Your visit left lasting impressions on everyone who was a part of the deliberations in the music therapy workshop you led in Bangalore in 2007. None of the participants were fluent in English, but it did not matter because the spoken language was music!
The feeling, the experience, the significance of silence and the power of music will remain in our memories for all time. Its therapeutic applications were well elaborated by Joe Moreno - a name that rings a note in everybody's heart wanting him back again and again!
Doctor Hema Divakar, Artist
Asian Research and Training Institute for Skill Transfer
As coordinator of two workshops with
Joe Moreno I can honestly say that this was a great experience that enriched
the students and myself. Making a deeper connection with music therapy and
psychodrama should be essential for all who work in this area. The use of music
facilitates the warm-up process for the therapist and gives added strength to
Pereira Bernardes, Locus Partner, Florianopolis, Brazil
Joseph J. Moreno, Professor Emeritus
of Music Therapy, Maryville University-Saint Louis, and Director
of the Moreno Institute for the
Creative Arts Therapies in Santa Fe, New
was invited to present in Calcutta,
India from July
19-21,2007. He conducted a two and a and half day workshop program
titled "Acting your Inner Music: Music in Psychodrama and Individual and
Group Psychotherapy" at the auditorium of the AmericanCenter, Calcutta.
The program was inaugurated by Mr.
Moulik D. Berkana, Assistant Public Affairs Officer of the AmericanCenter.
Several distinguished persons of the city attended the inaugural ceremony. The
program was attended by psychologists, psychiatrists, musicians, dramatists,
special educators, guardians of children-in-need, NGOs and
students in large numbers. Due to capacity restriction, many interested
participants could not be accommodated. The AmericanCenter
sponsored the program in a great way. Prof. Moreno's presentations which
included both PowerPoint lectures and practical demonstrations were superb. The
total program enlivened all the participants and was highly informative.
The city has never observed such an event. The overwhelming response from the
participants was equally inspiring for the organizers. It engendered considerable
enthusiasm in music therapy and psychodrama to such a degree that RabindraBharatiUniversity of the city since decided
to start a new major for the Performing Arts Therapies (Music, Dance and
Drama) at the university, the first program of its kind in India.
Professor Moreno was also invited by
the Psychology Research Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute and the
Medical College & Hospital in Calcutta to speak before psychologists,
researchers, physicians and students on the efficacy of music as a
therapeutic intervention. Incidentally, both of these institutions are
the oldest educational and research institutions in the whole of Asia and are recognized as national
institutes of excellence.
All the programs were organized by
the Step One Foundation, a registered non-profit organization in collaboration
with the AmericanCenter and
K. Basu, Executive Secretary
One Foundation for Child and Youth Welfare
Moreno presented his bright workshop in Moscow in September 2008.
Joseph demonstrated to Moscow psychodramatists and other psychotherapists, how
many new possibilities a creative therapist can find for his work integrating
music to psychodrama and group therapy. Participants of the workshop observed,
that music is very helpful to establish communication and understanding,
especially, when by some reason there are no words for expression. As Joseph
shown us, it is so natural to use music in problem situations together with
dance and arts - and world healing traditions, described by Joseph, affirmed
you Joseph, we learned and experienced very important things during your
brillant workshop. We look forward to host you in Moscow again.
Grymova, Director General
Professor Joseph Moreno is an internationally recognized expert
and teacher of integrative music therapy and music in psychodrama. He is also
able to share his unique anthropological perspective on the creative arts
therapies, drawn from his own worldwide field research and providing a truly
For these reasons the University
has invited him as a guest professor to present 4 workshops, over the last 10
years for the Postgraduate Course of Arts Therapies Education. We are delighted
to cooperate with Professor Moreno, and very much appreciate his teaching and
His workshops have been very
fruitful for all of our students (in music, dance-movement, drama and visual
arts therapies), and for other participants, because of the deep experience
these workshops have provided in developing their intra-personal and
inter-personal relationships ,as well as the new knowledge gained from Moreno's
The contributions of Professor
Moreno in helping the ongoing development of realizing arts therapies education
in the State of Slovenia have been very important, not only for the goals of
developing arts therapies education and practice, but also for providing
approaches to non-violent conflict resolution and peace education which are so
critical in our time.
