Whose Power, Whose Language? Exploring Issues of Power and Language in Music Therapy


  • Maren Metell Nordoff Robbins/Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  • Hiroko Miyake Department of Music Cultures & Education, Kunitachi College of Music, Japan
  • Andrew Dell'Antonio Butler School of Music in the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Alyssa Hillary Zisk University of Rhode Island, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. Kingston, USA/AssistiveWare, AAC Research Team, The Netherlands




power and language; music therapy; multilingual; spoken language; English language dominance


This special issue explores the topic of power and language in music therapy in the various ways it manifests within and beyond music therapy. We, the guest editors, are a group of four people at different points of their academic career, some have English as their primary languages and others don’t, we are neurodivergent and neurotypical, living in Norway, Japan, and the US. Our group consists of two music therapists, a musicologist, and an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) researcher.

Photo of special issue editors Maren Metell, Hiroko Miyake, Andrew Dell’Antonio, and Alyssa Hillary Zisk


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How to Cite

Metell, M., Miyake, H., Dell’Antonio, A., & Zisk, A. H. (2022). Whose Power, Whose Language? Exploring Issues of Power and Language in Music Therapy. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 22(3). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v22i3.3808