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The Use of Voice in Music Therapy
Kelly Meashey
Barcelona Publishers / Softcover / Jan 2022
9781945411533 (ISBN-10: 1945411538)
Music Therapy
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Use of Voice in Music Therapy provides hands-on methods for how to sing with clients. With step-by-step instructions for working with any population (verbal or non-verbal), it includes scripts for introducing techniques, original music to give creative direction, as well as a large list of song material. Mini case examples throughout will further inspire therapists to introduce various singing methods with clients.

The methods are organized under goal areas such as: Stress Reduction, Self-expression, Social Interaction, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Skills, Support for Emotional and Physical Pain, etc. It includes a Toolbox section describing each technique so they can be shifted and used under any goal. There is also research to legitimize and support the therapist’s understanding of the effectiveness of therapeutic singing as well as bolster confidence when utilizing methods. Basic vocal exercises, improvisation exercises, exercises to develop one’s vocal identity, and exercises which encourage self-awareness are provided in the Therapist Training section as well as ethical considerations of singing with clients.

An excellent resource for educators to use in teaching music therapy methodology, and music therapy voice, Use of Voice in Music Therapy is also useful for clinicians of all levels who wish to re-connect with singing and who are looking to renew creativity in clinical practice. Voice teachers and vocalists may find helpful ideas.


Chapter 1: Introduction/Experiential Introduction

The Voice in Human Development
The Voice in Adulthood
The Voice in Music Therapy
Therapeutic Benefits of Singing
PART ONE — Therapist Training

Chapter 2: Using the Musical Elements

Chapter 3: Exploring Your Own Vocal Range/Limits

Basic Vocal Technique Exercises
Chapter 4: Improvisation

Chapter 5: Simplifying the Voice When Working with Clients

Chapter 6: Vocal Identity and Self-Expression

PART TWO — Working with Clients

Chapter 7: Ethics of Self-Awareness for Vocalists

Chapter 8: Methods for Awareness of Therapist/ Client Dynamics

Chapter 9: Goal Areas and Methods

Establishing Safety
Levels of Utilizing Methods
Chapter 10: Maintaining Goals as the Focus

Songs of Empowerment
Singing and Rhythm
The Blues
Final Thoughts
Chapter 11: Sense of Unity (Group Cohesion/ Individual Connection)

Singing Songs in Unison
Singing Harmony
Singing Fun, Silly Songs
Chapter 12: Stress Reduction/Relaxation

Vocal Exercises
Singing and Imagery
Singing and Mandala
Chapter 13: Cognitive Behavior, Rational Thinking, and Emotional Regulation

Singing Songs for Core Beliefs
Simple Lyric Writing
Mindful Singing
Singing with Bilateral Stimulation and Grounding Techniques
Chapter 14: Self-Expression and Communication

Dialogue with Nonverbal Clients
Dialogue with Verbal Clients
Fill-Ins and One-Word Phrases
Dynamics and Tempo
Singing Songs
Short Songs
Singing Songs and Planned Dynamics
Singing Songs at Different Tempos
Sharing Songs, Receptive to Singing
Sharing Songs in Individual Sessions
Sharing Songs in a Group
Receptive Listening and Mandala
Singing for Clients
Chapter 15: Support for Emotional Pain

Singing Songs
Vocal Improvisation
Songwriting with a Goal of Singing
Vocal Psychotherapy
Chapter 16: Support for Physical Pain

Singing for Entrainment
Songwriting and Singing
Singing Songs
Chapter 17: Social Interaction and Relationship-Building

Client’s Choice
Tempo and Dynamic Changes
Silly Songs
Songs to Promote Functional Skills
Singing to Promote Social Skills
Chapter 18: Cognitive Development

Singing for Reminiscing
Singing for Label and Object Recognition
Melodic Intonation Therapy
Chapter 19: Physical Development

Vocal Exercises for Speech Articulation
Monotone and Arrhythmic Speaking
Singing for Diaphragmatic Strength, Lung Capacity, and Fluid Speech
Chapter 20: Psychotherapy

Training Requirements
Healing Deep Wounds
Transpersonal Experiences
Chapter 21: Toolbox

Dynamics and Tempo
Fill-Ins and One-Word Phrases
Lyric Writing
Receptive Methods
Singing and Imagery
Singing and Mandala
Singing for Entrainment
Singing in Harmony
Singing Lighthearted Fun, Joyful, and Silly Songs
Singing Songs in Unison
Vocal Exercises
Vocal Improvisation
Chapter 22: Conclusion

Appendix: Lisa Sokolov Duet Games

Song Resources



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