The effects of music on imagery sequence in the Bonny method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

The effects of music on imagery sequence in the Bonny method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

Abstract

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a form of therapy based on the principles of music psychotherapy. Qualitative research methods were used to determine if the music used in GIM sessions influenced imagery processes and modalities, and to identify any significant music elements. The music program known as "Grieving", was analyzed using the principles of phenomenology. The audiotoped imagery sequences of four research participants were transcribed and tabled alongside this analysis in exact correlation with each other and the music. It was found that pitch range, melodic shape, rhythm, timbre and form elicited sequences of images, allowing the participants time and space to explore around and within the images and for associated emotions or feelings to surface and be expressed.

 

Keywords: music therapy; GIM; psychotherapy; imagery


Citation

Marr, J. (2001). The effects of music on imagery sequence in the Bonny method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 12, 39-45.


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Date published: July 2001