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Introduction to Music Therapy




The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the nursing and midwifery professions to the concept of music therapy (MT). It aims to widen nurses’ and midwives’ understanding of the origins, applications and potential benefits of MT as a form of treatment. The chapter explores the physical, emotional and environmental impact that music has on the human condition and cites research where MT has been successfully applied in a holistic approach to health care. The underlying objective is to encourage nurses and midwives to incorporate forms of MT into their work practices and every facet of their daily lives.


Contents include

  • defining music therapy: it’s origins and applications
  • the physics of sound and music
  • the effects of music on human physiology
  • making music therapy work for you.
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Author / Editor Biographies

BMusEd and Cert (Somatic Therapy).
Tonia Plack Tonia is a registered secondary school music teacher working as a music therapy consultant. She has produced several CDs for the health music industry and in addition to her consulting work, has worked for the past 10 years as a somatic therapist and health practitioner in body-work. Tonia has an attraction to and affinity with music and believes that it can establish and harness an instant personal response and connection between people, enhancing their communication. She sees music as a resource and potentially invaluable tool that has many uses and applications.

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