Music and Life in the Field of Play: An Anthology - 2006
An anthology of selected writings and presentations by Carolyn Kenny from 1979 to 2006. This volume includes two books, The Mythic Artery and The Field of Play; articles from journals about Music Therapy and Indigenous Studies, chapters in books on Music Therapy; and previously unpublished papers and case study. The anthology is organized into five distinct parts: the mythic journey, field theory for Music Therapy, being Native, practice, and ecological Music Therapy. Each part is introduced by an autobiographical narrative describing the context for sections. A detailed introduction provides the overall context and describes important influences in Kenny's thinking over time. A preface by Kenneth Aigen describes Kenny's role in the development of Music Therapy over the last thirty years. This volume clearly reveals, perhaps for the first time, the important interplay between Kenny's lifelong work in Music Therapy and her parallel work in Indigenous Studies. It also integrates many disciplines that both influence and are influenced by Music Therapy education, practice, and research. 2006
(ISBN: 978-1-891278-39-8, 250 pages, 8.5x11, $62).
Contemporary Voices in Music Therapy: Communication, Culture, and Community (with Brynjulf Stige) - 2002
As you read through the essays in this collection you will become familiar with music therapists who are interested in cultural dialogue. The book includes essays on communication, culture, and community, as well as reports and columns from fourteen countries around the world.
Perhaps culture is some kind of last frontier and therefore one we approach with fear, trepidation and a degree of anxiety? This last frontier reaches into the core of who we are as human beings. It ventures into the complexities of identity, not only individual, but group identities. It shapes our territories, our homes. It determines our music, our healing practices. And to make it even more potentially threatening, these cultural landscapes are on the move. How are music therapists coping with these radical changes, and how are they continuing their professional discourse, which was established in a time when these dramatic cultural shifts were perhaps present butnot considered a force to reckon with?
The book will be of relevance for all students and jprofessionals of music therapy, and for clinicians and researchers in related fields. As music, culture, and health are seminal topics in the life of most people, the general public will also findmuch of interest in this anthology.
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North American Indian, Metis, and Inuit Women Speak About Culture, Education, and Work - 2002
Three researchers conducted focus groups and interviews with 140 Aboriginal women in eight sites across Canada to study the barriers created by policies which do not support Aboriginal women to maintain full cultural lives while pursuing contemporary education and work. Sites included rural and urban Manitoba; Toronto, Parry Sound and Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver and Merritt, British Columbia; Iqualuit, Nunavut; and rural and urban Nova Scotia. Researchers worked closely with advisors and site liaisons in each community.
Participants offered stories. These were taped and/or transcribed and analyzed for values, themes and policy recommendations. A serious critique of the Indian Act and other policies affecting the lives of Aboriginal women is provided by the participants and researchers' analysis of policy documents. This publication is available for free through the Canadian government publication website below.
A Holistic Approach to Aboriginal Policy Research - 2004
The purpose of this paper is to support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers working in an Aboriginal context and to encourage them to adopt a holistic approach to Aboriginal policy research. It discusses the nature of knowledge, Aboriginal women's historical and political background, the challenges of a holistic approach to Aboriginal policy research, and research methods. This publication is available for free through the Canadian government publication website below.
Listening, Playing, Creating: Essays on the Power of Sound
State University of New York Press - 1995
This interdisciplinary work is a tapestry of thought generated by music therapists, scholars, and performers in related fields such as anthropology, philosophy, music composition/performance, psychology, and musicology. It is woven together by the editor through a description of the rocess of interdisci;inary engagement, a personal description of her relatioship with each author, and a final statement on the power of sound. The book is organizaed around the themes of listening, laying, and creating – essential processes in the work of music as therapy.
Blue Wolf Says Goodbye for the Last Time
American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 45, No. 8, 1214-1222 (2002)
In this article, the author describes her experience in the Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands, and with the Haida people, a First Nation of North America; quotes participants in her study; and interweaves her narrative with reflective comments. The theme of the article is the interplay between life and work and how a culturally meaningful work has expanded the possibilities for the author's own human development. The aesthetic dimension is a critical aspect of this essay because the expression of beauty is important to the author and because the focus of her research is the role of the arts in the revitalization of indigenous societies.
When the Women Heal: Aboriginal Women Speak about Policies to Improve the Quality of Life
American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 50, No. 4, 550-561 (2006)
This article uses elements of autoethnography in the form of dialogue to frame the text. The author reports the dilemmas involved in conducting research that is culturally appropriate and offers a critique of standard academic language and procedures. The story method provides a major methodological tool to tell the stories of women in a study, funded by the Status of Women Canada between 1997 and 2000, titled "North American Indian, Métis, and Inuit Women Speak About Culture, Education, and Work." Research procedures, how the participants influenced the shaping of policy recommendations, and follow-up results are discussed.
L'artère mythique: La magie de la musicothérapie
Originally published in English as The Mythic Artery: The Magic of Music Therapy by Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1982. The English version is now included in the 2006 Barcelona Publishing Company's Music and Life in the Field of Play: An Anthology. The French translation was done by members of L'Association québécoise de musicothérapiein 2004. The association distributes this French copy. You can contact them through the website below.
Publié par L'Association québécoise de musicothérapie
Le champ du jeu: un guide pour la théorie et la pratique de la musicothérapie
Originally published in English as The Field of Play: A Guide for the Theory and Practice of Music Therapy by Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1989. This French translation was done by members of par L'Association québécoise de musicothérapie in 2008. The association distributes this French copy. You can contact them through the website below.
Publié par L'Association québécoise de musicothérapie
The Japanese version of “The Field of Play: A Guide for the Theory and practice of music therapy” is published by Shunjusha Publishing Company. This book in the Japanese language can be order from Shunjusha online: