Saturday, July 22, 2017

B is for Book Club: Virtual Book Club Chapter 4-Values Central to Musicing in Music-Centered Music Therapy


I’m still participating on a whim in the A-Z blogging challenge, so I quickly read chapter 4 in Music-Centered Music Therapy. Click for summaries of Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3.

In Chapter 4, Aigen proposes 6 values that are central to “musicing:” an understanding of silence, listening, incorporating the individual within the communal, surrender, respect for craft, and creating connection. This chapter centered around explaining what values are, how Aigen is defining values, and giving reasons why values would be important in developing a theory of practice. Then he explained each of the values that he considers essential to music-centered music therapy.

As I read through each value, I thought about clients and situations in my music therapy sessions that illustrated each value and considered how I might integrate music-centered music therapy into my approach. Silence in music helps to create rhythm, but also allows for response in a group improvisation. Silence in music therapy strategies allows for a response from the client, as well as helps to create a rhythm or routine for the session. In a music-centered approach, the silence would allow space for the client to respond musically and to co-create a musical improvisation or piece which is therapeutic in and of itself. In my approach, which incorporates more of a biomedical perspective, I might leave a blank in a song lyric, for example, to allow the client to complete the song lyric, with the goal of stimulating speech.

I still need to read more to understand how I might incorporate a music-centered approach, as Aigen defines it. What thoughts do you have about this chapter?