Music therapists are trained to use their first study instrument in clinical practice, yet existing literature focuses almost exclusively on the use of piano, basic percussion and voice.
This illuminating book brings together international music therapists who use a diverse range of musical instruments in their clinical work: the clarinet, the piano accordion, the flute, the cello, the trumpet and flugelhorn, the bassoon, the violin, the viola, the harp, the guitar, lower brass instruments (the trombone and the euphonium), the oboe, the saxophone and bass instruments (double bass and bass guitar). Each therapist reflects on their relationship with their instrument and the ways in which they use it in therapeutic settings, discussing its advantages and disadvantages in a variety of clinical populations: children and adolescents, adults with learning disabilities, adults with mental health problems and older people.
This will be essential reading for any music therapist or student music therapist who uses or is interested in using a musical instrument in their work, and will be of interest to other caring and healthcare professionals, teachers, musicians and carers wanting to learn more about instrumental music therapy.
Reviews and Endorsements:
Flute Accordion or Clarinet is a refreshing addition to music therapy literature. With instrumental history, case vignettes and very handy chapter summaries it truly showcases how each instrument can be used to greatly enhance the music therapy experience. It has certainly inspired me to increase the use of my flute in sessions! – Maria Ramey, private practice music therapist, Massachusetts and author of Group Music Activities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This is a fascinating book. The use by music therapists of instruments other than the keyboard is central to much clinical practice, but as yet no comprehensive discussion of the implications and possibilities of such work has been published. This book fills that space admirably; its detailed accounts of the characteristics of instruments and instrumental families are complemented by a wealth of case material and illustrations which bring clinical events excitingly to life. Students and long established therapists alike will find plenty here to enliven their practice. – Eleanor Richards, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Placement Co-ordinator, MA Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
About the Editors:
Jo Tomlinson has been working as a music therapist in schools in Cambridgeshire, UK, for over 15 years. She was involved in setting up the music therapy service for Cambridgeshire Music in 1995, and was head music therapist from 2001 â€“ 2005.
Amelia Oldfield is a well-known and prestigious music therapist with over 25 years' experience in the field. She works at the Croft Unit for Child and Family Psychiatry and at the Child Development Centre, Addenbrookes. She also lectures at Anglia Polytechnic University, where she co-initiated the MA Music Therapy Training. Amelia has completed four research investigations and a PhD. She has also produced six music therapy training videos. She is married with four children and plays clarinet in local chamber music groups in Cambridge, UK.
Philippa Derrington has been working as a music therapist with young people in mainstream and special school settings in Cambridgeshire for the past 10 years. She is currently involved in a major research investigation evaluating the effects of music therapy for children at risk of exclusion.