How did you find out about music therapy as a profession?
“Ooooh how did I find out about music therapy? I think through Concordia! I was studying psychology and performing as a musician and very split down the middle, confused about my life direction, longing for balance! After discovering that Concordia had a program that combined both of these beautiful practices, I was still quite confused about what music therapy actually was but something felt very intuitive about it. When I looked a little deeper, I learned about the amazing world of possibility that music therapy offers."
What are your hopes for music therapy in terms of equity, diversity, and cultural humility?
"I want to help create a space where we moooove SLOWERRRR. Less need to be productive, and overfill our plates, moving away from a colonial mindset. This is still a work in progress for me but moving towards this - we can take time pause and reflect critically on our past, existing and future practices through a sociocultural lens. I want to learn more about what is going on in diversity and accessibility practices in our field and help contribute towards the work that is being done. Truly valuing and empower all of the beautiful voices, the music and the unique perspectives and surrounding in terms of our literature, our researchers, our teachers, and institutions, increasing accessibility and safety. Honouring all of our unique histories and our stories! Moving slow, so we can advocate for and come back to the communities we work with with clear and kind eyes."
- Thanya Iyer (@thanyaiyer)
Featured in May 2021