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.
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
Jos De Backer is a Professor of music therapy at Leuven University College of Arts (LUCA), campus Lemmensinstituut, Belgium and is Head of the Masters training course in music therapy. He studied music education and music therapy in Belgium and Vienna and he completed his PhD in music therapy at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. He is Head of the Music Therapy Department in the University Psychiatric Centre KULeuven, campus Kortenberg where he works as a music therapist treating young psychotic patients and patients with personality disorder. De Backer specialises in clinical improvisation, is a member of the advisory Editorial Board for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and of the Editorial Panel of the British Journal of Music Therapy and is a past President of the European Music Therapy Confederation.
Julie Sutton works in a regional psychotherapy service in the UK NHS, specialising in severe disturbance. She studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London and obtained postgraduate training in education and music at Goldsmith's College, London University. She has two research degrees from the University of Ulster, including her PhD which looked at improvisation as a form of conversation. Her music therapy training was with City University London/ Nordoff Robbins and she is currently training with the N. I. Association for the Study of Psychoanalysis. Sutton is a Millennium Fellow, member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, a Trustee of the British Association for Music Therapy, past Vice President of the European Music Therapy Confederation, BAMT Education and Training Officer for the BAMT and Editor-in-Chief for the British Journal of Music Therapy.
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