Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice
Analytical Music Therapy, The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and Vocal Psychotherapy
Based on extensive new research and interviews with leading practitioners of the advanced methods, the book describes the differences, similarities, relationships, and trends between them, compares linearly the development of the music therapy profession primarily in the 20th century with the development of the four advanced methods, and speculates on the future of these advanced methods in relation to the future of music therapy as a profession.
Nicki Cohen has identified relevant advanced methods in music therapy as she reaches outside the 'box' of early traditional practice. She provides an accessible treatise introducing us to the founders on a personal level, and the methods on historical and theoretical levels. As the profession of music therapy continues to mature, the timeliness of this book is perfect. A welcome addition as the profession looks seriously to advanced practice and its implication in the broader health care milieu.
I found Nicki Cohen's descriptions and analyses of four advanced music therapy methods to be enlightening and fascinating. She presents a range of information on the methods, including answers to a series of questions that were asked and answered by people who studied and worked directly with the founders of the methods or, in the case of Vocal Psychotherapy, by the founder (Diane Austin). She draws the reader into each approach with a deeper understanding of its practice.
This must-read book is a rich resource regarding four advanced methods of music therapy in the context of the development of music therapy in the US and the UK. It is packed with informative details about the founders, development of the methods, clinical descriptions, literature and current practice.
Nicki S. Cohen is Professor of Music Therapy at Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. She is a board-certified music therapist and a Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery.
List of Acronyms
1. Music Therapy in the United States: An Historic Overview
2. Music Therapy in the United Kingdom: An Historic Overview
3. Music Therapy Method
4. Mary Priestley and Analytical Music Therapy
5. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music
6. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
7. Diane Austin and Vocal Psychotherapy
9. The Two Trees
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