Monday, August 14, 2017

Episode 197: Journal Club Part 2-Music Therapy Perspectives 2014 Vol 32 No 1

Dr. Meganne Masko and I discuss the articles in the Music Therapy Perspectives 2014 32(1). Here is part 1:

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Here is part 2:

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We talked too long again and got cut off by Blog Talk Radio before we could talk about the last article. Here’s what I would have said if I had managed the time a little better:

Percussion Pedagogy: A Survey of Music Therapy Faculty by Andrew Knight and Bill Matney. “The purpose of this paper was to assess current university implementation of, and faculty perceptions on, pedagogical practices regarding percussion skills in music therapy” (from the abstract, p. 109). I felt this article would be more relevant to music therapy faculty. I sort of am faculty, I guess, but since my focus is on pre-internship clinical training, and we have so much to cover in the short amount of time I have with the students, and our university has a really good class that teaches hand drumming skills, I didn’t feel this article related to me specifically, so I just read the abstract.

Dr. Masko’s comments:

I felt like this article was an important read for MT faculty. I am pleased to see that a majority (75.6%) of respondents had a semester dedicated to percussion skills, but it’s disconcerting that 71.1% of respondents do not test students’ percussion abilities. It’s fairly telling that such a large number of faculty members were unaware of the importance of functional percussion skills when they were students. I’ll be honest, I did not realize how important it would be for me to be able to use percussion instruments in the clinic when I was a student. It wasn’t until I was out in the professional world that I understood why those competencies existed. Knight and Matney’s article reminds me that I’m not alone in that thinking. Thanks to working with Dr. Andrew Knight, I do require students to demonstrate their percussion skills on a regular basis both in the class and in the clinic.
Meganne K. Masko, PhD, MT-BC/L
Music Therapy Program Director
University of North Dakota
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