The study of music therapy : current issues and concepts / Kenneth S. Aigen
- Aigen, Kenneth
- New York ; London : Routledge, 2014.
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- Physical Description:
- xviii, 262 pages ; 25 cm
- The identity of the music therapy profession -- The identity of the professional music therapist : roles and related disciplines -- Psychodynamic, social, and music-centered perspectives on music -- Musical styles in music therapy : culture, identity, and the nature of change -- The medium of music and clinical goals -- The relationship between clinical and nonclinical music -- The role of verbalization in music therapy -- The client-therapist relationship in music therapy -- Music therapy and traditional healing practices : definitional issues -- Music therapy and traditional healing practices : clinical applications -- Community music therapy : origins and definitional issues -- Perspectives on performance in community music therapy -- Early interaction theory and music therapy -- Neurological science and music therapy -- Evolutionary theory and music therapy -- An overview of current music therapy frameworks -- A comparative analysis of current music therapy frameworks.
- This book addresses the issues in music therapy that are central to understanding it in its scholarly dimensions, how it is evolving, and how it connects to related academic disciplines. It draws on a multi-disciplinary approach to look at the defining issues of music therapy as a scholarly discipline, rather than as an area of clinical practice. It focuses on such issues as definition, theory, and the function of social context. Some of the topics discussed include defining the nature of music therapy, its relation to current and historical uses of music in human well-being, and considerations on what makes music therapy work. Contemporary thinking on the role of neurological theory, early interaction theory, and evolutionary considerations in music therapy theory are also reviewed. Within each of these areas, the author presents overview of the development of thinking, discusses contrasting positions, and offers a personalized synthesis of the issue. This work gathers many of the major issues currently debated in music therapy, and provides a critical overview of the prevailing opinions on these issues. -- From back cover.
- 9780415626408 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-257) and indexes.
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