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Music Therapy

First Edition


February 2003 | 156 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book is a detailed introduction to music therapy, and should be of particular interest to intending students of the subject and those wishing to pursue a career within the profession. It should be of considerable use to all with a general interest in the subject as well those making a career on music therapy' - The Organ

`I found this a useful book in terms of its clarity and carefully thought out structure. It is a rich source of information and of ideas which are extremely important for the potential music therapy trainee to think about; it also makes valuable reading for more experienced therapists, bringing our minds back to some central questions about the nature of our work…. Whatever stage you may be at in your life as a music therapist, it will refresh your mind and your practice' - Eleanor Richards, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy

From the Foreword:

`Rachel Darnley-Smith and Helen M Patey have managed so well to tell their story of music therapy offering the framework of theory, training and professional practice, and the complimentary value of Analytical Music Therapy and Creative Music Therapy within improvization. The authors devote a whole chapter to promoting a wider understanding of improvisation, describing its value as a form of play, free association, with more or less structure depending on the form of intervention and the client's needs. There is really a valuable resource of meaningful and relevant examples from their own clinical work. These examples clearly validate and illustrate the seminal theoretical concept of the first great pioneer of music therapy in the United Kingdom, Juliette Alvin, who taught us that music is a creation of people, and therefore we can see people in their music' - Professor Tony Wigram

Music Therapy is an introduction to contemporary training and practice. Written in a clear, jargon-free style, the book provides a lively source of information and ideas for all who are new to music therapy.

Written by highly experienced practitioners, the book examines improvization, the principal method for music therapy, and points to the underlying assumptions about music, which shape this way of working. Two of the main music therapy approaches - Analytic Music Therapy and Nordoff- Robbins Music Therapy - are also outlined.

Drawing on their own experience, the authors examine a range of clinical situations and give examples of working with children and adults with a range of needs, including autism, learning disabilities and mental health problems. They highlight the many issues which arise from day-to-day practice and explore other aspects of professional life, such as personal therapy and supervision.

For anyone training or thinking of training to be a music therapist, this book provides an ideal place to start. As a guide to contemporary music therapy, it also has much to offer those already in practice.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: GETTING STARTED
 
In the Beginning
 
Two Approaches to Music Therapy
 
Music and the Therapeutic Process
 
Training and Survival
 
PART TWO: CLINICAL MATTERS
 
Improvization
 
Music Therapy with Children
Four Case Studies  
 
It Can Be a Rough Voyage...
Working through Setbacks  
 
Music Therapy with Adults
Four Case Studies  
 
Music Therapy Resources and Information

`Rachel Darnley-Smith and Helen Patey have managed so well to tell their story of music therapy offering the framework of theory, training and professional practice, and the complimentary value of Analytical Music Therapy and Creative Music Therapy within improvisation. The authors devote a whole chapter to promoting a wider understanding of improvization, describing its value as a form of play, free association, with more or less structure depending on the form of intervention and the client's needs. There is really a valuable resource of meaningful and relevant examples from their own clinical work. These examples clearly validate and illustrate the seminal theoretical concept of the first great pioneer of music therapy in the United Kingdom, Juliette Alvin, who taught us that music is a creation of people, and therefore we can see people in their music' - Professor Tony Wigram

`I found this a useful book in terms of its clarity and carefully thought out structure. It is a rich source of information and of ideas which are extremely important for the potential music therapy trainee to think about; it also makes valuable reading for more experienced therapists, bringing our minds back to some central questions about the nature of our work…. Whatever stage you may be at in your life as a music therapist, it will refresh your mind and your practice' - Eleanor Richards, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy


Very interesting case studies which illustrate the benefits of musical creativity and musical participation in health and social care settings

Ms Miranda Cournane
Social Sciences, Institute of Technology Tralee
December 17, 2014

Book was a little more specialised than I first thought, but is a useful addition to our Creative Arts reading List.

Mrs Ani Thomas
EHS, Derby University
December 16, 2014

I have used this to compliment units on therapeutic activities.
Giving clear instructions on the benefits of music therapy to individuals and instructions on how to plan and carry out music therapy with a wide range of individuals, This book can be used in professional practice as a reference to aid therapeutic processes.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
October 3, 2014

This is a really good book for supporting learners on their continuing journey into practitioner status.
Good activities and case studies as supporting materials.

Mrs LYNN DUTTON
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE, Warrington Collegiate
June 28, 2013

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