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Prof.Emeritus Denise Groke AO


From: Thursday April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

To: Thursday April 11, 2019, 8:30 pm

Emeritus Professor Denise Grocke AO completed her music therapy qualifications at Michigan State University, USA, and holds a Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Melbourne.

She established the music therapy course at the University of Melbourne in 1978, and for 33 years was Head of Music Therapy. From 1998-2012 she was Director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit (NaMTRU), and currently is the Coordinator of the International Consortium of Music Therapy Research Universities. She co-founded the Australian Music Therapy Association in 1975 and served two terms as its President.

She was President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) from 1999-2002 and served three terms as Chair of the Commission of Education, Training and Registration.

Professor Grocke has worked as a music therapist with people who have mental illness, neurological disorders and those with dementia. She is author or co-editor of six books and numerous journal articles.

In 2012 she was presented with an Award of Merit by the American Music Therapy Association, in recognition of service to the field of music therapy. In 2013 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Australian Music Therapy Association and in 2016 was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for services as a pioneering practitioner and researcher in music therapy and services to professional organisations.


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