profession as East meets West for the first time.  For those who are unable to attend, a great way to follow events involves Twitter.  Rose Fienman, the WFMT executive assistant, has committed to Tweeting throughout the conference (@WFMTinfo).   For more information visit – http://wfmt.info/WFMT/President_presents….html

OCMT2012 – Planning is underway for OCMT2012 – the Online Conference for Music Therapy 2102.  I will be co-chairing the conference this year with Janice Harris.  After our next meeting, July 23rd, we will be announcing the official date and theme of the conference.  Please send us your theme and/or format ideas – ocmt2012@gmail.com.  For those of you who attended OCMT2011 – the videos of the presentations are still not available but you can download the presentation files/powerpoints/links/etc. from the following site:  URLhttps://courses.concordia.ab.ca/login/index.php.  Username:  ocmt2011@gmail.com.  Password:  guest.

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).  The BOD for Blackboard, Inc. officially announced today that a private investor group, “led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners” has acquired Blackboard.  For those who don’t know, we used Elluminate to host OCMT2011.  Blackboard Collaborate, a new product also just released, is based on the Elluminate platform with some styling and tools borrowed from Wimba, a company that Blackboard acquired last summer, in combination with Elluminate.  Hopefully this bodes well for OCMT2012 but mergers and acquisitions have a way of changing directions for the affected company.

AMTA Conference (Nov 2011).  I will be attending the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia in November – as a participant and as a presenter.  The CMTE proposal that I made with Dr. Amy Clements-Cortés has been accepted and I will be speaking as part of a panel being organized by Dr. Anita Gadberry during the conference.  Look for more information in my future posts on this blog.

In memoriam – The music therapy profession and global music therapy community has recently lost a very important member – Dr. Tony Wigram.  For more information please visit:  http://wfmt.info/WFMT/Regional_Liaisons_Blog/Entries/2011/6/29_In_Mourning.html

I could continue with many more updates but this initial blog posting has become long enough.

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