Making sense of spirituality in music therapy: Some research orientations, contradictions and ways forward

16 April 2018, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus

Abstract picture of mans head with musical notes
Speaker: Giorgos Tsiris, (Queen Margaret University)

Abstract: Spirituality is often seen as a vague and elusive concept. Within healthcare and other related areas where accuracy, predictability, replicability and some kind of implicit uniformity appear to be prioritised, the elusiveness of spirituality poses a challenge. Advancements in practice, theory and research however point towards new ways of approaching spirituality. Drawing from my research in music therapy, and while considering some contemporary orientations and contradictions in the field to date, I will discuss how we can make sense of spirituality while embracing its multifaceted nature. This discussion will hopefully contribute to a reimagining and repositioning of spirituality within music therapy and beyond.

Giorgos Tsiris is head of research at Nordoff Robbins Scotland and lecturer in music therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is the editor-in-chief of Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy. As a music therapist he has mainly worked with dying adults. Giorgos is currently a Commissioner of the ISME Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, University of Winchester. He has authored a number of articles and book chapters and co-authored two books.

Event Details

16 April 2018, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus
Jerome Booth Music Therapy Centre. Young Street

No booking is required for this event.