HOW MUSIC HELPS WHERE: MUSIC THERAPY AND SOCIETY
Community music therapy could be said to unleash music therapy from a "mechanistic metaphor", by embracing more social and ecological perspectives on music and health. In this paper I will clarify how: community music therapy projects usually involve much more than conventional music therapy sessions; workshops, concerts, and various forms of collaborative projects are typical; it would be limiting to evaluate the effect of community music therapy projects by describing and/or measuring how individuals and groups develop during a certain amount of music therapy sessions; within an ecological framework developments in social and cultural context may be equally important as change in individuals and groups; there may be a ripple effect in that the environment reacts upon the changes in the individual or group.
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