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Music therapy to promote attachment between mother and baby in marginalized communities

Joanna Cunningham

in Music Therapy and Parent–Infant Bonding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580514
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580514.003.0009
Music therapy to promote attachment between mother and baby in marginalized communities

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This chapter describes personal experiences as a mother, a music therapist, and a musician. It moves through and between the professional and the personal and, using these worlds, attempts to explore and describe how music can move through the space between a mother and baby and ignite a miraculous bond. This account is comprised of a number of explorations followed by an examination as to how the discoveries outlined can be brought to the most vulnerable in our community. The first of these explorations is the acknowledgement that music is a part of us either consciously or unconsciously. The second relates to the unique relationship between mother and baby followed by a description of witnessing and facilitating as a music therapist while offering music and sounds to the mother and baby.

Keywords: music therapy; attachment; mother-child bonding; music therapists

Chapter.  5601 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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