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Keynote speakers

Karette Stensæth 

Professor and director of Centre for Research in Music and Health (CREMAH) at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway

The music therapist is learning and developing too! Responsiveness, a premise in the improvisation between a therapist and child with intellectual disability. 


Viggo Krüger

Associate professor and research leader of the Grieg Academy Music Therapy Centre (GAMUT), University of Bergen and NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bergen, Norway

Community music therapy as treatment, prevention and creating connections, finding the balance through improvisation.

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Associate professor and Head of Art, Aesthetic & Health, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Music improvisation can be key in understanding caregiver & child interaction across professions within social work.

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Jaakko Erkkilä


Examining computational improvisation analysis perspectives from both research and clinical practice viewpoints


Helen Shoemark

Professor of music therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, US

Centering the expressed musicality of medically complex newborn infants.


Jorg Fachner

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Moments of interest, multi-modal and social neuroscience approaches to improvisation and creative processes in music therapy.


Felicity Baker

Associate dean of research, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne, Australia

Improvised Dementia Care: Music Attuned Technology Care via eHealth (MATCH)

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