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Therapeutic Songwriting: Developments in Theory, Methods, and Practice (Hardback)
  • Therapeutic Songwriting: Developments in Theory, Methods, and Practice (Hardback)

Therapeutic Songwriting: Developments in Theory, Methods, and Practice (Hardback)

Hardback 322 Pages / Published: 08/07/2015
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Therapeutic Songwriting provides a comprehensive examination of contemporary methods and models of songwriting as used for therapeutic purposes. It describes the environmental, sociocultural, individual, and group factors shaping practice, and how songwriting is understood and practiced within different psychological and wellbeing orientations.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137499219
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm


"The inclusion of a range of easy-to-reference tables is also a very helpful addition, and it enables the reader to put some shape and meaning to various orientations of songwriting models. ... the author has managed to draw together a huge amount of detail and thinking and to present the findings in a format that is both accessible and informative. A very welcome and important contribution to our developing understanding of song creation as a therapeutic intervention." (Bob Heath, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (18), May, 2016)

"Combining over 20 years experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator, Dr. Baker weaves together a wealth of information that encompasses a rich and remarkable breadth of approaches to, and information about, songwriting for and in music therapy. This multifaceted resource is a unique and exciting addition to the literature." - Robert E. Krout, Professor and Chair, Music Therapy Department, Southern Methodist University, USA

"This text outlines valuable information on methods and models of songwriting informed by the different orientations practiced by music therapists. Enlightened by the author's extensive experiences as a clinician it includes: identification of environmental and sociocultural factors, group factors shaping the songwriting process, and the role of music and technology." - Amy Clements-Cortes, Assistant Professor, MaHRC, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Felicity Baker is at the center of the development of songwriting as a music therapy intervention. She has interviewed music therapists from around the world to explore how they use song writing, examining what occurs in the process of songwriting, what makes it effective, and possibilities for its use. Professor Baker's passion for the subject, evident throughout the book, will inspire and inform readers." Barbara L. Wheeler, Visiting Professor of Music Therapy, Temple University, USA and Professor Emerita, Montclair State University, USA

"'Songs tell people's stories'. In this brilliant book you will learn how songs are created and how they may transform peoples' lives. The book is not only helpful in understanding therapeutic songwriting; it also is an excellent model for how to link practice methods with broader perspectives and meta-thinking." Hanne Mette Ochsner Ridder, Head of Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark

"Therapeutic Songwriting is a timely and important book inviting everybody to create subjective soundtracks of their life, individually or in a group. Songs are musical narratives of our human existence and songwriting is a creative health resource linked to the vital quality of hope. Therapeutic songwriting is about performing health." -Gro Trondalen, Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway

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