Improvisation in music therapy: It’s very important – but why?

In his latest publication Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research & Quality Assurance at Nordoff Robbins) explores improvisation in music therapy. In it, he:

Using the idea of “musical affordance” – a notion developed by Tia de Nora which refers to the ways in which music offers opportunities for things to happen in our social worlds – Simon illustrates different roles of improvisation within music therapy with two contrasting examples of his own music therapy work in mental health contexts.

“Improvisation is a multi-faceted phenomenon: it is therefore unsurprising that its roles in relation to music therapy are many and varied….[I]t is the doing, the dynamic creation of our social selves in the context of others. It is living itself” (pp. 65-66).

To go beyond this brief snippet download the complete paper for free here.

Procter, S. (2016). Playing with Distinction? Music Therapy and the Affordances of Improvisation. Music and Arts in Action, 5(1), 52-69

If you are interested in hearing about and discussing music therapy more, why not come along to our upcoming Nordoff Robbins Plus Conference? 

“Exploring music in therapeutic and community settings”, 17 May 2016, London.

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Cover photo credit Jacob Hutchins.