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Between Beats: Group Music Therapy Transforming People and Places

Mercédès Pavlicevic

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0015
Between Beats: Group Music Therapy Transforming People and Places

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This chapter explores how close descriptions of the ‘musicking heart’ of group music therapy might convey the value of such practices for enhancing people's social networks and resources. It emphasizes musicking events in group music therapy work, on the understanding that while complex layers of social structures and processes make possible — and indeed are part of — such events, therapeutic musicking is a distinctive phenomenon. Group music therapy work invites ongoing, fluid, spontaneous, musicking actions from all, enabling a redressing, repairing, adjusting, and enhancing of shared vital flowing between and within persons. Music's structure offers purposeful direction and momentum — even if people are unable to move or remember songs or know who they are. Shared participative musicking reconfigures illness-defined identity (of therapist, patient, care-worker); transforming these into musician, leader, soloist, listener, accompanist, dancer, singer, drummer, or conductor.

Keywords: group music therapy; musicking events; musical experience; shared participative musicking

Chapter.  10240 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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