Breda Kroflic, Associate Professor
Postgraduate Arts Therapies Education
Faculty of Education University
of Ljubljana Ljubljana,
April 24-25, 2005, a special course "Acting Your Inner Music: Music and
Psychodrama and Group Therapy Processes" was presented by Joseph Moreno in
Salamanca, Spain. It was co-organized by the SalamancaUniversity and The Spanish Psychodrama
Association. It took place in the cloisters, a beautiful room in the historical
building that houses the university.
A significant number
of people (63) attended, creating a good working environment throughout the
week's course. They collaborated well in the content proposed by Professor
Moreno; this allowed for a wide range of possibilities, both theoretical and
practical, in the use of music, dance and art, within the context of
psychodrama, which demonstrated just how this multidisciplinary focus increases
the potential for personal growth, preventative measures, therapy and
educational purposes. It was an enriching experience from professional and
personal perspectives. The feedback from those who took part was excellent,
underlining above all that the course exceeded their expectations.
personality was a special factor in the success of the workshop.
All of this positive
feedback makes us grateful to the organizers whose efforts in planning the
course have been deemed worthwhile.
Ana Maria Fernandez Espinosa
Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing
Vice-President, Spanish Psychodrama Association
Lecturer, Professional Training in "Remedial Health and Support"
Maria Dolores Perez Grande
Doctor of Psychology
Professor, Faculty of Education, SalamancaUniversity
Professor Joseph Moreno presented in Barcelona
in March 2000, sponsored by the Catalan Association for Music Therapy, and in
February 2004, sponsored by the Master's Music Therapy Program of the University of Barcelona. The participants, primarily music therapy students, were captivated by the
subjects and Professor Moreno's personality. He knows and communicates the
essence of music therapy and psychodrama, which is rare, and is a true
innovator in the integration of these two disciplines.
After the workshop the students had a different vision
about the way to apply music therapy. His ideas are full of creativity,
innovation and humanity. This is music therapy.
Serafina Poch Blasco, RMT
President, Catalan Association for Music Therapy
Scientific Advisor, Master's Program in Music Therapy
University of Barcelona, Spain
Joseph Moreno gave two workshops in Bulgaria, in 1994 and
2002. Thanks to him, Bulgarian society realized the establishment of music
therapy in our country, making it popular, and leading to the formation of the
Bulgarian Association for Music Therapy. Professor Moreno, with his authority,
competence and charm, attracted many specialists from the community of
psychology, music and medicine to pursue further education in this field. As a
result, we call him the "father" of Bulgarian music therapy.
Liliya Achtarova, Chairperson, Bulgarian Association for Music Therapy
It was in 1997 that Joseph J. Moreno was first with us in Turkey for the annual Bergama Asclepion Congresses.Healers then made use of music, dance and dream works. In the magic atmosphere of the ruins of this ancient city, we psychodramatists and psychotherapists have come together in this annual congress since 1984. From then on, he participated many times as a lecturer and group workshop director with his extraordinary knowledge and expertise in music therapy. Bergama Asclepion is an ancient city that was first built in 500 B.C. for the sale of the god Asclepios.
Joseph became many times the voice of the whole group
with the music they produced in their small groups. Every year many
participants expressed that these workshops helped them realize the free expressions
of their inner worlds, enabling them to become more spontaneous and creative.
Many protagonists solved their relational problems as well as inner conflicts.
It was an honor for us to host Mr. Moreno.
Dr. Inci Doganer
President, Dr. A. Ozbek Psychodrama Institute
Peruvian Music Therapy Association organized its Second International Workshop
of Music Therapy in Lima, Peru, May 2002, which was attended
by over 100 participants.
who attended were eager to learn and enjoyed the innovative program in music
and psychodrama presented by Joseph Moreno, which was enriched by his field
research into the world traditions of music and healing and its connections to
his work in music and imagery. The workshop was creative and interesting.
Peruvians had awaited this workshop for a long time and were gratified to work
with Mr. Moreno, a fellow music therapist and friend.
Jessy Vargas, Master of
Rehabilitation and Health
Music Therapist and Music Educator
President, Peruvian Music Therapy Association
Moreno visited Finland from October 20-23, 2003.
Because many people already knew about him and his activities, it was easy to
find a group of people interested in this course. We were music therapists,
teachers, art therapists and other health professionals.
