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Therapeutic Songwriting

Developments in Theory, Methods, and Practice

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 3-12
    3. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 13-26
  3. Factors Influencing the Songwriting Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 29-39
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      Pages 41-52
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      Pages 53-66
    5. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 67-73
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      Pages 75-87
  4. Songwriting Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 91-98
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      Pages 99-122
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      Pages 141-154
  5. Orientation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 157-178
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      Pages 179-232
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      Pages 233-282
    5. Felicity A. Baker
      Pages 283-286

About this book


Therapeutic Songwriting provides a comprehensive examination of contemporary methods and models of songwriting as used for therapeutic purposes. It describes the environmental, sociocultural, individual, and group factors shaping practice, and how songwriting is understood and practiced within different psychological and wellbeing orientations.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Felicity Baker is Associate Professor and Australia Research Council Future Fellow based at The University of Melbourne. She has dedicated her career to the study of songwriting as a therapeutic practice. Felicity has achieved numerous awards including a Foundation Research Excellence Award, an Australian Leadership Award, and an Australian Teaching Award. She is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Music Therapy.

Bibliographic information


“The approach Baker has taken to song-writing showcases its great potential within therapeutic work and helps us see its applicability to a range of fields, whilst also moving music therapy towards a more professional, measured interventionist perspective. The text will certainly become a definitive guide to the topic, and I would recommend it as an accessible, appealing read to music therapists, students, and those engaged in arts and health research.” (Kate Gee, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol. 18 (1), March, 2018)

“The inclusion of a range of easy-to-reference tables is also a very helpful addition, and it enables the reader to put some shape and meaning to various orientations of songwriting models. … the author has managed to draw together a huge amount of detail and thinking and to present the findings in a format that is both accessible and informative. A very welcome and important contribution to our developing understanding of song creation as a therapeutic intervention.” (Bob Heath, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (18), May, 2016)