Experiences of Music Therapists of Color Working with Autistic Individuals of Color

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Robinson, Kazuko
Master of Arts in Music Therapy
Literature discussing the perceptions of racially/ethnically diverse music therapists is limited. This preliminary study aimed to explore the racialized experiences of music therapists of color who had experience working with autistic individuals with racially marginalized identities. For this study, three self-identified music therapists of color were interviewed. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data retrieved from the interviews. The following four themes emerged: racialized experiences of music therapists of color, lack of education/professional training, perception of intersectionality and anti-oppressive framework, and lack of preparedness of the music therapy profession and recommendations. The findings demonstrated that music therapists of color experience racial/ethnic marginalization in their daily life in the music therapy field. The findings also suggested that the music therapy profession needs more diverse voices. Recommendations for the music therapy field and education, and for future research, were presented.