Carolyn Kenny Consulting

Caroly Kenny Carolyn Kenny is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and Music Therapist. Her primary art forms are music, poetry, and dance. As a scholar, she has written several books and articles and made many presentations internationally in her two main areas of interest – Indigenous Studies and Music Therapy.

She has worked in Music Therapy with people from age 3 to age 102 in many different settings over the last 40 years. These settings have included St. Michael’s School for Special Children, where she began her work in Music Therapy in 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana; River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, also in New Orleans; the University of British Columbia Psychiatric Day Treatment Centers; the Bob Berwick Preschool for Special Children in Vancouver British Columbia; and the Danish Convalescent Hospital in Atascadero, California. Currently, she conducts a private practice in Music Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Carolyn is a Professor of Human Development and Indigenous Studies in the Antioch University Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. She teaches qualitative research methods, seminars on the role of the arts in social change, indigenous studies, and supervises doctoral students in their major papers and dissertations. Previously, she was an Associate Professor in First Nations Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was co-founder with Nancy McMaster, of the first Music Therapy training program in Canada located at Capilano College in Vancouver, British Columbia. She also founded the first Master of Music Therapy in Canada through the Open University, also located in Vancouver. For the last nine years, she has served as Co-editor-in Chief (with Brynjulf Stige) of Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

She lives in Santa Barbara, California. Carolyn has Native American and Ukrainian ancestry. Her mother was a Choctaw from Mississippi and her father was a first generation Ukrainian raised in the coalmines of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1999, she was adopted by a Haida Elder. She has two children and four grandchildren. Her Haida name is Nang Jaada Sa-êts. Her Haida clan is Eagle. And her Haida family holds the Hummingbird crest.

Vision Statement
My vision of service follows the Indigenous principle of Seven Generations. In my work, I try to help improve the quality of life for those of us who are living in this time and to imagine how life will be for the generations ahead. There is power in our imaginations. That is why the arts are so important. Whether I am serving clients in Music Therapy, teaching students, or writing, I attempt to focus on the present moments – so rich and full – with an eye for the emerging future and an appreciation of our places in history.

okopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player, who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over human creativity. He is also a trickster and represents the spirit of music.