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Music for Healing and Transition Conference

July 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The  Heart-­Centered  Musician:  Navigating  the  Tides  of  Healthcare
July 14-17 at the Presentation Center in Los Gatos, California.

Thursday Evening – July 14
The Thursday evening keynote presentation,ERic and Lynn flutes
SpiritArts: Transformation Through Improvisation, will be presented by Lynn Miller and Eric Miller, Ph.D., two music therapists with a broad range of experience. Improvisation entails deep listening to the sounds of our voices or instruments and being guided by the sound, which helps take us out of our thinking mind or “the critic” that often impedes our process. When we are present with the music, we go into a “flow state.” The Millers will provide tools to help facilitate music from the inside out, including techniques from SpiritArts and Music for People (MFP). Bring your voice or instrument for this experiential workshop.
Lynn Miller is the author of SpiritArts, Transformation Through Creating Art, Music, and Movement, which is a culmination of her experience in arts and healing. She is on the faculty for Music for People, an international improvisational music training program founded by Grammy award-winning cellist, David Darling. Lynn is also on the staff for Flute Haven Native Flute School, a humanistic educational approach to developing Native flute skills. Lynn is a certified music therapist who is also trained in sound healing and expressive arts therapy. She has been an adjunct faculty member in music therapy at Immaculata University and teaches a music therapy class at Gwynedd Mercy University in PA. She and her husband Eric Miller have facilitated workshops in Switzerland, Canada, India, Italy, France, and throughout the U.S.
Dr. Eric Miller, Ph.D., MT-BC, biofeedback therapist and board-certified music therapist, is author of Bio-Guided Music Therapy (2011), published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He serves as Coordinator for the Ott Lab for Music & Health in the Music Therapy Department at Montclair University. Recent international presentations include sessions at the World Music Therapy Congress in Seoul, S. Korea; Hsien Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan; Bangalore University, India; and workshops in Kiental, Switzerland; Cogolin, France; and Torino, Italy and Omega in the U.S. Dr. Miller served as Executive Director for Music for People and founded the Biofeedback Network, Association of Integrative Medicine, and Expressive Therapy Concepts. He is a board member of the Interdisciplinary Society of Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine.
Concurrent Sessions. There will be three Friday concurrent sessions, one of which is Bio-Guided Music Therapy and Our Changing Healthcare System with Lynn and Eric Miller. This workshop provides the music practitioner with a rationale, historical context, and a step-by-step “how-to” demonstration utilizing real-time physiological data to inform therapeutic music playing, with outlines for approaches to various purposes and populations.

Afternoon Plenary Session
Fearless Presence – How To Cultivate the Courage To Be a Compassionate Presence in the Face of Suffering will be presented by Kirsten DeLeo. In this experiential presentation, we will explore and internalize practical ways to practice compassionate presence for others and ourselves. Presenting a view that weaves together contemplative practice, science, and hands-on experience, Kirsten DeLeo will offer a framework that will enable you to stay present with others while remaining open, spacious, and centered in yourself.
In leading seminars and retreats for professionals and the public in North and South America and Europe, Kirsten draws on more than 20 years of experience in accompanying terminally ill people and their families. She is on the faculty of “Contemplative End-of-Life Care,” a professional certificate program launched at Natrona University in 2003. Kirsten is trained in Hakomi body- centered psychotherapy and is the senior teacher in Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Program (www.spcare. org). Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth.
Friday Evening
Concurrent Sessions
Kirsten DeLeo will present one of the three concurrent sessions. Her session on The Practice of Compassionate Presence will provide experiential opportunities to explore some of the key practices of the contemplative approach of accompanying another. These will include using our physical presence, sounds, and sights as methods to become mindful and aware, as well as compassion practices for self and others. These methods are drawn from the contemplative tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, with its long- standing and effective methodologies for deepening the human capacity for compassion.
Claire Garabedian will present the second of our three concurrent sessions. Her session will be on A Ph.D. in Applied Social Science at 54: The Unexpected Journey of a CMP. By sharing her unexpected journey from professional cellist to Ph.D. researcher at a university in the United Kingdom, Claire takes listeners through life’s unexpected twists and turns to remind us all that we never can be quite sure what we will be when we “grow up.”

The MHTP Cafe? – An Open Mike Night…and our legendary jam sessions
Saturday Morning – July 16
Medical Panel Discussion: Navigating the Tides of Healthcare—New Legislation and Regulations and Their Impact (panelists to be announced)
Saturday Afternoon
Afternoon Plenary Session: I’d Rather Have Music!: Exploring the Effects of Individualized Live and Pre-Recorded Music for People With Dementia Nearing the End of Life and Their Caregivers will be presented by Claire Garabedian, CMP, Ph.D.
Claire Garabedian is an Associate Researcher in Creative Arts and Dementia at the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, United Kingdom. A professional cellist, Certified Music Practitioner, and experienced research assistant, Claire completed her Ph.D. at the University of Stirling, focusing on the impacts of individualized live and recorded music for dementia patients at end of life. See a video of Claire at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=b9fTxQuBbTQ.

Saturday Evening
Dances of Universal Peace and/or Improvisational Dance, and Jamming the Night Away
Sunday Morning CMP Panel Discussion: Four CMPs discuss how they have
established unique relationships and partnerships with healthcare facilities.

For additions to the schedule, check www.mhtp.org or email mhtp@mhtp.org,


July 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am
July 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


The Presentation Center
19480 Bear Creek rd
Los Gatos, CA United States
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