November 13, 2020: #MeToo and Music Education: A Psychological Perspective

12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time

Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D.

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Music teachers work with their students in unique circumstances that can create a potential “perfect storm.” This includes the close music teacher/student one to one relationship, teaching behind closed doors, physically illustrating technical approaches which involve touching students, using evocative language to shape musical interpretations. For those inclined, these valid and useful teaching techniques can slide down a slippery slope to sexual abuse. The results are traumatic. While a majority of teachers and professional musicians do not violate ethical norms, the #MeToo Movement has become a subject that demands attention. This Webinar will cover 1) the “perfect storm” in music teaching that may predispose some teachers and students to engage in unethical enactments; 2) the addiction to celebrity and the “star” system that are relevant in ethical violations in music teaching and the performing arts; 3) the role of the University/Institution in managing a traumatic and life-altering situation.


Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D., holds degrees in piano from Juilliard, in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan, and certification in psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association.  She presents on the topics of Stage Fright, COVID-19 and Musicians, Music and Emotion, #Me Too and Music Education, and is the author of numerous scientific articles, blogs on her website www.julienagel.net, articles and columns in the American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion and 21CM (Twenty First Century Musician) as well as the books “Melodies of the Mind” and “Managing Stage Fright.”  Her theater piece, “A Conversation Between Freud and Mozart” was performed in February 2020 at Steinway Hall in New York City.  Dr. Nagel has a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.