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Music Therapy in a Multicultural Context

Music Therapy in a Multicultural Context

A Handbook for Music Therapy Students and Professionals

Edited by Melita Belgrave and Seung-A Kim

Quick Overview

Music therapy professionals cater to a diverse population, in terms of heritage, ethnicity, age, location, and identity. This book provides the knowledge, skills, and cultural sensitivities music therapists need to practice culturally informed music therapy. Included are case studies and practical music examples that promote cultural awareness.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.98in x 5.98in / 228mm x 152mm, 192pp
ISBN: 9781785927980
2020, ePUB
ISBN: 978-1-78450-807-4
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Music therapy professionals work with diverse population groups, and this book provides therapists, and those in training, with the tools to integrate understanding of different cultural and social identities into their practice.

Topics addressed include heritage, age, location, identity and health beliefs, and how to understand the dynamics of the variety of different cultures which music therapists will encounter in the course of their practice. Each chapter is written by an expert on a topic of personal interest in music therapy, explored through a multicultural lens. The chapters include anecdotes, case studies, and practical activities to try, while encouraging the reader to reflect on their own identity as a music therapist.

This book is essential reading for all music therapy professionals wanting to practice in a culturally-informed manner, and respect the needs, contributions and strengths of every client.


'There has never been a more important time to consider multicultural perspectives within the practice and discipline of music therapy. The interconnectedness of the world is abundantly clear, as is our task of paying respect to diversity rather than tolerating it. This book provides a beacon for action, grounded in practice examples, with questions and prompts to reflect on why we do what we do with diverse people in different contexts.'
- Prof Katrina Skewes McFerran, The University of Melbourne, Australia

'Cultural practices unite and divide us, and participation in intercultural communication is at the heart of what music therapy is about. The chapters of this stimulating book illuminate how processes of bridging cultural differences involve awareness, active listening, humility, and creativity.'
- Brynjulf Stige, Professor of Music Therapy, the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, Norway