Pre-conference: FIRST SOUNDS: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby International Neonatal Intensive Care Training

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TIER II  June 25 & 26 at 10am - 4pm, 4th floor, House of Music, Aalborg

Tier II training will provide new & current research of best practices highlighting multi-cultural perspectives in modulating the traumatic and potentially disorganized and/or understimulated experience of an NICU environment. Trainees will be provided with strategies for working with preterm infants and their caregivers (including antepartum patients). With a focus on developing skills for music therapeutic interventions, Tier II will include music therapy for infants, music psychotherapy for parent/s/caregivers, and EMT addressing the environment. This training will elucidate methods addressing specific attunement to song of kin and other cultural-based rituals of families that can be safely embedded in the music. A post-test of questions based on the above learning objectives will provide evaluation and grading of competencies achieved.

Fee: EUR 309 - includes lunch and coffee/tee.


Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC

Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC is Director of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, an Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, co-Editor in Chief of ‘Music & Medicine’ and a founding member of the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM).

Friederike Haslbeck PhD, DMtG, SFMT,

Friederike Haslbeck PhD,  DMtG, SFMT is a post doc research fellow and clinical music therapist at the Clinic of Neonatology, University Hospital Zurich and University, Bern Switzerland. She directs NICU trainings for MTs in Switzerland and German speaking counties, is Director/Founder of Amiamusica and is a ‘grandparent’ of First Sounds: RBL.

Aimee Telsey, MD

Aimee Telsey MD is a board certified neonatologist with more than 25 years of experience in the care of premature infants and newborns. She has special interest in integrative, family-centered and developmental care.

Ann-Marie Dassler NP, RN

Ann-Marie Dassler RN, FNP, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a life-long advocate for music therapy. She has been on the faculty at Bloomfield College and has taught in their BSN nursing program.

Andrew Rossetti MMT, LCAT, MT-BC

Andrew Rossetti MMT, MT-BC, LCAT, coordinator of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center’s Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine’s Music Therapy Program in Radiation Oncology, specializes in Environmental Music Therapy in fragile areas, and the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress. He is a doctoral candidate-University of Jyvaskyla.

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