The music together program: Addressing the needs of "well" families with young children

The music together program: Addressing the needs of "well" families with young children

Abstract

Music Together is a community based music therapy program for "well " families with preschool aged children. The program reflects a developing perspective that music therapy can be a preventative intervention. Music Together is available to all families within the community, not just those with a diagnosis, disability, or identified as "at risk". This article describes the challenges facing Australian families, the need for social support, and the application of traditional early intervention music therapy techniques to support "well "families. Results of a program evaluation are presented to substantiate this application of music therapy.

 

Keywords: music, families, music and interaction, music therapy, community


Citation

Mackenzie, J., & Hamlett, K. (2005). The music together program: Addressing the needs of "well" families with young children. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 16, 43-59.


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Date published: July 2005