Forthcoming article in Voices

I am very pleased to have had a paper accepted by Voices: World forum for Music Therapy . The paper is entitled “Expanding a care network for people with dementia and their carers through musicking: Participant observation with ‘Singing for the Brain'” and is based on data from my PhD research on the use of music in dementia care. The article will be published in the 2011 July issue.

Article in Music and Arts in Action

My first paper from my PhD research will be published in the next issue of Music and Arts in Action, this is a theme issue on music/arts and health. The paper (‘Music in Dementia Care: Increased Understanding through Mixed Research Methods’) is discussing how I used music as a part of my research to engage with people with dementia and their carer. I am also discussing my preliminary findings briefly. A more detailed look at my findings will be published in a forthcoming article in Voices

Symposium on improvisation at University of Exeter, March 2010

I have been busy arranging a symposium on a topic I am particularly interested in, namely improvisation in music and performance. This topic ties in with my work with Oto Asobi. The symposium will be held on the 25 and 26 March 2010 at the University of Exeter. I am very pleased that we will have contributors from Japan as well as Denmark, UK, USA, Canada and Sudan. You can find out more about this symposium here

Presentation at European Music Therapy Congress, May 2010, Spain

I will be presenting a paper based on my fieldwork with “Singing for the Brain” in the UK at the VIII European Music Therapy Congress “Evidence for Music Therapy Practice, Research & Education”. This conference is in Cádiz in Spain from May 5-9, 2010. 

Presentation at ESA in Venice

My paper on music therapy use with older people in Japan was accepted at this years Sociology of the Arts (European Sociological Association) conference in Venice, Italy, 4 – 8 November 2008 . This years theme is Arts, Culture and the Public Sphere: Expressive and Instrumental Values In Economic and Sociological Perspectives.My paper is entitled […]

Interviewing people with dementia, some suggestions

…the words of people with dementia show us how they feel about the experience of dementia, and in many cases, there is an awareness of the effects of the condition, with often a strong sense of self. (Kotai-Ewers 2000) As part of my research I am often interviewing older people, some of whom have dementia, […]

Music Salon (Japan)


Music Salon ran from 2004 to 2008 in the residential care home Long Life in Koshienguchi and Uminohoshi in Kobe . Following consultation with the residents and service users I set up this project together with Mana Ozaka with the aim of encouraging more group interaction where the onus was on the residents to develop […]

Abstract for Rethinking Music Therapy Practice for the Elderly in Japan

Rethinking Music Therapy Practice for the Elderly in Japan through the ethnographic perspective Background:In music therapy practice for the elderly, choice of music is one of the important concerns for therapists.  In Japan, elderly people’s music preferences are often not considered as a topic of research in its own right.   Aims:The aim of the […]

Ashiya Community Music Therapy Project (Japan)

Ashiya Community Music Therapy Project took place from September 2004 to February 2005 in one of the care homes for people with learning disabilities in my home town of Ashiya. It was organized by a number of Kobe University graduate school students including me together with our professor, local music therapists and musicians. Our aim […]

Conference presentations in May 2009

In May I will be giving two talks based on my ongoing fieldwork in South West region of the UK. The first will be on the 18th of May at the Music of changes: The concept of music-in-action seminar that the SocArts group at Exeter is arranging. My talk will give a brief summary of my […]