Areas of Expertise: Music therapy
Indicative thesis title: Group music therapy in primary schools to develop tolerance and inclusion: laying the foundations for future peace.
Paola started to apply group music therapy for inclusion (MTI) experimentally in mainstream schools in Italy. The method applied in this current research is the result of eighteen years of research and study in the unique Italian framework of full inclusion.
In this international research project, Paola’s focus are not only the disabled children, but all pupils, all differently able. She hopes and aims to collect significant data to encourage the use of music therapy in education as an effective tool to combat discriminatory attitudes and build an inclusive society.
Esperson Pecoraro P., Rickson D., Jordan A. K., Kantor J., Sabbatella P., 2020. The art of fostering inclusion and social activism: music therapy perspective and research. Music therapy today: proceedings of the 16th WFMT World congress of music therapy, July 7-8, 2020, South Africa, p. 108.
Chiappetta Cajola, L., Esperson Pecoraro, P., Rizzo, A. L., (2008). Music Therapy for Integration. Didactic strategies and assessment tools (Milan: Franco Angeli)
Pecoraro Esperson, P. (2006). The pleasure of being differently able: Integration through music therapy in primary schools. Music Therapy Today, VII(2), pp. 413-429.