Every one of us enters music therapy training as fully formed cultural beings. Yet, new music therapists from marginalized backgrounds describe feeling a sense of disconnect between what they learn in school and the cultural communities in which they are situated. This happens as a sort of “stripping away” or denying culture’s impact on our personal and professional development and can often leave us feeling disillusioned and/or questioning the inherent value of our lived experiences in our work.
This session takes a critical look at this experience and asks “how can we (re) center culture in music therapy?” SpeciQically we’ll be taking a brief look at clinical training and classroom education, then turning towards interprofessional interactions and the often unspoken communications and needs expressed between marginalized professionals and the minoritized people they serve, centering the needs of those most marginalized in the immediate space of our Zoom session. Ultimately we hope to engage in a radical imagining of what a truly culturally centered music therapist could look like.
No pre-requisites are required to take this course.