Volume 5 (1) 2013 – Interview
Music Therapy and Special Music Education: Interdisciplinary Dialogues
Alice-Ann Darrow interviewed by Giorgos Tsiris
Drawing from Professor Alice-Ann Darrow’s life-long work in the fields of music therapy and special music education, this interview brings to the fore the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue. A range of themes (including the notion of ‘musical rights’ and inclusion) emerge and are discussed in relation to the development of interdisciplinary and collaborative work between different music practices. Darrow shares experiences from her personal and professional life that have shaped her work and way of thinking over the years. This interview can provide a framework within which readers can situate and further understand Darrow’s rich contribution within the fields of music therapy and special music education both nationally and internationally.
music therapy; special music education; collaboration; interdisciplinary; profession
Dr Alice-Ann Darrow is Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education at Florida State University. Her teaching and research interests are teaching music to special populations, the role of music in deaf culture, and nonverbal communication in the classroom. She is co-author of Music in Special Education, and Music and Geriatric Populations: A Handbook for Music Therapists and Healthcare Professionals; and editor of the text, Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy. Darrow presently serves on the editorial boards of the Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education, Music Therapy Perspectives, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, and the Florida Music Director.
Giorgos Tsiris is the editor-in-chief of the open access journal Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education. He works as a research assistant at Nordoff Robbins and as a music therapist at St Christopher’s Hospice (UK), while serving as the coordinator of the Research Network of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT). He is co-author of the book Towards Ethical Research: A Guide for Music Therapy and Music & Health Practitioners, Researchers and Students. Currently he conducts his doctoral research on music therapy and spirituality at Nordoff Robbins (City University, London).