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Nov 19, 2020 08:00am -
Nov 22, 2020 05:00pm

Event Type: Conference
Category: Annual Conference

Speaker Information

AMTA is honored to present its first ever virtual conference.  Learn in the comfort of your own home and save on travel and lodging.  Many of the foremost authorities on music therapy will be presenting at this 2020 Conference. Come learn and grow with the best and the brightest in music therapy!

Special guest speakers include:

Nina Kraus, PhD, National Institutes of Health

Nina Kraus is Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University. She is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who uses hearing as a window into brain health.  She began her career measuring responses from single auditory neurons and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization with learning; these insights in basic biology galvanized her to investigate sound processing in the brain in humans.  Through a series of innovative studies involving thousands of research participants from birth to age 90, her research has found that our lives in sound, and our experiences, for better (musicians, bilinguals) and for worse (concussion, language disorders, noise), shape how our brain makes sense of the sounds we hear. Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, she advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy. See www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu

Emmeline Edwards, PhD, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Emmeline Edwards is director of the Division of Extramural Research of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). In that capacity, she is responsible for development of scientific programs or areas of science that fulfill NCCIH's mission as well as planning, implementation and policy.  NCCIH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a mission to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.  Before coming to NIH, Dr. Edwards earned her Ph.D. in Neurochemistry from Forham University, did postdoctoral research in behavioral pharmacology and neuroscience at the State University of New York, and was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland. Her research there focused on the neural mechanisms of complex behaviors and characterization of a genetic model of affective disorders. She also served as Chair of the Graduate Studies and Research Committee and Member of the Dean's Executive Council at the University of Maryland.  Currently, Dr. Edwards is Co-Chair of the trans NIH Music and Health working group and member of the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. Dr. Edwards is also Chair of Women World in Neuroscience (WWN), an independent mentoring and networking organization, with the primary mission of identifying, promoting and implementing mentoring and networking opportunities for women neuroscientists across the world.

Rachel Ebeling, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Angel Band Project

Founding “band member” and lifelong lover of music, Rachel Ebeling has been breathing fire into The Angel Band Project since its inception in 2009. Rachel is responsible for day-to-day operations with a focus on growing the organization into a meaningful force for healing and social change. As a public speaker, she tells the story of her own healing from losing one of her best friends to a horrific act of sexual violence in 2009.  She also illustrates how music helped her and others heal in the aftermath of this tragedy, and how the Angel Band Project is now supporting survivors through music therapy programs and music initiatives in the U.S.  The Angel Band Project’s Virtual Choir Project, an initiative to unite survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through song, drew global attention in November 2018 at the United Nations in New York City.  The “One Voice” Virtual Choir was the featured performance at the UN Secretary-General’s UNITE Campaign to End Violence Against Women by 2030.

Rachel’s keynote will include a multi-media presentation including video and moving discussion about how music therapy is now being used as a modality of healing through programs in St. Louis, MO, Seattle, WA, and New York City, NY.  Rachel was recognized as a Woman of Achievement 2018 in her hometown of St. Louis and has been featured as a Truthteller on the Women For One online forum for empowering women through storytelling. Rachel has spoken at several universities including Washington University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Columbia, Marquette University, Maryville University, and the University of Central Arkansas.  She has also shared the story of Angel Band Project by giving keynote speeches at conferences from coast to coast, including the National SART/SANE Conference in Austin, Texas 2012, the National Sexual Assault Conference in Chicago 2013, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault 2013, New Hampshire Coalition Against Sexual Assault 2013, End Violence Against Women International 2014, the American Music Therapy Association Conferences in 2015 and 2016,  End Violence Against Women International 2017, National Sexual Assault Conference in Philadelphia, PA 2019. She recently was part of a collaborative music therapy presentation with Maryville University at the 2020 World Music Therapy Congress in Pretoria, South Africa. Rachel is honored to be a featured keynote speaker at the 2020 American Music Therapy Association Conference.


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