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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter explores therapeutic approaches to singing with regard to personal and cultural developments, and includes several diverse strands of musicking: creating, composing, performing, and listening. The chapter explores this topic through the lens of contemporary culture and research, and gives a special emphasis to orate singing traditions—those which do not use a written notation system. By revaluing thesetraditions, possibilities for therapeutic uses of singing have been liberated. The author’s work has demonstrated that singing has the ability to strengthen people physically and emotionally. It also indicates that therapeutic work (in this case, singing) must bring individuals and communities together in order to provide healing at the deepest level.

Keywords: therapeutic approaches, orate singing traditions, musicking, culture, healing

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