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Clinical Improvisation Techniques in Music Therapy: A Guide for Students, Clinicians and Educators
Carroll, Debbie, Ph.D., LGSMT, MTA and Claire Lefbvre, MA, MTA
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Spiral or Cirlox / 2013-09-01 / 039808890X
Music Therapy
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118 pages
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Clinical Improvisation Techniques in Music Therapy: A Guide for Students, Clinicians and Educators provides a clear and systematic approach to understanding and applying improvisational techniques. It is inspired by the taxonomy of clinical improvisation techniques as described by Kenneth Bruscia in his book, Improvisational Models of Music Therapy. Based on years of their own experimenting with the teaching of improvisation, the authors have evolved a particular developmental sequence for introducing basic techniques of improvising and applying them through role-play exercises that have been sensitively designed to bring out one’s innate musicality and one’s empathic regard. Part One provides an introduction to the techniques. Part Two focuses on how to apply the techniques with clinical intent in order to meet the diverse needs of a client, individually or in the context of a group. This section also addresses the need to enrich one’s own musicianship by providing musical resources, relevant references and guidelines for working with client’s playing. This “hands-on” guide fulfills the need for a clear process-oriented approach to mastering clinical improvisation techniques, and in a style that can be understood not only by music therapy students, clinicians and educators but also by health care administrators and providers alike.

Contents:

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
INTRODUCTION
PART ONE—TAXONOMY OF CLINICAL IMPROVISATION TECHNIQUES
MUSICAL TECHNIQUES
Prelude
Summary list of the musical techniques
Description of each technique
M1. Establish contact
M2. Elicit responses
M3. Structure responses
M4. Guide the client towards greater freedom of expression
M5. Work with the client on deeper intrapersonal and interpersonal levels
VERBAL TECHNIQUES
Prelude
Summary list of the verbal techniques
Description of each technique
V1. Ask questions
V2. Offer feedback
PART TWO—APPLYING THE TECHNIQUES
EXPANDING CLINICAL AND MUSICAL RESOURCES
Starting out
Moving beyond
Becoming reflective and effective practitioners
ROLE-PLAY EXERCISES
Warm-up exercises
Playing with different beating patterns
GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH THE CLIENT’S PLAYING
Meeting the client in the music
Giving form to impulsive, continuous or chaotic-creative playing
Redirecting compulsive playing
Selected rhythmic, harmonic and melodic guidelines
Role-playing rules
SIX ROLE-PLAY EXERCISES WITH predetermined
MUSICAL AND CLINICAL PARAMETERS
CLOSING WORDS
APPENDICES
1A. Summary and synthesis of the 64 clinical techniques used in improvisational music therapy (Bruscia, 1987)
1B. Comparative table highlighting differences between Bruscia’s groupings of the 64 techniques and those of the
present authors
2. Diagrams illustrating the connections among certain techniques
3. Students’ exploration of the potential therapeutic effects of intervals
4. Scales (and more)
5. Three improvisational models of music therapy (Alvin, Nordoff-Robbins, Priestley)
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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