Der Best Practice Day ist Teil des niederösterreichischen Gesamtkonzeptes „Musikwirkung und Musiktherapie in Lehre, Forschung und Anwendung“. Musiktherapie ist in Niederösterreich nämlich mittlerweile zu einem wichtigen Element ganzheitlicher Betreuung von Patientinnen und Patienten geworden.


Therapeutische Angebote werden durch Fort- und Weiterbildung an der IMC Fachhochschule Krems, Fachtagungen und internationale Symposien ergänzt. So war Niederösterreich bereits Gastgeber für den Weltkongress für Musiktherapie (2014), für den Best Practice Day (2015) sowie für den Mozart und Science-Kongress (2017).


Wir laden Sie hiermit sehr herzlich zum Best Practice Day 2018 ein. Holen Sie sich wissenschaftlich gesicherte Informationen aus Forschung und Praxis und erweitern Sie zugleich Ihr Kontaktnetzwerk mit Spitzenkräften aus dem Feld der Musiktherapie!


08:30 - 09:00

Registrierung / Registration - Best Practice Day Musiktherapie / Musictherapy

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09:00 - 09:40

Eröffnung / Opening

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FH-Prof. Priv.- Doz. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Tucek

Leitung Institut für Therapiewissenschaften & Josef Ressel Zentrum – Grundlegung einer personalisierten Musiktherapie

09:40 - 10:20

Significant moments in improvisational music therapy as identified through heart rate data: A case study from the No Pain No Gain randomised controlled trial

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Prof. Dr. Jaakko Erkkilä, PhD

University of Jyväskylä (UJy), Finland

Jaakko Erkkilä is professor of music therapy at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, UJy, Finland. Currently he runs music therapy master’s training (UJy) and two clinical music therapy trainings (Eino Roiha Foundation). At the moment his research focuses on improvisational music therapy for depression and anxiety and he runs an Academy of Finland project (2016-2020) called ”No Pain No Gain – Integrative Improvisational Music Therapy for Depression“ on the topic. He has published several chapters and articles on theory, practice and research of psychodynamic, and integrative music therapy, recently mainly focusing on clinical improvisation.

Olivier Brabant, MA

University of Jyväskylä (UJy), Finland

Olivier Brabant holds a Master’s degree in Music Therapy. He is currently finishing his doctoral studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research interests include non-ordinary states of consciousness and their therapeutic benefits, as well as the promotion of insight, creativity, and emotional regulation in music therapy through the use of methods derived from heart rate variability biofeedback.

10:20 - 11:00

Salient Rhythmic Moments in Improvised Music and Linguistic Interaction

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Dr. Mark R. Thompson

University of Jyväskylä (UJy), Finland

Marc Thompson (PhD in Musicology) is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Music, Arts and Culture Studies (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). From 2013-2018, he was coordinator for the international masters degree program in Music, Mind & Technology. His research pertains to the role of the body in music-related activities. He has conducted performance studies on pianists’ and conductors’ expressive gestures, and perceptual studies on visual and auditory cross-modality when experiencing music performance. He current interest is studying entrainment in dyadic musical interactions using optical motion capture, and studying how shared music performance functions as a means of social bonding.

Dr. Satinder P. Gill

University of Cambridge, UK

Satinder Gill is a Research Affiliate with the CMS (Centre for Music and Science), Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.  She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 1995, after which followed post doctoral positions at NTT Basic Research Labs, Japan, CKIR (Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research) Helsinki, Finland, and Stanford University (USA), a Senior Research Fellowship at Middlesex University, London, Visiting Scholarship with the Computing Lab at Cambridge University, and her current affiliation with the CMS. Her research investigates the processes underlying knowledge transfer in human interaction, dialogue as improvisation, culture and communication, the dynamics of technologically-mediated interaction, and the ethics and aesthetics of engagement. She has recently published a book with Springer on Tacit Engagement: Beyond Interaction (2015), and is Associate Editor with AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Communication.

