It was an incredible experience for me to present a workshop at the Hong Kong Music Therapy Conference 2018, alongside leaders in the music therapy field including Alan Turry, Leslie Bunt and Professor Katrina McFerrin.
My workshop delved into the use of music technology in music therapy. This is an area I am particularly passionate about. I love sharing my knowledge of how music technology can be used in music therapy settings. There are significant gaps in the training and utilisation of music technology in music therapy. I hope that sharing my my skills and experience will help music therapists broaden their skill set so that music-making is relevant and accessible for the people we work with!
My fellow Western Sydney University alumni RMTs Geena Cheung and Tim Kwan also attended the conference. In this photo we are admiring Geena's poster about the role of music therapy in addressing mental health issues for adolescents in Hong Kong.
It was inspiring to hear from the local presenters and to learn about some of the music therapy programs making a difference in Hong Kong. I struck up a friendship with two music therapists from Hong Kong, Esther Dorcas Wong and Cat Chau. We met up after the conference and spent an afternoon improvising with traditional and electronic instruments. The jam was heaps of fun and really hit home that music technology can be incorporated with traditional instruments to create new, exciting possibilities in music-making.
Check out a short video from the jam below.
Hong Kong is such a vibrant, diverse, energetic, exciting place. It was great to meet music therapists from across the world, share our knowledge and strengthen the profession. Of course, I didn't mind the amazing food and hospitality of Hong Kong either.
I'm back home in Newcastle now, looking forward to putting into practice some of the knowledge gained at the conference and to continue the journey of learning, learning, learning..
Next stop, I'll be presenting at the Australian Music Therapy Conference in Sydney on September 15!