Students Blog Post for May


Brazilian Music Therapy Union (UBAM) has been acting tirelessly for many years in an effort to have the profession properly regulated within the federal law. That brings a proper caring and handling of the profession by professionals with due training, experience and research history properly evidenced by their curriculum. Currently we are through a very important step in this field, but UBAM members have many other contributions to the profession and to society.

Let's go through some of the points established on the Music Therapist Code of Ethics, and maybe have it paralleled to your activity, to your daily living, as I feel that these in particular are very intricate to human ethics and to an ever new and progressive society.

Our ‘section I’ states, in an adapted translation, the music-therapist shall base her or his work in respect, promotion of freedom, dignity, equality and integrity of the human-being. That is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, provided by the UN in 1948; principles of autonomy, justice, non-maleficence and beneficence of bioethics.

I can't take my head out of how, even though these principles were documented 70 years ago (by UN), with some principles and first notions of bioethics having been documented about 100 years ago (the first documented mention of the them was provided by Paul Max Fritz Jahr in 1927), they are very close to some universal precepts of yogi ethics, that are documented in the Rigveda. The Rigveda, an ancient Vedic Sanskrit work, is a collection of hymns at least 3500 years old, with some of its contents having been passed down orally for many years before they were recorded in writing. Some might be familiar with the concepts of Yama and Niyama (principles of harmony with the other and with oneself), and Ahimsa, which consists of not hurting or causing suffering for other forms of life unless life-risking situations are presented. Similarly, Satya consists of using the mind, words and actions towards benevolent purposes.

It really sounds, and feels like we are one huge community after all, one big Union.

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