by Carol Lotter
Greetings from the Music Therapy training programme, University of Pretoria.
2022 has been a good year, being the first year fully back to in-person work since COVID. Our students have serviced clinical and community placements in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
This year hailed in the first three PhD students all of whom are conducting research which will contribute to an increasingly South African expression of Music Therapy.
International collaborations comprised a) the community music therapy module in Cape Town including students from Bergen University, Norway; b) hosting a delegation of music therapy professionals and students from Augsburg University, USA and c) hosting and supervising two students from Israel conducting part of their clinical internship hours.
The training programme looks forward to a new chapter in 2023 in which the Honours Music Communication course will play an integral role in its future development.
Finally, Dr. Andeline Dos Santos who heads up the research division in the School of the Arts, UP, is playing a key role in equipping and motivating arts therapists to conduct research, present and publish. She has been appointed as Co-Editor in Chief for Approaches Journal and Associate Editor for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. We congratulate her on the publication of her book Empathy Pathways: A View from Music Therapy.
The Music Therapy training programme looks forward to a full, challenging 2023.