Feminist Perspectives in Music Therapy

  • Feminist Perspectives in Music Therapy
  • Author: Hadley, Susan
  • ISBN: 9781891278389
  • E-ISBN: 9781891278792


Long overdue, this book is the first to explore feminist perspectives in music therapy. The introduction provides an overview of feminism in terms of the history and major approaches of feminism and an overview of feminism and music therapy.

The chapters in Part One have sociological threads that tie them together: the first applies ideas of sociology to the field of music therapy and proposes four principles for a feminist music therapy; the second explores the potential of community music therapy, practiced within a feminist worldview, to free itself from the oppressive potential of therapy, society, and the self, by working with people within the context of their gendered social, cultural, and political environments; the third describes ways in which an ecological worldview can inform all of our actions as ethical human beings; the fourth describes how the ancient Goddess tradition can inform practices of music psychotherapy in general and BMGIM in particular; the fifth describes the centrality of the concept of Han in the lives of Korean women because of their oppressive life circumstances and explores the suitability of music as a form of expression in therapy for Korean women; and the sixth explores the possibilities of feminist music therapy in Taiwan by examining the role of music in healing in the indigenous, Chinese, and western cultural traditions that make up Taiwanese culture as a whole.

The chapters in Part Two examine clinical work from a feminist perspective. The clinical work explored includes music therapy with a West Indian woman who was recovering from a cerebrovascular accident; teenage girls who have been physically and sexually abused; women who have been emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused; Israeli women who have suffered trauma in their lives; and women suffering from chronic pain.

The chapters in Part Three critically reflect on significant aspects of music therapy: music therapy discourse in terms of the use of mother concepts in music therapy literature and how these contribute to the conservation of traditional expectations of gender roles; song selection and the ways in which both the overt and covert messages in songs can contribute to the ways clients view themselves and/or their attitudes about and behaviors toward women; the branding of separate approaches to music therapy as a result of the competitiveness that grew out of the rise of capitalism; and, issues of representation of women in music, in healthcare, and in music therapy.

Finally, the chapters in Part Four focus on specific areas of training in music therapy from a feminist perspective including pedagogy, supervision, assessment, research, and ethics. 2006 (2006,  500 pages).





Table of Contents
Introduction;  Embracing Feminism: An Overview: Susan Hadley 1
Part One: Interlude I  
Chapter 1 A Feminist Sociology of Professional Issues in Music Therapy:  Jennifer Adrienne 41
Chapter 2  Birthing Feminist Community Music Therapy: The Progeny of Community Music Therapy Practice and Feminist Therapy Theory: Katrina McFerran and Lucy OGrady 63
Chapter 3  The Earth is Our Mother: Reflections on the Ecology of Music Therapy from a Native Perspective: Carolyn Bereznak Kenny 81
Chapter 4  Descent to the Goddess: A Spiritual and Psychological Journey to the Feminine: Frances Smith Goldberg 97
Chapter 5  Feminism and Music Therapy in Korea:  Seung-A Kim 127
Chapter 6  Women, Power, Music Therapy: A Feminist Perspective on Music Therapy in Taiwan: ChihChen Sophia Lee 157
Part Two: Interlude II  
Chapter 7  Power and Voice in the Institutional Setting:A Journey toward Activating a Feminist Music Therapy Approach: Theresa Merrill 187
Chapter 8  Feminist Music Therapy with Abused Teen Girls: Colleen Purdon 205
Chapter 9  Feminist Music Therapy: Transforming Theory, Transforming Lives: Sandra L. Curtis 227
Chapter 10 Finding Voice: Feminist Music Therapy and Research with Women Survivors of Domestic Violence: Elizabeth York 245
Chapter 11  Awaking the Wild Woman: Feminist Music Therapy with Israeli Women who Suffered Trauma in their Lives: Dorit Amir 267
Chapter 12  The Voices of Women Suffering from Pain:  Joke Bradt 291
Part Three: Interlude III  
Chapter 13  Gender Politics in Music Therapy Discourse: Randi Rolvsjord 311
Chapter 14  Critical Reflections on Song Selection for Womens Empowerment in Music Therapy: Laurie Jones 329
Chapter 15  What Are We Doing to Ourselves? The Branding of Music Therapy in Academia: Elaine Streeter 355
Chapter 16  A Reflection on the Role of Informants from Feminist Theory in the Field of Music Therapy: Jane Edwards 367
Part Four: Interlude IV  
Chapter 17  Developing a Feminist Pedagogical Approach in Music Therapy: Susan Hadley 393
Chapter 18  Feminist Music Therapy Supervision: Michele Forinash 415
Chapter 19  Viewing Music Therapy Assessment through a Feminist Therapy Lens: Sue Shuttleworth 429
Chapter 20  Feminist Music Therapy Research: Barbara L. Wheeler 451
Chapter 21  Feminist Therapy Ethics: Implications for Music Therapy: Cheryl Dileo 475
Index 493