I needed to post about the next chapter in the Virtual Book Club book, Music-Centered Music Therapy this month so I was glad that the week 4 prompt in the #MusicTherapyBlogger challenge, hosted by Julie at Serenade Designs, was to pick a current research article or chapter of a book that is closely related to your target audience and summarize it.
Chapter 6 is called “Music-Centered thinking in Music Therapy Models”. Aigen summarizes the music-centered aspects of Analytical Music Therapy, Guided Imagery and Music, and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. He states that each method has clear aspects that would be included in music-centered music therapy, and that some practitioners of each method might be considered more music-centered than others.
He leaves out many other models of music therapy that I believe would also have practitioners and aspects of the model that are more music-centered than others. I know from many discussions on list-servs and facebook groups that those who subscribe to a music-centered perspective think that behavioral, medical, and neurological music therapy models are, by definition, not music-centered. However, my practice and understanding of these models, and based on what I’ve read so far in this book, lead me to believe that these models CAN be music-centered in the same way that Analytical and the other models Aigen listed in this chapter are music-centered.
For example, Aigen states that “music and the therapeutic relationship each have an essential role to play in the therapy process” (p. 130) when he speaks about Analytical Music Therapy. In my training and study and practice of a biomedical music therapy model, I have also found that music and the therapeutic relationship each have an essential role to play in my therapy process.
Six chapters into the book, I understand that the music-centered perspective places music-making as a primary goal, where other perspectives place functional goals as primary, but music-making and participating in “musicing” are essential in all types of music therapy that I have studied.
I’m still hoping to make my goal of 2 chapters a month happen and I have 2 days and a short chapter 7 to do it.
Check out the other posts from the Week 3 #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge.