Behind the scenes at the AMTA Conference

AMTA President Vicky Abad
AMTA President Vicky Abad
Miss Vicky presents her inaugural address as incoming President of the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) at the AMTA National Conference in Brisbane.

Last weekend the Boppin’ Babies team attended the 42nd National Conference of the Australian Music Therapy Association, to learn, grow and improve their practices.

Both keynote speakers, as well as many of the presenters talked of the important role that music plays in strengthening family ties.

Associate Professors Sheri Robb (USA) and Jane Edwards (Aust) shared their research on the importance of parents and children sharing music making together both during adverse circumstances and as a part of everyday moments at home.

These presentations highlighted that we are doing a great job at Boppin’ Babies providing a live music program where families can come together, share music and relationships are strengthened, all while learning and growing together through musical play.

Our team spent two days catching up on the latest research and clinical practices, and then spent Sunday at a professional development seminar nurturing and honing their music and therapy skills.

They will return to Term 4 full of energy, new ideas, new songs and resources, and new research informing their clinical practice.

All of this means an even better music early learning program for you and your little boppers!

Miss Vicky didn’t present any of her research this time, having recently presented it at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Japan.

Instead, she stepped in to the President role of the AMTA and will now lead her profession proudly as their elected president for the next three years.

So after a fabulous weekend of learning, Miss Vicky and the Boppin’ Babies team now look forward to celebrating our 10th birthday.

These past 10 years we have worked with thousands of children and their families and grown from one little group into a multi-faceted service that supports and enhances the lives of many.

Watch this space for more exciting announcements.

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