The music runs through it: Notes from a music therapy journey

The music runs through it: Notes from a music therapy journey

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This paper was presented as a Keynote Address at the 2005 World congress of Music Therapy, Brisbane, Australia


Abstract

Contemporary music therapy has been influencing positive and dynamic change in the lives of persons with special needs world-wide for over 55 years. The diversity of music therapy practices, theories, models, research, and education in various countries is plenteous. A shared thread which runs through this diversity is the creative and expressive mode of music. Music has been described as a universal medium of expression and communication. However, the music which runs through each of us personally as therapists and clients is unique, and is part of an intrapersonal and on-going developmental process. This article reflects the theme of the evolving music that has accompanied this music therapist's journey via lyrics to five original songs. Woven between them are reflections on some of the author's meaningful and formative music and music therapy experiences during this 25-year journey.

 

Keywords: journey, growth, song, change, development


Citation

Krout, R. E. (2006). The music runs through it: Notes from a music therapy journey. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 17, 73-84.


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Date published: July 2006