Since I just received a pdf of the full journal edition, I am very intrigued to see how the editor interprets the whole ideas presented in the journal, and how open they are to pushing the boundary of inquiry in truly democratic and open-minded ways, even if it challenges the views one has held for long. And that is precisely what is holding back our own native cultures which value and salute tradition so much, that anyone who seems to extend anything here is beaten into silence, submission and marginalization.
These are her words and I copy them down for what is pertinent to the context of my writing in the journal edition. This post is about this only.
Editorial / Éditorial
Jennifer J. Nicol, PhD, MTA, RDPsych
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA
Are you ready for some provocative reading? Hopefully yes, because
several papers in this issue of the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy aim to
disrupt conventional understandings and challenge implicit beliefs about
music therapy and music therapists, about research, or even about what
constitutes the human being. For example, is music therapy innocent? Sue
Baines reviews Susan Hadley’s new book, Experiencing Race as a Music
Therapist: Personal Narratives, which uses personal stories to suggest that
in fact privilege, marginalization, and the potential for harm permeate all
relationships. Laurel Young notes that Kenneth Aigen’s new book, The Study
of Music Therapy: Current Issues and Concepts, challenges readers to consider
the possibility of music therapy as a stand-alone field of specialization rather
than one that relies on other disciplines (psychology, medicine, education) to
explain and justify itself. What are the implications of this idea? How might
this perspective affect practitioners, educators, and researchers? Prateeksha
Sharma writes about using her own musical skills and culture to heal herself,
without the involvement of a music therapist. Her autoethnographic inquiry
introduces the typically unheard voice of subject-as-researcher, which by
extension raises questions about what is research? What is knowledge? And
who is qualified to contribute to these two enterprises?
Two other papers focus on individuals with dementia and raise
questions about the importance of cognition in terms of establishing
our humanness. Does a person with dementia have the capacity for selfactualization?
Is it possible for this person to have a spiritual life with spiritual
needs? Melissa Jessop provides a poetic rendering of a music therapy group
for adults with dementia by way of recasting music therapy clients as agents
and sentient beings with an alive and valuable life that exists right now in this
present moment, not just in the past. Kevin Kirkland, Mary Catherine Fortuna,
Elizabeth Kelson, and Alison Phinney describe the use of a mapping system
implemented to make visible clients’ responses to spiritual experiences
along with qualitative techniques that all highlight the importance of personcentered
care for people with dementia. Both papers represent an alternate
conceptualization of group music therapy work for adults with dementia.