1st Edition

Intercultural Music Therapy Consultation Research Shared Humanity in Collaborative Theory and Practice

By Lisa Margetts Copyright 2023
    194 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on primary research undertaken in a special school in Belarus, this book provides fresh perspectives on supporting the optimisation of relationships between teaching staff and hard-to-reach children with complex needs through learning and experience based in musical interaction, creativity and play.

    The book explores sustainable approaches to intercultural music therapy consultation research and sets out a practice-based framework to which relationships between researcher and participants, based on mutual respect and trust are central. Findings and implications are discussed from within wider debates regarding cultural diversity in negotiating collaborative partnerships in music therapy research.

    Featuring case studies and practical examples, the book offers an insightful and informative resource for academics, scholars, and post-graduate students in music therapy and music education. Those working in the arts, psychological therapies, and undertaking teacher training will also benefit from this volume.

    Introduction  Part 1: Approaching intercultural music therapy consultation research: Outside to alongside 1. The impact of sociocultural context on the classroom practitioner-pupil relationship: A thread of curiosity  2. Reflexivity in intercultural music therapy consultation research: The warp and the weft  3. A new staff development programme for international settings: Harnessing creativity  Part 2: The lived experience of learning and change in intercultural music therapy consultation research: Perezhivanie 4. Transformative processes in the evolution of the intercultural music therapy consultation group: Patterns and textures  5. Potential spaces for relationship between classroom practitioners and children with complex needs: The fabric of change  6. An evolving tapestry: The story of Eva and Milana  Part 3: Sustainability and development of intercultural music therapy consultation research: Potential Spaces 7. Longitudinal outcomes of intercultural music therapy consultation research: Sustainable design  8. Identity in intercultural music therapy research: Interwoven strands


    Lisa Margetts is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton, UK.

    "At this time in particular, in which world events call upon each of us to look deeply at our experience of intercultural difference and our search for mutual learning and understanding, this book is a welcome contribution to such reflection in relation to music therapy. Its account of theoretical thinking, together with a compelling narrative of the complexities of actual research and practice, offers much to clinicians in this and other disciplines who are contemplating comparable undertakings."

    - Eleanor Richards, Anglia Ruskin University and UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, UK


    "Margetts has produced a powerful text grounded in an in-depth exploration of the dynamics and processes of intercultural music therapy consultation with children who have complex needs in Minsk, Belarus. The book is both pragmatic and moving. Theoretical concepts are thoroughly conveyed and superbly interwoven with detailed descriptions of practical workshop and classroom work, often told through the voices of participants. Margetts does not shy away from the complexities of the work, but is able to impressively illustrate how sensitive, respectful, collaborative approaches can support educators to develop sustainable musical connections and communication with children in their care. This accessible text is highly relevant and timely and contains clearly articulated principles that will be applicable in a wide range of settings. A highly valuable resource for music therapy and education students and professionals!"

    - Daphne Rickson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


    "As a Belarus-born, Western-educated music therapist, I experienced a mixture of feelings while reading this book. Lisa's impression of the people's characters and cultural norms were detailed and, in my opinion, very correct. It was interesting to look at my country from the outside (Lisa's view) and inside (what I may still see in myself, and what we recognize as "Belarusian" or "eastern European" traits). I loved the many practical examples and cases presented in the book and will definitely use some interventions in my own practice! I would also recommend this book to any professional planning to work with people from Eastern Europe."

    - Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, NMT Fellow and MTA, Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Canada

    "This new book from Margetts is dense and detailed, but as such, it offers a comprehensive framework to support skill sharing projects in countries outside of the UK based on quantitative and qualitative research with data that adds credibility and authenticity to this growing field of interest. For anyone considering working as a music therapist in a country where they are unfamiliar with the culture and historical context, this book is a must read; however, as a Music Therapist and part time ASN teacher working in a Scottish classroom with youngsters with complex needs, I would argue that this book offers an informative read for a much wider audience. Dr Elizabeth Coombes tells us, in her foreword, how music therapy research and practice finds itself at a very exciting time in its development, and I would suggest that this book surely adds weight to this excitement."

    Clare Reynolds, Additional Supports Need (ASN) teacher for 2 days per week in a specialist high school unit