Autistic Hearing: From Music Theory to Music Therapy

Autistic Hearing: From Music Theory to Music Therapy
  (1 CMTE/1.5 LCATs CE credits)

Thursday March 10, 2022 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online in real time using Zoom

Presenter: Jon Fessenden, Ph.D, MT-BC

Conference Description
This presentation offers a critical appraisal of theories of autistic hearing and builds upon them in three ways: by identifying which cognitive and perceptual theories are applicable to autistic hearing, by analyzing clinical trials on the auditory processing of autistic subjects, and by interrogating the musical experience of autistic individuals. Upon synthesizing these forms of evidence, it appears autistic hearing may differ from neurotypical hearing in categories such as pitch, time, texture, form, and emotional responsivity.

Learning Objectives:
- Participants will identify extant theories of autistic hearing as described in scholarly literature

- Participants will identify which cognitive and perceptual differences common among autistic individuals impact listening to music  

- Participants will identity examples of how autistic hearing can lead to the development of specific musical skills and preferences

Jon Fessenden, Ph.D, MT-BC  Music therapist, researcher, and educator, Dr. Jon W. Fessenden was appointed Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Mississippi University for Women in Fall, 2021. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Fessenden has been practicing music therapy since 2014, in both New York and Texas. While his initial focus was in the field of adult/geriatric mental health, he later transitioned to working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Following his master's degree in Music Therapy at Molloy University, Dr. Fessenden completed advanced training in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Neurologic Music Therapy.  

Continuing Education Credit

Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 1 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: LCAT
Molloy University is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 1.5 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.


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Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration: $15
Molloy Full-Time Students, Faculty and Staff, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Non-Molloy Students (provide your school email address when registering): $5
Molloy Alumni: $10

Registration is limited. Registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed (there are limits, even with an online program).

Refund Policy:  You may withdraw from the conference for a full refund up until the day of the conference.

Online Information
The conference will be conducted through a live, "real-time" online platform called Zoom. The conference will be held at the same date and times as indicated in the schedule. You will be able to take the program using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. You will receive further information on joining the conference online closer to the date.

Questions regarding registration?

Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program