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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Create Change interview on music therapy & indigenous studies

On March 11, Create Change posted an interview with Carolyn Kenny in its Cases in Point section. Kenny is a professor of human development and indigenous studies at Antioch University and co-editor-in-chief of the OA journal Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

... Tell us about Voices: World Forum for Music Therapy. How did this online journal come about?

About seven years ago, my Norwegian colleague, Brynjulf Stige and I launched Voices We felt there was a need for a better way to network internationally. Today we have 22 volunteer editors from all over the world and a paid managing editor. We wanted a forum for encouraging dialogue and debate. We resisted the idea of being a research journal. We want content that will stimulate discussion. Itís amazing how many hits we get. Every month there are several thousand. Itís being used in classrooms and students are writing articles about it. Itís really exciting.

How are the costs of publishing supported?

The costs are minimal since we have so much help from volunteer editors. We just pay our Managing Editor, who also serves as our Webmaster. He receives a fair half-time salary, which is sponsored at the present time by the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, Norway. We are also exploring corporate and government sponsors for the journal. ...