Collaboration can be a key element for music therapists whether in the clinic, in research, or in education and training. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, our music therapy colleagues Dr. Laura Brown and Dr. Ellary Draper share their insights and experiences in several different aspects of their professional careers. Laura and Ellary give examples of ways collaboration and partnerships helped them in their graduate education, in their research projects, in their work as professors, and in two innovative clinical projects. Laura talks about partnering music therapy and speech-language pathology students in Camp Rock, her inclusive camp for children with ASD. Ellary describes her High School Pop Choirs, collaborative projects to help teachers successfully include students with disabilities in general music classrooms. The podcast speakers take time to discuss the benefits of collaborative partnerships as well as some of the challenges they have encountered over the years.


Collaboration in Clinical Practice & Research

Laura Brown, PhD, MT-BC and Ellary Draper, PhD, MT-BC

AMTA-Pro Podcast + March, 2019

Collaboration can be a key element for music therapists whether in the clinic, in research, or in education and training. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, our music therapy colleagues Dr. Laura Brown and Dr. Ellary Draper share their insights and experiences in several different aspects of their professional careers. Laura and Ellary give examples of ways collaboration and partnerships helped them in their graduate education, in their research projects, in their work as professors, and in two innovative clinical projects. Laura talks about partnering music therapy and speech-language pathology students in Camp Rock, her inclusive camp for children with ASD. Ellary describes her High School Pop Choirs, collaborative projects to help teachers successfully include students with disabilities in general music classrooms. The podcast speakers take time to discuss the benefits of collaborative partnerships as well as some of the challenges they have encountered over the years.

AMTA-Pro Podcast Discussion Outline

1. Our story as collaborators and models for collaboration

 

2. Levels of partnerships

 

3. Camp Rock – an example of an ongoing partnership

 

4. High School Pop Choirs – a growing collaborative project

 

5. Philosophy of partnership

 

6. Benefits & Challenges of Collaboration

 

Resources

Laura’s MTP article about Camp Rock: Brown, L. S., Benigno, J. P., & Geist, K. (2018). Come together: Music therapy and speech-language pathology students’ perspectives on collaboration during an inclusive camp for children with ASD. Music Therapy Perspectives, 36, 17-25.

Ellary’s General Music Today article about collaboration to help teachers successfully include students with disabilities in inclusive general music classrooms: Draper, E. A. (2018). Meaningful connections: Making inclusion work. General Music Today, 32, 31-33.

About the Speakers

Laura Brown, PhD, MT-BC, is Assistant Professor of music therapy at Ohio University and has worked as a music therapist in public schools.  Her research focuses on children with autism and inclusion.

 

Ellary Draper, PhD, MT-BC is Assistant Professor of music therapy at The University of Alabama. Dr. Draper has worked as a music therapist with a variety of ages and populations and as an elementary general music teacher.  Her research focuses on inclusive music settings.