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Music Therapy and Parent-Infant Bonding


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Jane Edwards: Introduction 1: Jane Edwards: Music therapy and parent infant bonding 2: Tiffany Drake: Becoming in tune: The use of music therapy to assist the developing bond between traumatised children and their new adoptive parents 3: Alison Levinge: 'The first time ever I saw your face...': Music therapy for depressed mothers and their infants 4: Amelia Oldfield: Parents' perceptions of being in music therapy sessions with their children: What is our role as music therapists with parents? 5: Kate E. Williams, Jan M. Nicholson, Vicky Abad, Louise Docherty, and Donna Berthelsen: Evaluating parent-child group music therapy programmes: Challenges and successes for Sing & Grow 6: Margareta Burrell: The benefits of music sessions for very young children with their parent or carers through the eyes of a music therapist 7: Karen Kelly: Supporting attachments in vulnerable families through an early intervention school-based group music therapy programme 8: Joanna Cunningham: Music therapy to promote attachment between mother and baby in marginalised communities 9: Alison Ledger: Extending group music therapy to families in schools: A reflection on practical and professional aspects 10: Toni Day and Helen Bruderer: Music therapy to support mothers who have experienced abuse in childhood 11: Helen Shoemark: Translating 'infant-directed singing' into a strategy for the hospitalised family 12: Joanne V. Loewy: Music therapy for hospitalized infants and their parents 13: Clare O'Callaghan and Brigid Jordan: Music therapy supports parent-infant attachments: In families affected by life threatening cancer

About the Author

Professor Jane Edwards is a qualified music therapist with expertise in research, theory and practice with families and young children. Originally from Australia she directed the first music therapy courses at the University of Queensland before coming to Ireland to lead the development of music therapy training and research at the University of Limerick. She is the inaugural President of the International Association for Music & Medicine. She is the director of the Music & Health Research Group at the University of Limerick.


`Therapists are increasingly having to justify their work, particularly as early years centres face massive cuts in budgets. Newly qualified music therapists seeking work may also find this book useful, providing coherent arguments for a distinct role in parent-child interventions.' British Journal of Music Therapy, 2012 `This book provides the reader with an outstanding structure, in-depth descriptions of situations and interventions and responsible presentations of clinical and research material. This helps us to realise the vital importance of the creation of bonds of love with the parent in the beginning of life....This book is an important contribution to music therapy, family and society.' Elisabeth Georgiadi, Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education, Dec 2012 `A major strength of the book is the inclusion of short clinical vignettes in all of the chapters which bring the work to life. The music therapy methods described are varied and reflect both cultural models of music therapy and the need to respond to a range of circumstances with different approaches I found it hugely inspiring and enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the effects of music on children and on relationships.' British Journal of Music Education, Jan 2013 `Edwards' new book makes a significant contribution to the music therapy literature base by being the first book on this important topic, bringing together complementary work on aspects of music in infancy as well as music therapy with families. Its publication fills an important gap and need for music therapy clinicians and researchers, as well as for music therapy students and professionals in related fields.' APA Review of Books 'This book sensitively compiles contributions from music therapists across the world and offers an opportunity to reflect on and learn about music therapy in this distinctive area of practice. Edwards invites her readers to consider that supporting parent-infant bonding is a vital aim for music therapy in and of itself, and the contributing authors bring this to life through rich case descriptions that support Edwards' contention. For students and newly graduated music therapists, this book offers an abundance of background, theory and reality to support their understanding of parent-infant bonding.' Grace Thompson, The Australian Journal of Music Therapy `I can very much recommend this book for students, practitioners and researchers from music therapy, and also from adjacent disciplines including pedagogy, psychology, and psychiatry and all those interested in the field of music and parent-infant bonding.' Wolfgang Schmid, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy

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