The 9th Annual Institute for Music & Healing (Dan Ellis )

Subject: The 9th Annual Institute for Music & Healing
From:    Dan Ellis  <dpwe(at)MEDIA.MIT.EDU>
Date:    Sun, 9 Jul 1995 09:32:32 -0400

Dear LIST - I received the following announcement for posting to the list from Rebecca Mercuri <mercuri(at)>. -- DAn. ------- Forwarded Message Date: Sun, 9 Jul 1995 01:37:55 -0400 From: mercuri(at) (Rebecca Mercuri) Subject: The 9th Annual Institute for Music & Healing ANNOUNCING: The 9th Annual Institute for Music & Healing August 3-5, 1995 The purpose of the Institute is to foster a better understanding of the inner music with each person possesses, and to capture, maintain and generate that music for wholistic and spiritual well-being. The Institute, held at Immaculata College, a suburb of Philadelphia (easily accessible by car or public transit) brings together a wide range of therapists, artists, physicians, educators and others interested in the healing aspects of music. Performers and lecturers include composer David Darling, and the oboe and guitar duo of Jill Haley and David Cullen. Music has been accepted as a formal facet in the healing process since WWII, although of course its beneficial effects have been used for millenia. Therapists work with clients who suffer from geriatric, psychiatric, and physical disorders, in order to affect behavioral changes and increase communication and receptivity. With healthy persons Music Therapy can be used to improve attention and creativity, or alternatively to enhance relaxation and calmness. One of the features of the Institute is its focus on music technology in healing. Using interactive multimedia it is now possible to construct immersive virtual environments tailored specifically to an individual's therapeutic needs. Clients and therapists can work to incorporate imagery and sounds from the real world into a wide variety of customized computer simulations. In this way, a client could wander through a reconstruction of his or her childhood home, re-examine a stressful encounter at work, or even use virtual realities to aid in desensitizing phobias and neuroses. This year, a new conference will be held within the Institute: VIRTUAL ARTS THERAPIES(TM) IN MUSIC THERAPY Sr. Jean Anthony Gileno, Ph.D., will introduce the concept of Virtual Arts Therapies in music therapy, and discuss the use of cyberspace technology in the healing process. The Soundbeam as a virtual expression device will be examined, along with other types of virtual arts, the application of such to the training of teachers and therapists, as well as the use of these arts at home, in the workplace, and other settings. David M. Roy and Marilyn Panayi, of the A.I. duPont Institute and the University of Delaware Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories will discuss their research in gestural human-machine interaction for people with severe speech and motor impairment using neural networks. Joseph Reilly will review his use of the Lightning MIDI device with psychiatric patients at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. Rebecca Mercuri will examine some of the computer software tools and hardware components for implementation of virtual arts therapies. Her student interns in cyberspace music therapy will demonstrate and exhibit some of their research. Prices for the Institute are quite reasonable, with individual concert and session breakdowns. For example, the Virtual Arts Therapies portion on Saturday, August 5 costs only $60.00. The entire conference may be taken for academic credit for $603.00. Inexpensive campus housing is available during the Institute. For a complete brochure, send an email request to Rebecca Mercuri: mercuri(at) Or telephone Immaculata College Department of Music Therapy: 610/647-4400 x3490 Upcoming Music Therapy programs at Immaculata College include: Depth Psychology and Music Centered Therapies, JoEllyn Beck, Sept 12-Dec 12. Biofeedback Music Research, Sr. Jean Anthony, Sept 7 - Dec 7. Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Aspects of Music Making, Fawzi P. Habboushe, M.D., F.A.C.S., October 11 & 12. Technology and the Creative Arts Therapies, Rebecca Mercuri, Mike Mosher, Sr. Jean Anthony, in conjunction with the Small Computers in the Arts Network at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Nov. 4 & 11. For further information on these courses and events, or to be placed on the mailing list, call 610/647-4400 x3490. ------- End of Forwarded Message

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