Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Daily Muse: News and Opinion Via the Uninformed

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I was definitely hot under the collar after reading this article! It is amazing that in this day and age music therapy is still such a novel concept for some people. The author of this opinion piece, John Hood, is obviously ignorant about the evidence-based practice of music therapy. His article title alone drips with disdain about our profession as do many of his remarks throughout the article. In fact, his report about the effort to obtain a state licensing law for music therapy in North Carolina is written with such sarcasm, that the merits of the case are completely glossed over.  Personally I am not convinced that we should be seeking state by state licensing, but there may be no other way to proceed. 

It is too bad that there are still people out there who feel like music therapy is not worth the time to consider. I point out this article not to unwittingly promote this pundit, but to bring him to our awareness. He should be vigorously refuted and educated about our profession and the benefits of music therapy. Perhaps he was just trying to be too clever and funny, but it was in poor taste to do that at the expense of an entire group of people that belong to a helping profession. Shame on Mr. Hood and too bad he does not have a link for comments on his page!

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