Musical humour in improvisational music therapy

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Musical humour in improvisational music therapy


A qualitative research study using aspects of grounded theory was undertaken to explore the concept and experience of "musical humour" in improvisational music therapy. Partial research findings are presented and consist of the following categories: various kinds, types, gestures and shapes of musical humour; humour in improvised songs; interpretation of musical gestures as humorous; conditions for understanding humorous musical gestures; meanings of musical humour in improvisational music therapy; constructive functions of humorous musical interventions, and destructive use of humour.


Keywords: humour, music, musical improvisation


Amir, D. (2005). Musical humour in improvisational music therapy. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 16, 3-24.

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Date published: July 2005