European Music
Therapy Day!

15th November 2023

EMTC presents:



Together … we sing and dance

15th November is European Music Therapy Day! Music therapists, the specialists in the field of music and health, will hold open house events and organise workshops. Special, heart-warming performances will take place. Some activities will be organised in the week before or after the 15th of November. See you!


Participating countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,  Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Are you organising an event within the context of the 10th European Music Therapy Day 2023?

Report the following information: when, where, who, what, address of venue and sign up (when applicable).

How to participate?

Join us!

How can you as a music therapist participate in the European Music Therapy Day on the 15th of November 2023?

  • First: think about the best way you’d like to present your work. Is it an ‘open house’ ? Do you want people to come in and have a look, or do you want to play together? Is it possible in your field of work that clients contribute to the event? And in what appropriate way can you organise this?
  • Try to find colleagues or friends (musicians?) to join in and make it a special happening.
  • All activities on or near the 15th of November can be considered as ‘music therapy day events’ (within a week before or after the 15th).
  • All activities have to be sent to your EMTC country representative before being mentioned on this website, just to be sure that activities were organised by music therapists.
  • You can find the address of your country representative on website
  • Make use of social media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter (hashtags #musictherapyday#musicbegins and of course #musictherapy).
  • Get media exposure on (local) television and radio.
  • Connect a national celebrity or artist to make this day special.

in your language

Localize !

Present traditional song and/or dance

This year, on November 15, we celebrate European Music Therapy Day for the tenth anniversary.

On that occasion, we decided to present Community Music Therapy with the theme    Together We Sing and Dance in order to reach the widest range of clients. Special emphasis is placed on rural areas where older people and children are often socially neglected and insufficiently involved in social life.

Each country, each region, each city, and each village nurtures its specificities, which are most reflected in music. Dances, chants and traditional instruments can have a great effect on the elderly population and give them the opportunity to actively participate in the social life of their region, and at the same time, they pose a challenge to the music therapist. The meaning and goal of music therapy is, apart from everything else, the inclusion and acceptance of neglected members of society to whom music can provide emotional satisfaction and social inclusion.

Each EMTC association will get an opportunity to introduce its country with a traditional song and/or dance. In this way, we return to the roots and place music therapy as a profession in an old/ancient context.

Starting from the theme Together we Sing and Dance and presenting Music Therapy in the Community, we would like to encourage member countries to take a look into their national heritage and think about traditional songs and dances and how they can be applied to music therapy using autochthonous/traditional folk instruments. 

It will also be a good opportunity for the country members and associations to get to know more about each other’s music and tradition. So, each county will present their traditional song and /or dance. We will collect it all and put it on our EMTDay website and FB. 
Localize your Poster and Flyer

This year, we developed the poster and flyer on well-known platforms, with a standard and accessible font – Cambria of various sizes. So all you need is PowerPoint, and if you don’t have that tool, you can easily refine and localize the poster and flyer on the cloud.

Download Powerpoint template:
poster A3 – PosterTemplateEN
flyer A5 – FlyerTemplateEN

Download the template in English and just translate the English words into your language. You can also add your organization’s logo in lower right corner.

Localized poster or flyer export in PDF format. You can use it for your needs, on your website or print it on A3/A5 paper. Please be sure to send a copy of the PDF poster/flyer to to be included in the poster collection by participating countries.

Please note that we will only accept contributions that are endorse by your country representative.

Here is a COLLECTION of contributions received so far.

Organizers of the European Music Therapy Day

The European Music Therapy Day is organised by the European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC) in cooperation with Croatian Music Therapysts Association (HUM).