Music Therapy is an introduction to contemporary training and practice. Written in a clear, jargon-free style, the book provides a lively source of information and ideas for all who are new to music therapy.


  • By: Rachel Darnley-Smith & Helen M. Patey
  • In:Music Therapy
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  • Subject:Music Therapy



Shortly before beginning to write this book together, we collaborated on the provision of a music therapy summer school at Utah State University in the US. The head of the music therapy department, Dr Elizabeth York, had become interested in the improvisational methods of music therapy used in the UK and had met with us to exchange ideas and thoughts about our respective working practices. This led to the invitation to devise a summer course suitable for music therapy practitioners and students. The course aimed to introduce improvisational music therapy techniques through practical workshops and presentations of clinical material, together with a historical and theoretical background to the subject. The week of teaching was as stimulating as it was enjoyable and, following in the ...

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