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Rich with case material, this groundbreaking volume provides a comprehensive overview of music therapy, from basic concepts to emerging clinical approaches.

Experts review psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and developmental foundations and describe major techniques, including the Nordoff–Robbins model and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

An expansive section on clinical applications examines music therapy with children and adults, as well as its recognized role in medical settings.

Topics include autism spectrum disorder, school interventions, brain injury, and trauma. An authoritative resource for music therapists, the book's chapters also show how music can be used by other mental health and medical professionals. The companion website features audio downloads illustrative of the Nordoff–Robbins model.


I. Overview and Issues

1. Overview of Music Therapy as a Profession, Barbara L. Wheeler
2. A History of Music Therapy, William Davis & Susan Hadley 
3. Aesthetic Foundations of Music Therapy: Music and Emotion, James Hiller 
4. Music Therapy and the Brain, Concetta M. Tomaino
5. Music Therapy and Cultural Diversity, Seung-A Kim & Annette Whitehead-Pleaux 
6. Ethics in Music Therapy, Debbie Bates
7. Music Therapy Assessment, Anne W. Lipe
8. Music Therapy Research, Debra S. Burns & Anthony Meadows
9. Evidence-Based Practice in Music Therapy, Felicity A. Baker 
10. Music Therapy Methods, Susan Gardstrom & Suzanne Sorel

II. Orientations and Approaches

11. Psychodynamic Approaches, Connie Isenberg
12. Humanistic Approaches, Brian Abrams 
13. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches, Suzanne Hanser
14. Developmental Approaches, Cynthia A. Briggs
15. Nordoff–Robbins Music Therapy, Nina Guerrero, David Marcus, & Alan Turry
16. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Madelaine Ventre & Cathy H. McKinney
17. Analytical Music Therapy, Benedikte B. Scheiby
18. Neurologic Music Therapy, Corene P. Hurt-Thaut & Sarah B. Johnson 
19. Community Music Therapy, Brynjulf Stige
20. Music Therapy in Expressive Arts, Margareta Wärja

III. Clinical Applications

A. Music Therapy for Children and Adolescents
21. Music Therapy for Developmental Issues in Early Childhood, Marcia Humpal
22. Music Therapy for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, Beth McLaughlin & Ruthlee Figlure Adler
23. Music Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, John A. Carpente & A. Blythe LaGasse 
24. Music Therapy for Children with Speech and Language Disorders, Kathleen M. Howland 
25. Music Therapy for Children with Sensory Deficits, Greta E. Gillmeister & Paige Elwafi
26. Music Therapy in the Schools, Katrina Skewes McFerran

B. Music Therapy for Adults
27. Music Therapy for Adults with Mental Illness, Gillian Stephens Langdon
28. Music Therapy in Addictions Treatment, Kathleen M. Murphy 
29. Music Therapy for Older Adults, Hanne Mette Ridder & Barbara L. Wheeler
30. Music Therapy for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence, Elizabeth York & Sandra L. Curtis 
31. Music Therapy for Survivors of Traumatic Events, Ronald M. Borczon 
32. Music Therapy for Grief and Loss, Robert E. Krout 

C. Medical Music Therapy 
33. Music Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Helen Shoemark & Deanna Hanson-Abromeit 
34. Medical Music Therapy for Children, Joanne Loewy
35. Medical Music Therapy for Adults, Carol Shultis & Lisa Gallagher 
36. Music Therapy for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Neurological Disorders, Jeanette Tamplin 
37. Music Therapy at the End of Life, Clare O’Callaghan, Lucy Forrest, & Yun Wen 
Author Index
Subject Index



‘‘Wheeler’s Music Therapy Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history and approaches to music therapy practice, covering a wide range of models that have influenced the profession. Numerous case vignettes throughout bring the material to life, offering the reader a vicarious taste of the breadth of practice, settings, and populations with whom music therapists work. Accessibly written, both music therapy professionals and students will appreciate the broad perspectives on theory and practice. For those in multidisciplinary practice, it will serve as a reference to help to determine what music therapy might bring to their health, education, or medical program.’‘

—Wendy Magee, PhD, Music Therapy Program, Temple University  








‘‘This handbook captures an international perspective on some of the richest topics and issues of our profession, and it does so with great depth and scope. The volume embraces research, assessment, clinical applications, history, ethics, and diversity. It paints a portrait of the full array of music therapy approaches while covering the age spectrum of children to adults. Nothing is lacking. This is a dynamic, instructive, inspiring tool for anyone seeking insights and wisdom from leading music therapists. It is a powerful resource that should be kept close at hand.’‘

Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC, Director of Art and Music Therapy, Seidman Cancer Center/University Hospitals Case Medical Center  




The Author

Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT BC, is Professor Emerita at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she taught from 1975 to 2000. She initiated the music therapy program at the University of Louisville in 2000, retiring in 2011. She presents and teaches in the United States and internationally, with current faculty appointments at the State University of New York–New Paltz; Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York; the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg Schweinfurt, Department of Social Studies, Würzburg, Germany; and Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland. She has been an active clinician throughout her career and worked with a variety of clientele. Dr. Wheeler has edited and authored many books, chapters, and articles on the subject of music therapy. She is a past president of the American Music Therapy Association and was recently Interview Co Editor for Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.




Author : Wheeler  Pub 2015  USA  Hbk  507 pages


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