IU to Host International Music and Medicine Conference
Immaculata University is pleased to announce that its Department of Music Therapy will be co-hosting the Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine’s third biennial conference from July 24-26. The three-day event, Music Meets Medicine, features academic sessions, various concerts, research posters and a keynote address by Dr. Arthur Harvey, internationally renowned authority on research in neuromusicology.
“This is a unique opportunity for professionals, former and current students, and anyone in the community who is intrigued by the connection between music and wellness. The conference offers an exciting array of concurrent sessions that present a wide-range of interesting topics, as well as a number of invigorating concerts,” commented Lillian Eyre, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Music Therapy at Immaculata and conference co-chair.
The conference, which will be led and attended by the world’s leading scholars and academics in the field of music and medicine, will provide a forum to critically engage the study of the beneficial effects of music in medicine and stimulate the exchange of ideas among leaders in the field.
Academic sessions will be held in Good Counsel Hall on Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, from 9:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. The Keynote Address, presented by Dr. Harvey, will be given on Friday, from 11:25 to 12:25 p.m.
Arthur Harvey, D.M.A., has over 50 years of experience in music education, church music and music for health care, and has served as faculty at several universities, including the University of Hawaii. He is known world-wide for his work in both educational and therapeutic applications of music, having provided training in 24 countries, as well as through his publications, recordings, performances and research as a neuromusicologist.
In addition to the academic presentations, conference participants and the community can enjoy free live concerts.
Friday, July 24
- Grammy award-winning pianist and Immaculata alumna Angela Falco, MA ’97 – 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Indian classical vocalist Mahesh George Valiavila – follows previous performer in Memorial Hall
Saturday, July 25
- Bluegrass group SpiritGrass – 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Music for People Improv Orchestra – 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall
Sunday, July 26
- “Ruido Rosa (Brazilian Dance and Music) – 11:25 a.m. in Memorial Hall
“The scholars will examine the beneficial effects of using music in treating patients with medical problems and the favorable outcomes it has on mental and physical health,” stated David Akombo, Ph.D., associate professor, Graduate Faculty Fellow at Jackson State University and conference co-chair. “The benefits of music in school-age populations and in the lives of all adults in everyday life will also be examined.”
The registration fee is $75 for the three-day conference or $50 for one day. The musical performances are free and open to the public; donations accepted. Please register at isqrmm.org/conference-registration.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.