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date: 01 July 2022

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This chapter provides an overview of the basic tenets of anthroposophical music therapy (AnMt) by presenting its historical development and current scope of practice. The AnMt approach has its foundations in anthroposophy, a doctrine developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). AnMt developed as a therapy practice in curative education which is an interdisciplinary anthroposophical approach to remedial work with people with intellectual disabilities (König 1966). AnMt’s therapeutic processes, including referral, diagnosis, and treatment, will be described here along with reference to the early and current training programmes. The specific musical elements and instruments used in AnMt are highlighted to provide information about some of the unique aspects of this approach.

Keywords: anthroposophical music therapy, Rudolf Steiner, planetary scales, Mercury Bath, anthroposophical training in music therapy

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