The Consortium of Music Therapy Research was established in 2008, instigated by Professor Tony Wigram (Aalborg University Denmark), and hosted by the University of Melbourne (through Assoc Prof Denise Grocke). The Consortium brought together various parties with whom Aalborg and Melbourne had established collaborations, dating back to 2002.
This International Consortium of universities with specific objectives for developing research in music therapy has been developed, and now includes the following institutions:
See Consortium webpage
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
The Faculty of Music, National Music Therapy Research Unit (NaMTRU),
The Faculty of Humanities, Institute for Communication and Psychology,
Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, DENMARK
The Boyer College of Music and Dance, Music Therapy Program,
Philadelphia, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN
The Faculty of Humanities and The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research
Centre (GAMUT), NORWAY
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
The Faculty of Arts, School of Music, Music Therapy Department, AUSTRALIA
THE UNIVERSITY OF JYVASKYLA
The Faculty of Music and Music Therapy, FINLAND
NORWEGIAN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY
The Faculty of Arts and Letters, Department of Music and Performing
Arts, Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
THE KATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
Lemmeninstitut, College for Science and Art, K U Leuven, BELGIUM
AREAS OF COLLABORATION
The following outlines the programs and activities of the Memorandum of Understanding 2008 as signed between the University of Melbourne, Aalborg University, Temple University, the University of Bergen, the University of Queensland, the University of Jyvaskyla, the Norwegian Academy of Music, Anglia Ruskin University and the Katholic University Leuven.
The three main areas of collaboration are
- International benchmarking in the evaluation of proposals, ethical procedures, and the supervision and examination of theses;
- Collaborative projects; and
- Research teaching and supervision.
1. International benchmarking in the evaluation of proposals, ethical procedures, and the supervision and examination of theses
(a) Where relevant, to establish internationally benchmarked standards in research design and implementation.
(b) Facilitate discussion of post-graduate research supervision.
(c) Advise on ethical procedures.
(d) Develop courses for supervisors, and an international network of specialist consultants and advisors within music therapy and related disciplines.
(e) Serve as supervisors and/or examiners on dissertations and theses where appropriate, funded by the inviting institution.
(f) Where an Advisory Board exists, a member or members of each centre may be invited to sit on the advisory board of the other centres to contribute to the evaluation of proposals for Master?s and PhD level research in music therapy.
2. Collaborative projects
(a) Disseminate literature reviews from masters and doctoral students to facilitate sharing of information in specialised areas.
(b) Develop and contribute to literature databases in specific clinical and research areas for the use of post-graduate researchers in the nine research milieus.
(c) Establish links through websites that will enable researchers in any one of the nine research milieus to discuss their research with other researchers.
(d) Collaborate on joint research projects when possible.
(e) Collaborate on applied clinical research projects at post-graduate or post doctoral level.
(f) Promote multi-centre research studies.
(g) Develop themed research seminars and mini-conferences for the post graduate researchers and research staff in the nine research milieus, given available resources.
(h) Develop research-based discussion through online discussion forums and video conferencing
3. Research teaching and supervision.
(a) Exchange of information regarding current research methods, including tools to analyse results.
(b) Share information on research education issues (Masters and Doctoral level), and participate in discussions of common issues.
(c) Establish a ?meeting place? for researchers and faculty at international congresses to promote discussion and exchange
(d) Exchange copies of dissertations and theses to the nine institutions (hard copies or electronic versions)
(e) Facilitate research students to attend research courses in music therapy where possible and appropriate. This would be self-funded, and at the discretion of the institution at which the course is taking place.
The activities described above are at the discretion of each milieu, and conditional upon available funding.