Music and People with Developmental Disabilities
Music Therapy, Remedial Music Making and Musical Activities
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The author describes how, in practice, music therapists work at child day care centres, adult day care centres and in other institutions. The first chapters cover the history and theory of working with music with people with developmental disabilities. The main body of the book covers discussion of the various methods, including individual and group work. Each method is described in terms of the clinical indications, the objectives set and the choice of techniques and musical instruments, and is illustrated through the use of case study. The final chapter draws conclusions for both theory and practice.
- Published: Mar 01 1994
- Pages: 160
- ISBN: 9781853022265
British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Dutch translation rights sold '...succeeds in conveying a picture of music therapy which is both clear and very moving in its sensitivity to the clients and therapists he describes. This book should become essential reading for people with an interest in adults and children with developmental difficulties, and for music therapists, particularly students and those at the start of their career. It addresses the fundamental but crucial issues of making an informed and careful choice about the form of treatment most likely to be helpful to the client.'
Education in the North
The book will be of interest not only for the definitions of musical activities, remedial music-making and music therapy it provides but also for the survey of clinical methods in the Netherlands presented. The book provides some valuable material on the psychology of developmental disability and draws attention to the particular significance of low self-esteem. For music therapists working in an education setting, it provides a thought-provoking discussion of methods and objectives which may facilitate the identification of therapeutic/educational aims and techniques.
Whether you call yourself a music therapist or a community musician, or a musician working with people with learning difficulties, a useful book for understanding your own work in a wider context.