Book Chapter

Re-Authoring the Self

Felicity A Baker, Raymond Macdonald

Handbook of Musical Identities | Oxford University Press | Published : 2017


This chapter explores issues of identity and song writing within clinical contexts, and outlines how therapeutic song writing addresses the emotional, communicative, cognitive, psychological, and social needs of an individual or group. A number of different approaches to therapeutic song writing are discussed, including improvisatory song writing, approaches where participants create new lyrics for existing songs (song parody), and approaches where completely new songs are written. Clinical issues related to the song writing processes that have a particular focus upon the centrality of identity work within creative activities are presented. The chapter discusses the potential of song writing..

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