Music therapists work with children and adults of all ages with wide-ranging health-care needs. This handbook traces the history of recent developments in music therapy and the range of current applications and outlines practical requirements for the work and some basic prerequisites for and philosophies of training.
The Handbook of Music Therapy covers material encompassing clinical, practical and theoretical perspectives, and is divided into four main sections, including:
* the recent evolution of music therapy as a paramedical discipline complementing the more traditional areas of child and adult health care
* a clinical section including contributions from music therapy specialists in the fields of autism, adult learning disability, forensic psychiatry, neurology and dementia
* a section on resources necessary to practise as a music therapist including musical illustrations and practical examples
* a focus on issues pertinent to the life of the professional music therapist including job creation, supervision, further training and research.
The Handbook of Music Therapy is illustrated with many case studies and clinical examples throughout, placed within a variety of different theoretical and philosophical perspectives. It will be invaluable to music therapists, other arts therapists and to clinicians such as speech and language therapists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and social workers.
Introduction: Music Therapy on a Threshold. Part I: Background and Context. Introduction. Setting the Scene. Practicalities and Basic Principles of Music Therapy. First Meetings with Four Music Therapists. Part II: Clinical Chapters. Suzanna's Story: Music Therapy with a Pre-school Child. Hullo Object! I Destroyed You! Music Therapy with Children with Complex Communication Problems. Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities. Music Therapy and Neurology. Music Therapy in Forensic Psychiatry - A Case Study with Musical Commentary. Musical Narratives in Music Therapy Treatment for Dementia. Part III: Training. Introduction. Evolving a Capacity for Wondering: The Development of Observation and Listening Skills. Beginning the Clinical Journey. Developing the Musical Journey. The Professional Music Therapist. Some Reflections on Music Therapy Research: An Example of Collaborative Inquiry. Transformation, Ovid and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). End Notes.