Out of the 12 majors at Berklee, the Music Therapy major is one that always intrigues people. Personally, until I started at Berklee, I had no idea that music therapy was such a popular profession. Dedicated to the future of music therapy, a one-day symposium on April 20th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm will take place at the David Friend Recital Hall, free to the public, highlighting the latest developments in music and assistive technology. Presented by visionary thinkers of Berklee’s Music Therapy and Electronic Production and Engineering departments will be demonstrations of technologies making music more accessible to those with special needs, emphasizing an interdisciplinary collaboration as an essential part of clinical services where technology is employed.
Expert clinicians and educators will be providing original Berklee-engineered applications, using the iPad, camera, Wiimote, Rockband, guitars, and other familiar tools. The clinical presentations will focus on technologies, such as ensemble software, assistive technology devices, and a special "futures" demonstration station, showcasing technologies are applied to address the goals and needs of clients, patients, and students in clinical settings. New software packages will be given away to music therapy students and professionals who agree to pilot test these applications. The symposium will also be featuring music performances using these new technologies and applications, during which the attendees can play along.
If you’re at all curious or want to learn more about the technology involved with music therapy, I would definitely recommend you attend. Hope to see you there!