It's been far too long since I've been able to welcome a guest blogger (hint, hint), and I am particularly pleased to welcome Kay Norton, Ph.D, to Medical Humanities Blog. Here is a bit about Kay's background and scholarship:
Kay Norton, Associate Professor of Music History in the School of Music and Affiliate Faculty of the Arizona State University Women's Studies department, completed her Ph.D. degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Among her musical publications are studies on U. S.-American hymnody (a 2002 monograph from Harmonie Park Press, articles in American Music, The Hymn, New Grove, and several festschriften), and a life and works monograph of composer Normand Lockwood. Her work on music and the medical humanities began with a 1996 team-taught course sponsored by the Medical School of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, while she was a faculty member at that University’s Conservatory of Music. Her graduate-level course for music majors, Music and Healing, is in its third year at ASU. She gave the keynote address at the Music and Health in America Symposium in Boulder, Colorado, in June of 2007, and has presented poster sessions and lectures at Symposia jointly sponsored by the Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale and ASU, by The University of Arizona College of Medicine, and by the Central Group on Educational Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges, Kansas City, MO. Her article, “How Music-Inspired Weeping Can Heal,” is currently under review by the BMI journal, Medical Humanities. During her fall 2008 research leave, she is converting her Music and Healing class to an online product suitable for open courseware.
I am excited to welcome Kay in particular because music and musicology gets short shrift on MH Blog, but not, as I assured Kay, for lack of interest. MH Blog is a labor of love for me, and it is already an overwhelming task tackling the issues central to my own scholarship, let alone areas more peripheral to the disciplines and subjects I focus on.
But the relationship between music, healing, and illness is intricate and important, and that is why I am pleased to welcome Kay.