Case Study Designs in Music Therapy

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David Aldridge
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004 M09 29 - 288 pages
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Research and clinical work are often perceived as opposites in the field of music therapy. This book shows, for the first time, how these two areas of work can creatively complement one another, proving beneficial to both disciplines. Each chapter is written by a leading researcher and practitioner in the field, and the book covers a wide spectrum of approaches within different settings. Beginning with methodological and musicological approaches to case studies, the book then moves on to more specific topics such as the use of case studies in an interactive play setting and in music therapy with the elderly. Later chapters explore theoretical aspects, looking at a worked example of music and progressive change during therapy, and how case study designs can be used in practice. A must for all professionals working and studying within the music therapy area, this is also an informative and useful book for health researchers.

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3 How Wonderful That Ive Been Born Otherwise You Would Have Missed Me Very Much
4 Song Creations by Children with Cancer Process and Meaning
5 A Case Study in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music BMGIM
6 The Use of Single Case Designs in an Interactive Play Setting
7 The Use of Single Case Designs in Testing a Specific Hypothesis
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10 Cannabis Brain Physiology Changes in States of Consciousness and Music Perception
11 Guidelines for Case Study Design Research in Music Therapy

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Page 11 - A case study is an empirical inquiry that investigates a contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context, especially when the boundaries between phenomenon and context are not clearly evident.
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Gudrun Aldridge is a music therapist, university lecturer and supervisor in Germany. She studied music therapy in London and carried out her doctoral research at Aalborg University in Denmark. Her main areas of interest are psychosomatic medicine, music therapy with breast cancer and dementia patients, and the links between music sciences, aesthetics and therapy. She has previously contributed to several music therapy books, including Case Study Designs in Music Therapy and Music Therapy in Palliative Care, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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