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Dr

Grace Thompson

Senior Lecturer In Music (Music Therapy)
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Autism
children with disabilities
family relationships
social communication
play
quality of life
inclusion
mental health
special education
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Dr

Grace Thompson

 
Division
Fine Arts And Music
 
Primary Interest
Music Therapy
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Dr

Grace Thompson

 

Dr Grace Thompson is a senior lecturer, researcher and registered music therapist. Dr Thompson completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2012 titled “Making a connection: randomised controlled trial of family centred music therapy for young children with autism spectrum disorder”.

The study investigated child and parent outcomes following home-based music therapy sessions with preschool-aged children with autism and their mothers. Dr Thompson has worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years within the early childhood intervention sector, as well as within special education settings. As music therapist and team leader, Dr Thompson developed a collaborative approach to music therapy practice with families guided by ecological theories and family-centred philosophy. Her music therapy practice and research is therefore underpinned by a desire to support parent-child relationships through participating in engaging and mutually enjoyable musical play activities. Dr Thompson’s post-doctoral research focuses on music therapy with children with autism, disability, and delivered within ecologically oriented strategies. Dr Thompson’s research expertise is in mixed methods studies that have a translational focus. She is the co-editor of “Music Therapy with Families: Therapeutic Approaches and Theoretical Perspectives”, was Keynote speaker at the 2014 National Australian Music Therapy Conference, and a Spotlight speaker at the 2014 World Federation of Music Therapy Congress in Krems, Austria. Dr Thompson is an Associate Editor for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2019

Honorary Life Member of the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in recognition of significant contribution to the profession.

Australian Music Therapy Association

2018

Project title: Contemporary music therapy training: Designing best practice teaching and learning resources to develop clinical reasoning skills.

Faculty Special Studies Project (Long)

2015

Faculty Teaching Award

2014

Term of President: August 2014 - August 2017

President, Australian Music Therapy Association

2011

Ruth Bright award for excellence in conference presentations

Australian Music Therapy Association

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Senior Lecturer In Music (Music Therapy)

Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music

General Member

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA)

General Member

Australian Society for Music Education (ASME)

General Member

ASfAR - Autism Research Community

General Member

Early Childhood Intervention Association

Registered Music Therapist

Australian Music Therapy Association

Education


University Teaching

University of Melbourne

Music Therapy

University of Melbourne

Music Therapy

University of Melbourne