A new paper on music therapy suggests music can serve as a tool to allow issues to be explored on a granular level — extending deeper than words.
Concordia University’s Sandra Curtis, Ph.D., believes the connection occurs because communication with an individual is on the fundamental level of rhythm and sound.
Curtis believes music has the power to do much more than cause the toe to tap. It can inspire, transport, educate, entertain — and in the right hands, it can even bring about healing.
Curtis uses music as a method to enter into a deep psychological dialogue. For instance, music therapy has complemented care for abused children, palliative care patients, female survivors of domestic violence, and individuals struggling with workplace woes, she said.
Although it has yet to fully reach a mainstream clientele, music therapy is something Curtis has been involved with for over three decades.
Having practiced in locations as diverse as Ohio and Georgia, and having taken inspiration from preschoolers and Raging Grannies, she recounts her own journey as a music therapist in the article, “Music therapy and social justice: a personal journey,” recently published in The Arts in Psychotherapy.
Using her own evolutionary pathway, Curtis looks at music as a rallying cry that unites individuals seeking social justice. Within this context, she goes deeper into the practice to examine feminist music therapy.
Said Curtis, “This type of therapy often presents work with an explicit focus on social justice for women, children and other marginalized people but it can also expand to address such global issues as war and the environment with a feminist understanding of their impact on marginalized people worldwide.”
Source: Concordia University