WHERE MUSIC THERAPY AND MUSIC EDUCATION MEET – A Personal Reflection
By Monica Zidar, 23rd September, 2016
The Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts, hosted by the Victorian Orff-Schulwerk Association was held in Melbourne, in August, this year. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and, boy, was it worthwhile! A couple of hundred music teachers and music therapists from all over Australia (and the world) gathered together for a weekend full of the most inspiring, practical, music-making workshops, and the focus was all around children. Some very clever, dedicated people shared and demonstrated their resources (I left with a lot more hand luggage than I arrived with) and we were privileged to listen to Professor Emeritus John Feierabend share his insightful, evidence-based viewpoint on the importance of our role in the lives of each young child who enters our musical space.