A Graphic Guide to Music Therapy

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Pub Date 21 Aug 2024 | Archive Date 22 Aug 2024

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What are the core concepts of music therapy? What do music therapists do and how do you become one? What actually happens in a therapy session? And how does music therapy make a difference?

In the style of a graphic novel, A Graphic Guide to Music Therapy answers these questions and more. Music therapy and its key concepts, theory and practice are introduced through illustrations and text.
Beginning with an overview of music therapy as both a practice and a career, the essential approaches, techniques, treatments and settings of music therapy are visualised and discussed, making this book the perfect companion on your journey as a music therapist and tool for advocacy and education about the field.

What are the core concepts of music therapy? What do music therapists do and how do you become one? What actually happens in a therapy session? And how does music therapy make a difference?

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This is an information book about Music therapy that uses words and illustrations to explain what it is and how it is different from just listening to music to help with a bad day. There are even resources at the end of the book to help you find more information about it.

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Thank you for access to this early copy of A Graphic Guide to Music Therapy. While simple, it is accessible, comprehensive and well done. I can imagine it in a children’s hospital or clinic.
My podcast (Read.Talk.Grow) is aimed at a different audience. I do appreciate this work and congratulate you on the collaborative effort executed so successfully.

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I’ve always been curious about the field of music therapy: how it worked, what it entailed, so this book looked like the perfect place to find some solid information. While full of thorough info, I had some issues with the artwork. At first it felt almost juvenile which matched the very early, basics of music fundamentals. I felt like I had picked up a book for children and was a little confused since there were still so many pages to go. Later on in the book, the language and concepts became much more advanced and there felt like a disconnect between the information and the art style. I did appreciate the repeated use of characters; familiar faces helped lighten the mood when the book got really information heavy, and I found myself making up backstories for each character.

There seemed to just be a lot of information and I wonder if it was all necessary. It took me a couple of weeks to finish this because it honestly was a bit overwhelming. I understand that each concept needed an illustration but some of them felt unnecessary or extraneous. Overall, though, at the end I came out feeling like I finally fully grasp the concepts of music therapy and I am grateful for that. My opinions on the artwork are certainly being nit-picky and if you’ve ever wondered about the field of music therapy then I couldn’t recommend this one more.

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The writing in this is deceptively simple, with basic illustrations throughout. I say it's deceptively simple because the book goes through a lot of topics, breaking down the concepts in an easy way. I was interested in this because I was a psychology major, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the book covers different schools of practice to show how music therapy can be applied even by people using vastly different methods. There is even a list of people who can benefit from music therapy, which is basically everyone, but includes specific groups that may not think of it. Music therapy is something that can bring you joy while you are getting the benefits, so this is such a great idea. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this.

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