The first Keynote address at NZSM's 'Linking Cultures' Conference was given by Dr Sangeeta Swamy, a faculty member at Duke University and founder of Sound Mind Music & Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her address was entitled 'Music Therapy in the global age: 3 keys to successful culturally-centred practice.'
The Music Therapy Programme at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music hosted the 'Linking cultures: collaborative partnerships in music therapy and related disciplines' conference at Te Ara Hihiko on the Massey University Wellington campus on 23,24 November 2013. It focused on cross-cultural collaboration: celebrating the diversity of people, and their practice and research in music therapy and related disciplines. The conference also marked the 10th anniversary of the commencement of the Master of Music Therapy Programme at NZSM.
Sangeeta Swamy, PhD, is faculty member at Duke University and founder of Sound Mind Music & Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a queer, Indian-American woman, she specializes in culturally centered music therapy and research and is the author of 'Temple of Ancient Knowing: Music Therapy Portraits of Globalized Indian Identity'. An award winning violinist and community activist, she has also taught at Lesley University, Naropa University, and Oberlin College.