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.

It can be a Rough Voyage … (Working Through Setbacks)

It can be a Rough Voyage … (Working Through Setbacks)

It can be a rough voyage … (working through setbacks)

Throughout this book we have discussed how music therapists develop ways to engage and interact with their clients through music, in order to fulfil therapeutic goals. However, clients who come to music therapy do not always play music, either because they cannot or because they do not want to. This can cause much anxiety for the new or experienced music therapist alike: surely music therapy is about playing music? Can the music therapy still help, even if clients do not play music, or is it inappropriate to continue offering them sessions? In this chapter we will examine some issues which arise when clients:

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