Trauma and Resilience in Music Education: Haunted Melodies considers the effects of trauma on both teachers and students in the music classroom, exploring music as a means for working through traumatic experiences and the role music education plays in trauma studies. The volume acknowledges the ubiquity of trauma in our society and its long-term deleterious effects while showcasing the singular ways music can serve as a support for those who struggle. In twelve contributed essays, authors examine theoretical perspectives and personal and societal traumas, providing a foundation for thinking about their implications in music education. Topics covered include:

  • Philosophical, psychological, sociological, empirical, and narrative perspectives of trauma and resilience.
  • How trauma-informed education practices might provide guidelines for music educators in schools and other settings
  • Interrogations of how music and music education may be a source of trauma

Distinguishing itself from other subjects—even the other arts—music may provide clues to the recovery of traumatic memory and act as a tool for releasing emotions and calming stresses. Trauma and Resilience in Music Education witnesses music’s unique abilities to reach people of all ages and empower them to process traumatic experiences, providing a vital resource for music educators and researchers.

chapter |16 pages


Trauma and Music Education
ByDeborah Bradley, Juliet Hess

part I|62 pages

Theoretical Perspectives

chapter 181|16 pages

Rethinking “Bad Behavior”

A Compassionate Response to “Acting Out” in Music Education
ByJuliet Hess

chapter 2|14 pages

Disrupting “What We Know Too Well”

A Relational Frame for Considering Trauma in Music Education
ByShannan L. Hibbard

chapter 3|15 pages

Teaching Through Trauma

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, or Secondary Traumatic Stress?
ByTawnya D. Smith

chapter 4|15 pages

When Music Haunts Memory

Effects of Trauma on Music Learning
ByDeborah Bradley

part II|46 pages

Personal Trauma

chapter 805|14 pages

Grief as Transformation

Teaching and Traumatic Loss
ByColleen A. Q. Sears

chapter 6|15 pages

Multiple Wounds, Liminality, and Crisis

Exploring Arts-Based Approaches for Trauma, PTSD, and Grief
ByDonna Emmanuel

chapter 7|15 pages

Unlearning Academic Music Education

How Music Education Erases Already-Present Musical Identities
ByLatasha Thomas-Durrell

part III|74 pages

Societal Trauma

chapter 1268|14 pages

Approaching the “Void of Racism”

Traumatic Choral Dialogues
ByJohn D. Perkins

chapter 9|16 pages

Voices from the Inside

Working with the Hidden Trauma Narratives of Women in Custody
ByCatherine Birch

chapter 10|15 pages

Locations of Trauma

Musical Experience and the Holocaust
ByTeryl L. Dobbs

chapter 11|14 pages

Poetics of Suffering and Acoustic Properties of Endurance in Iran

ByNasim Niknafs

chapter 12|13 pages

The Objective Is to Flourish

Reimagining the One-to-One Music Teaching Studio
ByTe Oti Rakena

chapter |15 pages


On Resilience
ByJuliet Hess, Deborah Bradley