Last month, Music Beat Australia founder Dr Vicky Abad attended the 17th World Congress of Music Therapy in Canada, where she presented two papers and networked with colleagues from 50 different countries.
Vicky teamed up with Professor Aimée Gaudette-Leblanc, from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada), to present a literature review on how making music together supports parent-child relationships.
We know this comes as no surprise to our families, as Vicky is always making music with families, but this is also her main area of research.
She and Aimee are excited about continuing their research partnership as they implement their next project, on researching the longitudinal benefits for families of music making and sharing together.
Vicky also presented a paper on how Music Beat Australia, especially our Music Beat Kids, Music Beat Therapy Services and Music Beat Lessons + Tuition businesses, adapted to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many of you will recall the fun we had moving our groups, lessons and many therapy sessions online!!
We were fortunate to have Brad O’Shea conduct a research analysis of this process as a part of his Masters of Business Administration.
Vicky shared the results of this in the hope it would help other businesses prepare for the future.
After the Congress, Vicky flew to Saskatchewan in the middle of Canada, to revisit the place where she completed her music therapist internship training nearly 30 years ago.
This was a special time where she got to see her host family again, tour the rehabilitation centre where she trained and meet up with her former supervisor.
Music therapists from Regina also met up with her for some music making and professional development.
With a full heart, and lots of maple syrup, maple biscuits, and maple tea, Vicky made the long journey back to Australia. We are so glad she is back and now sharing her learnings from the Congress with our Music Beat Therapy Services team.