This is a book on the therapeutic quality of music. Musicians, philosophers, music therapists, and others discuss their experiences.
This interdisciplinary work is a tapestry of thought generated by music therapists, scholars, and performers in related fields such as anthropology, philosophy, music composition/performance, psychology, and musicology. It is woven together by the editor through a description of the process of interdisciplinary engagement, a personal description of her relationship with each author, and a final statement on the power of sound. The book is organized around the themes of listening, playing, and creating—essential processes in the work of music as therapy.
Carolyn Kenny is a member of the core faculty at the Graduate Psychology Program at Antioch University. She is a certified music therapist with the American Association for Music Therapy and an accredited music therapist with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.
"I like the book's immense variety of well articulated statements with regard to musical experience—the opportunity to enter into intelligent, sensitive personal viewpoints that are rarely or never expressed. I enjoy the mixture of poetic, imaginative thinking with a more analytical treatment of the subject, and with thoughtful discussion based on extensive experience in music therapy. It is like being present in a stimulating, enjoyable convocation of friends and colleagues. It is fascinating, informative, provocative, poignant, and enriching. " — Clive Robbins DMM, Co-Director, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Clinic, New York University