It is our pleasure to cordially invite you to the
A Symphony of Dialogues

which will be held in Vienna, Austria • 05–09 July 2016
under the auspices of the European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC).

Read on for more details:

+ Background

+ Organisers, Missions & Goals

+ EMTC 2016 as a "Green Meeting"

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The conference venue will be the campus of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, right in the city centre.

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna, Austria
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Awarded Posters online!


Please see here to look at the three "Posters of the day" (Audience Awards) and the three posters who won the Jury Awards at EMTC2016.

EMTC2016 is over - see you in 2019!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 10th European Music Therapy Conference in Vienna in July 2016 for making it a very special and memorable event!

We look forward to the 11th European Music Therapy Conference, scheduled to take place in June 2019 in Aalborg, Denmark.



As of March 20, the conference is fully booked!
If you haven't secured your place yet, but would like to attend, please register on the WAITING LIST now!
In case of cancellations, people registered on the waiting list will be contacted in the order of their registration date.

Call for Abstracts has closed on Nov. 01, 2015


Many thanks for all your submissions – we have received the overwhelming number of 384 abstracts from 42 countries worldwide!

The members of the Scientific Committee are currently conducting the blinded peer-review process by evaluating each submitted abstract.

Based on these quality ratings, the heads of the Scientific Committee will then do their best to compose an exciting and diverse programme for EMTC2016 which represents the broad variety of music therapy in Europe and beyond.

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their submission by the end of January 2016.

The Organisers

The conference is jointly organised by

  • ÖBM - Austrian Association of Music Therapists
  • mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
  • WIM - Viennese Institute of Music Therapy

Local Organising Committee:

Dr. Elena Fitzthum, President of WIM
Monika Geretsegger, PhD, Past President of ÖBM (2010-2016)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. sc. mus. Thomas Stegemann,
Head of Department of Music Therapy, mdw

In co-operation with
  • EMTC - European Music Therapy Confederation

Supported by

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts is now closed. Thanks for all your submissions!



Abstracts for oral presentations, posters, workshops, and roundtables are invited in all areas relevant to music therapy.
Deadline for abstract submission is 01 November 2015 (6:00 pm CET).

For the first time in the EMTC conference history, all accepted abstracts will be published as a special supplement of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
Please note that due to the requirements of the production process for this supplement, there will be no extension of the submission deadline of 01 November 2015!

All abstracts will be subjected to peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee.
The criteria for review are: practical and theoretical impact for music therapy, quality of empirical work and theoretical foundation, novelty and originality, and clarity of ideas and structure.

Presentation formats


The following formats of presentation are available at the EMTC 2016 (see Abstract Submission for further information and guidelines):

  • Oral Presentation (30 min. talk + 10 min. discussion)
  • Poster Presentation
    • Classical print format (+ optional oral poster presentation: 4 min. talk)
    • Animated screen presentation (+ optional oral poster presentation: 4 min. talk)
  • Workshop (100 min.)
  • Roundtable (100 min.)

Acceptance and Notification


After the peer-review process, acceptance of abstracts into the conference programme will be determined according to the above-mentioned criteria for review by the Scientific Committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their submission by end of January 2016.



All presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register, and to attend the conference. Early-Bird Registration will be open until March 01, 2016.

(hosted by Austropa Interconvention)
(edit your uploaded abstract & personal details)

Scientific Committee


Esa Ala-Ruona (Finland)
Laurien Hakvoort (the Netherlands)
Friederike Haslbeck (Switzerland)
Stine Lindahl Jacobsen (Denmark)
Susanne Metzner (Germany)
Melissa Mercadal-Brotons (Spain)
Stefano Navone (Italy)
Alice Pehk (Estonia)
Ranka Radulovic (Serbia)
Krzysztof Stachyra (Poland)
Monika Smetana (Austria)
Brynjulf Stige (Norway)
Giorgos Tsiris (UK/Greece)   Heads:
Karin Mössler (Norway) & Thomas Stegemann (Austria)




As announced, we only have limited capacity at EMTC2016.
By now (March 20), the conference is FULLY BOOKED!
For those still wanting to attend, we provide the possibility to register on a WAITING LIST. In case of cancellations, people registered on the waiting list will be contacted in the order of their registration date.
Please follow the link below if you would like to be registered on the EMTC2016 waiting list.

Registration and hotel booking form
(hosted by Austropa Interconvention)
Conditions, hotel details, and much more information!

If you want to view or change your bookings after registration, or if you need to process any open payments, please go to the database login.

Registration fees


For the fee structure of EMTC 2016, it was important to the local organisation committee that fees are affordable for all attendees, and that music therapists from low-income countries and students are encouraged to participate, especially in today’s harsh economic conditions in Europe. To achieve this, all members of the local organising team are working in an honorary capacity, and being a non-profit organisation, we simply try to cover the costs in hosting this conference.

