'The Presentation': an intensive arts-based rite of passage adapted for the training of Music Therapists

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dc.contributor.author Faire, RJ
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:35:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01
dc.identifier.citation Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 2012, 12 (1), pp. 1 - 15
dc.identifier.issn 1504-1611
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19030
dc.description.abstract This paper is firstly a story, told by both my students and myself. It started with my question: can arts other than music be used by Music Therapy students to negotiate uncertainties which arise at the threshold of entering into their new therapist community? A rite of passage from Expressive Arts Therapy in Toronto and Switzerland was transplanted into an Australian Music Therapy course. What emerged was truly magical. The students began by asking themselves defining questions where am I now? where do I want to be? They let art-works emerge from their growing edges to provide sometimes surprising answers. They then formed small groups and allowed the art-works to interact to create a Presentation - a ritual day of exchanging art-gifts. Their written reflections help illustrate the story. They describe openness to possibilities, unexpectedness, like flying, a healing process, belonging, reverence. Afterwards, in my own reflections, I attempt to grapple with the significance of such experiences in which we enter, through art-making, into the realm of poiesis. Are they vital to counterbalance the evidence-based approaches to knowing? What are the ramifications for an inquiry-based Music Therapy practice which values not-knowing? Can we deepen our courage to dwell in the discomfort of not-knowing while knowing finds us?
dc.format Jessica Robinson
dc.publisher Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, University of Bergen
dc.title 'The Presentation': an intensive arts-based rite of passage adapted for the training of Music Therapists
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 12
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Norway en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, UK
dc.identifier.startpage en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 15 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 190408 Music Therapy
dc.personcode 020101
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Music Therapy en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.edition 1
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords music, music therapy, creativity, creative therapy en_US
dc.description.keywords Buddhism, meditation, Australia, modernity, postmodernity, secularism
dc.description.keywords music, music therapy, creativity, creative therapy
dc.description.keywords music, music therapy, creativity, creative therapy
dc.description.keywords music, music therapy, creativity, creative therapy
dc.description.keywords music, music therapy, creativity, creative therapy
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Education Group


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