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.

Training and Survival

Training and survival

‘A musical experience needs three human beings at least. It requires a composer, a performer, and a listener: unless these three take part together there is no musical experience … it demands as much effort on the listener's part as the other two corners of the triangle, this holy triangle of composer, performer and listener.’

Words spoken by Benjamin Britten, on receiving the first Aspen Award, 31 July 1964.

The performance of live music is an intense interaction between musician and listener. Not only are the musician's communicative skills necessary to convey the essence of the music, but the particular quality of listening in an audience also affects the performer and the performance. Penelope Gouk suggests that ‘any musician is potentially a ...

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