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Music Therapy Faculty Present at AMTA National Conference

Drs. Petra Kern and Laura Beer presented at the national American Music Therapy Association conference in November 2013.

Laura Beer led a continuing music therapy education seminar and a presentation:

Voices in Music Therapy:
Creative Trends in Qualitative Research

Qualitative research approaches are being recognized for their effectiveness in gathering and analyzing data sensitive to therapeutic nuances and cultural/gender identities.

Creative Uses of Music in Qualitative Research

This session focuses on Dr. Beer's innovative use of improvisation in her doctoral work, the role of performativity in music therapy research, and trends in the literature.

Petra Kern led, or co-led, several presentations and discussions, including:

Tap, Drag, and Swipe: Select the Best Music App for the Task

This presentation features key messages of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center statement on technology and interactive media in early childhood programs, applying them to music therapy practice.

Contemporary Teaching:
From the Basement to the Virtual Classrooms

Past, present and future global trends in the supervision and training in music therapy coursework, clinical experiences, and theses supervision, presented by panelists.

Giving Practitioners a Voice:
Outcomes of the National Survey Study on ASD

This presentation reports the outcomes of the recent survey study, conducted in collaboration with AMTA's Strategic Priority on ASD Workgroup, pertaining to current music therapy practices and trends in working with individuals diagnosed with ASD.

Laura Beer is the director of the music therapy program at Marylhurst University. She is an established researcher and author in peer-reviewed journals, a published songwriter, and she serves on the editorial board of Music Therapy Perspectives.

Petra Kern is a member of the music therapy faculty. Her clinical and research focus is on young children with autism spectrum disorder.
In 2012, she received the national service award from the American Music Therapy Association.


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