How gamelan music has influenced me as a music therapist – a personal account

Loth, Helen (2006) How gamelan music has influenced me as a music therapist – a personal account. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

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Abstract

This essay discusses how the playing of Indonesian gamelan music has influenced my work as a music therapist. Having played gamelan music for 23 years it is part of my musical identity. I reflect on what drew me to the gamelan and the relevance this has to its use in music therapy practice. I feel that the unique ways in which the group plays together in this music have influenced how I work musically in my clinical group-work. These features include the lack of a conductor and consequent emphasis on listening and responding to aural cues, group communication, the culture of inclusion and the lack of hierarchy. I also discuss how I have used gamelan in the training of music therapy students and consider some directions for future research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Loth, H., 2006. How gamelan music has influenced me as a music therapist – a personal account. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 6(1) [online]. Available at: <https://normt.uib.no/index.php/voices/article/view/246> [Accessed 08 December 2010]..
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 15:37
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:49
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/117537

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