How and why does music work in therapy and clinical medicine? How can these elements be specifically used in a therapeutic context? Is it possible separate the music from music therapy practice? Is it possible to isolate music from personal or intimate relationships, the client’s personal situation and individual experiences? Music and musical activities are prime elements in music therapy and Musicmedicine. Within psychotherapeutic music therapy, music is seen as art, improvisation, musical behaviour and experiences interwoven with personal and intimate relationships. On the other hand, in Musicmedicine, music, especially specific musical stimuli, is used to induce corresponding specific reactions. Music, as art, used for healing relationships or the proven medical effects of musical elements – this is what happens when we move between music therapy and music medicine. When we ask, which music? This book is an approach to individually and scientifically examine these points.
Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre, Dr.sc.mus. had over 20 years of clinical experience, working in NICU, with developmentally delayed and multiply disabled children at University Children’s Hospital Munich. Her primary focus is auditory stimulation with the mother’s voice after premature birth. Prior to this, Monika was chair of the postgraduate music therapy training program and chair at Freies Musikzentrum Munich e.V. and Vice President of the European Music Therapy Confederation. Currently she is Vice-President of the International Society of Music in Medicine ISMM and serves on the scientific board of “Musiktherapeutische Umschau”, Bundesverband ”das frühgeborene Kind” e.V. and the Editorial Board of the interdisciplinary journal Music and Medicine. She has published a number of books, book chapters and articles