Marisol Norris

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

faculty Marisol Norris

Marisol Norris is board certified music therapist and a core faculty member of the Expressive Therapies Division. Prior to joining Lesley, Marisol was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Music Therapy Program at Shenandoah Conservatory and an adjunct faculty member in the Creative Art Therapy Department at Drexel University. As a board-certified music therapist, Marisol has developed a broad clinical background that includes work with adults with medical and mental health needs, medically fragile children with history of complex trauma, adolescents facing homelessness, and families within the Philadelphia court system. These clinical experiences have spanned traditional medical and mental health as well as community health settings and profoundly contribute to her cultural relational lens of music therapy theory and practice. 

In addition to her clinical experience, Prof. Norris actively contributes to the music therapy community through scholarship and professional service.  Her doctoral research explores the role of cultural memory and Black aesthetics in the meaning-making processes of participants of a Vocal Music Therapy program for chronic pain.  Her larger scholarly research and focus includes the cultural mediation of race and spirituality within music therapy spaces, music therapy in underrepresented and minoritized communities, and pedagogical approaches to cultural responsiveness training. She has held offices in the American Music Therapy Association, published in Music Therapy Perspectives and The Journal of Music Therapy, and widely presents on topics of cultural humility and responsiveness. Currently, she serves on the editorial team of Voices, a world forum for music therapy; is a contributor to the RATTLE Project, a community-based initiative that explores the role of power and legitimacy within the creative art therapy disciplines; and is the founder of the Black Music Therapy Network, Inc. 

Scholarship

Edited Books

Evans, S., Norris, M., Thomas, N., Neal-Barnett, A., Belgrave, M., & Bagby, J. (forthcoming). Black Women’s Music Therapy.

Hadley, S., Crooke, A., & Norris, M. (forthcoming). (Post)Colonial Music Therapy.
 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Hadley, S. & Norris, M. (2016). Musical multicultural competency in music therapy: The first step. Music Therapy Perspectives. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1093/mtp/miv045

Bradt, J., Norris, M., Shim, M., Gracely, E. J., Gerrity, P. (2016). Vocal music therapy for chronic pain management in inner-city African Americans: A mixed methods feasibility study. Journal of Music Therapy, 53(2), 178-206.  doi: 10.1093/jmt/thw004
 

Selected Presentations

International

Norris, M. (forthcoming, 2020, July). Access and Empowerment. Spotlight Session at the 16th World Congress of Music Therapy, Pretoria, South Africa.

Schug, S. & Norris, M. (2016, March). Negotiating identity at the intersection of art and science: Anthropological perspectives on the creative art therapies.  Presentation at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

Bradt, J. & Norris, M. (2014, June). The Impact of Vocal Music Therapy on chronic pain Management: A mixed methods study.  Presentation at the Mixed Methods International Research Association Conference, Boston, MA.

National

Awais, Y., Gipson, L., Norris, M., Ramos-Watt, S., Sajnani, N., & Talwar, S. (2018, March). Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies: A public conversation. A roundtable discussion, Creative Art Therapies Consortium, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, New York, NY.

Forinash, M., Hadley, S, Whitehead-Pleaux, A., & Norris, M. (2017, November). Culture Centered Music Therapy Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications. Concurrent session at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Norris, M., Freeman, D., & Hadley, S. (2017, November). Continuing the Conversation: Doing Race in Music Therapy. CMTE session at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO.     

Norris, M., Hadley, S., Viega, M., Fisher, C., Ramos-Watt, S., Freeman, D., & Fletcher, J. (2016, November). Courageous Conversations: Race and Music Therapy. Roundtable presentation at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Sandusky, OH.

Norris, M. (2015, November). Navigating the Landscape of Race in Music Therapy Spaces: African American perspectives. Presentation at the American Music Therapy Association Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Regional

Hadley, S. & Norris, M. (2018, April). Culture Centered Music Therapy Supervision: Diverse perspectives and practical applications. Concurrent session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hadley, S., Norris, M., & Freeman, D. (2018, April). Racially Responsive Clinical Practice: Understanding each other. CMTE session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA.       

Freeman, D., Norris, M., Viega, M., Low, M., & Hadley, S. (2017, March). Continuing the Conversations: Doing Race in Music Therapy. CMTE session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Rochester, NY.

Bradt, J. & Norris, M. (2015, June). The impact of Vocal Music Therapy on chronic pain management: A mixed methods study.  Presentation at the Mixed Methods International Research Association Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA.                                      

Ireradi, F., Horowitz, S., Houser, J., & Norris, M. (2015, March). Safety, Security, and Sanctuary in Trauma-Informed Music Therapy Practice. The David Ott Pre-Conference Institute at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Music Therapy Conference, Ocean City, MD.                                                                      

Melhorne, C. & Norris, M. (2008, November). Artology Summer Program and the Impact of Community Change Via Arts Based Initiatives.  Presentation at the Using Arts in Prevention Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.                                                                           

 

Selected Invited Talks & Workshops

Norris, M. (2018, April). Between Lines: A Multimodal discourse analysis of cultural memory and Black aesthetics in a Vocal music therapy program for chronic pain. Guest lecture, Music Therapy Program, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, NY.

Norris, M. (2018, February). Navigating culture in music therapy spaces: A music therapy workshop on working within social systems in academic and supervisory spaces. Guest facilitator in Music Therapy, Music & Performing Arts Professions, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, New York, NY. (CEU-LCAT)

Norris, M. (2018, February). Navigating culture in music therapy spaces: A music therapy workshop on cultural humility. Guest facilitator in Music Therapy, Music & Performing Arts Professions, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, New York, NY.

Norris, M. (2017, March). Music therapy: An introduction. Guest lecture in Arts & Medicine, Sociology & Anthropology Department, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.

Norris, M. (2016, December). Convergence: At the intersection of Critical Race Theory & music therapy. Guest lecture in Foundations of Music Therapy, Department of Music, School of Fine & Performing Arts, State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, NY.

Norris, M. (2016, October). An introduction to cultural competence for creative art therapies. Guest lecture in Introduction to Art Therapy, College of Art, Media, & Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Norris, M. (2016, October). Cultural Aesthetics: Clinical application & implications for the creative art therapies. Guest lecture in Interdisciplinary Seminar I, Creative Art Therapies Department, College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Norris, M. (2015, October). Black Aesthetics: Clinical application & implications for the creative art therapies. Guest lecture in Interdisciplinary Seminar I, Creative Art Therapies Department, College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Norris, M. (2015, March). Music Therapy: An introduction at the intersection of cultural appropriation. Guest lecture in Arts & Medicine, Sociology & Anthropology Department, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, Drexel University
M.A., Drexel University
B.M., B.A., Oakwood University
Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC)