Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Music Theory in Music Therapy

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Department

Music Department

Faculty Mentor

Sara Bakker

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Participants in this group are Amanda McDonald, Amy Loertscher, Jose Ayala, and Laura Corrigan. Sara Bakker is our mentor for this project. She can be contacted at sara.bakker@usu.edu. Music theory plays a foundational role in music therapy. The basis of music theory supports all forms of music. These musical forms can be manifest through performance, pedagogy, and even music therapy. To have a better understanding how to fully access these areas, a knowledge of music theory is required. Specifically, music theory plays a significant role in compositional settings within music therapy. Songwriting or composition is an effective form of treatment in music therapy for many populations. One of the unique aspects of music therapy is that music is used to address a variety of non-musical needs. Clients often have little to no musical training or background, and this can create challenges when trying to help the client compose. Music theory, specifically musical forms, can be used as formulas to simplify the compositional process. Our goal is to educate others who are not familiar with the concept of music therapy and how principles of music theory can be applied in therapeutic songwriting. Our presentation will include a discussion of simple musical forms, a short performance and presentation of the songwriting process in a music therapy setting, and a discussion of the different populations that this intervention can help.

Location

Room 101

Start Date

4-11-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

4-11-2019 11:45 AM

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Apr 11th, 10:30 AM Apr 11th, 11:45 AM

Music Theory in Music Therapy

Room 101

Participants in this group are Amanda McDonald, Amy Loertscher, Jose Ayala, and Laura Corrigan. Sara Bakker is our mentor for this project. She can be contacted at sara.bakker@usu.edu. Music theory plays a foundational role in music therapy. The basis of music theory supports all forms of music. These musical forms can be manifest through performance, pedagogy, and even music therapy. To have a better understanding how to fully access these areas, a knowledge of music theory is required. Specifically, music theory plays a significant role in compositional settings within music therapy. Songwriting or composition is an effective form of treatment in music therapy for many populations. One of the unique aspects of music therapy is that music is used to address a variety of non-musical needs. Clients often have little to no musical training or background, and this can create challenges when trying to help the client compose. Music theory, specifically musical forms, can be used as formulas to simplify the compositional process. Our goal is to educate others who are not familiar with the concept of music therapy and how principles of music theory can be applied in therapeutic songwriting. Our presentation will include a discussion of simple musical forms, a short performance and presentation of the songwriting process in a music therapy setting, and a discussion of the different populations that this intervention can help.