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The Music in Music Therapy

The Music in Music Therapy

Psychodynamic Music Therapy in Europe: Clinical, Theoretical and Research Approaches

Edited by Jos De Backer and Julie Sutton

Quick Overview

This text comprises of a wide range of thinking from across Europe, stressing how essential the musician is within the identity of a music therapist. With examples and clinical case material from across Europe, the editors provide insight into the aspects of the therapeutic process which are enabled by music.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 9.69in x 6.81in / 246mm x 173mm, 368pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-353-2
£29.99
Ebook
2014, ePUB, 368pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-712-4
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£29.99

Description

Bringing together a wide range of European thought on music therapy practice, this book provides a deeper insight into the aspects of the therapeutic process which are enabled by music.

With a theoretical, psychodynamic approach and high quality clinical case material from across Europe, the editors stress the role of music within music therapy and show how essential the musician is within the identity of a music therapist.

The first of its kind, this comprehensive text is an invaluable resource for experienced music therapists worldwide, alongside students and trainees.

Reviews

'The contributors to this book show how it is possible to connect with important, unspoken truths in the lives of individuals, including very severely disturbed individuals, through music, and in so doing render new opportunities for expression of subjugated aspects of the self.'
- from the foreword by Professor Paul Williams

'The Music in Music Therapy explores music and musical processes as central to music psychotherapeutic practice, primarily through case studies by clinicians from throughout Europe. With a focus on psychodynamic music therapy and the inclusion of cases with a variety of clientele, the book is a welcome addition to the growing literature addressing the role of music in music therapy. In addition to being drawn into the clinical presentations, I am excited and enriched by reading the theoretical material and perspectives on music therapy research that are included.'
- Professor Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, Professor Emerita, Montclair State University, and retired professor, University of Louisville, USA

'Anyone inclined to see music therapy approaches in binary terms- with musical and psychodynamic understandings as mutually exclusive - may find the title of this book a challenge. I hope it is a challenge they will take up and learn from, because this book offers the most thorough exposition to date of how musical and psychodynamic thinking can and do work together in music therapy... This book is a very rich meal, and readers may well find themselves in need of a digestif! There is material enough for two, or perhaps even three, shorter books. That said, however, there is much very good meat here that will nourish students, novices an more experienced music therapists alike for many years.'
- Donald Wetherick, clinical tutor in MT, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London