Daniel Robinson, MTA
How did you find out about music therapy as a profession?
“I have always been interested in supporting the mental health of those that have barriers to communication. I find that the healthcare system and society at large often discounts the psychosocial distress of those who cannot speak, move, or emote in the ways they are used to seeing. Through research in this area of psychotherapy, I came across music therapy and how music can be a tool for supporting the psychosocial wellbeing of those with communication barriers. As a psychotherapist who works in complex continuing care, I have found my training as a music therapist incredibly useful when working with this patient population."
What are your hopes for music therapy in terms of equity, diversity, and cultural humility?
"I have only been in the world of music therapy for 2 years, but in my limited experience, I have found it to be a profession of privilege. As with many areas of post-secondary education, those who study to become music therapists appear to often have socioeconomic protective factors and do not enter the profession because they urgently need to make money to survive (And I would include myself in this demographic). But this needs to change. Using music for therapeutic means should not be a tool only held by those who are able to spend tens of thousands of dollars in education. The credibility of the music therapy profession should not be build through elitism and exclusion of those with less privilege. I hope that governing bodies in music therapy make the necessary changes that allow people without access to post-secondary education to train and practice as music therapists."
- Daniel Robinson
Featured in April 2021