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date: 30 November 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of a music-centered model of music therapy entitled Aesthetic Music Therapy (AeMT). AeMT was developed over many years of practice and theoretical reflection not only as a music-centered approach to therapeutic work, but also as a way to consider the myriad means by which humans experience the world of self and others. By placing AeMT within the framework of other present-day music therapy models, the need for music-centered thinking to be considered equal to those of medicine, community, and psychotherapy is endorsed. By expanding our knowledge and use of diverse musical cultures, music therapy will remain at the forefront of contemporary theories in both the field of health and the arts.

Keywords: music-centered, aesthetic music therapy, clinical improvisation, music analysis, musical styles, world music, music-centered indigenous theory, gender and identity

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