Are you listening with humility? Revisited

I wrote this post a while back: Are you Listening… with humility?

How can we keep our perspective “non-biased” without judgment from prior experience and through truly emphasizing with others?


Music has oftentimes been described as “safe” and “non-judgmental” therapeutic medium. It can be, but not without conscience use of it. It does not mean that music automatically makes”safe” and “non-judgmental” therapeutic environment. Music therapists are ought to be sensible whether the therapeutic musical environment we are creating in sessions are indeed safer or least-judgmental.

Because many of us like music in some forms of fashion, even if there are different degrees or styles of enjoying music among us, we may not initially think about possible negative effects of music.

People with “Amusia” do not comprehend music at all.  To them music tends to be something unpleasant.

After experiencing brain injuries, some patients I have worked with were not able to enjoy music that they used to enjoy anymore because their sensitivity to the sound got changed after brain injury. It is just noise to them or there are only certain types of music or sound they can “handle”, not even “enjoy”.

In clinical situation, music therapy process conducts assessment session(s) to get to know the client’s strengths and needs as well as their music preferences.  If music happens to evoke negative emotions in patients, we music therapists are trained to properly follow up on the situation.

It is an ethical practice for us music therapists to conclude that music therapy may NOT be an option that patients are looking for.

Our professional judgment is the foundation to reflect our humility.

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