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Searching for Style:

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Kristen Muldoon

on 8 February 2014

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For you to feel encouraged, knowing that we are ALL going through this process
Searching for Style:
Self Reflection of a New Music Therapist

For you to be motivated to search and develop your own style of music therapy
Music Therapy
What's your
Style Categories
Bridging the Gap
- beliefs and scientific laws about the human condition
- psychological explanations that have undergone scientific methods of verification
- a way of facilitating a session
- a system for conducting therapy
- a representation of the relationship between music and engagement
- a general pattern of behaviors, thoughts, strategies, and techniques upon which you center your music therapy practice
Based on Music Education
Singing, instrument playing, solfege, improvisation, movement
Goals: communication, socialization, fine and gross motor development, sense of accomplishment
Based on Music Therapy
Spoken word and music to elicit changes in client behavior
Goals: personal growth, self-actualization, building self-worth
Based on Psychology
Congruent with philosophies, theories, or models that have been adopted by client's treatment team
Focus on behavioral, emotional and social needs of the individual that accompany the primary diagnosis
Based on Biology
Focus on neuro-biological foundations of human nervous system
Music accessing brain and behavior functions to facilitate healing and rehabilitation
Borczon, R. M. (2004). Beginning to build your style. In Music therapy: A fieldwork primer (pp. 118-125). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Choi, B. (2008). Awareness of music therapy practices and factors influencing specific theoretical approaches. Journal of Music Therapy, 45(1), 93-109.

Darrow, A. (2004). Introduction to approaches in music therapy. Silver Spring, MD: The American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

Davis, W. B., Gfeller, K. E., & Thaut, M. H. (2008). The music therapy treatment process. In An introduction to music therapy theory and practice (Third ed.) (pp. 429-486). Silver Spring, MD: The American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

Eclectic/Integrative Style
Draw freely on techniques from all types
Move away from exclusiveness or narrowness
Consider which theories provide the best basis for therapy and for the client's presenting problem
Have a solid understanding of different approaches
Kristen Muldoon, MT-BC Kimberly Best, MT-BC
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