Voicework in Music Therapy: Research and Practice

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Felicity Baker, Sylka Uhlig
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2011 - Psychology - 368 pages
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The voice is a powerful instrument in music therapy practice and this anthology of voicework techniques explores everything the practitioner and researcher needs to know in order to bring about successful vocal interventions across a broad range of client groups. Compiling a wealth of international evidence-based practice, this book offers detailed descriptions of clinical methods that are grounded in research. Chapters are grouped into structured and unstructured approaches for use with clients of all ages. Clinical populations covered include neonates, children with autism or developmental disability, individuals with neurological damage including stroke, Parkinson's disease patients, traumatic brain injury, and spinal injury, people with mental illness, medical conditions such as asthma and pain, oncology and palliative care, aged care and dementia. This book will be an invaluable resource for any music therapy student, practitioner or researcher looking to explore the use of voicework in music therapy.

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Esther Thane's detailed description of her relaxation technique is incredibly useful. It is easily adapted to the work I do with seniors, experiencing chronic pain (and anxiety). If at all possible, arrange a session with Esther (Vancouver), to experience her expertise first hand. Her technique is so well developed; when well replicated, this is a very effective tool for music therapists. 

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Felicity Baker, PhD is Associate Professor and Australia Research Council Future Fellow based at The School of Music, The University of Queensland. She is co-editor of Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students and co-author of Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician's Manual. She reviews for a number of music therapy and interdisciplinary journals and is editor-in-chief for The Australian Journal of Music Therapy. Felicity has a strong interest in recovering the expressive potential of the voice following traumatic brain injury. Sylka Uhlig is the author of Authentic Voices, Authentic Singing. A Multicultural Approach To Vocal Music Therapy and is researching vocal methods for her PhD. She lectures in music therapy and voice at HAN University for Professional Education, Netherlands. She has practised music therapy for over 20 years in Europe and USA, working in psychiatric hospitals, neurological rehabilitation facilities, special education settings and private practice. Sylka holds international workshops and presentations on the significance of the use of voice as a primary instrument in music therapy. She is the founder of Voice Forum, an international collaboration of music therapists with a focus on the voice.

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