Call for papers
The theme for the Congress is The Polyrhythms of Music Therapy.
Through this theme, the intention of the congress is to
- Honour diversity
- Promote decolonisation
- Value debate and difference
- Recognise and strengthen resources and resilience
- Hear silenced voices, and invite new voices
- Grow music therapy with consideration for context, and
- Champion relevant social issues
We invite music therapists as well as art therapists, allied health professionals, educators and community arts practitioners to submit proposals that consider the theme in the following formats:
- Paper presentations (20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions)
- Poster presentations
- Workshops (Please indicate on your abstract what type of workshop you would like to facilitate: short workshop – 90 minutes; OR discussion forum – 3 hours)
- Roundtables (60 minutes)
We welcome submissions from a broad range of areas of practice including:
- Music therapy approaches (e.g. Nordoff-Robbins, GIM, NMT)
- Community music therapy
- Technological advances in music therapy
- Anti-oppressive and critical approaches
- Diversity and decolonisation
- Restorative justice
- Music therapy in neurological rehabilitation
- Mental health
- Child and youth work
- The elderly
- Intellectual and physical disability
- Work with persons who are displaced
- Other arts therapies modalities
- Community building through music education
- Community arts-based practice
Please note: The streams for the congress will be finalised on the basis of abstracts accepted.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS 29 APRIL 2019 (18h00 GMT+2)
Peer review process and notification
All abstracts will receive blind peer-review by two members of the Scientific Committee.
The following criteria will guide the review process:
- Quality of the empirical work and theoretical foundation
- Implications for music therapy practice
- Clarity and organisation
- Relevance to the theme
Authors will receive notification of the acceptance or rejection of their submissions by 31 July 2019.
Extra special for early-career music therapists
Certificates will be given during the opening ceremony to the three early-career music therapists who submit the best abstracts, as voted for by the Scientific Committee. (These individuals must have graduated within three years of submitting their abstract for this congress).
What is needed in the proposal document
Title, abstract (250 words), keywords, author, author bio and affiliation (35-50 words)
Visit https://www.up.ac.za/en/music-therapy-2020 for more information and to submit your abstract:
2020 WCMT Professional Scholarship Application Form
Please answer the following questions in your narrative.
- Why do you think you should be chosen for this scholarship?
- What work have you done to advance the discipline of music therapy in your area of the world? (may include work for a music therapy organization)
- How would you like to contribute to the development of global music therapy?
- How will you fund travel, accommodation, and living expenses to attend the 2020 World Congress in South Africa?
Calling for Hosting a World Congress
All current WFMT full organizational members are eligible to submit a congress proposal. World Congresses are held in metropolitan cities that are easy accessible from major airports. Should you consider hosting one of the two forthcoming WFMT World Congresses, please follow the steps below. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for your organization and bring positive attention and awareness of music therapy to your country.
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Step 1: Submit a Letter of Intent.
Step 2: Develop a proposal in accordance with the WFMT Bylaws and submit it to email@example.com
Timeline: June 30, 2019
Step 3: The Council will review your full proposal and contact you to clarify open questions.
Timeline: August 31, 2019
Step 4: You might be invited to present your proposal in person to the Council and WFMT Membership
Timeline: December 31, 2019
Step 5: The Council will make a decision and inform you.
Timeline: July 7, 2020
2011 World Congress At-A-Glance Buenos Aires, Argentina Download: Book of Abstracts Download: Congress Program Conference webpage http://www.musicoterapia2008.com.ar/ Download: http://br.youtube.com/watch?v=MJjebN2NvB8 Pre-conference: Symposium of the Music Therapy Neurology Network “Towards a Shared Agenda” available at http://www.rhn.org.uk/institute/mtnnsymposiumjuly2008 Download: Handbook & Book of Abstracts Download: Proceedings, Oxford, UK (2002) Download: Proceedings, Washington D.C., USA (1999) Download: Proceedings, Vitoria, Spain (1993) A series of interviews about the World Congresses of Music Therapy can be found at www.voices.no
2011 World Congress At-A-Glance
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Download: Book of Abstracts
Download: Congress Program
Conference webpage http://www.musicoterapia2008.com.ar/
Pre-conference: Symposium of the Music Therapy Neurology Network “Towards a Shared Agenda” available at
Download: Handbook & Book of Abstracts
Download: Proceedings, Oxford, UK (2002)
Download: Proceedings, Washington D.C., USA (1999)
Download: Proceedings, Vitoria, Spain (1993)
A series of interviews about the World Congresses of Music Therapy can be found at www.voices.no