Research and clinical work are often perceived as opposites in the field of music therapy. This book shows, for the first time, how these two areas of work can creatively complement one another, proving beneficial to both disciplines. Each chapter is written by a leading researcher and practitioner in the field, and the book covers a wide spectrum of approaches within different settings. Beginning with methodological and musicological approaches to case studies, the book then moves on to more specific topics such as the use of case studies in an interactive play setting and in music therapy with the elderly. Later chapters explore theoretical aspects, looking at a worked example of music and progressive change during therapy, and how case study designs can be used in practice. A must for all professionals working and studying within the music therapy area, this is also an informative and useful book for health researchers.
the text is a welcome contribution to the music therapy literature, as it richly and effectively conveys the editor's message on both the plurality and unique advantages of case study designs in music therapy. The text is perhaps best suited as a reference source for examples of different case study designs, as well as for examples of cases themselves. Such a reference source could benefit music therapy clinicians and researchers (particularly the final chapter on guidelines for designing and implementing case study research). Moreover, with supplemental resources on the basic elements of case study design, it could also benefit music therapy students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators. -- British Journal of Music Therapy, Brian Abrams, PhD, MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, FAMI, has been a practising music therapist since 1995, and currently serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Music Therapy at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, USA