Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is pleased to host a one-day symposium exploring research approaches to music therapy and related disciplines. The conference will have a particular focus on diverse methodologies and innovative methods and data-gathering techniques shared by researchers. We anticipate that mixed methods research, arts-based research, ethnographic research, action research, heuristic research, case study and other interpretive approaches will have a place in this discursive day.
Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran
Katrina is Head of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne in Australia and co-director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit. She has conducted a range of research projects focusing on young people, music and wellbeing. Although Katrina has conducted studies using pre and post testing, as well as a large scale RCT, she is predominately a critical scholar with a preference for qualitative analysis and participatory designs. Most recently, she has launched a Massive Open Online Course that provides a freely available set of resources on How Music Can Change Your Life, and the world.
Dr Daphne Rickson
Daphne is a senior lecturer on the Master of Music Therapy programme at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. She has practiced music therapy with a range of client populations but particularly with children and adolescents in schools. Her recent research projects have involved critical analysis of the concept of disability and investigation into music as an inclusive resource; including participatory action research (PAR) with young people who have intellectual disability to uncover the ways in which they value and use music and the PAR process and award-winning action research about singing and wellbeing with teachers and children in schools.