Back in 2013 Kim Ross wrote: “Why we shouldn’t try to prove that music therapy works” – this article has rung a few bells for me recently, particularly after digesting a range of music therapy research articles…
There appears to be a difference between seeking proof and gathering evidence. Working in an evidence-based way, one gathers research results, trials, experience and puts them into practice. Shifting focus to clients instead of critics can reframe research, as Kim says:
“The profession exists to help clients, and we must keep our clients’ wellbeing as the central focus and reason for our research”.
“Let’s not be afraid of research, or of people posing questions about music therapy and how it works.”
So, onwards with research, investigating and finding out more… starting with the BAMT UK music therapy conference this weekend organised entitled “Re-Visioning our Voice: Resourcing music therapy for contemporary needs”.