Interactive Music Therapy - A Positive Approach: Music Therapy at a Child Development Centre

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2006 - Psychology - 224 pages
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In Interactive Music Therapy - A Positive Approach, Amelia Oldfield explains how her approach to music therapy sessions establishes a constructive musical dialogue with children that emphasises positive experiences - these establish trust and allow feelings to be expressed through music. Describing the general benefits of this approach, the author also details its application for specific clinical groups including children with autistic spectrum disorders, relationship difficulties or physical disabilities. Individual chapters focus specifically on child development issues and in child and brief case studies throughout the text illustrate points of particular importance. This practical book will be of use to other clinicians and teachers working with children with a variety of needs, including children on the autism spectrum and children with learning disabilities. It is also of use to music therapy trainers, their students and academics whose interests include music therapy.
 

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Amelia Oldfield's observations on Interactive Music Therapy are useful . For me, as a lover of Music and a medical Doctor, I had been using Music for Interaction and child development for more than 50 years ,since I had a whole bunch of children at my disposal right from my childhood , to care for. How they interact and respond and give us new ideas on musical activities had helped me a lot when I became a Music Therapist later on. Lot of insight into children's way of thinking is obained with interactive and free Improvisation techniques of Musical use both in normal children and in children who require special healthcare . Many of the research works done abroad uses instrumental music and refrain from vocal music usage . In fact, for language development , in children, vocal music with language is best suited. Human brain needs development of language interaction centers . Only when these centers are permanently damaged or partially damaged , the use of instrumental music without vocal language becomes useful. In the Tomatis Method of Mozart effect , lack of language developemnt was the drawback pointed out by researchers.Moreover, human sound has a healing effect on human psyche , human beings being social animals. And based on the acoustics of Physical laws also , the range of vocal music being more towards lower decibels and more towards producing meditational alpha and gamma waves on EEG (akin to dhyana,samadhi states of brain) ,physical,mental,intellectual and spiritual health is vouchsafed by use of vocal sounds of soft melodious nature.Indian music uses this in plenty for healing and for meditation and samadhi experience and is part of yurvedaa nd Yoga systems of healing and of Sidha tradition.I am following this method and combines all the five models which Amelia has mentioned.A good book , to be read by all music Therapists.
Dr Suvarna Nalapat
 

Contents

Chapter 1 Characteristics of my Music Therapy Approach
21
Setting and Case Studies
41
Characteristics of my Approach
63
Chapter 4 Music Therapy with Individual Children with Severe Physical and Mental Difficulties
93
Chapter 5 Music Therapy with Individual Children with No Clear Diagnosis
117
Chapter 6 Music Therapy Groups at the Child Development Centre
129
Chapter 7 Investigation into Music Therapy for Ten PreSchool Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their Parents
157
Conclusion
189
APPENDIX 4 MUSIC THERAPY REPORT FORM STAGE 3
198
APPENDIX 5 DANNYS MUSIC THERAPY REPORT
199
APPENDIX 6 LEONS MUSIC THERAPY REPORT
202
APPENDIX 7 GUIDING NOTES FOR PARENTS WRITING ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY SESSIONS
205
APPENDIX 8 TWO MAKATON SONGS
206
APPENDIX 9 THREE ACTIONS SONGS
208
APPENDIX 10 EXCERPT FROM A COMPLETED VIDEO ANALYSIS FORM MINUTES 1623 OF THE SESSION
210
REFERENCES
212

APPENDIX 1 HELLO SONG
195
APPENDIX 2 MUSIC THERAPY ASSESSMENT FORM STAGE 1
196
APPENDIX 3 ONGOING MUSIC THERAPY ASSESSMENT STAGE 2
197

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About the author (2006)

Amelia Oldfield has over 25 years' experience as a music therapist. She currently works at the Croft Unit for Child and Family Psychiatry and at the Child Development Centre, Addenbrookes. She was the joint initiator of the MA Music Therapy Training at Anglia Polytechnic University, where she is a part time lecturer. She has completed four research investigations and a PhD. She has also produced six music therapy training videos. She is married, has four children and plays clarinet in local chamber music groups.

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