“Music meets Medicine”    at the


 CONFERENCE – July 26-27, 2013 Univ Georgia, Athens

12 CMTE credits – Online registration required

Approved Provider (AP): Expressive Therapy Concepts P-029

No Prerequisites

Qualifications & Credentials of Presenters: Eric Miller, Ph.D. MT-BC biofeedback therapist and board-certified music therapist is author of Bio-guided Music Therapy (2011) Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He serves as adjunct faculty at Immaculata University, Ott Lab for Music & Health Coordinator at Montclair University, and has lectured at the Naropa Institute and Bryn Mawr College among other institutions. Recent international presentations include sessions at the World Music Therapy Congress in Seoul, S. Korea, Hsien Chuan University in Tapei, Taiwan, and workshops in Kiental, Switzerland, Cogolin, France and Torino, Italy.  Dr. Miller serves as Executive Director of nonprofits Music for People, Expressive Therapy Concepts and founded the Biofeedback Network. Eric is actively involved with Music for People and has served as Executive Director since 1997. Eric is credited with development of the MfP Europe program, the community service initiative and on-site digital recording and CD operations.? ?In his spare time, Eric chairs the Pennsylvania Badminton Association. He has reached the finals in the PA State Badminton Championships, has been nationally ranked in the United States as high as no. 12 in doubles, and coaches the Bryn Mawr College varsity Badminton team.  Eric collaborated with Grammy winning cellist, David Darling on the instrumental CD, Jazzgrass.

 AkomboDr. David O. Akombo is Assistant professor, Director of Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at Jackson State University. Before joining Jackson State University, Dr. Akombo was a Diversity Fellow at Weber State University in Utah. Intrigued by the peculiarities of music including the interdisciplinary studies of music in medical and psychological practices, Dr. Akombo has studied and researched the effects of music on children and young adults both in schools and in hospitals. As scholar and performer, Dr. Akombo balances his research interests amicably as a music educator, ethnomusicologist, composer and singer/drummer, having worked in Africa and Southeast Asia where he studied with Balinese artists. His books, Music and Healing Across Cultures (Ames, Iowa: Culicidae Press, 2006) and Music and Medicine: Connections Found (Seaburn, 2009) unfold the mechanics of the relationships between music, culture, physiological and spiritual states in people from the anthropological and epistemological inquiry regarding music healing and the cosmos. These books show the power of music and its ability to promote mind/body coordination. Dr. Akombo has worked jointly with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (CAHRE) with which he collaborated to help establish the Arts in Medicine (AIM) program in Nairobi, Kenya. Located at Mater Hospital and funded by the State of Florida Center for Cultural Affairs in Tallahassee, this is the first known Arts in Medicine program to be established in Africa. Dr. Akombo continues to be active in music education research, world music, interdisciplinary scholarship in music and he has spoken and conducted clinics in several countries. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Utah Music Educators Association, Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for the Arts in Healthcare. Dr. Akombo is a co-founder and a member of the Executive Board of the Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine.


HarveyDr. Arthur Harvey D.M.A. has a 50 year background in music education, church music and music for health care. He has been a music professor at several universities including the University of Hawaii from which he (semi-) retired in 2006 after a sixteen year affiliation. He continues to teach online courses for both UHM and KCC. His Music As Therapy online course, offered through KCC, is a strong draw for music students and nursing students. He is known world-wide for his work in both educational and therapeutic applications of music, having provided training in 24 countries, as well as through his publications, recordings, performances and research as a neuromusicologist. In addition Dr. Harvey created and teaches a special online course for New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute Facilitator Training Program. Dr. Harvey continues to be active as a musician in Florida, where he retired, playing trombone in several bands, serving as organist at a church, and directing the Happy Notes chorus.  He continues to travel and provide training programs and workshops in Hawaii and other states. In September 2010 he was honored by Sounding Joy Music Therapy Inc. for his pioneering work in Hawaii related to music therapy. He was featured as one of the Wellness Forum speakers for Four Seasons Resort Spa in Maui in Fall 2010.


