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SINGING YOURSELF: A comparison of three vocal music therapists’ methods on how to work with autobiographical lyrics: Diane Austin, Paul Newham, Felicity Baker
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Art.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis will explore the vocal aspect of music therapy through the question how singing autobiographical text can strengthen the client’s identity perception. The question has arisen inspired by my own fruitful therapeutic process and wish to find ways to implement a method from it to help others. The method for the investigation will be that through a discursive analyze by methodological literature compare the methods described by three pioneering and established therapists in the field: Diane Austin, Paul Newham and Felicity Baker. To make this manageable I have monitored three parameters that will constitute material for a just comparison: 1) Voicework, 2) Musicwork, 3) Lyricswork. Intertwined with the theoretical foundation of the thesis, the exploration and comparison of the three parameters from each therapist will constitute this conclusion: Singing autobiographical text offers a context to explore the Self through a symbolic language. The music evokes feelings that help the client remember and express certain crucial events in his history. The physical integration of the sung story legitimizes the personal experience’s impact and helps to strengthen the identity. Working with breath and physically connected sounds generates a general sense of wellbeing. The music’s simplicity and predictability opens up for a ‘safe’, ‘holding’ sensation that gives good ground for confidence from the client to the therapist. Improvisation encourages the psychological positive effect and helps to pass by established perceptions. The lyrics reveal personal issues that the composed song or improvised singing give opportunity to process in collaboration with the therapist. This combination of music and words activates both intellectual and emotional cognition. Thus, when singing an autobiographical text there are many parameters that speak for that you with all senses represent your true identity. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
Music therapy, Vocal therapy, Voicework, Autobiographical singing, Therapeutic Songwriting, Vocal Psychotherapy, Voice Movement Therapy, Identity, Music and brain
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70340DiVA, id: diva2:1179319
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Musicology
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2017-12-18, Hus G, Campus Växjö, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2018-02-16 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-02-21Bibliographically approved

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