Marylhurst alumni and faculty in the music therapy program took an active role in the planning and presentation of the 2014 Western Regional American Music Therapy Association conference in Portland.
Dr. Laura Beer, music therapy program director, reviewed a book about performative
social sciences in The Qualitative Report in
In her article titled Performativity in the Real World: How "Playing with Purpose" Informs and Inspires Social Scientists, she writes:
Performativity is an approach to social science research that invites provocative and intimate explorations of findings, making them accessible and directly sensed. In a performative experience the reader/audience is engaged and challenged, beguiled and entranced into thinking differently about Data Representation in all of its often-times boring splendor. In Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social Science, the blending of Mary and Ken Gergen's histories, struggles and artistry is remarkable and inspiring.
Dr. Laura Beer's interest in creative approaches to qualitative research, especially the use of music, has led her to explore mindfulness in higher education, dementia, and how learning Western therapy affects Asian students.She directs the music therapy program at Marylhurst University.