The previous intervention, taking place at Kovitthamrong School on August 31, 2018, suggested me to find stakeholders who needed some professional help and old enough to evaluate their anxiety. On September 10, 2018, I had an opportunity to meet with Miss Chanan Thongsookmak who is a deputy director of Pracharaj Bumpen school which is in my neighborhood. It is a public school where students mostly come from working class family which is different from previous school that i took test.
I told her that I was doing a research topic: “how can classical music support GenereationZ in managing pressures of school “? I was willing to conduct an intervention at her school. She told me that it was the school policy to support any educational activities that would be beneficial to school students like this and that she was willing to help me in providing students to participate in the intervention.
I also told Miss Chanan that these students would be those with GPA below 2.5 who evidently needed some professional help and would be grade 9 students who were old enough to evaluate their anxiety.
I also told Miss Chanan that I would like to have somebody observe behaviors indicating class anxiety of these students after the day of intervention and reported to me. She agreed to help me.
Finally , i got the feedback from an expert of music therapy,Ajarn Na. He is a music therapist in Thailand
I told him about my project and ask him if he could collaborate with me . He told me that he didn’t not directly trained for Bonny GIM and he didn’t know anyone in Thailand that has trained directly in GIM but he can give me some comments and feedback about my work. He also said that in order to collaborate with music therapist to conduct GIM , the therapist must have an approved from GIM association to be able to conduct an intervention otherwise there will be problems for the research and practitioner. So, i asked him that what if my idea is to apply my own modified version of GIM in class room not to facilitate the full version of GIM, would it be possible for me(as one who’s not directly trained GIM) to conduct the intervention. He answered ” yes, it would be possible but you must state clearly that this is a modified version of GIM and also have to understand throughly about ethical consideration and professional boundaries of Music therapy”.
He also kind enough to send me his article about Continuum of music of health and well-being to allow me to understand more about professional boundaries.
Ajarn Na sent me an article that is related to ethical considerations in my project . it explained the process of continuum of Music of health and well-being . So, if i choose to focus on Music for well-being in everyday life instead of focusing on Music therapy , i might be able to avoid having problems with ethical conflicts. This also similar to what Richie have told me that if i don’t have a therapist or therapists to collaborate with me i should avoid the words “therapy” in my question. therefore, according to the article , music engagement is categorized as Music for well-being in everyday life which is similar to what i have done with my intervention as i don’t focus on diagnosed but more likely on experience to upgrade emotional level.
Apart from Ajarn Na, i tried to contact Teacher Nahm to ask him to be my expert and collaborate with me . He told me that he’s not really used to GIM method but he would love to talk to me in a person on this Thursday to give me some feedbacks and the possibilities of collaboration.
Mr. Veera Khaengkasikarn the Deputy permanent secretary of Regional Education of Office No.2 ,Ministry of education
He is the gatekeeper who can give me an access to schools in Thailand . I went to meet him at Ministry of Education to talk about my project . he seemed very interested in using music to help children in schools . He also said that still there are very few of music therapists who works in Thailand which should be beneficial for students who struggling in schools as it’s something new for them. So, if i wanted to get into population like problem children he is willing to help me gaining an access.
Chidchong Nuntananet , Assistant Professor of Silpakorn University(retired)
As i’m having some confusion with my intervention whether method that i should use to conduct my next intervention.She offered me of choices of how to set up my research on next intervention .First, only using qualitative research might not be enough so she suggested me to look in to the Anxiety Test(ST5) from Department of Mental Health of Thailand to help measure the change in stress level.
She also suggested that it would be interesting if i conduct an experiment with problem students(low GPA) as it might be able to see a clearer result which i think it’s totally true as i didn’t see the significant change in the normal students when i conducted an intervention. Therefore, i can compare and contrast with normal students and problems students . Or else, i could just focus on only the problem students and conduct the intervention continuously to see the change.
Somporn Warnset , Director of Special Education Center
i was recommended by Mr.Veera that i should get to meet her. she is also the gatekeeper who can access to music therapists as she used to work with therapist to help children with special needs. She recommended me to contact one her collaborator to help with my project.
She has suggestions for my intervention similar to Misses Chidchong that i should use problems students as my target audiences . There was a reminder from her that some of problems children might not fully willing to cooperate with me and i have to be able to handle these kids for the whole hour.