Dear Colleagues,

  • The Academy completed its last basic training and Fellowship of 2016 in Brisbane, Australia with 74 participants and 10 Fellows. It was a very productive and enjoyable time working again in Australia.
  • The Oxford NMT Handbook is now available in paperback!
  • The new International Handbook of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology Press) has a chapter on NMT in cognitive rehabilitation written by Volker Hoemberg MD and myself. The book itself is also a great resource.
  • Please consult the training schedule for 2017. There are 7 institutes scheduled, including Canada-US-Argentina-Netherlands. Please spread the word!
  • Please contact Corene Thaut for dates and options if you need to do or renew your fellowship.
  • The Academy Advisory Board has invited Cheryl Jones NMT-F, Ottawa/Canada, to join the advisory board. She has accepted and we are excited to work with her in that new role.
  • The Academy Board of Directors is in the process to establish an International Council whose role would be to facilitate communication between the Academy and the NMT groups across the world. We will post our ideas later in more detail.
  • The Academy and Advisory Board are discussing if Academy members would be interested in forming local, regional, or national NMT Academy chapters – depending on the size and presence of NMT – which would be officially registered with the Academy. The role of these chapters would be to offer professional support to members, share resources and information, organize peer support groups, or sign up for clinical practice workshops live or via online with the Academy. This idea came up while we were in Brisbane where there is now a very active and sizable NMT presence of about 12 therapists. We have many hubs like that all over the world. Your feedback is much appreciated.

A large point of discussion in Brisbane centered on the often asked question how is NMT different from other forms of music therapy. Important characteristics are that NMT is neuroscience based, research based, and has a standardized technique taxonomy. However, the most important critical difference lies in its theoretical foundations: the NMT techniques are all based on nonmusical transfer functions of brain and behavior processes in MUSIC PERCEPTION, MUSIC COGNITION and MUSIC PRODUCTION. Each technique has at its core a therapeutic mechanism derived from those 3 music functions.  These theoretical foundations are unique to NMT and are laid out in the RSMM-Model in the Oxford Handbook. You may remember that the first step in the RSMM is the study of brain and behavior responses in MUSIC!

Best wishes to you all,

Michael H. Thaut PhD
Professor of Music
Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Music and Health Research Collaboratory MaHRC
Director, Music and Health Sciences Graduate Programs
Faculty of Music
University of Toronto