Please find below the various rates and conditions for congress fees:

Music therapy students
(except PhD students)
€ 245,-
Conference fee
€ 190,-
Special conference fee*
Early Bird rate
(registration & payment until March 01, 2016)
€ 420,-
Conference fee
€ 320,-
Special conference fee*
Regular rate
(registration & payment from March 01, 2016)
€ 490,-
Conference fee
€ 420,-
Special conference fee*

All registration fees include:

  • Conference attendance
  • Conference bag & conference materials
  • Programme book
  • Book of abstracts published as supplement to the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy
  • Opening Ceremony with light dinner (Tuesday evening)
  • Refreshments (coffee, tea, water / Wednesday to Saturday)
  • Two-course lunches (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Gala Dinner at Mayor´s Reception in the Vienna Town Hall (Thursday evening)
  • „Heurigen“ night with typical food (Friday evening)
  • … and lots of live music!


* Special conference fee for participants from countries with a GDP per capita below EUR 20,000 - applies to participants with a permanent residence in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia (based on the Eurostat List for Gross Domestic Product per capita 2014), as well as Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, FYR of Macedonia, India, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
(If you are a resident in more than one country, please find your appropriate rate by considering the country where you spend most of your time.)

The registration fee includes 0% VAT as the organiser is no businessman according to section 2 Austrian VAT act.


Download EMTC2016's Scientific Programme here!
Nordic Journal of Music Therapy - Supplement:
Abstracts of EMTC2016

Programme overview


Monday, July 4
EMTC General Assembly
09:00-18:00 | Pre-conference seminar on PhD research in music therapy

09:00 - 18:30 | "First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby International Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Training"

Tuesday, July 5
12:00 | Start of onsite registration
14:00-16:00 | European music therapy students' meeting: "ConnAction"
18:00 | Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, July 6
Conference programme
Optional evening programme:
19:00 | An Evening in the Viennese Prater
19:00 | Public viewing: Semi-final of the European Football Championship

Thursday, July 7
Conference programme
19:00 | Gala dinner at Town Hall
22:00 | Disco party (details TBA)

Friday, July 8
Conference programme
19:00 | Heurigen night

Saturday, July 9
Conference programme until noon
Closing Ceremony (incl. presentation of poster awards)
End of conference: 14:00

EMTC2016 Dialogue Sessions


Instead of regular keynote lectures, EMTC2016 will feature Dialogue Sessions in which topics relevant to the discipline of music therapy will be discussed within a broader context. In a daily plenary session (11:15-12:45), a music therapist and an expert from another field will present their perspectives in two initial talks, followed by a moderated discussion between the two dialogue partners, and with the audience.

We are honoured to be able to present the following distinguished speakers and their shared topics:

Stefan Koelsch (GER/NOR) & Wendy Magee (US):
Music therapy and neuroscience

Johanna Doderer (A) & Dorit Amir (ISR):
Improvising and composing

Christian Köck (A) & Brynjulf Stige (NOR):
Music therapy and economy

Please see here for details on speakers and topics.

In a special fourth Dialogue Session on Saturday, July 09, 25 years of collaborative work on developing the music therapy profession in Europe will be celebrated by a group of people involved in the European Music Therapy Confederation, EMTC:

Dialogues on European music therapy professional development: Various practices, one goal
Adrienne Lerner, Hanne Mette Ridder, Ferdinando Suvini, Rut Wallius, Ingeborg Nebelung, Alice Pehk, Albert Berman, Ranka Radulovic, Tessa Watson, Esa Ala-Ruona

Travel Information

Airfare to Vienna


Discounts on airfare to Vienna with Austrian Airlines!

Austrian Airlines is EMTC 2016's official carrier:
Book your flights to the 10th European Music Therapy Conference online at and save 15% on all applicable fares!

To do so, simply enter the following code in the eVoucher field on the Austrian homepage booking engine:

Code: EMTC16

  • Booking period: now until July 9th, 2016
  • Valid for flights to Vienna and return as of June 28th, 2016 until July 16th, 2016 (final date for return flight) on OS operated flights

Book your flights here!





Please check passport and visa requirements in due time prior to your departure for Austria.

Austria is a member state of the European Union and signed the Schengen Agreement. First-time visa applications from outside are subject to a few weeks of extra delay. If needed, you may ask Austropa Interconvention for an appropriate letter of invitation for visa purposes, after you have registered for the conference, and made your payment.

The following website offers additional information on the visa application process: Austrian Foreign Ministry


We have the support of a professional conference agency (Austropa Interconvention) who have reserved a contingent of rooms in several hotels close to the conference venue, in various price classes.

You will be able to book rooms in these hotels at the same time as you complete the registration through the Austropa interface.

You will be able to choose between hotels within 10 minutes walking distance to the conference venue, and hotels that are centrally located and close to the U4 underground line which takes you to stations "Stadtpark" or "Wien Mitte", both less than 10 minutes from the conference venue.

Depending on hotel standard and proximity to the conference venue, single rooms in conference hotels are between EUR 58,20 and EUR 129,00 per night (including buffet breakfast and taxes); double rooms between EUR 76,40 and EUR 150,00 per night (including buffet breakfast and taxes).

See here for detailed information and descriptions of all the conference hotels.

For those looking for budget accommodation, we can recommend the following link:



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