Queering Music Therapy

Queering Music Therapy: Experiences of Supporting LGBTQIA2+ Communities through Shared Identities
(2 CMTEs/2.5 LCATs CE credits)
Online in real time using Zoom
Saturday, October 8, 2022; 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    

In this panel presentation, queer-identified music therapists will share their experiences of working with queer individuals and communities. LGBTQIA2+ identities are diverse and intersectional. As such, it is important to hear from diverse perspectives within the profession to highlight nuanced lived experiences of how navigating gender identity and sexual orientation can be supported within music therapy. The program will be presented live via Zoom and will be recorded for those who wish to view it at a later date (within 3 weeks of the program date).

Program  Description
Maevon Gumble will provide a brief introduction to gender affirming voicework as a music therapy method, which involves accessing and embodying a more affirming singing and/or speaking voice through the use of music therapy. They will present a timeline for how this method has been evolving since their formal publications on gender affirming voicework in 2019.  

Freddy Perkins will discuss the use of psychodynamic and narrative practices with QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color) and queer folx. He will specifically speak to the use of analytical music therapy and music improvisation to explore identity with the LGBTQ Community.  

kei slaughter and Dr. Natasha Thomas will explore their research on perspectives of community, voice, and identity in Black gender diverse people. The purpose of their work is to consider the intersections of racial identity, community belonging, gender experience/identity/expression, and qualities of spoken and sung voice. They designed their project to explore these intersections with a combination of individual interviews, and "collaborative remixes."  Collaborative remixes are explorations of voice - using electronic modulation - to create an experience of authentic voice within a supportive community to amplify messages of self-affirmation for people who identify as Black and queer (or quare). In their discussion of this project, they will share challenges that have arisen with acquiring and sustaining participants, and a recent choice to infuse the project with ABR explorations of researcher identities/experiences.  

Dr. Kate Myers-Coffman will share their experiences of supporting gender identity and sexual orientation topics that arise in bereavement support work with adolescents. Specific topics include differing experiences of feeling able to live authentically in one's identity with the person who died prior to their death, varying levels of support and safety prior to a loved one's death versus after death in relation to living authentically, and how these experiences have impacted identity and grief processing.    

Learning Objectives
1.  Participants will identify at least 3 considerations when working with and supporting LGBTQIA2+ individuals and communities through a justice-oriented lens (II.B.3,4. II.B,C. III.A.2.b,c,e,g,j,k,o,p,r,s,x,ss,tt,vv,eee,ggg).  
2. Participants will describe at least 2 music therapy approaches to support identity development and exploration with LGBTQIA2+ individuals and communities. (III.A.4; III.A.2.ss)  
3. Participants will identify at least 2 ways in which arts-based research practices can support participants' contributions in collaborative music therapy research (II.D.2.b,c)  

Presenter Bios  
Maevon Gumble (they/them), MMT, MT-BC is a music therapist and pre-licensed professional counselor who engages in mental health focused music therapy and talk therapy as well as gender affirming voicework through their private practice Becoming Through Sound LLC. As a nonbinary trans person themself, they are passionate about providing queer and trans affirming spaces, and they predominantly work alongside other queer, trans, and nonbinary persons through their clinical work. Maevon's academic interests involve queering music therapy, developing gender affirming voicework as a music therapy method, and training fellow music therapists in gender affirming voicework.  

Freddy Perkins (he/him), MMT, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist and pre-licensed counselor who owns and operates Attune Music & Wellness, a private practice that serves queer folx and QTBIPOC. He is a trainee in Analytical Music Therapy and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. In his work queer folx, Freddy integrates psychodynamic, trauma-informed, relational, and narrative practices to address issues related to identity and trauma.  

kei slaughter (they/them/theirs), MFA, MA, MT-BC is a Queer, Black, gender expansive music therapist, pre-licensed counselor, and musician whose work focuses on music therapy with Queer and Trans* BIPOC communities and survivors of complex trauma through transformative community projects and their private practice SOULFOLK Sounds, LLC. They are a first-year PhD Student in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University and teach in the music therapy department at Berklee College of Music. kei's research interests include religious-based sexual identity conflict among queer Black youth and young adults as well as critical, arts-based inquiry.  

Natasha Thomas (Dr. T, they/she + any neo- pronouns offered with respect), PhD, MT-BC is a Black, Queer, Disabled child of Caribbean immigrants; or, as they sometimes put it, a "descendent of shipwreck and volcano," on multiple Indigenous lands. She holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and teaches Music Therapy at IUPUI in the United States. Natasha serves on the steering committee for the Black Music Therapy Network and co-facilitates the Black Creative Healing project. They work with those who are ready to transform, in any capacity that nourishes and sustains the many communities that hold us.

Dr. Kate Myers-Coffman (she/they), PhD, MT-BC, is an Assistant Professor at Molloy University whose work focuses on trauma-informed, resource-oriented music therapy for youth and families who have experienced trauma and loss as well as culturally, critically reflexive approaches to practice, pedagogy, and research.

Continuing Education Credit

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs)  Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is pending approval for two and a half (2.5) CE contact hours for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.  

Music Therapy: CMTE This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 2 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.  


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Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us prior to the start date.  

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration: through October 3: $25 
Late Registration after October 3: $30
Molloy Full-Time Students, Faculty and Staff, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Non-Molloy Students (provide your school email address when registering): $10
Molloy Alumni: $5

Online Information

The conference will be conducted through a live, "real-time" online platform called Zoom. The conference will be held at the same date and times as indicated in the schedule. You will be able to take the program using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. You will receive further information on joining the conference online closer to the date. The program will be recorded for those who wish to view it at a later date (within 3 weeks of the program date).

Questions regarding registration?

Email: conted@molloy.edu
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://vimeo.com/90795256
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://twitter.com/MusicMolloy
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://www.facebook.com/Graduate-Music-Therapy-at-Molloy-College-101924705247/