A Journey into Creative Music Therapy

  • A Journey into Creative Music Therapy
  • Author: Robbins, Clive
  • ISBN: 9781891278310
  • E-ISBN: 9781891278945

This compelling story of the author’s life in music therapy is told with honesty, compassion, and insight and serves equally as a personal history and the history of creative music therapy. The story begins in Clive’s childhood as he describes the role of music in his life in the family bakery in which he was raised. We move through his adolescent years and his time in the British Royal Air Force during World War II and on to his life at Sunfield Children’s Home where his work with Paul Nordoff began. The narrative details their early discoveries, the inception of their creative approach, their subsequent travels throughout Europe, and the establishment of their work in the Philadelphia area. The book continues with Clive’s teamwork with his wife Carol in Australia, their groundbreaking work with the hearing-impaired, and their founding of the Nordoff-Robbins Center at New York University. The book concludes with an examination of the worldwide dissemination of this work and its intertwined role in the global development of music therapy. 2005, 142 pages.

Table of Contents

Preamble: Music and Musicing, Self and the World
Early Assimilations: Influences and Effects of Music from Childhood Onward
Sunfield Childrens Homes, Anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner: Laying the Groundwork for Creative Music Therapy
The Time, the Place, and the People: Herbert Geuter and Paul Nordoff Arrive on the Scene
Pif-Paf-Poltrie and the Fusing of the Team: the Beginnings of Group Music Therapy, the Roles of Composition
Creative Empiricism: The Beginnings of Individual Music Therapy
Finding My Place in the Healing Heart of Creative Musicing
The Fact-Finding European-Scandinavian Tour and Learning More about Curative Education: Determining Future Directions
Founding Creative Music Therapy in the United States: Important Pilot Projects
Under Kansas Skies
The Return to Pennsylvania: Important New Opportunities, Further Advances
Completing the Founding of Creative Music Therapy Toward the Profession of Music Therapy: The Challenges of Sharing and Communicating, Seeking Informed Colleagueship and Common Ground
The Widening Dissemination I: With Paul in Scandinavia and Europe
Connections Forming with Germany, England, and Australia
Hopeful News from the USA. Enter the Music Child
Change and Transition. The Dividing Team. Australia and New Zealand. Medical Necessities
Amazing England: Westminster Abbey, the World of Rock Music, and the Silver Clef ClubThe Key to the Future
Reaching the Music Child within the Deaf Child. Connections Forming with New York University. Healing at Herdecke
Development and Diversity on the Move: Herdecke Plays a Further Role
The NYSSD Curriculum Development Program Nears Completion. A New Dimensions of Joy
The Widening Dissemination II: With Carol in the USA. Closer Ties with NAMT. Texan Experiences
Productive Adventures in Australia
Links between Sunfield and NYU. Two Meetings with Hep Geuter. The Retreat at Phoenicia. Creation and Love: Emmanuel’s Contribution
The Call to Return: Establishing the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University. The First Years
Continuing On. Fundamental Changes in Music Therapy, USA. The Turn toward Asia
Unfinished Modulation: Intimations of Homo Musicus
Audrey in Music Therapy
Audrey: Coda
Appendix: The Five Centers in 2005. Taking up and Extending the Creative Music Therapy Approach The United Kingdom The United States


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