Melody in Music Therapy: A Therapeutic Narrative Analysis

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Melody is regarded as the 'essential core' of music. In the context of music therapy, looking at how patients develop their own melodies in improvisation can explain how they find their own voice and determine their position in relation to the world, and can also play an important role in how they relate to their therapist.

Gudrun Aldridge and David Aldridge explore the concept of melody within its historical context and investigate current theories of melody. They develop a new...

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Overview

Melody is regarded as the 'essential core' of music. In the context of music therapy, looking at how patients develop their own melodies in improvisation can explain how they find their own voice and determine their position in relation to the world, and can also play an important role in how they relate to their therapist.

Gudrun Aldridge and David Aldridge explore the concept of melody within its historical context and investigate current theories of melody. They develop a new method for analysing melodic improvisation, called 'Therapeutic Narrative Analysis', and utilize this case study approach to demonstrate how such an analysis can work in practice. They show how the interaction between patient and therapist is affected by the patient's melodic statements, and how the process of improvisation offers patients a chance to transform their inner experiences into externalized expressions.

Melody in Music Therapy is an important addition to music therapy literature, and will be of interest to music therapists, educators and students, as well as musicologists.

About the Author:
David Aldridge is Co-Director of the Nordoff Robbins Centre in Witten, Germany and Visiting Professor for the Creative Arts Therapies, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford, UK

About the Author:
Gudrun Aldridge is a music therapist, researcher and supervisor in Germany. She studied music therapy in London and carried out her doctoral research at Aalborg University in Denmark

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  • ISBN-13: 9781853027550
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Melody in the Context of Music Understanding     9
Characteristics of the Current Concept of Melody     20
Aspects of Music Therapy in their Contexts     41
Search for the Appropriate Method     51
Therapeutic Narrative Analysis: A Methodological Proposal for the Interpretation of Music Therapy Traces     63
The Emergence of a Melody in the Course of an Improvisation: 'A Walk through Paris'     76
The Process of Listening Analysis     90
Analysis and Results     103
Integrating Episodes and the Melody 'A Walk through Paris'     170
The 'Farewell Melody'     180
On Listening     202
Analysing the 'Farewell Melody'     208
Relation between Episodes and the 'Farewell Melody'     297
Significance and Relevance     315
References     326
Subject Index     335
Author Index     341

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