Processes of music therapy

Shannon de lʼEtoile

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Processes of music therapy

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This article reviews behavioural, psychoanalytic, and humanistic music therapy. It then discusses Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), the Rational–Scientific Mediating Model (R–SMM), and the Transformational Design Model (TDM). NMT techniques address cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunction resulting from disease of the human nervous system. NMT theory is founded in a neuroscience model of music perception, known as the R–SMM, which explains how music functions as a mediating stimulus. The R–SMM provides clear guidelines for conducting research regarding music's therapeutic effects. A supplemental model is needed, however, to assist the clinician in translating research findings from the R–SMM into everyday practice. TDM meets this need by providing a systematic, step-by-step approach to designing, implementing, and evaluating clinical interventions.

Keywords: music psychology; behavioural music therapy; psychoanalytic music therapy; humanistic music therapy; Neurologic Music Therapy; R–SMM; Transformational Design Model

Article.  6039 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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