Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission

13-16 July 2022
Venue: Virtual

The Commission pre-conference seminar will focus on equity, diversity and inclusion with particular reference to special music education and music therapy. Its purpose is to advance practice, research and theory, as well as to promote interdisciplinary dialogue between practitioners and scholars in the wider field of music and health.  While retaining the overall conference theme at its heart, the Commission pays specific attention to contemporary pedagogical practices and curricula for people with special needs; therapeutic interventions and applications of music within diverse settings within and beyond special education; socio-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives on music practices for promoting people’s health and wellbeing.


I warmly welcome you to the 2022 pre-conference seminar of the Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy.  Building on the Commission’s history of practice innovation and international development, this seminar aims to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue within the broader music and health arena. To this end, the voices of practitioners and scholars from diverse areas within and around the fields of Special Music Education and Music Therapy are welcome.

Kimberly VanWeelden (Commission Chair)