The role of aesthetic considerations in music therapy theory has an interesting history. Its examination sheds some light on fundamental areas of tension in music therapy as a health–promoting discipline that takes place through an art form. This first part of a two–part article examines the origins of thinking on this topic (Gaston, 1964; 1968) and provides a brief overview of its development from a variety of perspectives (Kenny 2006; Salas, 1990; Aigen, 1995; Summer, 1992; Lee, 2003). The use of aesthetic theory is placed within the context of philosophical thinking on the nature of aesthetic experience in general. In a second part of the article, critiques of aesthetic thinking will be presented and responded to. The author's stance is that aesthetic experience can be a highly relevant aspect of music therapy practice in certain applications, a belief that rests on the more fundamental notion that musical experiences in clinical contexts can be continuous with nonclinical musical experiences.
- Music therapy theory
- Phihsophical inquiry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Complementary and alternative medicine