Academic journal article The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy

Editorial

Academic journal article The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy

Editorial

Article excerpt

This year's issue of the New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy includes four papers that consider diverse ways in which music can intrinsically empower, connect and heal people. The papers that follow highlight both traditional and contemporary methods of music therapy practice in a variety of settings. Relationship, the central tenet that lies at the very heart of our work as music therapists, is another theme which links the papers in this issue. As such, the authors consider the impact of shared experiences both within and as part of musical relationships, and the positive well being and change that transpires as a result. Further, each paper illustrates the inclusive power of music; it's potential to enable and give voice to individuals; and to unite family, organisations, and the wider community, collaboratively, functionally and spiritually.

Alison Talmage, Shari Ludlam, Sylvia Leäo, Laura Fogg-Rogers and Suzanne Purdy, detail the Choral Singing Therapy protocol, resulting from ongoing work and research with the CeleBRation Choir, a social singing group for people with neurological conditions and their significant others. This paper details practical and organisational recommendations; and the social and therapeutic benefits of inclusive choirs like the CeleBRation Choir.

The second paper, Ma Te Wai Ka Piki Ake Te Hauora, by Te Manaaroha Pirihira Rollo, explores traditional Maori forms of music therapy practice and the healing powers of music, particularly in relation to Maori song - waiata, and traditional Maori instruments - taonga puoro. …

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