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Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy


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Foreword by Tony Wigram. Introduction. Part 1. Background. 1. Taking a Systematic Look at the Literature. 2. The Real Deal on How to Work with Adolescents. 3. What is Healthy Adolescence and How Does Music Help? Part 2. Song Methods and Teenagers. Introduction. 4. Using Existing Songs. 5. Writing Original Songs. Part 3. Using Improvisation with Teenagers. Introduction. 6. Group Improvisation. 7. Individual Improvisations. Part 4. Contemporary Approaches. Introduction. 8. Community Music Therapy. 9. Four Brief Approaches to Grief. 10. Preparing for Performances. Conclusion. Appendix: Literature Reviewed for Chapter 1. References. Index.

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A groundbreaking book offering helpful guidance to all music therapists working with adolescent clients

About the Author

Katrina McFerran is Senior Lecturer in music therapy at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in music therapy with adolescents, and her clinical work spans a range of community and institutional settings, from palliative care to mental health and special education. Katrina has worked with a wide range of teenagers, including those struggling to cope with bereavement, substance misuse, homelessness, mental illness, chronic illness and a variety of disabilities.


Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy is an invaluable resource for newly qualified music therapists and trainees, as well as for established music therapists and others interested in how music can benefit young people... Writing with such an honest approach, the author captures one's attention immediately... Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy feels like supervision sessions, lectures and conversations with colleagues are all compiled into one book... This is invaluable when starting out. I have found there to be a lack of practical guidance in other literature but this book has an abundance of it... Such insight and enthusiasm is contagious... This is an accessible read, providing insight for those who do not know much about music therapy... engaging, supportive, thought-provoking and practical.
*Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education*

This book not only updates music therapy literature, which had lacked such a text that focused solely on adolescents, but has added a wealth of information. McFerran's writing is genuine, inspiring, and certainly reflects her passion and understanding of work with young people. This book will be helpful to music therapists working with adolescents in any setting and should generate further interest in this area. There is very little research that specifically addresses the value and effectiveness of music therapy for adolescents.
*Nordic Journal of Music Therapy*

Mc Ferran Brings us into the young person's world and helps us to better understand it... It is refreshing to read a book in which equal emphasis is made on theory and method... Ethical considerations about limitations and danger zones in specific methods are also well described, and McFerran must certainly be commended for her thoroughness and clarity... This book can be recommended to everyone working with or near young people with different problems or disorders. McFerran writes candidly and engagingly with great respect and sympathy for the young, which can inspire any clinician. Although the book in particular is about how music can be used with the young, other professionals can also usefully benefit from the thorough descriptions of the method and the very illustrative examples.
*Dansk Musikterapi*

Katrina McFerran's Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy is a straightforward, intelligent, and helpful overview of approaches to music therapy with teens, strengthened by engaging examples of using music with adolescents in a variety of practice settings... McFerran brings a joyful quality to her writing about work with adolescents. Her closing remark is a hope that others will find some fun in helping young people through the use of creative, therapeutic activity. What a marvelous idea in any area of practice - and well worth trying.
*Mary Bitel, New York University*

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