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Music and therapy are both difficult to define, and when fused together into a single discipline, many complications arise. This book takes an in-depth look at the unique problems of defining music within a therapeutic context, and defining therapy within a musical context. Over 40 definitions of music therapy am examined and compared. A new definition is offered to addres Music and therapy are both difficult to define, and when fused together into a single discipline, many complications arise. This book takes an in-depth look at the unique problems of defining music within a therapeutic context, and defining therapy within a musical context. Over 40 definitions of music therapy am examined and compared. A new definition is offered to address the myriad issues raised, and to embrace the diversity of clinical practice. Each segment of the definition is discussed, and in the process, boundaries are suggested for what music therapy is and what it is not. In the final chapters, eleven areas of clinical practice are identified, and each area is further differentiated by four levels of treatment. Specific examples are given of each area and level, and implications are drawn.


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Music and therapy are both difficult to define, and when fused together into a single discipline, many complications arise. This book takes an in-depth look at the unique problems of defining music within a therapeutic context, and defining therapy within a musical context. Over 40 definitions of music therapy am examined and compared. A new definition is offered to addres Music and therapy are both difficult to define, and when fused together into a single discipline, many complications arise. This book takes an in-depth look at the unique problems of defining music within a therapeutic context, and defining therapy within a musical context. Over 40 definitions of music therapy am examined and compared. A new definition is offered to address the myriad issues raised, and to embrace the diversity of clinical practice. Each segment of the definition is discussed, and in the process, boundaries are suggested for what music therapy is and what it is not. In the final chapters, eleven areas of clinical practice are identified, and each area is further differentiated by four levels of treatment. Specific examples are given of each area and level, and implications are drawn.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Ken Brusica's Book "Defining Music Therapy" was an eye opener. As a new and current student to the field of Music Therapy I could not believe how truly inspiring this field is or could be for so many people. His chapter on how we define Music Therapy in particular was very interesting when he said there was not one way but many ways to define it. I would recommend this book to anyone considering, going into, or currently working with music therapy. Ken Brusica's Book "Defining Music Therapy" was an eye opener. As a new and current student to the field of Music Therapy I could not believe how truly inspiring this field is or could be for so many people. His chapter on how we define Music Therapy in particular was very interesting when he said there was not one way but many ways to define it. I would recommend this book to anyone considering, going into, or currently working with music therapy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kasun Aruna

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Music therapy is beauty-centered.... it is always motivated by the search for beauty, and the meaning that beauty brings to life through music. Thus, the very point of listening to or creating music as a therapeutic endeavor is to experience the beauty and meaning of life, and in the process, to learn how to work through the problems and challenges that are an integral part of the life experience. Just as music presents tension and conflict, and just as it moves toward change and resolution, so Music therapy is beauty-centered.... it is always motivated by the search for beauty, and the meaning that beauty brings to life through music. Thus, the very point of listening to or creating music as a therapeutic endeavor is to experience the beauty and meaning of life, and in the process, to learn how to work through the problems and challenges that are an integral part of the life experience. Just as music presents tension and conflict, and just as it moves toward change and resolution, so does the human being work to become whole and thereby live life more fully. And when this journey toward wholeness takes place within the exquisiteness of an art form, that is within an aesthetic context - the journey is made that much more poignant, potent, and memorable. (42) _________________ ... because music is a manifestation of the order, balance, and harmony inherent in the universe, it has the potential for restoring such qualities to any part of the universe that becomes disordered, unbalanced, or unharmonious through disease or illness. Thus, music and its basic structural components (sound, vibrations) are inherently healing to all living things. (138) _________________ Music experience serves as a bridge between ordinary consciousness of ordinary reality to nonordinary and expanded consciousness of the infinite. (150)

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