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The role of vocal improvisation in music therapy

Journal/Book: Musiktherapeutische Umschau. 1990; 11: STUTTGART. G. Fischer Verlag. 104-119.

Abstract: The author is concerned to improve the status of the voice as an independant medium of espression within music therapy, and to encourage more specific use of its artistic and therapeutic potential. Connections between voice, body and psyche are indicated on the basis of phylogenetic and ontogenetic factors. A detailed comparison between the two media "voice" and "instrument" illustrates the specific potential as well as the limits of music therapy body-work with the voice. The artistic origins of vocal improvisation are explained, as well as the various ways it can be employed at different therapy levels. A case study from a group situation illustrates the theoretical concept. The article closes with a general reflection on the relationship between art and therapy.

Keyword(s): Case-study, group, body, vocal-improvisation, therapeutic-potential.


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