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