Only connect; Creative writing about music therapy

5 March 2018, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus

Abstract picture of mans head with musical notes
An encounter in the music therapy room exists beyond, within and without words and yet our efforts to communicate what takes place are often reduced to words. The question of how we communicate the dance between those in the therapy room has preoccupied music therapists and led to much philosophical and theoretical debate. This lecture will share the collaborative process that took place among a group of music therapists in New Zealand and resulted in the publication of a collection of poetry and prose about music therapy. Reference to recent literature encouraging arts-based research and ‘poetry-centred accounts’ (Rykov, 2011) will be made, along with consideration of the importance of connection with place when engaging in creative writing.

Biography: Claire Molyneux is a Lecturer in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University. A past president and council member of Music Therapy New Zealand and chair of the New Zealand Music Therapy Registration Board, Claire lived and worked as a music therapist in Auckland, New Zealand from 2005-2016. She has worked as a music therapist for more than 20 years with children and adults of all ages and is currently working with adults with dementia and their carers.

Event Details

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

No booking is required for this event.