Therapeutic Voicework: Principles and Practice for the Use of Singing as a Therapy (Paperback)Paul Newham (author)
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Based on Paul Newham's experience as a voice and movement therapist and on his work running the only professional training course in the psychotherapeutic use of singing currently accredited by the RSA, this book explores both the theory and practice behind the use of voice and singing in expressive arts therapy.
Each chapter of the book takes a specific area within which the therapeutic use of voice and singing has been explored and offers a comprehensive history of its development, covering subjects which include infant development, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, the arts therapies, avant garde theatre and spiritual healing.
From this extensive appraisal, the author draws together strands from various disciplines and creates from them a coherent system of Therapeutic Voicework. The presentation of this methodology is woven into each chapter through the description of exercises and case studies. This book will make informative and valuable reading for all those interested in the use of Voicework as a distinct therapeutic process or in combination with drama, movement and music.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 934 g
Dimensions: 232 x 158 x 30 mm
Each chapter forms a thorough enquiry into its subject and can serve as a highly informative and valuable source of information for students and professionals. If you want to understand more about the primary relationship and the role of singing in it; Freud, Jung, opera, theatre and their impact on the history of therapy; about Lowen, Brody or Reich and their understanding of voice - this is a wonderful resource ... I was fascinated to read this challenging and informative book... I would highly recommend it to all music therapists and students who want to enter the mysterious world of the voice. This book certainly gives the reader every chance to have a deeper insight into this mystery. -- British Journal of Music Therapy
The work of Paul Newham, author of this demanding text, will be of value to a wide range of teachers intending to broaden their own knowledge and professional experience... The contents are varied, commencing with highly technical information about vocal acoustics and such factual information is used to suggest the rest of the work whether dealing with clinical or artistic matters. The text is demanding but extremely readable. The biographical experience which forms the framework of the book gives the clinical content a human interest. Teachers who have worked with students who have vocal, artistic or personality problems will find this book a valuable work of reference which will repay several readings. -- Speech and Drama