Associate Professor Burçin Uçaner Çifdalöz in Department of Musicology, Turkish Music State Conservatory went to Augsburg College in Minnesota, USA for academic studies. Assoc. Prof. Uçaner Çifdalöz, who had lots of opportunities to attend many courses in the music therapy graduate program in the USA, did music therapy with music therapists by joining individual and group music therapy sessions with various patient groups (Alzheimer, dementia, hutkinsons, Parkinson's disease, autism, cancer, anxiety, etc.) in University of Minnesota Children's Hospital (intensive care, transplant unit, oncology clinic, etc.), in MacPhail Music Center (autism, down syndrome, developmental disability, mental disability, etc. for adults and children), in many hospitals, nursing home, clinics and in centers like Struthers Parkinson's Center. Turkish music used in the music therapy sessions by Uçaner Çifdalöz attracted patients’ and therapists’ attention and it was decided to collaborate on this issue.
Assoc. Prof. Uçaner Çifdalöz, gave seminars such as “Music Therapy and History in Turkey”, “Turkish Music History and Instruments”, “Turkish Music Rhymes” to music therapy faculty members and graduate students in Augsburg College. Dr. Heidersheit, who made an evaluation on this issue, said that seminars were very effective for music therapy students to gain intercultural viewpoint.
Assoc. Prof. Uçaner Çifdalöz, attended in “Balkan Jamboree” programme in KFAI radio, one of the important radios in Minnesota as a live guest on the invitation of ethnomusicologist Dr. Nikola Kolarov. In the programme, Assoc. Prof. Uçaner Çifdalöz gave information about Turkish music and Turkish music instruments, and sang songs from Turkish Folk Music with Dr. Nickolai Kolarov ve Dr. Yiğitcan Eryaman.
Assoc. Prof. Uçaner Çifdalöz has been continuing her academic studies with Dr. Annie Heidersheit, Director of Music Therapy Graduate Programme of Augsburg College.