What Do Music Therapists Need to Know Before the Disaster Strikes?


  • Masako Otera Tohoku University




music therapy, disaster relief


The paper discusses required knowledge in preparation for a disaster relief. The author shares her experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and reviews how she went through the post-disaster phase as a music therapist. The author has made three suggestions for change in music therapy as a disaster relief. First, specific topics on disaster relief should be included in music therapy educational courses. This should cover general information regarding natural and human-made disasters and disaster relief. Second, making connections with related organizations, both the individual and national level is also suggested. Third, the further accumulation of studies on music therapy as a disaster relief service is needed.

Author Biography

Masako Otera, Tohoku University

Masako Otera, MT-BC, PhD, has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Music & Acoustical Medicine, Tohoku University in Japan since 2010. Her clinical work includes providing music therapy services to patients with terminal cancer and the elderly with dementia.




How to Cite

Otera, M. (2012). What Do Music Therapists Need to Know Before the Disaster Strikes?. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v12i1.625



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