NaMTRU aims to engage and integrate with key stakeholders and to educate and empower students and practitioners to enrich society through music therapy.

Our vision

The National Music Therapy Research Unit (NaMTRU) was established by Emeritus Professor Denise Grocke in 1999 as a mechanism for promoting and disseminating research relevant to the practice of music therapy. Since that time, NaMTRU has provided a research milieu for academics and graduate researchers, promoting a balance of empirical, theoretical, clinical and musical dimensions in research.

Research areas

Research at NaMTRU

NaMTRU has generated a rich tradition of funded research and productively disseminated findings in international and local forums. See the 2010 NaMTRU Research Report for more information about our research outcomes.

All students completing their music therapy training in the Masters of Music Therapy Coursework program are also required to undertake a minor independent research project in their final year.

Latest research

Key Research Areas

Current PhD researchers

  • Melissa Murphy
    Melissa Murphy
  • Rebecca Fairchild
    Rebecca Fairchild
  • Elizabeth McLean
    Elizabeth McLean
  • Benjamin Leske
    Benjamin Leske
  • Bronte Arns
    Bronte Arns
  • Meg Steele
    Meg Steele
  • Jason Kenner
    Jason Kenner
  • Elly Scrine
    Elly Scrine
  • Astrid Notarangelo
    Astrid Notarangelo
  • Helen Oosthuizen
    Helen Oosthuizen
  • Tanya Silveira
    Tanya Silveira
  • Anja Tanhane
    Anja Tanhane

Work with us

PhD research in Music Therapy

Interested in music therapy research? Find out more about our PhD program and how you can contribute to the growing body of music therapy research.

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Music Therapy coursework programs

As well as research programs, we also offer pathways for students to become music therapists through our Master of Music Therapy program.

Find out more about other music therapy programs at the Conservatorium, and meet our teaching staff.

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Contact us

Professor Katrina McFerran
+61 3 8344 7382

Want to know more about music therapy? Visit the Australian Music Therapy Association website.