Although not all the group members were musicians, it was amazing how easy it
was for them to participate in the workshops and demonstrations, without any
feeling of being poor or imperfect with only minimal musical skills. This was,
of course, based on the supportive way of working as well as the long-standing
experience of Professor Moreno.
interesting lectures included such topics as "The Role of Music in the Holocaust,"
"The Musical Savant Syndrome," "Music and Traditional
Healing," and much more. The students really made the most of the music
and psychodrama demonstrations and enjoyed an exciting experience in exploring
music therapy and the blues. The feedback we received from the participants
later on was very affirmative.
It is my pleasure to warmly recommend Prof. Moreno's
courses for everyone interested in the topics of his expertise.
ProfessorJaakkloErkkila University of Jyvaskyla,
Institute for the Expressive Arts Therapies Conference theme, "Promoting
the Expressive Arts Therapies in Healing, Education and Wellness had the honor
of having Professor Joseph Moreno conduct a workshop in music therapy. Mr.
Moreno has created vision, passion, and understanding of the many facets in
music therapy. With a glimpse into the many uses and applications of the art of
music, the community of Guam experienced for
the first time how music heals. Guam's youth
were so excited about their experience that they actually requested to write
evaluations of their experience.
expressed a deeply felt sense of the power of creativity. Mr. Moreno evoked
passion, purpose and meaning with a glimpse into the many applications of
Guam is a culturally and linguistically
diverse community steeped in cultural traditions and beliefs. Mr. Moreno
demonstrated his ability to learn and apply these cultural traditions with the
utmost respect. We here on Guam have truly been blessed by Mr. Moreno's journey
to Guam. The community of Guam
welcomes Mr. Moreno to return with his tremendous love for music and
translating that into a language of the heart.
Davis-Finch, Registered Art Therapist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Project Director, Guam Institute for the Expressive Art Therapies
22-24, 2003, Prof. Joseph Moreno gave seminars and a workshop on
"Exploring Music Therapy in Healthcare" for the Faculty of
Psychology, University of Surabaya,
may have been the first music therapy seminar and workshop in Indonesia and
was attended by more than 150 participants from many parts of the country.
were from multidisciplinary backgrounds such as doctors, psychologists, nurses,
social workers, music teachers and students. The participants benefited from
the valuable presentations given by Prof. Moreno and hoped for a continuation
of this program in the future.
Johana Natalia, Department of
Faculty of Psychology, University of Surabaya
Surabaya-East Java, Indonesia
The workshop in Prague was very valuable. I think your way of
teaching is very interesting because it is so multicultural and so I think that
the Czech participants learned a lot to apply in their work. After your
workshop we had requests for you to repeat or continue in teaching.
work here was instrumental in inspiring several attendees to write on music
therapy or start professional associations related to music, drama and music
therapy in the Czech Republic.
Dipl. K. T. Beate Albrich Fokus Praha,
Association for Mental Health Care
Joseph J. Moreno is a long-standing collaborator of the Department of Motoric
Disturbances, Chronic Diseases and Art Therapies at the Faculty of Education
and Rehabilitation Sciences, University
of Zagreb, Croatia.
Professor Moreno participated with his lectures and workshops at the
International Symposium, "Art and Science in Life Potential
Development," which takes place biannually in the beautiful interior of
the oldest folk theatre in Europe and at the Amfora Congress Centre on the
island of Hvar, Croatia.
published his works both in English and Croatian and takes part in the
postgraduate studies at the University
of Zagreb, giving
lectures and workshops on music in group therapy and psychodrama. These topics
represent a synthesis of interdisciplinary and holistic approaches and are
highly interesting to the participants of such gatherings.
Prof. Dr. Miroslav Prstacic
Head, Department of Motoric Disturbances
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb, Croatia
the chance to invite Professor Moreno for a workshop in May 2004 to the PedagogicalAcademy
of Liepaja, Latvia, the only Latvian
institution of music therapy training. He held lessons on music therapy related
to indigenous traditions of music and healing as well as self-experience in the
area of music and psychodrama. All the participants from the High School staff
and students were impressed by the deep understanding of music therapy as a
human resource for healing processes as it was presented by Professor Moreno.
The didactic clarity and variety in his presentations would convince anyone of
the big impact of his approach. We will be glad to see Professor Moreno again
to complement our music therapy education.
