Music Therapy: Improvisation, Communication, and Culture

  • Music Therapy: Improvisation, Communication, and Culture
  • Author: Ruud, Even
  • ISBN: 9781891278044
  • E-ISBN: 9781891278846

An evocative series of essays designed to expand existing concepts of music therapy theory, practice and research. The author provides an in-depth examination of fundamental questions for our profession: What is health? Is music therapy a health profession or cultural movement? What concepts of music and man are indigenous to music therapy? How is music improvisation communicative? What is our science for the interpretation of musical meaning? What is the relation between music and emotions? How does music contribute to our individual and collective identity? The author brings his extensive experience in musicology, philosophy and music therapy in formulating answers that will define our future. (1998; Paperback, 204 pages).



Table of Contents

Chapter1: Pathways to Music Therapy


The Politics of Music Therapy
Professional Influences
Theoretical Influences
Toward a New Paradigm in
Music Therapy?

Chapter 2: The Individual as Improviser:The Concept of the Individual In Music Therapy


The Individual as an Organism
The Individual as a Person
The Individual as a Social Being
An Ecological Approach
The Individual as Improviser

Chapter 3: Music and Identity


The Concepts of Identity
Identity, Emotion, and Body Awareness:
Personal Space
Music and Social Space
The Space of Time and Place
Transpersonal Space
Improvisation: A Metaphor for Identity

Chapter 4: Music, Health, and Quality of Life


Two Historical Trends
Concepts of Health and Quality of Life
Health, Culture, and Lifestyle
Health, Culture, and Lifestyle
Health Resources, Identity, and
Quality of Life
Vitality, or Awareness of Feelings
Meaning and Coherence
Health, Music, and Identity

Chapter 5: The Concept of Music in Improvisational Music Therapy


The Meaning of Music in Music Therapy
Against Essentialism?
Code Competency and the Discourse
On Music
Music Therapy as a Social Field

Chapter 6: Popular Music and the Aesthetics of Everyday Life


The Headphone Generation
Music as a map of Reality
Everyday Aesthetics as Necessary
Symbolic Work
Music as a Soundtrack for Life
Music as an Organizer of Social Life

Chapter 7: Improvisation, Interpretation, and Qualitative Research


The Need for Interpretation
Reflexivity, or Science as a Metacritique
Qualitative Methods
Competing Claims of Knowledge
Science As Narrative

Chapter 8: Improvisation as a Liminal Experience


Improvisation as Play
Rites of Passage

Chapter 9: Improvisation as Social Interaction, Or Getting into the Groove of Music Therapy


Case Study
Musical Dialogue: An Exercise in
The Dialogical Mind
Getting into the Groove

Chapter 10: Improvisation as Play and Fantasy 168


Phenomenology and Analysis in
Music Therapy
Describing the Improvisation: Some
Methodological Aspects
The Bear and the Bird
Metaphor and Representation

References 181
Index 197