Music Therapy and Parent-Infant Bonding

Music Therapy and Parent-Infant Bonding

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Music therapy is an internationally recognised field of professional evidence-based practice. Qualified music therapists use the engaging, non-verbal aspects of music to create relationships in which therapeutic goals can be pursued and needs of clients addressed.

This is the first book to focus specifically on the ways that music therapists provide support for the development of the special and necessary bond between parents and their infants, where some vulnerability is experienced. In the book, music therapists from four countries, Australia, Ireland, the UK and the US describe their practices with reference to contemporary theory and research. Throughout, the chapters are illustrated with engaging case material. Many of the authors are the world
leaders in the area of music therapy to promote parent and infant bonding. Others are having their first opportunity to describe their work publicly in print. The focus in each chapter is on the need for this work, the theoretical underpinnings of the practice, and the music therapy practice itself.

The book is arranged in 3 sections. The first section covers work in therapy sessions with children and their parents. The second section describes programmes where the music therapist leads a group of parents with their infants, such as the renowned Sing & Grow in Australia. The final section presents work with medical patients and their families including in the neonatal intensive care unit, and for cancer patients.

The book will be valuable for music therapy practitioners and students, and more broadly for all those in the field of infant mental health.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 148 x 229 x 14mm | 348g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199580510
  • 9780199580514
  • 562,915

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Music therapy and parent infant bonding ; 2. Becoming in tune: The use of music therapy to assist the developing bond between traumatised children and their new adoptive parents ; 3. 'The first time ever I saw your face...': Music therapy for depressed mothers and their infants ; 4. Parents' perceptions of being in music therapy sessions with their children: What is our role as music therapists with parents? ; 5. Evaluating parent-child group music therapy programmes: Challenges and successes for Sing & Grow ; 6. The benefits of music sessions for very young children with their parent or carers through the eyes of a music therapist ; 7. Supporting attachments in vulnerable families through an early intervention school-based group music therapy programme ; 8. Music therapy to promote attachment between mother and baby in marginalised communities ; 9. Extending group music therapy to families in schools: A reflection on practical and professional aspects ; 10. Music therapy to support mothers who have experienced abuse in childhood ; 11. Translating 'infant-directed singing' into a strategy for the hospitalised family ; 12. Music therapy for hospitalized infants and their parents ; 13. Music therapy supports parent-infant attachments: In families affected by life threatening cancer
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I can very much recommend this book for students, practitioners and researchers from music therapy, and also from adjacent disciplines including pedagogy, psychology, and psychiatry and all those interested in the field of music and parent-infant bonding. * Wolfgang Schmid, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy * 'This book sensitively compiles contributions from music therapists across the world and offers an opportunity to reflect on and learn about music therapy in this distinctive area of practice. Edwards invites her readers to consider that supporting parent-infant bonding is a vital aim for music therapy in and of itself, and the contributing authors bring this to life through rich case descriptions that support Edwards' contention. For students and newly graduated
music therapists, this book offers an abundance of background, theory and reality to support their understanding of parent-infant bonding.' Grace Thompson, The Australian Journal of Music Therapy Edwards' new book makes a significant contribution to the music therapy literature base by being the first book on this important topic, bringing together complementary work on aspects of music in infancy as well as music therapy with families. Its publication fills an important gap and need for music therapy clinicians and researchers, as well as for music therapy students and professionals in related fields. * APA Review of Books * A major strength of the book is the inclusion of short clinical vignettes in all of the chapters which bring the work to life. The music therapy methods described are varied and reflect both cultural models of music therapy and the need to respond to a range of circumstances with different approaches I found it hugely inspiring and enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the effects of music on children and on relationships. * British Journal of Music Education, Jan 2013 * This book provides the reader with an outstanding structure, in-depth descriptions of situations and interventions and responsible presentations of clinical and research material. This helps us to realise the vital importance of the creation of bonds of love with the parent in the beginning of life....This book is an important contribution to music therapy, family and society. * Elisabeth Georgiadi, Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education, Dec 2012 * Therapists are increasingly having to justify their work, particularly as early years centres face massive cuts in budgets. Newly qualified music therapists seeking work may also find this book useful, providing coherent arguments for a distinct role in parent-child interventions. * British Journal of Music Therapy, 2012 *
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About Jane Edwards

Professor Jane Edwards is a qualified music therapist with expertise in research, theory and practice with families and young children. Originally from Australia she directed the first music therapy courses at the University of Queensland before coming to Ireland to lead the development of music therapy training and research at the University of Limerick. She is the inaugural President of the International Association for Music & Medicine. She is the director of
the Music & Health Research Group at the University of Limerick.
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