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German Translator: Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre, Dr.sc.mus.
Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre has over 20 years of clinical experience, working in NICU, with developmentally delayed and multiply disabled children. Currently, her primary focus is auditory stimulation after premature birth. Prior to this, Monika was chair of the postgraduate music therapy training program at Freies Musikzentrum Munich e.V. and Vice President of the European Music Therapy Confederation. She is Vice-President of the International Society of Music in Medicine and serves on thescientific board of “Musiktherapeutische Umschau”, Bundesverband ”das frühgeborene Kind” e.V. and the Editorial Board of the interdisciplinary journal Music and Medicine. She has published a number of books, book chapters and articles.
Japanese Translator: Dr.Kana Okazaki-Sakaue, D.A, MT-BC, NRMT, ARAM
Kana is a music therapist trained both in UK and USA. She studied piano at the Royal
Academy of Music, London, England and was trained at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London. She also obtained Master’s and Doctorate degree in Music Therapy at New York University, USA. She is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Kobe university, Japan and also serving as a board member and the chair of International Committee of the Japanese Music Therapy Association. She has also been involved as a committee member of Accreditation and Certification Commission of the World Federation for Music Therapy. She has been active as the Advisor for Tohoku Music Therapy Project, supporting music therapy work for survivors after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, since 2011. Her current clinical work includes special education setting as well as experiential training for music therapists and trainees. She supervises music therapists and other related professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists. Her specific research is about clinical improvisation.
Japanese translator: Aiko Onuma, MT-BC
Aiko Onuma is a music therapist/educator who works in the greater Boston area as well as internationally. Aiko is currently the president of “Kakehashi” Music Therapy Connection Group and provides music therapy services and individualized music instruction for all ages and levels. She holds a Bachelor degree in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music
Chinese Translator: Yi-Ying, MA, MT-BC
Yi-Ying currently works at Taipei Medical University Hospital in Taiwan, serving multiple population in medical setting. She completed graduate studies at Montclair State University in the U.S. and was clinically trained in Beth Israel Medical Center.
Korean Translator: Juri Yun, MT-DMtG, KCMT
Juri Yun is a certified music therapist in Germany (DMtG) and S. Korea (KCMT). Ms. Yun received Diplom from Music Therapy Institute Berlin in Germany and completed doctoral coursework in Music Therapy from Ewha Womans University. Ms. Yun currently serves as the clinical supervisor at Ewha and a researcher for the Ewha Music Wellness Center. Her clinical expertise lies in working with adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and children with special needs.
Spanish Translator: Marcela Lichtensztejn, MT-BC, LCAT
Marcela Lichtensztejn is the Founding Director of APEM Vanguardia en Artes Aplicadas, Ciencia y Salud, interdisciplinary creative arts therapies and traditional therapies program, in Argentina. She is a music therapist, piano performer and music educator. Originally from Argentina, she gained her graduate degree in Music Therapy and her Advanced Certification in Nordoff-Robbins approach at New York University. Currently, Ms.Lichtensztejn is professor at the Argentinean Catholic University (UCA). Her areas of clinical and research expertise are adults with acquired and degenerative neurological conditions with emphasis in disorders of consciousness, cognitive impairment, speech and movement disorders, musicians, and family support. She is an editorial board member of both peer reviewed journals ‘Music and Medicine’ and ‘Revista Brasileira de Musicoterapia’. She has authored several publications amd speaks internationally on herdevelopments. Ms. Lichtensztejn is the current Regional Liaison for Latin America for the World Federation of Music Therapy.
Spanish Translator: Paula Macchi
Paula Macchi received her degree in 2004 as Music Therapist at the University of Buenos Aires. Guitarist graduated from the Conservatory J. S. Bach of Buenos Aires. She specializes in music-centered music therapy and neurorehabilitation. She began herwork with children with neurological deficits and autism and joined the team of AUPA and the Genesis Institute dedicating to the care of children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and autism. In 2009 she joined the Music Therapy Service of INECO under the supervision of the Mgter. Lic. Marcela Lichtensztejn, specializing in the care of patients with dementia, stroke, TBI, altered state of consciousness, PDD and autism, providing services for 6 years. In 2015 she joined APEM where she currently provides treatment to patients with dementia, autism and generalized developmental disorders. She was part of the teaching staff of the Postgraduate Course in Music Therapy and Neurorehabilitation at Favaloro University between 2010 and 2013.
Italian translator: Silvio M. Feliciani G. MA, DMus, D.M.A., Ed.D.
Prof. Silvio M. Feliciani G. MA, DMus, D.M.A., Ed.D., is composer, pianist, music therapist with a Master’s degree in Sociology. Currently he is Head of the Music Therapy Deparment in the State Conservatory of Music in Pescara (Italy). He is also Professor in piano repertoire and performance practice and Adjunct Professor in applied music therapy, theory methods and history of music therapy and digital processing of mixer sound. He was director of several State Conservatories of Music for nearly 10 years. He is the author of musicological essays, a manual about VAT (Vibro Acoustic Music Therapy) and numerous musical compositions published by Berben, Edipan, Ruggimenti. A significant bibliography S.Feliciani is available on line. In 1989 he was included in the Guinness Records European because he performed (in 19 hours and 55 minutes, first in Europe and fourth in the world) the entire execution of the poem piano Vexation (E. Satie). In 1998 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award by the American Biographical Institute to career.
His students of music therapy are appreciated around the world thanks to the academic preparation, for the interest and the passion at the practice of music therapy and for the collaboration with the music therapy schools around the world.
Thai translator: Pornpan Kaenampornpan, PhD-MT
Pornpan Kaenampornpan is currently working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Khon kaen University – Thailand. She finished her Master Degree in music therapy from new Zealand School of Music and completed her PhD in music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University-England. Her clinical experience includes elderly, patients with dementia and children with special needs and their families.