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Title: Queering the Curriculum: Why Music Therapy and Other Creative Arts Therapy Trainings Need Queer Theory
Contributor(s): Baines, Sue (author); Pereira, Jude (author); Edwards, Jane  (author)orcid ; Hatch, Jennyfer
Publication Date: 2019-10-27
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.15845/voices.v19i3.2676
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Abstract: Music therapy academic faculty responsible for teaching the next generation of healthcare practitioners have a responsibility to ensure that the learning environment is one in which the principles of equity and inclusion are upheld and practiced. Without queer perspectives included in the curriculum, promotion and continuation of heteronormative and cisnormative attitudes and beliefs increase. As media, culture, and society reflect increasing awareness of and open-mindedness toward queerness, so does the opportunity for reflection and questioning regarding binary identities and exploration of the need to shift to fluid, spectrum identity categories. This questioning begins with perceiving that contemporary social identities are formed from a limited conception of a normative binary that recognizes only heteronormative and cisnormative sexual orientation and gender identities, which can be extended to other inadequate and unhelpful binaries, for example dis/abled and racial binaries that entrench prejudice. Reviewing current teaching environments and methods allows for consideration of how social constructions limit the capacity of educators to fully include attention to, and critique of, all thoughtless binaries – whether gay/straight, female/male, old/young etc. In this paper we reflect on and reveal predominant heteronormative and cisnormative values in music therapy education, advancing ways to make classroom and practicum settings a safe and exploring space, with the potential to positively impact all students and their current and future clients.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Voices: a world forum for music therapy, 19(3), p. 1-14
Publisher: Uni Health, The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre
Place of Publication: Norway
ISSN: 1504-1611
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 190408 Music Therapy
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420103 Music therapy
390406 Gender, sexuality and education
390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950101 Music
939904 Gender Aspects of Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160202 Gender aspects in education
130102 Music
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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