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date: 12 August 2020

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Listening to music is an everyday experience for most people. In music therapy music listening can be used to support many therapeutic goals. This chapter presents an overview of methods used in receptive music therapy that are supported by research literature, including music-assisted relaxation, music and imagery, and Guided Imagery and Music (Bonny Method). Salient features of each approach are outlined and supported with evidence-based research. Elements of music used in relaxation and imagery are discussed in some further depth to highlight the need for greater transparency when reporting the effect of recorded and live music in receptive music therapy.

Keywords: receptive music therapy, music-assisted relaxation, music and imagery, Guided Imagery and Music, Bonny Method

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