MSMM-UPM Music Heals 2019: From Tradition to Medical Innovation (July 2019)

The Music Heals 2019 Conference (MH 2019) was successfully held on the 5th and 6th of July, 2019 at the AL-Farabi Hall at the Faculty of Human Ecology, UPM. MH 2019 was jointly organised by the Malaysian Society for Music in Medicine (MSMM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Participants’ categories Percentages
Music Educators (music teachers, music school owners, university academicians and heads of music from international schools) 32.14%
Students (private and government university students, college students and postgraduates) 23.12%
Healthcare Professionals & Community Workers (including counsellors, psychologists, allied health therapists, medical specialists, faith based organisations) 28.57%
Miscellaneous (Retirees, Music Performers, Private Individuals) 16.07%

Some 120 participants who were music enthusiasts, researchers, music therapists, music teachers, students, and members of the community attended this conference which covered topics from music for pain management, music for mental health, therapeutic singing for voice rehab, music therapy for traumatic brain injury & stroke rehab, musicians’ health & wellness, music for depression, music for senior care, and sound & its effects on the brain.

Speakers came from as far as the USA, Dr. Lori Gooding who presented the keynote; and Indonesia, Rozwita Amelinda; Professor Manohar Arumugam, Hand surgeon from UPM; Lian Yun-Perng from ACE Physiotherapy,;James Yeow from HELP University; Pri Chaskar from UPM,;Dr. Ang Mei Foong from UPM; Dr. Sindhu Nair from UPM, Racheal Yap from MPDA; Dr. Indra Selvarajah from UPM; Darien Nagle; Lee Aik Hooi; Cheach Yi Ting from HELP University.


Comment #1

“Dr. Lori Gooding’s keynotes. Very high quality of conference. Very educational. We learned so much that was useful to help us better understand how music can spur healing. The inclusion of both music therapy and music & medicine was a great idea! Dr. Lori gave a very clear explanation on the similarities and differences. All 5 strands very interesting and eye opening. Nice variety of topics. Your conference got me thinking about my postgraduate studies (multiple comments). Hope MSMM will continue to organize this conference as a series.”

Comment #2

Dear MMSM,

What an exciting area of research and yet we instinctively realise that music holistically has had a role to play not understanding it could actually unlock the aging brain!

I am writing from England where children from all sorts of schools(public and private) are sent to perform music at the local Residences for Seniors…. at least once a year,usually in the Christmas season.

Your research is vital for all to strengthen these links.

Thank you for widening our understanding of ourselves and of our role in humanity.

Ewa Loo

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