I have just returned from Oradea so enthused and excited about the wonderful work that is going on out there and that there seems to be a new generation of young women especially, from what I saw, that are really trying to change the way parenting and chidlren’s well being is approached. The conference was fantastically attended and there were several different speakers of a high standard looking at child development and parenting skills. The delegates were a real even mix of teachers and parents with some doctors and psychologists/ psychotherapists also attending.
The music presentations seemed to be enthusiastically received and I was so impressed by the openness of everyone and the willingness to learn new ideas and take them on board. I did 2 practical workshops looking at music and emotion and how the 2 connect as well as offering some ideas into ‘feeling’ and experiencing music holistically and how that could be incorporated into playing and working with children.
I also presented a paper on the ‘power of music’ which again seemed to spark some interest and there were several good questions at the end of it to discuss.
It was a wonderful conference which the Romanian organisers should feel immensely proud of and I was delighted to be there representing Music as Therapy International.