Upcoming Events in the Music Therapy Unit

Past Events in the Music Therapy Unit

  • Is Music Therapy? // Music Therapy Seminar 2015


    The Music Therapy Clinic for research and training of the University of Jyväskylä celebrated ten years from its foundation and hosted free music therapy workshops open to everyone who was interested in music therapy. An explorative introduction about the history, practice and study of music therapy followed by experiential workshops. 

     The event took place in the M building (Musica) in the University of Jyväskylä (Seminaarinkatu 15, 40014 Jyväskylän yliopisto, Seminaarinmäki) on the 23rd of November from 10:00 a.m until 16:00 p.m. The three following workshops were conducted in english, they were free and open to everyone: 

    1. “Creative arts in music therapy”; in this workshop we experienced how art and dance therapy can be integrated in music therapy practice. 

    2. “Improvisational Psychodynamic Music Therapy”; an exploratory workshop of the IMPT model as was implemented in the depression study conducted in the university. 

    3. “Active music therapy in post-stroke recovery”; a demonstration of active music therapy as an intervention in post-stroke recovery.

  • Music Therapy Workshop

Our last seminar proved to be a successful endeavor in spreading the evidence regarding what music therapy has to offer. After an informative introductory presentation, the participants were divided in three groups following a cyclical path in order to experience three different workshops. Creativity and exploration were present in all of the activities. Even though it is quite difficult to jump into distinct conclusions from only one session, the notion of music therapy was presented sufficiently during the event. Feedback from participants supported positively the above conviction:

“Great experience! A journey of acquaintance with myself and my fellow human beings through music. In the Music Therapy Workshop, I had the opportunity to try three different ways leading to the same destination: Healing through music.” C.


“First of all, I felt very warmly welcomed by all of you. In your workshop I was happy about trying to express myself with an instrument - what was actually something new for me. The music-journey-workshop was quite nice too. I enjoyed listening to the piece of music and traveling with a canoe through forest-river landscape. The last workshop with the drums was motivating and encouraging  for me. Thank you very much, I am happy that I could get an idea what music therapy may look like.” I.



Some pictures from the seminar, poster, details :


James Alexander Cuddy, Jenna Smith and Mara Bindewald presenting the introduction.





Details for the event:


Monday May 4, 2015 12:00-16:00


University of Jyväskylä Department of Music

Seminaarinkatu 15 (Building M)




12:15-12:45 Introduction to Music Therapy


13:00-13:45 Group Drumming


14:00-14:45 Introduction to Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)


15:00-15:45 Group Improvisation



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Promotion Video

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  • "Shall we let the music out?"
The last music therapy student led seminar was held on May 5th, 2014 in Musica, Seminaarinmäki. The seminar, called "Shall we let the music out?" was the third in a series of seminars which have been organised by the students of the Master's Programme in order to create more awareness of the activities of the Music Therapy unit as well as the benefits of music therapy in general. Participants learned about music therapy and enjoyed a wonderful, interactive afternoon of music making, discussions and more.


Seminar's poster

  • Introduction to music therapy

The Introduction to Music Therapy Seminar for Faculty and Staff of the University on November 4th proved to be a very successful endeavour for the Music Therapy Master's students. Attendees included faculty and staff members from departments such as Music, Psychology, Eino Roiha Institute, Languages among others.

Presentations/Workshops included Music Therapy (MT) with Healthy Adults, MT and Kangaroo Care, MT with Disabled Adults, MT and Song-Composing and MT with Depressed Adolescents. Another seminar for the general public is planned to take place in the Spring Semester, 2014.

For more photos from the day, check out the Music Therapy Master's Programme Facebook page.

Seminar's leaflet

Presenters and organisation committee of the seminar with Assoc. Professor Esa Ala-Ruona

MT Master's student RoseAnna van Beek introduces the topics of the day

A snapshot from the presentation


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