Keynote Speakers

Dr Marisol Norris

presents ‘Building connections: Radical imaginations in music therapy’

Dr. Marisol S. Norris is a board-certified music therapist, critical arts therapies educator, speaker, consultant, and founder of the Black Music Therapy Network, Inc. Her clinical and supervisory experience has spanned medical and community health settings and includes work with adult psychiatric and dually diagnosed populations, adolescents facing homelessness, families within the city court system, and medically fragile children with a history of complex trauma. These experiences have profoundly contributed to her relational-cultural lens of music therapy theory and praxis and her dedication to expanding the understanding of Black clients’ aesthetics across disciplines. She's published on culturally sustaining practice and vocal music therapy with Black clients from limited-resource communities. Her doctoral research is among the first in music therapy to detail Black client aesthetic meaning-making within a group context and in healthcare to explore Black clients’ experiences from a critical aesthetic lens. As a result, her work informs not only the music therapy community but further contributes to the growing knowledge of culturally responsive clinical practice within the arts therapies, counselling, related health disciplines and the collective discourse of Black bodies within cultural aesthetics, semiotic anthropology, and Africana studies.

Marisol continues to perform as a vocalist and provides lectures and workshops on health, music, and culture. She looks forward to the 2020 release of her first co-edited book: (Post) Colonial Music Therapy and joining Drexel University's College of Nursing & Health Professions as the Director of Music Therapy & Assistant Clinical Professor Spring 2021.

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Professor Susan Hadley

presents ‘The Urgency for Sociocultural Reflexivity in Music Therapy’

Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC, is professor and director of music therapy at Slippery Rock University. She received her initial training in music therapy in Melbourne, receiving her bachelor’s degree in music therapy in 1988. She then created several music therapy positions in Perth, WA. In 1992, she moved to the US to complete graduate studies in music therapy at Temple University, under Professors Ken Bruscia and Cheryl Dileo. In 1997, she was hired at Slippery Rock University, where she has taught ever since. She developed an online master of music therapy degree which is centered on social change, drawing on critical theories related to feminisms, critical theories of race, critical disability studies, queer theories, and critical pedagogies.

Dr. Hadley is the author of Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist: Personal Narratives (Barcelona, 2013), for which she was awarded the 2016 SRU President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Achievement. She is editor of Sociocultural Identities in Music Therapy: Examples and Implications (Barcelona, 2020), Feminist Perspectives in Music Therapy (Barcelona Publishers, 2006), Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Case Studies (Barcelona Publishers, 2003), and co-editor of (Post)Colonialism and Music Therapy (Barcelona, forthcoming 2021), Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about their Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip Hop (Routledge, 2012) and Narrative Identities: Psychologists Engaged in Self-Construction (Jessica Kingsley Press, 2005). Professor Hadley has published numerous articles, chapters and reviews in a wide variety of scholarly journals and books in music therapy and related fields. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, currently serving on the Journal of Music Therapy. She is co-editor-in-chief of Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy where she also facilitates the special journal issues. She has presented Keynote addresses at the 9thEuropean Music Therapy Congress, Oslo, 2013, and at the joint Canadian Music Therapy Association 38th Annual conference and the Inaugural ender Health and Feminist Music Therapy Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2012.

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