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NEA Sponsors Webinar on Music Therapy and Cancer

September 2, 2015 01:45 PM


The NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 19 federal government departments, agencies, etc., is hosting a webinar focusing on music therapy. "Music Therapy, Music Listening, and the Cancer Experience" will be held on Wednesday, September 16th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. It is free and open to all. You must register in advance. The oncology research of Dr. Debra Burns and Dr. Sheri Robb will be featured. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to learn about music therapy being used to aid people with cancer and to educate your colleagues and administrators about the latest trends. If you unable to attend the webinar, please note that an archived version of the program will be available following the live presentation.

For more information, see the press release below.


For immediate release                                                                        
September 2, 2015
Contact: Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs
202-682-5606 |


Music Therapy, Music Listening, and the Cancer Experience

Live, Public Webinar on Wednesday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

How can music therapy and music listening benefit people facing cancer and their families? Learn about the latest innovations in healthcare at the upcoming webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. Presenters include American Music Therapy Association Executive Director Dr. Andi Farbman, and music therapy researchers Dr. Debra Burns and Dr. Sheri L. Robb. The webinar will also feature Dr. Nolan Gasser, who, alongside his role as chief musicologist for Pandora, is working with Memorial Sloan-Kettering on an algorithm to match musical repertoires to the tastes of individuals with cancer, with the aim of allaying their symptoms.


  • Dr. Andi Farbman, executive director, American Music Therapy Association.
  • Dr. Debra Burns, MT-BC, associate professor, department chair, Music and Arts Technology, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; chair, American Music Therapy Association Research Committee
  • Dr. Sheri L. Robb, MT-BC, associate professor, director, Indiana CTSI KL2 Young Investigator Program; coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program, Indiana University School of Nursing; editor, Journal of Music Therapy
  • Dr. Nolan Gasser, Ph.D., composer, pianist, musicologist
  • Sunil Iyengar, director of Research and Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar


To join the webinar:  

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archived version will be available in the webinars section of and on the NEA YouTube Channel.

Follow us on Twitter as we live-tweet this webinar @NEAarts, hashtag #NEAtaskforce.

This is the 13th public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 19 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices that encourages more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and other agencies and departments.

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