The selected papers give a graphic description of the overall nature of the work of music therapists, written in a fluid and easy to read manner. For the occupational therapist, whether interested in music therapy or not, there is much to gain from the increased awareness of the clinical and research work of another therapeutic discipline. The majority of the papers are based on case studies and well illustrate the common ground of the making of the therapeutic alliance... this book gives a good overview to music therapy practice and is presented in an interesting and lively fashion.
These papers give new insights into music therapy and research as each practitioner espouses a different form of evaluation. I have found this collection of papers immensely stimulating... the work presented shows such extraordinary variation from highly complex thought and techniques through to equally compelling directness and simplicity.
The scope of successful treatments spans the clinical spectrum, from tackling eating disorders to the reduction of self-injuring behaviour... this absorbing book gives a good idea of the present state of the art and the future paths open to this emerging application of music-making.
Covering a wide range of clients and their problems, it provides fascinating insight into the diverse ways that music therapy is used to meet the needs of almost any situation. This book provides an invaluable music therapy text book and for those outside the discipline the editors, Margaret Heal and Tony Wigram, have succeeded in their aim "to reflect the breadth and scope of music therapy practice in the world today."
... the book has encouraged me to see a role for music therapy within the traditional composition of the multi-disciplinary team in the mental health field.
... provides a tremendous international digest of a variety of clinical work and research today... a fascinating book which would provide anyone with a feel for the huge variety of situations, techniques, challenges, and thinking in the practice of music therapy today.