BAMT Podcast: An Interview with Associate Prof. Daphne Rickson

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BAMT Podcast Episode 48: Interview with Dr Daphne Rickson
(16 March 2021)
Image of Daphne RicksonIn this podcast, British music therapist Luke Annesley interviews Associate Professor Daphne Rickson, PhD, teaches music therapy at the New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She has practised music therapy and undertaken research with a range of client populations but particularly with children and adolescents in schools. Her research has involved critical analysis of the concept of disability and investigation into music as an inclusive resource, including: Participatory Action Research with young people who have intellectual disability; an investigation into singing for wellbeing in a Christchurch school severely affected by earthquakes; song-writing with adolescents experiencing life-limiting illness; and music therapy with children who have Autism Spectrum Conditions. Daphne is co-author, with Katrina McFerran, of “Creating Music Cultures in the Schools: A Perspective from Community Music Therapy” (2014).

One of topics Daphne touches on in this podcast is the importance of New Zealand music therapy trainers collaborating with Māori to ensure their programme is as welcoming/appropriate as it can be for Māori students, while also noticing and valuing that Māori have their own healing processes involving music. For those interested in learning more, Māori student, Ruby Solly writes of her use taonga puoro in music therapy practice at