Why is music so important to most of us? How does music help us both in our everyday lives, and in the more specialist context of music therapy? This book suggests a new way of approaching these topical questions, drawing from Ansdell's long experience as a music therapist, and from the latest thinking on music in everyday life. Vibrant and moving examples from music therapy situations are twinned with the stories of 'ordinary' people who describe how music helps them within their everyday lives. Together this complementary material leads Ansdell to present a new interdisciplinary framework showing how musical experiences can help all of us build and negotiate identities, make intimate non-verbal relationships, belong together in community, and find moments of transcendence and meaning. How Music Helps is not just a book about music therapy. It has the more ambitious aim to promote (from a music therapist's perspective) a better understanding of 'music and change' in our personal and social life. Ansdell's theoretical synthesis links the tradition of Nordoff-Robbins music therapy and its recent developments in Community Music Therapy to contemporary music sociology and music studies. This book will be relevant to practitioners, academics, and researchers looking for a broad-based theoretical perspective to guide further study and policy in music, well-being, and health.

chapter |20 pages

Introduction: Music’s Help

part |2 pages

Part I: Musical Worlds

chapter 1|18 pages

Musical Ecologies

chapter 2|10 pages

Musical Lifeworlds

part |2 pages

Part II: Musical Experience

chapter 3|11 pages

The Music of Experience

chapter 4|17 pages

Aspects of Musical Experience

chapter 5|8 pages

Helpful Musical Experiences

part |2 pages

Part III: Musical Personhood

chapter 6|10 pages

Musical Recognition

chapter 7|12 pages

Core Musicality

chapter 8|16 pages

Musical Identities

chapter 9|8 pages

Musical Performances

part |2 pages

Part IV: Musical Relationship

chapter 10|6 pages

Musical Connection

chapter 11|12 pages

Musical Companionship

chapter 12|16 pages

Musical Dialogue

chapter 13|16 pages

Musical Meeting

part |2 pages

Part V: Musical Community

chapter 14|14 pages

Musical Togetherness

chapter 15|12 pages

Musical Hospitality

chapter 16|14 pages

Musical Belonging

chapter 17|14 pages

Musical Ritual

part |2 pages

Part VI: Musical Transcendence

chapter 18|14 pages

Musical Epiphany

chapter 19|14 pages

Musical Thresholds

chapter 20|20 pages

Musical Hope