As I have continued to study hate music, friends sometimes send me new information. Recently, I received copies of two obituaries for Jewish women who survived the Holocaust and then used music to express themselves, including commenting on their experiences with hatred. The first was Inge Ginsberg, age 99, who was in a heavy metal band. You can view her on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OutYNpbKw
The second was Esther Bejarano, age 96, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, who fought racism and antisemitism with music. She also teamed up with a hip-hop group Microphone Mafia so spread an anti-racism message to German youth. You can hear a part of her story at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqRRwoQiVHA.
These two women are examples of how to stay active in old age, how to inspire others with music, and how to use music to fight hate.
What a pleasure to speak to graduate music therapy students at Augsburg University in Minneapolis this week. Bright, engaged, participative, and curious. This was the last of 25 presentations in the first half of 2021. Now I am scheduling engagements for the fall and winter terms. #music therapy #AMTA #ADL #SPLC #music of hate, music for healing #tedfickenmusic.org
I had a wonderful experience presenting a 6-hour continuing education workshop sponsored by Eastern Michigan University yesterday. Over 50 participants included EMU music therapy students, professional music therapists from Michigan and other places in the US, and music therapy faculty members. Great discussions and sharing. Thanks to everyone who made the day so rewarding.
I will be speaking about my book at three universities this week: University of Missouri/Kansas City, Pacific University in Oregon, and Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Looking forward to sharing with all three groups.
Also today, a Voices of Music Therapy podcast has been released on spotify:
I was very happy to provide two presentations to Radford University students and faculty two weeks ago. This week, I will be presenting a Faculty Seminar to students and faculty at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for additional presentations, coming up.
Ted Ficken is a writer, speaker, and college professor. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Oregon State University, and bachelor's and master's degrees in music therapy from the University of Kansas. Additional credentials include being a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and a Music Therapist - Board Certified and licensed (MT-BC/L). He currently teaches online for George Washington University's (GWU) Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program in Washington, DC.