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Prof Liesl van der Merwe visited Manchester, London, and Bangor (in Wales) in December last year for several professional engagements.

Royal Northern College of Music — Manchester

She spent three days at the Royal Northern College of Music where she:

  • presented her collaborative research with Dr John Habron during a research seminar;
  • facilitated a doctoral training seminar on ATLAS.ti with examples from music and wellbeing studies; and
  • led a masters training session on the conceptualisation of research projects.

Doctoral training session on ATLAS.ti


Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre — London

Spirituality and Music EducationIn London she attended the 4th Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference and 4th International Spirituality and Music Education (SAME) Conference on 9 & 10 December. This included the book launch of Spirituality and Music Education (right), edited by Prof June Boyce-Tillman, for which Prof van der Merwe served on the editorial panel and also contributed a chapter.

She also presented a paper with Dr Habron titled “The Dalcroze diamond: a theory of spirituality in Dalcroze Eurhythmics”, and participated in a roundtable plenary at the conclusion of the conference with Gary Ansdell, June Boyce-Tillman, Sara MacKian, Simon Procter, and Rachel Verney.

MASARA was well represented at the conference with eight participants:

Prof Liesl van der Merwe has also been appointed on the scientific committee for the SAME Conference, and on the editorial panel for the special conference edition at the journal Approaches.


Bangor University — Bangor (Wales)

Bangor University

At the Bangor University School of Music, Prof van der Merwe presented a postgraduate symposium on “Data analysis, coding and music and wellbeing”.

She was also made an Honorary Research Fellow for a period of three years due to her involvement as co-promoter for a PhD student in the School of Music.