Using Assistive Technology to Provide Creative Freedom

Recently Google shared a project called Creatability to their Experiments page which explores how creative tools can be used in combination with technology such as AI to provide a more accessible experience to those with disabilities. The various experiments involved web pages that use a combination of webcam and keyboard or mouse input to create … Continue reading Using Assistive Technology to Provide Creative Freedom

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10 Ways to Access Mental Health Resources in the UK

For World Mental Health Day 2018 I opened Facebook and was inundated with meaningless platitudes, 'inspirational' mental health-related quotes from the likes of Matt Haig and Stephen Fry, and vaguely relate-able links to personal accounts of mental illness. All of which was done with the best intentions, but in a day and age where it … Continue reading 10 Ways to Access Mental Health Resources in the UK

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.

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)