Felicity Baker

Inaugural lecture: Felicity Baker

Felicity Baker gives her inaugural lecture about therapeutic songwriting.

  • Wednesday 14. November 2018
  • 14.00
  • Norwegian Academy of Music, room 139
  • Free

Event Details

We are very proud and happy that the Norwegian Academy of Music has appointed prof. Felicity Anne Baker (b. 1970) as the new Professor ll for CREMAH (20 % position) as of 1 April, 2018. Felicity has been a music therapist for more than 25 years and commenced her academic career in Norway in 2000 and after 18 years, she is returning to Norway.

Her lecture is titled Aligning models and methods of therapeutic songwriting with clinical orientation

In this lecture, Felicity will present a selection of some of the models of songwriting she constructed as a result of 4 years of research. She will compare and contrast songwriting as practiced informed by different clinical orientations including psychoeducational songwriting, narrative songwriting, free associative songwriting, and songwriting informed by Community Music Therapy. She will illustrate some examples of songs created within these different orientations to illustrate their application in practice.

Felicity is Professor at The University of Melbourne, where she currently serves as Head of Music Therapy. She is also CoDirector of Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit and CoDirector of National Music Therapy Research Unit. She is well-known in the music therapy community worldwide for her research skills and achievements, for which she has received several awards. Her research contributions on the elaboration of music therapy songwriting is her speciality, but she has also developed considerable research projects within fields like dementia, rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and/or other neuronal diseases.

Felicity’s research contribution to music, health and well-being is significant. Her impressive publication list includes over 100 refereed articles and more than 10 books. She has developed many large-scale research projects, both within and outside Australia, and she has been very successful in obtaining grants.  

With Felicity on the team, CREMAH’s work will be vitalized and empowered, especially within those areas where our centre needs reinforcement. These areas include development of new and innovative research, international networking, editorial work with CREMAH’s new online Journal of Music, Health and Well-being, as well as teaching and supervision, especially in quantitative and mixed research methodology.