Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 1303(2013), pp84–86
Title: Creativity and improvisation as therapeutic tools within music therapy
Author: Concetta M. Tomaino
Abstract: The neuroscience of creativity and music improvisation is a fascinating topic and one with strong implications for clinical music therapy. Music therapists are trained to use musical improvisation as a means to bring their clients into deeper therapeutic relationship as well as free up any inhibitions or limitations that may block recovery. Could recent fMRI studies of jazz musicians showing areas of brain activation during music improvisation provide a new framework to understand underlying mechanisms at work with neurologically impaired individuals?
KEYWORDS: music; improvisation; music therapy; music and brain; neurological function