Composition Plus: A Process-Compositional Approach in Music Therapy to Empower Creative Potential


  • Jos De Backer, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven and Department Music & Drama, LUCA School of Arts. Belgium
  • Birgit Sebreghts Associated Faculty of the Arts, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Katrien Foubert Associated Faculty of the Arts, KU Leuven and Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium



Music Therapy; Creative potential; Process-compositional Approach; Improvisation


This paper presents a music therapy method Composition Plus, a process-compositional approach that is rooted in the music therapeutic improvisational practice. Composition Plus arose from an increasing need in today’s field of music therapy for short-term treatment models that are approachable and accessible, to guide and empower individuals in their creative capacities. The purpose of this paper is to present the therapeutic and theoretical framework and to illustrate this with (musical) impressions from two cases. Composition Plus exists of a predetermined number of sessions with clearly predefined objectives, split in three subsequent phases. Three core features are underpinning these sessions: (1) a circular process of musical improvisation and composition, (2) a spectrum of improvisational interventions and (3) a shaping process that fosters a sense of interpersonal trust. Composition Plus empowers the patient’s creative potential, fostering a sense of interpersonal trust through a joint process working towards an explicit artistic product.



2022-12-20 — Updated on 2023-01-13


How to Cite

De Backer, Jos, Birgit Sebreghts, and Katrien Foubert. (2022) 2023. “Composition Plus: A Process-Compositional Approach in Music Therapy to Empower Creative Potential”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 25 (January):160-74.