Family-centred early intervention: Music therapy in the playgroup program

Family-centred early intervention: Music therapy in the playgroup program

Abstract

This article describes the inclusion of music therapy in a family- centred playgroup program within an early intervention setting. The purposes of the playgroup were to provide an introduction for the family to the formal and informal networks which it could use, and to offer support for the early development of healthy family relationships. The purpose of the music therapy program within this, was to nurture creative expression in each family member, and assist in their enjoyment of each other. Song was the primary vehicle used because of its accessibility to the group members. The value of the music session was enhanced by the use at home of an audio-cassette of the songs and a lyrics book. Verbal and written feedback indicated that music was able to support families in developing skills which would enhance their relationships.


Keywords: Music therapy, family-centered, playgroup, songs


Citation

Shoemark, H. (1996). Family-centred early intervention: Music therapy in the playgroup program. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 7, 3-15


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Date published: July 1996