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Voicework in Music Therapy: Research and Practice

by Felicity Baker and Sylka Uhlig Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 368 pages
AU$75.00 NZ$78.26
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The voice is a powerful instrument in music therapy practice and this anthology of voicework techniques explores everything the practitioner and researcher needs to know in order to bring about successful vocal interventions across a broad range of client groups.

Compiling a wealth of international evidence-based practice, this book offers detailed descriptions of clinical methods that are grounded in research. Chapters are grouped into structured and unstructured approaches for use with clients of all ages. Clinical populations covered include neonates, children with autism or developmental disability, individuals with neurological damage including stroke, Parkinson's disease patients, traumatic brain injury, and spinal injury, people with mental illness, medical conditions such as asthma and pain, oncology and palliative care, aged care and dementia.

This book will be an invaluable resource for any music therapy student, practitioner or researcher looking to explore the use of voicework in music therapy.

AUDIENCE: Music therapy practitioners and students looking to explore the use of voicework in music therapy.

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements. Foreword by Diane Austin. Part 1. Introduction to Voicework in Music Therapy. 1. Voicework in Music Therapy: Pioneers and a New Generation, Felicity Baker and Sylka Uhlig. Part 2. Structured Approaches to Voicework. 2. A Vocal-led Relaxation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Esther Thane. 3. Rap and Singing for the Emotional and Cognitive Development of At-risk Children: Development of a Method, Sylka Uhlig. 4. A Field of Vocal Discovery: Self-exploration through Community Singing, Nicola Oddy. 5. Use of Voice for Empowering Inner Safety: Sori of a Woman with Trauma, Hyun Ju Chong. 6. How Can Singing in Music Therapy Influence Social Engagement for People with Dementia? Insights from the Polyvagal Theory, Hanne Mette Ridder. 7. Singing for Respiratory Muscle Training: Using Therapeutic Singing and Vocal Interventions to Improve Respiratory Function and Voice Projection for People with a Spinal Cord Injury, Jeanette Tamplin. 8. Climax and Cadence in the Uninflected Voice: Reclaiming Emotional Expression in the Dysprosodic Voice of People with Traumatic Brain Injury, Felicity Baker. 9. Coordinating Respiration, Vocalization, and Articulation: Rehabilitating Apraxic and Dysarthric Voices of People with Neurological Damage, Felicity Baker and Jeanette Tamplin. 10. Speech-Music Therapy for Aphasia (SMTA): An Interdisciplinary Treatment of Speech-language Therapy and Music Therapy for Clients with Aphasia and/or Apraxia of Speech, Madeleen de Bruijn, Joost Hurkmans and Tea Zielman. Part 3. Free Approaches to Voicework. 11. Contingent Singing: The Musicality of Companionship with the Hospitalized Newborn Infant, Helen Shoemark. 12. Tonal Intervallic Synthesis as Integration in Medical Music Therapy, Joanne Loewy. 13. Expanding My World: Improvised Voicework with a Woman with Parkinson's Disease, Satomi Kondo. 14. A Path to Self-awareness: Voicework as an Important Part of My Clinical Approach, Inge Nygaard Pedersen. 15. The Vocal Hello Space Model in Hospice Music Therapy, Susan Summers. 16. Final Notes: Therapeutic Uses of the Voice with Imminently Dying Patients, Cheryl Dileo. Part 4. Conclusion. 17. Diversity in approaches to Therapeutic Voicework: Developing a Model of Voicework in Music Therapy, Felicity Baker and Sylka Uhlig. Editors and Contributors

'Baker and Uhlig's new book gives many salient examples of innovative vocal techniques and methods that can be used with different populations. This much needed and timely new book will add to the literature base of vocal music therapy as well as making a valuable contribution to our field by documenting vocal methods for future generations of music therapists.'
- From the foreword by Diane Austin, author of The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy, Executive Director of The Music Psychotherapy Center and associate professor of Music Therapy at New York University, USA
Felicity Baker, PhD is Associate Professor and Australia Research Council Future Fellow based at The School of Music, The University of Queensland. She is co-editor of Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students and co-author of Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician's Manual. She reviews for a number of music therapy and interdisciplinary journals and is editor-in-chief for The Australian Journal of Music Therapy. Felicity has a strong interest in recovering the expressive potential of the voice following traumatic brain injury.

Sylka Uhlig is the author of Authentic Voices, Authentic Singing. A Multicultural Approach To Vocal Music Therapy and is researching vocal methods for her PhD. She lectures in music therapy and voice at HAN University for Professional Education, Netherlands. She has practised music therapy for over 20 years in Europe and USA, working in psychiatric hospitals, neurological rehabilitation facilities, special education settings and private practice. Sylka holds international workshops and presentations on the significance of the use of voice as a primary instrument in music therapy. She is the founder of Voice Forum, an international collaboration of music therapists with a focus on the voice.