They provide some insight into the work of seven music therapists, each working in diverse ways in different locations across the country. Each case study also summarises a little of what we know from science about why music works so well in the particular context – from aiding a person’s end-of-life journey to helping seriously ill children build resilience in hospital.
If you sing or play a musical instrument – alone or as part of a group – you will undoubtedly be moved and inspired by these case studies as you’ve already been touched by the healing power of music in your own life. If you aren’t yet musically active, give music a go: it’s good for you!
For Music: Play for Life: Tina Broad, writer, editor, production coordinator
For Australian Music Therapy Association: Meg Steele, project manager; Katrina McFerran, research summaries; Rachel Nendick, setting-specific backgrounders
Design: Flipside Creative
Photography: James Knowler, Adelaide; Rohan Young, Melbourne; Joshua Morris, Sydney; Queensland Health, Brisbane; Ryan Strating, Hobart; Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth.