Music Therapy and Group Work: Sound Company

Music Therapy and Group Work: Sound Company

Music Therapy and Group Work: Sound Company

Music Therapy and Group Work: Sound Company

Synopsis

This work brings together the experiences of practitioners who use group music therapy with client groups in various settings. Chapters discuss work with children, adolescents, and adults, showing the wide range of applications for group music therapy.

Excerpt

‘Both music and psychoanalysis are constantly concerned with questions of meaning’, posit the editors in their introduction to this book. Aristotle spoke of ‘works of imitation’, by which he meant art forms, as ‘gathering the meaning of things’. While reading this book I found myself thinking of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last play, in which we see demonstrated the elements that go to make up the individuation process of a human being. It is full of music. Music is a central force through which the meaning of the play reaches its audience, on many levels. It is music that Prospero calls on in The Tempest to bring about the final change and revelation that ushers in the denouement of the play. It is through music that those who have wronged him in the past will come to understand; it is through the use of music that reconciliation will be made possible. Music and language come together to help us to experience the process of individuation, the meaning of a man’s life being gathered. It is one of the enabling forces of the plot, bringing characters together, ushering in events and tuning the audience in to the internal psychological shifts of the central character, Prospero, as he makes sense of his own life and reflects to us our own.

But this rough magic
I here abjure and when I have required
Some heavenly music – which even now I do –
To work mine end upon their senses, that
This airy charm is for, I’ll break my staff,
Bury it certain fadoms in the earth,

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.