In the years following ISMM held 9 international symposia in USA (Rancho Mirage 1989, San Antonio TX 1994/1996), Australia (Melbourne 1998) and Germany (Lüdenscheid 1982/1984/1986, Hamburg 2003, and 2010 in Minneapolis (MI).
In the years between, special invited research workshops took place in Lüdenscheid. It has always been the politics of ISMM to cover different cultural spheres and to foster exchange on a global scale, Books of proceedings, enlarged and peer-reviewed were published by Editiones Roche, Springer Heidelberg-New York, MMB Music St. Louis and the University of Melbourne.
San Antonio (Texas) 1994
The first ISMM symposium to be held in Texas comprised sessions dealing with MusicPhysiology, MusicMedicine, Performing Arts Medicine, established a Neuromusical Research Panel, and displayed special-topics-sessions about music and environment – the niche hypothesis, music and human behavior, questions of professionalization, as well as about future trends of all these topic areas with an outline of a curriculum that was established for MusicMedicine in academic education (Pratt 1996a & b) and an introduction of CAIRSS as a computer-based information retrieval system for literature in MusicMedicine and Music Therapy (Eagle & Hodges 1996).
San Antonio 1996
The 6thInternational MusicMedicine Symposium was held (when the San Antonio ISMM Regional Chapter was founded) in collaboration with NAMT at UTHSCSA. One topic was about pioneering brain imaging studies and further research leading to the development of the socalled Neurologic Music Therapy (Thaut 1996). Also, nociception and music, Mozart music and genetics, and a variety of clinical applications were presented: pain in fibromyalgie and multiple sclerosis, stress and anxiety in patients with cancer and in palliative care, and music with patients in coma.
Melbourne (Australia) 1998
The 7th symposium moved to Melbourne. In collaboration with AMTA, hosted by the Faculty of Music and by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences of the University of Melbourne, additional topics were identified and discussed in the program: medical cost savings through music, enhancement of maturation in premature infants, palliative care, anti-violence programs in correctional services institutions, hospitalised infants, Parkinson´s disease (Pratt & Grocke,1999).
Hamburg (Germany) 2003
The growing international network of experts dedicated to the field as well as the fast growing amount of research studies confirming evidence for musical interventions in medical settings led to the program of the 8th symposium in Hamburg. Topics dealt with urgent issues of the present situation in health care: oncology / chronic diseases, elderly patients with special demands / dementia, coaching and consulting in occupational settings / burn-out, traumatised refugees / post-traumatic stress disorders, pain medicine. A special panel discussed the future of healthcare and the role of music therapy / musicmedicine. Results let to recommendations which acknowledged the evidence of significant benefits that musical interventions provide in healthcare (Spintge 2007).
Augsburg (Minneapolis) 2011
The 9th symposium was hosted at the Augsburg College Faculty of Music / Music Therapy, in conjunction with and co-sponsored by American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Institute for Music Research University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, Regional Pain Center DGS & MusicMedicine Research Lab at Sportklinik Hellersen, Germany. The conference provided an interdisciplinary and international exchange of scientific research results, and empirical findings. The main topics in the program were focused on creative and innovative concepts with family-centered care, self-healing skills, pain management as well as the inclusion of alternative medicine and new ways of thinking in medical treatment. These ideas were identified and discussed especially in intensive care for all ages: neonatology, dying and chronically ill children, and adults. Other topics include a.o. evidence based practice, stress-management, and evaluation models. Clinical programs including daily excursions to different clinics were offered in the afternoon.
VIBRAC Conference (Jyväskylä, Finland), 2016
Co-sponsored by ISMM and VIBRAC Centre at University of Jyvaeskylae, the First International VIBRAC Conference took place in Lahti, Finland, octobre 14 – 15 2016. More than 140 participants and speakers from Canada, Finland, Norway, Estonia, UK, Croatia, Germany, Argentina, USA discussed research and applications, definitions and standards as well as future directions of low frequency sound stimulation / vibroacoustic therapy. Selected and revised presentations will be published as peer-reviewed manuscripts in a special issue of the Journal Music and Medicine, July 2017. ISMM supports this special issue.
IAMM Congress July 2018 in Barcelona/Spain
The ISMM participated together with the VIBRAC Center of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland with a Satellite Symposium at the IAMM Congress, which took place in July 2018 in Barcelona. Around 400 participants from all continents took part. The representatives of the ISMM were able to present their views on the medical-scientific basis of music therapy offers at various places, in particular at the concluding expert panel. A consensus was reached with the participating music therapists that a therapeutic application of music is not possible without scientific research. The ISMM was represented by the president, Prof. Dr. med. Ralph Spintge, the vice-president Dr. Fred Schwartz. The general meeting instructs the executive committee and the president to continue the constructive cooperation with IAMM.
The cooperation of ISMM with the VIBRAC Center was intensified by the joint organisation of the Satellite Symposium in Barcelona on this occasion.
The next IAMM Congress will take place in Boston/USA in 2020.
A participation of the ISMM is to be prepared in the executive committee.