Dr. Reiner Haus, Project Leader of Music Therapy, Latvia
I participated in the seminar of Professor Moreno at a time
where I had to deal with difficult struggles in the realm of my family. My
husband had been abroad several times, over many months due to his job with a
shipping company. I and my two children were at home alone, not knowing how to
arrange a family life without a husband or a dad. There was little time
available to talk and to understand each other and a decreasing intimacy and
lack of trust had developed. The seldom times when he came home, we both had to
recognize that meanwhile there were other women who played a larger role in his
life than I did. Related to this background in my private life, I decided to
participate in the self-experience part of the psychodrama and music workshop.
deep experience of music as a reflection of my personal life situation provided
me with tremendous help to make a decision and how to take the next steps which
had to be taken. I could hear the sound of my present situation and of my own
future and how I wanted to make a new reality. This experience became a key for
Angela, Music Therapy Student, Liepaja, Latvia
like to take this opportunity to thank you very much indeed for your
contribution to our onboard Lecture Program. It was a pleasure having you on
board. I look forward to your return.
Bob Haines, Cruise Director,
Queen Elizabeth 2
Moreno has been a lecture/workshop presenter at our international events in Montreal. Everyone
thoroughly appreciated his work and the manner in which he shared some of his
vast knowledge. Joe Moreno's sensitive and creative manner, added to his brilliance, humility and
experience, resulted in a very special occasion at all the events where we were
fortunate enough to have him with us.
Marilyn Rossner, PhD, EdD
Vice President, International Institute of Integral Human Sciences
Founder/President, Spiritual Science Fellowship, Montreal, Canada
Joseph J. Moreno, the nephew of Jacob Moreno, founder of
psychodrama, held a workshop with the title Acting Your Inner Music at the
Alps-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria, in March, 2003.
Moreno is Professor Emeritus and former
director of the music therapy program at MaryvilleUniversity in Missouri. He is a pianist and therapist, as
well as a trainer of music therapy who integrates interdisciplinary and
ethnomusicology perspectives in his work. He is famous for the new combination
of music and psychodrama. We were an open group with seven students and three faculty members, who
participated in the workshop and that relatively small number of participants
allowed for very intensive work with Moreno.
In a musical psychodrama enactment, one of us was the protagonist. She
explained a conflict situation in her life. Moreno told her to show us the two parts of
her conflict with her chosen musical instruments. She had the possibility to
integrate each of us with our instrument. She showed us how to play, how long
and how loud, so she was the conductor of her conflict-music song. Moreno confirmed her in
the situation; he stood behind her and sometimes gave suggestions. She
separated the two points of conflict, which were represented by two different
sounds and local separation. Then she placed herself in between the two points
of her conflict. The music surrounded her new way of judging the situation. As
the last step, she climbed on a chair to have more distance between her
problems and told us that she felt better now.
It was so interesting to make experiences with this
new form of psychodrama because at the university I learned so far only about classical
psychodrama. The therapy was really interesting and a deeply moving experience
for each of us. It was like theatre, but more real, because the play was
supported by the extra element of our own music. I think the combination of
music with the psychodramatic way of explaining a situation is more real than the
verbal-only way, which is used in most therapies.
Moreno led us very well and it was easy to
have confidence in this. Everyone I talked to was enthusiastic about the
workshop, and I hope that it will be possible to organize it again.
I think having the possibility to attend such a
workshop gives you a deeper understanding of real therapy, not only as a
theoretical approach, and I am grateful that I had the possibility to
participate in this workshop.
Dr. Michael Wieser, Assistant
Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria
Fakultaet fuer Kulturwissenschaft
Institut fuer Psychologie
Abteilung fuer Klinische Psychologie, Psychotherapie und Psychoanalyse
spring 2004 the MusicTherapyCenter
of the Conservatory of Music in Beijing
invited Joseph Moreno to present a 3-day workshop focusing on his special work
in music and psychodrama. About 120 participants attended, including
psychologists, medical doctors and music therapists from mainland China, as well as from Hong
Kong, Taiwan and
was the first introduction of music and psychodrama in China, and Moreno
did an excellent job in bringing this experience to the participants. After the
warm-up process, a 40-year-old woman was selected as protagonist. Her personal
issues centered around her trauma from a divorce experience. She expressed a
great deal of anger on the musical instruments that were provided and was later
supported by the music of the auxiliaries, which she modeled for them. The
psychodrama created an astounding atmosphere that moved the audience so deeply
that few could keep from tears!
protagonist was not the only person to benefit from the session, as it also
helped the other participants to explore their own personal resources from deep
within their hearts.
