Author(s): Claire Molyneux
An encounter in the music therapy room exists beyond, within and without words and yet our efforts to communicate what takes place are often reduced to words.
Only Connect: Poems and Stories from New Zealand Music Therapy is a book about love, values and journeys. It is the result of a collaboration between New Zealand music therapists that aims to experientially engage the reader to share our encounters in the therapy room through ‘poetry-centred accounts’. Grounded in clinical practice, each piece of writing starts from the lived experience in the therapy room and attempts to convey something of the ineffable and intangible aspects of music therapy.
With a foreword by Dr Sarah Hoskyns, Director of the Master of Music Therapy at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, this book will appeal to people looking for a more personal account of music therapy practice, including those who may access music therapy themselves, parents, carers, specialists working in related fields, and students.
'I am delighted and honoured to welcome you to this collection of writings by music therapists from Aotearoa New Zealand celebrating a topic that is very near to my heart; that is, the artistic responsiveness of therapists to their own practice. Claire Molyneux and the New Zealand music therapist authors represented here have created an elegant and refreshing book about people, music, place, time and the music therapy relationships that have evolved. I have taught or worked closely with each of them, and feel proud and excited to observe their creativity. I challenge you to not be moved and changed by the accounts of beautifully diverse work that are shared in the book.' --Dr Sarah Hoskyns, Victoria University of Wellington.