It is certainly a book to revisit - to have at hand when planning a project, to dip into it at points during a period of active practice- but also one to read with time to ponder for the broadly applicable insights it holds.
What impressed me the most is that throughout the book Pavlicevic is not afraid to show her work in a full manner. In her own vignettes, where she personally conducts the group, she writes not only about successes, good feelings and interventions that went well, but also about mistakes, failures, interventions that did not work., and uneasy and uncomfortable feelings she had while conducting the session. I find it very refreshing, important, and useful for music therapists as well as other music group leaders. In summary, I recommend the book for music therapists who work with groups, and especially for the beginner music therapist. The book helps to understand group music work from its various angles and dimensions.
I wish we had read Pavlicevic when we set up our Blues band - Information is easily accessed through a detailed Table of Contents and numbered sub-headings to allow the book to be read straight through or dipped into as a reference or instruction manual. A colleague has already found that my review copy has changed his approach and made him more ambitious bringing live music on to inner London psychiatric wards.