Abstract and Keywords
Music therapists create spaces for innovation and change. These spaces are full of processes that encourage healing. The field of play is an approach that focuses on how to be fully human and fully alive to the other and to oneself. This notion of “being with” is more expansive than therapeutic presence. It does not offer procedures or protocols that attempt to change behavior, mood, attitude, or ability to function in any direct way. Instead, the field of play provides an opportunity to attend to the ground of being. Being is a deeply philosophical notion that is full of mystery. The field of play assumes that if one gives attention to this ground as primary engagement, then the specific techniques and procedures used in music therapy will be more effective. The seven energy fields in the field of play represent a new way of thinking about theory and practice.
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