If you’ve been reading the blog this month, you know that January is Music Therapy Social Media Advocacy Month. The theme this year is “We are…” and music therapists across the country are filling in that blank with adjectives describing music therapy and music therapists.
I’ve got one that I hope you raise your eyebrows.
Music therapists are biased.
Yep, I said it. But in this case, it’s a good thing.
Music therapists have a science and research bias. I think it’s fair to say that the reason the field of music therapy has remained viable despite it’s relatively small size is because of the commitment to research and evidence-based practices we’ve maintained.
There’s a lot of compelling evidence that supports music therapy as a viable and effective treatment option, a fact that we’ve covered extensively on this blog. We won’t bore you with that today.
It is fair to say that a lot of work remains to be done. The small size of our field unfortunately means research is more difficult to collect (can you imagine if we had Big Pharma money?).
But just know that when thinking about music therapy, the therapist you’re talking to has a bias.
And be thankful for that.
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