(Back to Blog after summer break - none for months, then two posts in a day!) As I begin second year of university training in music therapy, I often find myself explaining the subject to people I meet - it still seems to be a little-known field... here are snippets from conversations: it's like using music as a tool… Continue reading Music therapy, what’s that?
Having heard about Cochrane reviews, and knowing how respected they are, I was intrigued to see a Cochrane Review tagged "Conclusions changed" and entitled Music interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients. With the growing body of research, it appears music therapy is now recommended for inclusion in cancer care, compared to a few years… Continue reading Conclusions changed for music therapy – Cochrane Review
Back in 2013 Kim Ross wrote: "Why we shouldn't try to prove that music therapy works" - this article has rung a few bells for me recently, particularly after digesting a range of music therapy research articles... There appears to be a difference between seeking proof and gathering evidence. Working in an evidence-based way, one gathers research results, trials, experience and puts them into… Continue reading Music Therapy: Evidence & Proof
A few months ago I read this book "Playin' in the Band" (Kenneth Aigen), with accompanying DVD, it's a detailed case-study from the 90's featuring Lloyd and his music with two music therapists at Nordoff-Robbins New York. In the DVD excerpts from sessions spanning several years you can see relationships develop between Lloyd and the music therapists as they play a range of rock,… Continue reading Playin’ in the band…
On Saturday I went to a gig nearby. It was a relatively small show, with a few local bands, and an audience of about 50 people. Before I headed out, I nearly didn't go, it was a cold night & there's always the option of staying warm at home. But I'm so glad I went:… Continue reading Live Music is a Power-up
I've just read this article about the internet and therapeutic boundaries, written by music therapist Ellie Ruddock. It's packed full of question, thoughts and insights around this topic and is particularly relevant to someone like me as I blog, tweet, etc. I highly recommend reading it - go ahead now, I'll wait for you back here :) It's… Continue reading Online and on the button
Here's a great book I've been reading recently, particularly the last three chapters about Winnicott, psychodynamic meaning and why people choose to become a therapist. Mercedes Pavlicevic writes with clarity and passion, bringing the subject to life with fresh thinking and real-life examples. Here's a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite... In music therapy,… Continue reading Music therapy in context – book recommendation