Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings
Release Date:01 Sep 2013

Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings

Foreword by David W. Ramsey; Edited by Wendy Magee
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

There is a rapidly emerging and developing area of music therapy practice that uses electronic music technologies in a range of therapeutic and clinical settings to help clients with complex needs. This edited volume explains cutting edge technologies and how to apply these tools in practice.

With contributions from leading experts in the field, the book takes the reader through the equipment that is available including computer-based software; electronic devices which produce musical sounds with minimal movement or skill; assistive devices such as switches and sensors; and recording and listening equipment. Clinical case studies are then offered that show these technologies being used successfully with a broad range of child and adult populations, including those with visual impairments, autism spectrum disorders, medical needs, physical challenges, and mental health issues, and within a variety of settings, including a neonatal intensive care unit, schools, hospital environments, and palliative care settings. The final section looks toward the future and examines philosophical and theoretical perspectives on the use of technology and its relationship to aesthetics, gender and identity.

This book will be a key resource for all music therapists, special needs educators, and professionals from the field of assistive technology, as well as allied health professionals such as occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.

Rarely is a book more timely. Finally, we have a collection that provides support on the use of electronic music technology (EMT) in therapeutic and health settings. This extraordinary text is rich in examples demonstrating how EMT can be enabling and empowering. The authors also present advice on limitations and contraindications. We are encouraged to ask why when considering using EMT. Nevertheless, the book presents an inspiring why not, which is where innovation always starts.

– Brynjulf Stige, Professor in Music Therapy at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Head of Research at The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, Uni Health, Uni Research Ltd

Dr Wendy Magee convincingly argues that there is a need for a book that opens up a dialogue about music technology in therapeutic and health settings. Drawing on substantial and diverse global networks, Magee brings together an impressive array of stories and principles for the digital native and the digital immigrant. This book shows that music technology is not just helpful for promoting the health of adolescents – we should all join in.

– Associate Professor Katrina McFerran, Head of Music Therapy and Co-Director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, Australia

This book presents a range of information of interest to those who want to learn about using technology in music therapy. It includes chapters by pioneers in the use of technology as well as those who use it currently in their work with a wide variety of clientele. Authors combine history, current use, descriptions of devices, and case examples in a way that draws the reader into their amazing work. I am delighted that this book is available and know that it will help people who come to it with varying needs and interests.

– Prof. Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, retired Professor of Music Therapy and University Professor at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, part-time teacher, writer, editor and presenter, Beach Haven, NJ

Wendy Magee, PhD, BMus, NMT-F, PGDip, ARCM, is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. Prior to this she was an International Fellow in Music Therapy at the Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation in Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, London, Senior Research Fellow at King's College London, and Course Director of the MA in Music Therapy at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Dr David W. Ramsey, President and Co-Founder, Interactive Musically Assisted Rehabilitation Systems (i-Mars, LLC), USA. Preface. Section 1: Background and Overview to Technology and its Use in Therapeutic Contexts. 1. Setting the scene: An Overview of the Use of Music Technology in Practice. Susan Hadley, Slippery Rock University, Nicole Hahna, Slippery Rock University, Vern Miller, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, and Michelle Bonaventura, Slippery Rock University. 2. Music Technology Used in Therapeutic and Health Settings: Definitions of Devices and Resources. Robert E. Krout, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and University of Queensland, Australia. 3. An Introduction to Using Assistive Devices in Music Therapy. Jane Bache, Compass Electronic Assistive Technology Service, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Gary Derwent, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, and Wendy Magee, Temple University, Philadelphia. 4. Indications and Contra-indications for Using Music Technology with Clinical Populations: When to Use and When Not to Use. Wendy Magee. Section 2: Music Technology in Therapeutic Contexts with Children and Adolescents. 5. Music Technology in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Andrea M. Cevasco, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. 6. Innovations in Medical Music Therapy: The Use of Electronic Music Technologies in a Pediatric Burn Hospital. Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston, and Lisa E. Spall, Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC. 7. Access to Music Making through Switch and Voice Output Technology for Young People with Multiple and Complex Needs in a School Setting. Julie Buras Zigo, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Franciscan Hospital for Children, Brighton, MA. 8. Using Music Technology with Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities. Lisa Martino, Perkins School for the Blind, and Michael Bertolami, Perkins School for the Blind. 9. Engaging iPad Applications with Young People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Robert E. Krout. 10. Applications of Music Technology in a Children's Hospice Setting. Jackie Lindeck, Operational Manager for Creative Therapies at Coram, UK. Section 3: Music Technology in Therapeutic Contexts with Adults. 11. Using GaragebandTM Music Software with Adults with Acquired Brain Injury at Headway East London: Identity, Communication and Executive Function. Alex Street, Cambridgeshire Music Therapy and Bedfordshire Music Therapy Partnership. 12. Playing in the Band: The Story of the Headbangers. A Performance Ensemble for Young People and Young Adults Using Assistive Devices. Jon Adams, Massachusetts Hospital School and Software Developer, Switch In Time, and Marcia Lajoie, Brayton School at Massachusetts Hospital School. 13. The Birth of a Therapeutic Recording Studio: Addressing the Needs of the Hip-Hop Generation on an Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Nir Sadovnik, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn, NY. 14. Creative Adaptations of Music Technology in Adult Cancer Care. Lorrie Kubicek, The HOPES Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. 15. GaragebandTM as a Digital Co-Facilitator: Creating and Capturing Moments with Adults and Elderly People with Chronic Health Conditions. Ariel Weissberger, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Section 4: Theory, Research and Practice: Future Directions for Music Technology in Therapeutic Contexts. 16. Therapeutic Songwriting with Clients in an e-Health Environment. Felicity A. Baker, School of Music, The University of Queensland, and Robert E. Krout. 17. Gender-technology Relations in the Training and Practice of Music Technology in Therapeutic Settings. Wendy Magee and Davis Wimberly, Berklee College of Music. 18. Music Technology and Identity in Therapeutic Contexts. Karen Burland, University of Leeds, and Wendy Magee. 19. Music Aesthetics, Music Technology, and Music Therapy. Joseph C. Nagler, Music Department, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. 20. Models for Roles and Collaborations When Using Music Technology in Music Therapy. Wendy Magee. List of Contributors. Index.
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