11:00 - 11:30

Kaffeepause / Coffee break

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11:30 - 12:10

The role of musical improvisation in shaping bonding formations in clients with borderline personality disorder

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Prof. Dr. Jos De Backer

LUCA School of Arts, Leuven, Belgium

Jos De Backer is fulltime Professor and coordinator of the BA and MA training program of music therapy at LUCA, School of Arts, campus Lemmens. Professor at the faculty of Medicine KU Leuven). He is senior researcher in the Research Unit Music & Drama (Faculty of Arts, LUCA School of Arts, Leuven, Belgium). And is principal researcher at the Centre for Contextual Psychiatry (Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium). Head of the music therapy department and music therapist at the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg. Board member of the consortium for Research in Music Therapy 8 universities.

He co-edited 3 books about music therapy and more than hundred articles about improvisation and psychiatry. He was 8 years president of the European Music Therapy Confederation.

Focus on psychosis, personality disorder, clinical improvisation and interventions, interpersonal synchronicity and affect attunement.

Dr. Katrien Foubert, PhD

LUCA School of Arts, Leuven, Belgium

Katrien Foubert received her master in music (violin) from Conservatoire de Bruxelles. She specialised in music therapy in LUCA, School of Arts, association KU Leuven, Belgium where she obtained her master. After her studies, she was appointed as music therapist at the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg on a setting for patients with a personality disorder. In 2012, she started as ass. prof. in the Bachelor and Master training course music therapy at LUCA, School of Arts, Belgium.

In her doctoral studies, she focuses on the study of musical joint improvisation in music therapy with patients with a borderline personality disorder. Foubert is targeting the mechanisms of interpersonal synchronisation and attunement, focusing on the association between interpersonal functioning and musical interaction. Katrien Foubert received grants for her research work from the foundation Vocatio and from OPaK (research in the arts).

As violinist, she is a member of the professional chamber music ensemble Odysseia. In 2016, she linked her scientific work with her work as artistic performer with the project ‘Between Improvisation and Composition’, which was finalised as a scientific concert performance and a CD recording.

12:10 - 13:20

Mittagspause / Lunch Break

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13:20 - 14:00

Temporal Dynamics and Connectivity of Dyadic Emotional Processing in Frontal Brain Areas During Active Music Therapy

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Fachner

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Fachner, since 2013 Professor for Music, Health and the Brain at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, is interested in translational issues of interdisciplinary research topics between medicine, humanities and music sciences. Starting in Germany 20 years ago, he has been working as a professional in the field of Music Therapy (MT) and brain research, was and is active in EU and Academy of Finland MT research projects and serves on international MT advisory and policy boards. Studying Improvisation, music therapy processes, brain responses and treatment of depression, as well as consciousness states, addiction and time perception, his scientific output comprises over 100 publications in journals and books across disciplines. Recent projects, collaborations and publications focus on biomarkers, neurodynamics, timing and kairological principles of the MT process and effectiveness.

Dr. Clemens Maidhof

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Clemens Maidhof is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). Before that, he worked at the University of Cologne, Germany, the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research in Helsinki/Jyvaskyla, and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. He holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Cologne and a PhD in Psychology from the ‘Freie Universitat Berlin’, Germany. Clemens Maidhof research interests are in the cognitive neurosciences of music. He has published papers about error monitoring in music performance, utilizing EEG, 3D motion capture and musical (MIDI) data. He has also conducted research on the neural mechanisms underlying syntactic processing of music and language and the effects of attention on these processes. His current primary research interests are the neural dynamics underlying music improvisation during therapy, for which he combines music therapy research with approaches from social cognitive neuroscience.

14:00 - 14:20

Synchrony – an approach to explore shared moments

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Prof. Dr. phil. Wolfgang Tschacher

Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Universität Bern, Schweiz

Wolfgang Tschacher ist Leiter des Forschungsbereichs Experimentelle Psychologie an der Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie in Bern und fellow am Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Organisator der seit 1990 laufenden Tagungsreihe „Herbstakademie“.

