- Commentary Critical Reflections and Future Action
- Politics, Policy, and Music Education
- Instrumental Teachers and Their Students: Who's in the Driver's Seat?
- University Professors and the Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Pride and Professionalism in Music Education
- Pondering the Grand Experiment in Public Music Education
- Music Education and Some of Its Subfields: Thoughts about Future Priorities
- Music Education: An Unanswered Question
- Improving Primary Teaching: Minding the Gap
- International Music Education: Setting up a Global Information System
- The Responsibility of Research in Defining the Profession of Music Education
- Constructing Communities of Scholarship in Music Education
- Internationalizing Music Education
- Emotion in Music Education
- Music Education from a Slightly Outside Perspective
- Research Issues in Personal Music Identification
- Preparation, Perseverance, and Performance in Music: Views from a Program of Educational Psychology Research
- Music Therapy in Schools: An Expansion of Traditional Practice
- Embracing New Digital Technologies: Now and into the Future
- Challenges for Research and Practices of Music Education
- All Theoried Up and Nowhere to Go
- Make Research, Not War: Methodologies and Music Education Research
- The Preparation of Music Teacher Educators: A Critical Link
- Music and the Arts: As Ubiquitous and Fundamental as the Air We Breathe
- There is Nothing Complex about a Correlation Coefficient
- Dewey's Bastards: Music, Meaning, and Politics
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This article examines the role of music therapy in schools. One important aspect is the relationship between music teachers and music therapists. In some schools the availability of both professionals results in a great deal of overlap (i.e., the intuitive and empathic music teacher and the skills oriented music therapist), while in others the combination results in two distinct possibilities for engaging with music.
Katrina McFerran is a music therapist who attained her bachelor's and Ph.D. qualifications at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She is now senior lecturer in music therapy at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne), where she focuses on training of registered music therapists and research into music therapy with young people. Her research interests span a range of challenges faced by young people, from disabilities to mental illness. She is also interested in preventative uses of music for health by young people and investigations of how musical engagement can lead to flourishing. She has recently released her first book: Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy.
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