Writing from over 35 years of experience as a music therapy clinician and educator, the author has provided the field with an invaluable, “hands-on” introduction to field work and practicum experiences. This is the second, updated, and expanded version of the first edition, originally published in 2004. After defining the essential attributes of a music therapist, the author explains the field learning process and the therapeutic process, pointing out the various challenges that students face in their developing years. Of particular interest is the section giving advice on how to cope with the inevitable anxiety of leading one’s first session in a clinical setting. The book then offers practical suggestions on “how to” (1) use music, 2) verbally process a musical improvisation, (3) deal with difficult clients, (4) collect and report clinical data, and (5) benefit from supervision. Already field-tested by the author with his own students, this companion to field training is an invaluable resource for practicum students, interns, supervisors, educators, and practitioners.
Table of Contents
Attributes of a Music Therapist
The Fieldwork Learning Process
How to Plan and Implement Music Experiences
Talking as an Intervention
What We Learn from Clients
Intervention Strategies for the Di?cult Client
Beginning to Build your Style
Getting the Most from Supervision
About the Author:
Ronald M. Borczon, MT-BC, founded the Music Therapy Department at California State University, Northridge in 1984. After more than 25 years, he remains director of the program, one of only two in the State of California. He also instructs classical guitar at the university. Mr. Borczon holds a M.M. degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a B.M. in Music Therapy and a B.A. in Music with an emphasis on performance, from Florida State University. He also is an alumnus from the Aspen School of Music. His teachers include Bruce Holzman, Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, and Robert Guthrie.
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