By Tony Wigram, Inge Nygaard Pedersen, Lars OLE Bonde

Track therapists, as in scientific and paramedical professions, have a wealthy range of techniques and strategies, frequently built with particular relevance to fulfill the wishes of a undeniable consumer inhabitants. This publication displays the various elements of such variety, and is a completely accomplished advisor to getting access to and realizing the tips, conception, study effects and scientific results which are the principles of this box.

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2. Does music have meaning beyond internal musical principles and ‘laws’? If it has, how does the musical expression or narrative relate to the external world? 3. Can music have a meaning even if it cannot be expressed in words? If it can, is this ‘inexpressible’ or ineffable meaning a specific form of knowledge, recognition or awareness? These are very complex questions, and any attempt to give an answer to them will depend on the ontological and epistemological position of the theorist or clinician.

Plato called this state furor divimus, a condition of frenzy, when the soul is so aligned with the power of God that it becomes insensible to its embodied condition. A music therapist would speak of countertransference and try to maintain a bodily grounding. The idea of influencing the body through the mind is a recurring theme, not only in the music literature, but also in clinical medical practice. The history of music therapy includes many historical reports of how music was performed regularly and systematically for the patients in somatic or psychiatric hospitals (see also Myskja 1999).

The latest important ‘wave’ is the so-called cognitive psychology of music, today represented in Europe by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), supporting theory and research through international conferences and the interdisciplinary journal Musicae Scientiae. The majority of recent important European contributions to the literature on music psychology belong to this tradition (Hargreaves 1986, Hargreaves and North 1997; Sloboda 1985, 1988, 1995). Relevant areas for music therapy PSYCHOACOUSTICS An understanding of psychoacoustics, or one’s perception of music, is important in considering variability in how people hear and perceive musical sounds.

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