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Published: Fri 1st June
ISSN 1359-4575

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Journal Articles:
Editorial
The Listeners (p42 - p43)
Interview
Historical Perspectives Interview Series, Auriel Warwick (p44 - p50)
Clinical improvisation within neurological disease. Exploring the effect of structured clinical improvisation on the expressive and interactive responses of a patient with Huntington's Disease (p51 - p60)
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The purpose of this paper is to examine how clinical improvisation techniques influence the structure of a Huntington's Disease (HD) patient's expressive responses. the paper reviews the literature pertaining to music therapy in the treatment of HD, highlighting that there has been no anecdotal or empirical link made between the specific use of clinical improvisation and the degree of structure in the patient's expressive responses. A case study is then used to illustrate the influence that musical structures have in the organisation of a HD patient's musically expressive and interactive responses. Given the lack of intervention available to meet the expressive and interactive needs of a non-verbal HD patient, this paper argues that music therapy has an important role to play.
Visible through an audible Voice - A music therapy study with a female adolescent who had ceased talking (p61 - p68)
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This article describes a music therapy process with a 14 year old girl I will call Sara, who had ceased talking for some years. Sara was an in-patient at a Centre for Child and Adolescent psychiatry. During nine months of individual music therapy, Sara presented herself through improvised music and eventually an audible voice. in this article I argue that what I term relating experiences through music has contributed to strengthening Sara's 'self-in-relation' and given her space for increased autonomy. This allowed Sara to perceive herself in new ways, which led to a more permanent sense of her identity.
An Introduction of Vibroacoustic Therapy and an Examination of its Place in Music Therapy Practice (p69 - p77)
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Vibroacoustic (VA) therapy transmits to the body pre-recorded music, or pre-recorded music combined with sinusoidal low frequency sound, through loud speakers built into a chair, table or bed unit. The development of VA therapy has not been confined to one country or one product and, after examining the theoretical background to VA therapy, the author describes four VA systems. In Europe, music therapy is traditionally seen as a process which develops from an 'active' musical relationship. In contrast VA therapy is a 'receptive' intervention. The author discusses completed and on-going research with VA equipment, and concludes by asking - is VA therapy music therapy? He suggests that the principles of VA therapy can inform active music-making.
Book Reviews
Music Therapy in Dementia Care - Reviewed by Rachel Darnley Smith (p78)
Beginning Research in the Arts Therapies, A Practical Guide - Reviewed by Brynjulf Stige (p80)
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