kennedy Dr. Roy Kennedy, Ph.D. MT-BC Roy Kennedy is the director of the music therapy program at the University of Georgia.  He teaches courses in music therapy and research, and supervises clinical experiences in hospital and school settings.  His current research is focused on using music to teach “English as a Second Language” to students of Hispanic ethnicity.  Other research interests include the use of guitar in therapy sessions with juvenile delinquents and disadvantaged children, and using music therapy with adults who suffer from substance abuse. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in music therapy from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in music education from East Carolina University, and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



balbagDr. Alison Balbag, DMA. Having earned a doctorate in harp performance from the USC Thornton School of Music, Alison Balbag is currently working on a second doctorate at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Her Ph.D. research investigates music’s influence on health and development at all ages across the lifespan. An award-winning harpist known for her engaging artistry and versatility, Alison Balbag has performed with Stevie Wonder, Itzhak Perlman, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Josh Groban, and Pink Martini. She has performed with such orchestras as the San Diego Symphony and Eugene Symphony, and has been a soloist with the California Chamber Orchestra and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra. Her film and television credits include PBS’s Great Performances, FOX’s Glee, and ABC’s hit series Modern Family.


suhNae Jeong Suh (MMEd, Kyung Hee University) is a doctoral candidate in the department of Music Education and Music Therapy in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, at The University of Georgia. Her research interests include “the effects of music on the quality of life.” She is currently working on her dissertation, “The effects of choral singing and music therapy on the quality of life of the well elderly” under the direction of Dr. Roy Kennedy, the Director of Music Therapy, at The University of Georgia. Nae Jeong earned her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance and Master’s Degree in Music education from the Kyung Hee University of Korea.


crowDr. Derrick Alan Crow holds a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Arts Integration and Curricular Theory. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s of Music from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His research interests include music medicine, aesthetic education, and arts integration. Through research and pragmatic experiences, he is striving to create educational growth that encourages creative and intellectual exploration. He has had the privilege to work as a music educator at the primary, secondary and collegiate levels, and has most recently worked as a student teacher supervisor for the Master’s of Arts in Teaching Program, and as an adjunct lecturer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is current practicing his skills as an educator and musician by maintaining a private studio of young musicians.


ClintGoss_Fujara1_lgClint Goss holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University, and currently serves as an expert witness in patent dispute and intellectual property cases. He also holds a commercial pilot license and a flight instructor certificate.

Dr. Goss is a trained music facilitator and performer on world flutes and an array of ethnic fusion world instruments. Clint and his wife, Vera, have facilitated energetic and inspirational Native Flute workshops since 2003. They bring out the potential in all participants, regardless of their level of musical experience.

Clint is a trained music facilitator and performer on world flutes and an array of ethnic fusion world instruments. In 2006, Clint teamed up with bluegrass mandolinist/music therapy researcher Eric Miller and vocalist Lynn Miller to form the SpiritGrass ensemble and release the CD “SpiritGrass” on the Manifest Spirit Label.


suarezDr. Emma Rodríguez Suárez was born and raised in the Canary Islands, Spain.  She holds a B.M. in M.Ed. and a M.M.Ed. from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.  She also holds a Ph.D. in M.Ed. from the University of Toronto.  Dr. Rodríguez Suárez is a teacher trainer and holds a Level III Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training certificate and a Kodály Certificate from the Kodály Musical Training Institute.  She was awarded an Artist-Teacher Certificate by the Association for Choral Music Education and she also holds a Creating Artistry Conductors Workshop Level III certificate.  Dr. Rodríguez Suárez is the author of Canciones de mi Tierra Española: Islas Canarias/Songs of my Spanish Land: Canary Islands and has published numerous articles and presented workshops both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Rodríguez Suárez is an Assistant Professor of music education at Syracuse University.



