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Dr. Erik Esterbauer is assistant professor in the area of music and dance in social work and inclusive pedagogy at the Orff Institute of the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria.
I am a rather fresh member to the ISME network and was very inspired of the open atmosphere and the diversity of projects. So in 2018, together with my colleage Shirley Salmon, I was host of the Special Education and Music Therapy Commission Pre-Conference Seminar in Salzburg. This led to my nomination as a commissioner for this unit of ISME. For my professional background I studied psychology at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna, composition at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna and Elemental Music and Movement Pedagogy at the Orff Institute of the Mozarteum University Salzburg. Furthermore I was trained as a clinical psychologist, health psychologist, and as neuropsychologist. Twenty years of practice in child, youth and family psychology with focus on social integration, development disorders, multiproblem families and disabilities as well as the development of a psychosocial rehabilitation programme and psychological research shaped my understanding of inclusion and diversity. Since 2017 I am assistant professor in the area of "Music and Dance in Social Work and Inclusive Pedagogy (MTSI)" at the Department of Music and Dance Pedagogy – Orff Institute at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. A special focus in my work is the exploration of different qualities of relationship in inclusive music and dance education.