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The ‘Remini-Sing’ study is seeking participants with dementia living at home with family carers to examine the effects of therapeutic choirs to stimulate memories, emotions and social connection through music participation.

Next week, the University of Melbourne will launch the Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit (CATRU), the first training and research program of its kind in Australia.

Building strong learning cultures and communities in schools through music is the focus of ‘Creating Music Cultures in Schools’, a book to be launched at the University Of Melbourne on Monday.

Melbourne academic Dr Katrina McFerran has joined the team at ‘Aardvark’, a community organisation bringing together legends of Australian pop and rock music to help young people with chronic illness record a CD, and flourish creatively.