DomanAlex Doman is founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, creators of The Listening Program®. He is also the bestselling co-author of Healing at the Speed of Sound®.  The third generation of a family of pioneers in the field of child and human brain development, Alex has focused his career on sound, music, and technology, and their capacity to improve brain health and performance.  He heads product development at Advanced Brain Technologies with credits including co-producer of Music for Healing at the Speed of Sound™, Music for Babies™, executive producer, creator, or collaborator on numerous other music albums, products, and technologies including;  Spatial Surround®, Sound Health®, Music for the Mind™, BrainBuilder®,  The Listening Program®, Waves™ multi-sensory bone conduction audio system, and the company’s new internet audio streaming technology platform.  Alex has been interviewed for; NBC, MSNBC, NPR Marketplace, Wall Street Journal, Self, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, CBS,, Health Radio with Dr. Mike Roizen, Dennis Prager, Pia Lindstrom Presents, Blog Talk Radio, An Organic Conversation,, Hearing Health Magazine, among others.  He was written for publications including SI Focus Magazine, Autism Asperger’s Digest, and Autism Science Digest.  Doman is the host of the monthly Sound Brain Fitness teleseminar series, and blogs at, which is featured on Alltop Neuroscience. He lectures internationally and has trained thousands of allied health, education and music professionals in brain based applications of sound and music; and serves as an advisor to; Sanoson, NeuroPop, Aurora Schools, Autism Brain Storm, Autism Hope Alliance, and Concord Music Group. Alex also volunteers as treasurer and committee member for a community Boy Scouts of America troop.  Alex lives with his family in Ogden, Utah.

CMTE Activity Schedule & Format:

Friday, July 26, 2013


9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Alex Doman, Advanced Brain Technologies

Sheila Allen, Pediatric Therapeutics, LLC., NJ

Nacho Arimany, Advanced Brain Technologies


Cross- Cultural Sound and Music: A Novel Rhythmic Approach for Improving Brain Function

Advance Brain Technologies – Workshop presentation

Moderator: Dr. Eliane Leão, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil

Edge Recital Hall



11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Dr. Derrick Alan Crow

Independent Scholar

The Effect of Instrumental Rehearsal on Blood Glucose Levels of Five Low Brass Players

Moderator: Nae Jeong Suh, University of Georgia


1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Keynote Speaker

The Power of Music                                       Elena Mannes


Edge Recital Hall



2:00 – 3:50pm

2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Dr. Eric B. Miller

Montclair University, NJ

ISQRMM Executive Board, MS

Bio-Guided Music Therapy: Integrating music & real-time physiological data in treatment

Moderator: Dr. Alison Balbag, University of Southern California



Saturday, July 27



Dr. Clint Goss & Dr. Eric B. Miller

Montclair University, NJ

ISQRMM Executive Board, MS

Physiological Effects of the Native American Flute


Moderator: Aitak Ajangzad, Columbia University, NY





10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Dr, Emma R. Suárez,  Syracuse University, NY

Marianyelí Aponte Ramírez, Banda Municipal de Humacao, Puerto Rico

Asperger Syndrome within Music Education in Puerto Rico

Moderator: Dr. David Akombo, Jackson State University, MS




11:00 AM–11:50 AM

POSTER SESSION                         11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Band Hall 116



2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Dr. Arthur Harvey, University of Hawaii-KCC,

Music For Health Services

Understanding the Science of Music as an Rx for Stress


Moderator: Anna Thorne, University of Georgia


Dr. David Akombo

Jackson State University, MS

ISQRMM Executive Board, MS

Music, Mind and Brain: A systematic review of Literature on Psychomusicology

Moderator: Julia MacKinley,St. Josephs Health Care, Ontario, Canada



5 – 5:30pm Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives:


  1.  Participants will become acquainted with fundamental principles of Bio-guided Music therapy (BGMT). By the end of the course, learners will be able to differentiate BGMT from other music therapy models and approaches for example how it fits into the larger model of medical music therapy.   4.A.2


  1. Participants will be introduced to assessment and treatment of physiological symptoms using measures of heart rate, heart rate variability, Galvanic skin response, blood volume pulse and EEG brainwaves in conjunction with sampled and live music. By the end of the course, learners will be able to choose appropriate physiological measures and music in the process of creating  individualized protocols for specific disorders.  1, A. 11


  1. Participants will design and experience  interventions using real-time physiological data in conjunction with sampled music and live music improvisation. 2.A.3.a,d,e


  1. Participants will gain insight into the application of music for such disorders as dementia, stress, and hypoglycemia. 2. 5. A, b


12 CMTEs – fee   $20.

Payable to Expressive Therapy concepts via website.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Full refund if cancelled two weeks prior to workshop 50% refund if cancelled any later

Statement of relationship to CBMT:

Music meets Medicine is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 12 of CMTEs Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Expressive Therapy Concepts, P – 029 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.



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