Congress Organizer
Michiko Kato
(Registered Music Therapist/Executive Director of the Japanese Music Therapy Association)

Post-Congress Greetings

The 15th World Congress of Music Therapy was successfully held from July 4th to July 8th, 2017. As the congress organizer, I would like to share my final report with you.

The Congress was attended by 2,959 participants from 48 countries, 576 of whom registered on site. In addition, approximately 500 local residents of Tsukuba and the surrounding area attended the public lecture, thus approximately 3,500 people in total attended the 15th WCMT.

The number of participants who attended the 15th WCMT by country is as follows: Japan (2,246), USA (159), Australia (94), Republic of Korea (41), Hong Kong (39), China (36), Germany (34), Taiwan (32), Thailand (31), Italy (27), U.K. (25), Philippines (22), Norway (20), Canada (18), Finland, Netherlands, Singapore and Spain (12 each). There were also participants from many other countries which had nine or fewer attendees per country.

All the programs, including the pre-congress seminars, were held successfully, and the Japanese cultural sessions (flower arrangement, tea ceremony, etc.) were extremely popular. The main hall was filled with attendees for the closing ceremony. As a result, the Japanese Music Therapy Association and the organizing committee of the 15th WCMT can take pride in the successful outcome of our four years of preparation. We could not have successfully held such a big event without the cooperation and support of many people, and I thank all of you who helped make the Congress a success.

Finally, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the attendees who came to Tsukuba from all over the world. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Japan, and I am looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

Michiko Kato
Organizer of the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy

What's New

July. 31, 2017
Errata update.
Click here for Abstract of O-586)
July. 03, 2017
Descriptions update.
June. 28, 2017
On-site registration for pre-congress seminars
Pre-registration for pre-congress seminars has been closed, but there are some seats available due to cancellation. If you would like to register for a pre-congress seminar, please come to the on-site registration desk at 11:30am on July 4th. Note that it will be on a first-come-first-served basis. We accept only cash (8000 JPY).

Congress Program update.
Book of Abstracts update.
Proceedings update.
About JAPAN/TSUKUBA update.
June. 26, 2017
For Pre-registered Participants
We have sent you the Registration Details for participants who have pre-registered and completed the payment.
If you have not received it yet, please check spam folder first and contact us (
Poster Presentation update.
June. 20, 2017
Poster Presentation update.
June. 16, 2017
Congress Program update.
Book of Abstracts update.
June. 15, 2017
Information for Participants update.
Information for Presenters update.
Cultural Program update (Optional Tours has been cancelled.)
Pre-Congress Seminars update.
May. 30, 2017
「Program per Day」 「List of Presentations」 update.
May. 26, 2017
Presenter for Spotlight Session 3 has been changed.
FAQ update.
May. 16, 2017
Optional Tour (Tsukuba Science Tour) of Culture Program update.
Mar. 16, 2017
Spotlight Sessions update.
Pre-Congress Seminars update.
Congress Schedule update.
Mar. 03, 2017
Cultural Program update. (Evening Trip on July 5 (Wed) added)
Feb. 24, 2017
Cultural Program update. (Holding a tea ceremony on July 5 (Wed))
Feb. 10, 2017
"Information on Equipment Used" for Subject Adopted update.
Jan. 31, 2017
Details about PC and other equipment etc. needed for your presentation will be announced on 10 February on this website.
Jan. 24, 2017
Early registration period for participation registration was extended by February 28 (Tuesday).
Jan. 18, 2017
The list of the Presentation Schedule update.
Jan. 17, 2017
Greeting from the President update.
Jan. 13, 2017
New Year's Greeting update.
Jan. 11, 2017
Cultural Program update.
Dec. 27, 2016
Special Seminar for Students update.
Congress Schedule & Program page (Pre-Congress Seminars, Spotlight Sessions) update.
Nov. 22, 2016
Accommodation & Tours update.
Nov. 11, 2016
See new page "CMTE Courses"
For Student update.
Nov. 04, 2016
Information for authors
Oct. 28, 2016
See new page "Movies & Photos"
Oct. 14, 2016
The deadline for Student Poster Session [notification of intent to participate] is extended to November 30, 2016.
Sep. 30, 2016
Registration will start at 12:00PM on 5th October, 2016 (JST).
Sep. 07, 2016
For Students update.
Jun. 27, 2016
Experiencing difficulties submitting the abstract?
Jun. 15, 2016
Program page update.
May. 18, 2016
We are extending the submission deadline for the Call for Papers.
The Extended Submission Deadline is Thursday, June 30, 5pm, 2016 (Japan Time).
We look forward to your submissions.
Apr. 01, 2016
Registration page update
Jan. 12, 2016
Paper submission open
May. 01, 2015
Website was launched.