#MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge 5: Top 5 Music Therapy Books

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The final prompt for the #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge, hosted by Julie at Serenade Designs, is to create a list. I was recently asked for a list of books I recommend music therapists read, so here it is:

Top 5 Music Therapy Books

  • Biomedical Foundation of Music as Therapy by Dale Taylor. Be sure to read the second edition, because it has pictures that really help to explain the neurological structures and pathways described in the book that the first edition was lacking. Taylor sets forth 5 hypotheses to support the Biomedical Theory of music therapy and a biomedical definition of music therapy.
  • Music and Soulmaking by Barbara Crowe. Crowe explains Complexity Science and its relevance to music therapy. She proposes a new scientific theory of music therapy that can include all the approaches of music therapy, and suggests complexity science is the paradigm that will encompass all music therapy theoretical orientations.
  • Defining Music Therapy by Kenneth E. Brucia. I have only read the second edition, but the third edition has been published. Brucia breaks down all the components of defining music therapy and reading it made me think about my processes and ways of doing therapy. I’m putting the third edition on my List Of Things To Do.
  • Music-Centered Music Therapy by Kenneth Aigen. I’m only half-way through the book, but it does present another perspective of music therapy theory and definition. It’s not a unifying theory in the way that Biomedical or Complexity science attempts to be, but I do think that the MUSIC in music therapy is important and this book will make you think about that.
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology for the Music Therapist by Daniel Schneck. Schneck is a violinist and a scientist that explains anatomy and physiology using musical metaphors. He’s collaborated with a music therapist before, so he understands the work that we do and the knowledge of how music affects the human brain and body that would benefit music therapists most. This book isn’t easy to read–you’ll need a medical dictionary to help you out–but it does present the information in a fairly simple and digestible way.

Please note that I do not receive any gifts or payment or benefit from listing these books on my site. I have read them and they have changed how I practice and think about music therapy.

It’s been fun participating in this challenge, but I’m glad all the challenges are over for now. I’m going to take a break and probably won’t post too often for the rest of the summer.