The Architecture of Aesthetic Music Therapy

  • The Architecture of Aesthetic Music Therapy
  • Author: Lee, Colin A.
  • E-ISBN: 9781937440114

The use of music in therapy is still an enigma. Music has the capacity to affect physical, emotional, and behavioral change. It also has the ability to move us in ways that are not clearly quantifiable. What inspires us about a piece of music is dependent on many factors, not least its ability to change us in ways we may not be able to consciously articulate. Aesthetic Music Therapy (AeMT) is a music-centered approach that takes its fundamental belief from the fact that in order to understand music therapy we must first understand the structural make-up of music itself. Until recently, music therapy theories and approaches have come primarily from disciplines outside music. By linking music therapy with musicology and aesthetics, our clinical horizons become limitless. This book is constructed on three levels: through philosophical debate, analysis of seminal works (J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Cage) and case studies that include audio extracts from sessions.



Foreword vi
Acknowledgements viii
Figures x
CD Extracts xi
Preface xii

Chapter 1: Beginnings: On Music

Interlude: Three Major Works of the Western Classical Repertoire: Introduction to Chapters 2, 7, and 11

Chapter 2: J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor BWV 232: The Contrapuntal Musical Relationship 43
Chapter 3: Living-Playing: A Group Case Study 55
Chapter 4: Tone, Form, and Architecture 69
Chapter 5: Clinical Listening 87
Chapter 6: Case Study - Michael: Music and Loss 101
Chapter 7: Beethoven, String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132: Creativity, Music, and Illness 117
Chapter 8: Analysis and Assessment 129
Chapter 9: Musical Form and Clinical Form 147
Chapter 10: Atonality: Clinical Intent and Aesthetic Reality 159
Chapter 11: John Cage, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Beauty and Revolution 175
Chapter 12: When the Music Stops 187
Chapter 13: Moving into the Age of Aquarius: Aesthetic Music Therapy with a String Quartet 201
Chapter 14: From a Composer's Point of View 223
Chapter 15: Reflections and New Directions 233