Seine Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind Psychotherapieforschung und Forschung zu Embodiment und Leiblichkeit, sowie zur Kunstpsychologie. Zahlreiche Fachartikel und Buchveröffentlichungen (, Bücher u.a. „Prozessgestalten“ (deutsch, 1997), „The Dynamical Systems Approach to Cognition“ (2001), „The Implications of Embodiment“ (2010), „Embodiment“ (deutsch, 2010).“Embodied Communication – Kommunikation beginnt im Körper, nicht im Kopf“ (deutsch, 2016), „The Process of Psychotherapy – Causation and Chance“ (im Druck, mit Hermann Haken).

14:20 - 15:00

Moments of Interest in Personalized Music Therapy

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Astrid Maria Heine, MSc

IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria

Astrid Maria Heine graduated in the Bachelor and Master Programme ‘Music Therapy’ at IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems. As music therapist and research assistant, she was working in neurology, neuro-rehabilitation and neonatology and examined changes in brain activity and behavior in patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS). Currently, she is working in the Josef Ressel Centre at IMC University Krems, focusing on neuronal correlates of therapeutic relationship and interaction.

Iris Zoderer, MA

IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria

Since 2009 Iris Zoderer is music therapist at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and research assistant at the Josef Ressel Zentrum for horizons of personalized music therapy. Her scientific interests include among others video analysis, recognition of pattern and psycho-physiological research methods in the field of music therapy. In a recent research project she is primarily focused on the identification of moments of interests between patients and therapist by video analysis.

15:00 - 15:30

Kaffeepause / Coffee Break

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15:30 - 15:50

Biological and Cultural Basis for Therapeutic Moments in Music Therapy

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Prof. Dr. Sumathy Sundar

Sri Balaji Vidapeeth University, Pondicherry, India

Professor Sumathy Sundar, Ph.D currently serves Sri Balaji Vidypapeeth, a health sciences university as Director, Center for Music Therapy Education and Research at Pondicherry, India and also is the founder and Director of the Chennai based  Chennai School of Music Therapy. She has been researching in the field of music therapy since 2002 with specific emphasis on developing a culturally sensitive approach in music therapy education, clinical practice and research in India. Her vision is to integrate  Indian traditional healing practices in modern clinical music therapy practice and scientifically endorse these applications by high quality research.  She has been actively engaged in music therapy   education since 2011 and developed the first professional training programs in music therapy in India through Chennai School of Music Therapy. She also developed the first hospital based music therapy program from Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth with plethora of courses ranging from a one year PG Diploma to Ph.D. program in music therapy.  Her strong interests are in inter-disciplinary collaborative research in music therapy with health care professionals which has resulted in several publications. An advocator of music therapy, she has a strong international presence through her regular national and international presentations on music therapy, winning international awards and recognitions.

15:50 - 16:10

A Mindfulness Model for Right Moments and the Psychophysiology of Empathy

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Prof. Dr. Donald Moss, PhD

Saybrook University, Oakland, USA

Donald Moss, Ph.D., BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.  There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition.  Dr. Moss is currently President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  He has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He is also a member of the International, Interdisciplinary, and Interreligious Research Group on ‘Consciousness Studies,’ at the Pontifical Academy, “Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum,” Rome, Italy.

Moss has a book to be released in July 2018 with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways:  Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer). He also has a book in preparation with co-editor Inna Khazan on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice (AAPB) and a book in preparation with co-editor Fredric Shaffer on Physiological Recording Technology and Applications in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB).  Moss is co-editor of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998).


16:10 - 17:00

Musical ending of the symposium

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– Elizeu Costa (Saxophon) 

– Mauro Lima (Bass) 

– Sitvisson Menezes (Perkussion) 

– Wolfgang Böhler (Keyboard).