The Modern Idea of Creativity and its Influence on Music Therapy
Music and Arts in Action
University of Exeter
© Music and Arts in Action 2016
In recent years, improvisation has been recognized as one of the most important tools for music therapy. Several accounts have been made concerning the importance of improvisation, each from a particular music therapists point of view. In this essay, my objective is to consider how modern, Western ideas concerning improvisation have informed the practices and philosophies of music therapy. I begin with a comparison of traditional Japanese ideas concerning creativity and modern Western conceptions of creativity and improvisation, focusing in particular on the influence of reflexive modernity. Next I consider the influence of reflexive modernity on improvisation within contemporary music therapy, discussing the psychologized tendencies of modern music and music therapy. I conclude by invoking Deleuze and Guattaris concept of line of fight to advocate for a model of music therapy that connects the music and the individual to something outside as in The Otoasobi Project in Japan and in various non-Western healing traditions.
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Vol. 5 (1), pp. 5-10