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Trauma-informed practices in community music & music education – with Catherine Birch, York St John University – Music Education Works

By Dr. J. Pisano , in Music Education Research , at December 17, 2020 Tags:


Music for Education & Wellbeing podcast

In this new podcast, Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, is talking with Catherine Birch, who is a senior lecturer in Community Music at York St John University. She is currently researching, how trauma-informed approaches can benefit community music practice, through singing and songwriting work with women prisoners as part of the York St John Prison Partnership.

We talk about:

  • Catherine’s background as a peripatetic music teacher, secondary school teacher, and secondary music education lecturer
  • working with women prisoners for wellbeing and a renewed sense of self-identity, belonging and self-worth
  • the prevalence of trauma – which can happen as a result of, for example, adverse childhood experiences, and domestic abuse – and its impacts
  • using trauma-informed approaches as part of the ‘toolkit’ of being a music tutor or community musician and improving people’s experience of music learning or participation
  • and we finish with two pieces of advice and a call to action for  music educators and community musicians

You can access the podcast via a blog on our main website –

PODCAST [24] TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION – WITH CATHERINE BIRCH, YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY

or on iTunes or Spotify (search for Music for Education & Wellbeing).

 



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