Traversing Soundscape: Exploring the Clinical Use of Digital Technology in Music Therapy

  • Open to music therapists and music therapy therapy
  • Presenter: Michael Viega, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC
  • Date and Location: September 29, 2017 in the Calloway Peak Room (137A) of the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University.
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
  • Approved by CBMT for 5 CMTE credits

Session Description

This workshop will investigate the role of digital music and media for both clients and therapists in music therapy. Participants will gain experience working with drum machines, samplers, and synthesizers used in music production in rap, electronic dance music, and other pop music styles. Clinical goals for the use of digital technology in music therapy will be explored. Modes of listening to songs used and created in therapy using digital technology will be discussed and will help participants understand clinical decision-making and expand its use in music therapy.

CMTE Objectives

  1. music therapyParticipants will review current trends of the use of digital technology in music therapy (II,A5p)
  2. Participants will identify at least four digital instruments used in music therapy (IV, A7)
  3. Participants will develop at least two techniques related to listening to soundscape as a means of conceptualizing clinical process (III, B1)


  • 9:00-9:45: Lecture 1, Introduction to digital technology and its clinical use
  • 9:45-10:45 Workshop 1, GarageBand and Ableton Live
  • 10:45-11: Break
  • 11:00-12:00: Workshop 2, Drum Machines and Samplers
  • 12:00-2:00 Lunch (provided on site)
  • 2:00-3:30: Workshop 3: Creating Soundscape
  • 3:30-4:00 Wrap-up and evaluation


Registration is closed.