Pre-Conference activity in progress: Please disturb music therapy in educational settings


Tuesday 7th June 2022

10:00 – 16:00pm

Harmeny School, 45 Mansfield Road, Balerno, EH14 7JY


SMTT are excited to announce that we are sponsoring a pre-conference event to the

European Music Therapy Conference 2022.

This event is free to all and we warmly welcome all the delegates and speakers who are joining us from all across the world.

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Thank you to Jojo Lander and her musician colleagues

The Trustees would like to say a huge thank you to Jojo Lander and her musician colleagues for choosing to raise money for the SMTT throughout 2018 and 2019. We are very grateful for their support. Please read on to find out more about their fund raising events.

Recent fund raising events have included a series of three afternoon ‘Schubertiad’ chamber concerts given by the Tannoch Ensemble in Glasgow. Jojo Lander, Music Therapist, BMGIM Practitioner and professional cellist, performed with long-standing friends and professional musician colleagues who first met as teenagers in the Glasgow Schools Symphony Orchestra and went on to the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the Royal College of Music in London.

One of the musicians said: “We all play professionally in different ensembles but still feel a special bond when we come together again to make music after all this time.” Programmes have included Messiaen ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, Schubert’s String and Trout Quintets and Mozart and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintets. Invited guests are wined and dined after each concert and have been extremely generous, donating approximately £1,800 for the SMTT throughout 2018 and 2019.

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Dr. Jörg Fachner – Therapist and patient in tune? Hyperscanning and microanalysis of emotion related brain processing during Guided Imagery and Music.

Thursday 24th October 2019

6:15 – 7:30pm

Queen Margaret University,


Dr. Jörg Fachner is Professor for Music, Health and the Brain and Co-Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. He is researching music and consciousness states, music therapy and treatment of addiction, depression, and in neurorehabilitation; currently investigating dyadic brain activity of therapist and patient in music therapy with EEG hyperscanning.

£15 +booking fee (full price)
£5 +booking fee (concessions)
We hope you will be able to join us for complementary tea and coffee in the Piano Bar from 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!
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Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff and Maya Story – Trauma and resilience: Research and self care methods using music and imagery


Saturday 22nd June 2019


Presentation and experiential workshop

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff and Maya Story will explore music’s capacity to speak the language of trauma and resilience, present research using music and imagery in the treatment of PTSD, and introduce a method of self-care that supports connection to a clinician’s inner resources and strengths.

*Please note: Participants are invited to bring their personal music listening devices and headphones to use during the workshop.

£20 +booking fee (full price)
£10 +booking fee (concessions)
All proceeds will be donated to the Hospice
We hope you will be able to join us for complementary tea and coffee in the Iona cafe from 9:15am. We look forward to seeing you!
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Dr Gabriel Federico: Prenatal Music Therapy – Clinical promotion of better bonding between mother and baby

Weds 6th Feb 2019


St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

£10 +booking fee (full price)
£5 +booking fee (concessions)
All proceeds will be donated to the Hospice

This event marks the start of an exciting new collaboration with St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh. We hope you will be able to join us for complementary tea and coffee in the Iona cafe before the talk begins. We look forward to seeing you!
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Dr Grace Thompson

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Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

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Professor Laurel Young: The importance of music for persons living with dementia

Research and anecdotal evidence as well as the presenter’s clinical experience indicate that knowledgeable use of music can improve quality of life for persons living with dementia (PWLD). However, it also appears that best practices for PLWD are not being fully realized and are generally not well understood. The presenter will outline rationale underlying the need for a sustainable best practices model for the use of music in dementia care. She will also refer to her own related research projects.

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Crossing the Threshold: an experiential evening with Professor Leslie Bunt

During this presentation Leslie will be exploring some of the inherent risks involved when we as therapists invite individuals or groups of children and adults to cross over the threshold to play or listen to music. As performing musicians we are used to these moments of transition but more attention could be given to examine what children or adults, who are not so accustomed, might be feeling when taking these first steps to improvise or listen in a focussed and relaxed way to music.

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Keyboard Improvisation Workshop

Led by Richard Michael BEM and Joanna Duncan

Pianos and percussion available – please bring along any other instruments that you’d like to play!

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Talk by Stella Compton-Dickinson

Come and join us for this event – it promises to be a fantastic evening. For tickets and further details, follow the link.

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Talk by Giorgos Tsiris


We are delighted to announce that Giorgos Tsiris will be coming to speak about his work. Please do join us!



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Musical care at the end of life: Practice and research reflections on the everyday nature of the extraordinary

Approaching the end of life is often characterised as a transformational experience not only for the dying person but also for the individuals and the communities around them. In the face of mortality, questions regarding people’s meaning in life, their values and beliefs come to the fore. The transformational potential of such ‘big questions’, however, seems to unfold in their seeking and in their translation in the ‘small things’ of everyday life.

Drawing from my music therapy practice and research, I explore the extraordinariness of everyday musical care and its role within modern palliative care environments. The seemingly paradoxical relationship between the everyday and the extraordinary offers a platform for exploring music’s possibilities and music therapists’ craft in creating caring environments for individual and communal flourishing. This exploration points to expanded notions of music therapy practice with wider potential repercussions in terms of service provision as well as research and theory development in the field.


Giorgos Tsiris is Head of Research at Nordoff Robbins Scotland and Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ‘Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy’ and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, University of Winchester. His therapeutic work has focused on palliative and bereavement care, including the development of health promotion and death education initiatives. In 2014, he co-authored the books “A Guide to Evaluation for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners” and “A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners”, while his doctoral research explores spirituality in everyday music therapy contexts.



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Professor Barbara Wheeler

We are very much looking forward to a public lecture, to be given in May, followed by a wine reception.

Professor Barbara Wheeler

Music Therapy Research: Strengthening Our Music Therapy Practice

Please do join us!

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This event takes place as part of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh’s 1st Music Therapy Research Day

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