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Welcome to the fifth issue of the EMTC2016 Newsletter!

Contents of this issue:

  • Thank you for all your submissions! - Scientific programme in progress...
  • Early-bird registration open until March 01!
  • Accommodation opportunity for students: Couchsurfing in Vienna
  • July 4: NICU music therapy training course in Vienna
  • Additional musical events in Vienna for congress attendees & accompanying persons
  • Plan your travels: Austrian Airlines offers discount on airfares


Thank you for all your submissions! - Scientific programme in progress...

Once again, thank you for all your submissions - we had received 384 abstracts from 42 countries worldwide before EMTC2016's call for abstracts closed on November 1, 2015.

The members of the Scientific Committee have by now completed the blinded peer-review process in which every abstract was evaluated by two scholars.

Based on these quality ratings, the heads of the Scientific Committee, Karin Mössler and Thomas Stegemann, have done their best to compose an exciting and multifaceted programme for EMTC2016, representing the broad variety of music therapy in Europe and beyond. Since the call for abstracts had exceeded all expectations, it was unfortunately not possible to accept all the interesting proposals on offer.

Altogether, 148 oral presentations, 20 roundtables, 36 workshops, and 73 poster presentations were accepted - a total of 277 contributions! Presentations of the scientific programme will take place in 11 rooms simultaneously, so prepare for some hard decisions when choosing where to go....

Corresponding authors have been notified whether or not their proposal was accepted for inclusion in the scientific programme at the end of January 2016. Further details (such as who will present on which day, etc.) will follow later.

Reminder for all authors of accepted abstracts: Please be aware that in order to include your contribution in the programme, it is required that you confirm your participation by uploading the final proof-read version of your abstract by Sunday, February 7, 2016 - please follow the instructions in your notification email.

For those whose abstracts have not been included in the programme, we hope that you will still be able to attend the conference in Vienna!

Early-bird registration open until March 01!

Registration is still open!

Please follow the links below to the online registration and hotel booking form, and to find all the necessary information on booking and cancellation conditions, a hotel map etc.

Capacity will be limited, so please register early to ensure your place at EMTC2016!


Registration and hotel booking form (hosted by Austropa Interconvention)

If you want to view or change your bookings after registration (e.g., in order to register for any of the social events), or if you need to process any open payments, please go to the database login.

Accommodation opportunity for students: Couchsurfing in Vienna

In addition to the accommodation possibilities at, we are happy to provide a very special option for music therapy students here:

Have you heard of COUCHSURFING at EMTC2016 yet? 

(for students only!) 

Dear music therapy students,

We want to help you in keeping your attendance at EMTC2016 as affordable as possible!

Do you know how couchsurfing works?
In this case, it means that the music therapy students who study and live in Vienna are offering you some sleeping possibilities for free. That is, the students are offering you their couches, mattresses or maybe also their floor, and you will be able to use their shower/bathroom. It does not mean that they supply you with food etc.

That’s what you have to do:

  • Write an e-mail to
  • Your message should contain your name, email address, your arrival date, and the number of nights you want to stay.
  • Tell us as soon as possible (until June 13th at the latest) as we do not have unlimited sleeping places → FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!!
  • Bring your sleeping bag and maybe also a sleeping mat (we will tell you soon enough).

>> As soon as we read your request, we will let you know if there are still sleeping places available.

>> Two weeks before the conference, you will receive an email with the address, email address and phone number of your host. Please contact him or her yourself to make further arrangements.

We are looking forward to meeting you at EMTC2016!

Anna & Maggy | Music therapy students at mdw, Members of the EMTC2016 organising team

July 4: NICU music therapy training course in Vienna

First things first - come to Vienna a little earlier to learn about music therapy in NICU on the day before EMTC2016 kicks off:

FIRST SOUNDS: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby International Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Training

presented by Joanne Loewy, Friederike Haslbeck, Andrew Rossetti, Aimee M. Telsey, & Ann-Marie Dassler

Monday, 04 July 2016 | 09:00 - 18:30

See all the details about contents, booking conditions, registration etc. at!


Additional musical events in Vienna for congress attendees & accompanying persons

The SCL Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras. Taking place every July, it offers an international environment where a thousand young musicians enjoy intercultural exchanges and build bridges that span continents.

The SCL Festival Vienna 2016 will take place July, 1st – 6th in Vienna.


Accompanying persons of EMTC2016 participants who don't want to join the EMTC2016 Opening Ceremony might want to consider going to the Gala Winner’s Concert taking place at the Wiener Konzerthaus on Tuesday, July 5, 6pm.


Additional concerts will take place at "MuTh – Concert Hall of the Vienna Boy’s Choir" and "Haus der Musik Wien" during the festival days – the exact times and places will be communicated on the SCL Festival webpage during the coming weeks.


Plan your travels with our official conference carrier

Austrian Airlines is EMTC2016's official carrier:

Book your flights to the 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!

We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna in July 2016!

See the conference website and our social network page for detailed information & updates!

Photos:; Thomas Stegemann; Friederike Haslbeck/The LACMM; Via Musica/Nick Mangafas 2007, SCL Festival


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

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

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