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To musick or not to musick

I used to be a music snob. Hell, I’m still a music snob – I’m just in recovery. I’m not sure when I started praying at that altar of self-righteousness, but when I did it became an unhealthy preoccupation. I burdened myself with the hypercritical snootiness of an artistic crusader blessed and cursed with the holy call to cleanse the masses of narrow, commercial tastes so that they may embrace artistic music that did not have to sound good in order to be great…and so on and so forth. I’m only being moderately hyperbolic. Continue reading “To musick or not to musick”

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What’s a “music preference” without relationship?

“Music preference” is a big buzz word in EOL and palliative care, dominating many recent discussions about assessment and treatment planning. There seems to be, in fact,  an overall push in the larger music therapy narrative for an increased focus on emphasizing preference in most areas of clinical work. The spirit behind this push makes a lot of sense: we want to engender in our clients feelings of empowerment and self-determination that can first manifest in the clinical setting and then in real-life scenarios. Increasingly, however, I’m questioning whether preference is the right approach. Continue reading “What’s a “music preference” without relationship?”