Gender associations and stereotypes of instruments

Some people tend to have certain preconceptions that some instruments should or are most typically played by certain genders. These ideas could be formed based on the history of the instruments, parental influence when their child is making the decision to learn an instrument or the influence of other instrumentalists. The harp, specifically, tends to have certain gender associations.

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Update

Hi everyone, Sorry I've been gone a while, I've been busy with various art projects and have a lot of exciting stuff lined up. One thing I'd like to share is that I found out earlier today that I have been shortlisted for the MA in Music Therapy that I've applied for, so that's great … Continue reading Update

Reflections on Black Hole Club’s Dysfunction Workshop

On March 15th I attended a workshop titled 'Dysfunction' led by Vivid Projects' Black Hole Club and hosted at Birmingham University as part of their Arts and Science Festival. The workshop focused on how cognitive disruption is experienced by neurodivergent individuals (such as those with autism, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome or Dyspraxia). It consisted of three … Continue reading Reflections on Black Hole Club’s Dysfunction Workshop

5 Tips for Entering into the World of Music Therapy

As a hopeful prospective Music Therapy student, I'm not quite yet in the position to give advice on the profession itself, however I've found the last couple of years immensely valuable in my experiences in Arts in Health and finding out more about Music Therapy in the run up to applying for my MA. There … Continue reading 5 Tips for Entering into the World of Music Therapy

Of Course Rap Music isn’t Corrupting Young People

Today I've been looking into the prevailing views on rap music as a genre which influences listeners to commit crimes or act in a damaging way, and examining how this idea extends into the field of Music Therapy and what implications that leads to. Much of the Music Therapy literature relating to rap focuses on … Continue reading Of Course Rap Music isn’t Corrupting Young People

Review: Preliminary thoughts on ‘Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist’ (Hadley)

I am hoping to do a full review of this book at some point, but here are my thoughts so far on the book Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist. The book features seventeen narratives on race and culture in Music Therapy, compiled by Susan Hadley. At the very start of the book Hadley speaks … Continue reading Review: Preliminary thoughts on ‘Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist’ (Hadley)

The Not-So-Hidden Value in Affirmative Action

These days 'affirmative action' is often considered a dirty word in the recruitment process. However, without it many corners of the music industry continue to draw upon the same talent pool of white, middle- and upper-class men while missing out on the potential talent of musicians from more diverse backgrounds, such as BAME, women or … Continue reading The Not-So-Hidden Value in Affirmative Action