Moreno enabled the protagonist to move
from her obsessive focus on her past trauma towards a more hopeful visual of
her future. It seemed somehow magical that this woman was able to move from her
painful shadow and start to look to a new life in a session of just 2 hours
Professor Tian Gao
Director, Music Therapy Center
China Conservatory of Music Beijing, China
Joseph Moreno presented a workshop in Stockholm, Sweden in April
2004 titled Acting Your Inner Music: Music in Psychodrama and Group Therapy
Processes, which was sponsored by the Swedish Psychodrama Association and the
Association of Swedish Psychodramatists.
participants included both psychodramatists and music therapists who were
deeply inspired by the topics that were so relevant to their interests. The
power of the combination of music and drama techniques effectively brought
forward deeper dimensions in the therapeutic process.
Psychologist and Psychodrama Director
We want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in
your workshop. The Schools Music Team and the BlindSchool
Project have given very positive and grateful feedback and were really proud to
have received your certificate.
Music Therapy Department also feels that we have learned a lot in your
workshop, and we want to thank you for having given us the chance to share in
such a big experience. We would be delighted to have you present another
workshop in Mostar. Thank you very much.
Patricia Braak, Meg Toon, EllenLindau MusicTherapyDepartment PavarottiCenter
Mr. Moreno's workshop really stimulated the imagination of students and faculty
at ChaoyangUniversity of Technology. The three days
we spent learning from and exchanging ideas with the professor have opened all
of our eyes to new approaches and the possibilities that exist in the world of
music therapy. We all found this to be a delightful, extremely valuable program
and look forward to Mr. Moreno's presence at our university in the future.
Liza Lee, Assistant Professor Department of Early ChildhoodDevelopment & Education ChaoyangUniversity
presented a workshop for the Graduate Art Therapy Counseling Department at
Ursuline College in October 2004. The workshop began with an excellent Friday
evening lecture attended by more than 70 persons.
Twenty students participated in the following 2-day workshop, which was
engaging and challenging. The participants viewed spectacular cultural images
and shared in experiences of creating their own personal imagery. The
participants were also involved in intense and deeply moving psychodrama
sessions and enjoyed work with movement and instrumental improvisation.
This workshop was very interesting and informative, and the participants were
much impressed and moved by the total experience. Joseph is a delightful,
skilled and personable presenter whom we would welcome back in the future.
Gail Rule Hoffman, Chair
Diane Meros, Faculty
Graduate Art Therapy Counseling Department
Pepper Pike, OH
We had great expectations when we
contacted and finally invited Joseph Moreno to present a workshop in Santiago, Chile,
in the period November 26-28, 2004. We knew this would be a special event.
Therefore we made extra efforts to find just the right setting in which we
could listen to his words, see him in action, and fully follow his ideas. We
also sought to find the best translator, one that could do more than translate
the words, but also convey their emotional message, and in this we were
successful in finding just the right person.
The theoretical and practical parts were equally interesting, involving and well-structured. I was astonished by how few instruments were needed to fill our hearts with emotions that made a deep impression. Although this wasa workshop rather than a formal therapeutic encounter, the group was still deeply involved. The music, the workshop director and the receptive group lent this workshop a very special touch and atmosphere.
I am convinced that our music therapy students who participated will always appreciate the luck they had to have participated in this program with Joe Moreno during their formative years of study, as well as for some outside participants. For these persons it was their first music therapy encounter, and I'm sure they left impressed by the effectiveness of music therapy.
Thank you very much, Joe, for your contributions, and we will be glad to have you back again in Santiago whenever it will be possible.
Doctor Susanne Bauer Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Music Therapy Department of Arts University of Chile
One music therapist that believes it
is important to tap into the power of thousands of years of ritual and
ceremonial practice to speak to contemporary health needs is Joseph Moreno,
Director, Moreno Institute for the Creative Arts Therapies in Santa Fe, NM.
By promoting multiculturalism and interdisciplinary efforts between medical
science and music therapy, Moreno
has been one of the few voices in the USA
that has made space for this interesting line of inquiry since the 1970s.
It may be his persistence and insistence to view traditional music and healing
practices in the context of medical interest -- not just in the realms of
medical anthropology or music -- that contributes to a renewed, grass-roots
interest in drum circles.