The Way of Music
The Way of Music opens new pathways into the world of improvisational music therapy. Kalani Das draws from within and outside of the profession to guide the reader through a progressive and holistic process of sound exploration, beginning with the most basic elements of musical expression, through myriad music-based clinical techniques that culminate in an expanded and dynamic view of how the music therapist shapes improvisational experiences to better serve his/her clients.
The Way of Music is a curriculum that helps music therapists develop their skills in music and clinical improvisation. It is suitable for classrooms, as a semester or year course, and as an individual program for anyone who wishes to develop his/her capacities in clinical improvisation music therapy.
“I love this book! The Way of Music will be required reading for all my interns, helping them to be much more comfortable with the facilitation of groups as well as their one-on-one therapy experiences at bedside. The audio examples are fabulous and I appreciate the multi-cultural variety of instrumentation. This is a great resource for our music therapy community.”
- Barbara Reuer, PhD, MT-BC,
MusicWorx Inc., CEO
“This is not a book about technique – but technique is encouraged – More accurately, it is about relationship with music – and that is core to what we do as music therapists. Kalani gives us a roadmap, through experiential exercises and integrated information, to developing an authentic relationship with music – all for the purpose of facilitating meaningful change in our clients.”
- Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC
Director of Music Therapy, Radford University
“Kalani Das has not only written a well-organized, thoroughly researched book on musical improvisation as a therapy skill, he has also written an amazing textbook for music therapy educators like myself to use in developing musical improvisation as a clinical skill in my students. “The Way of Music” is rich with a wide range of information musical aspects of improvisation, psychological processes, the neuroscience of improvisation, and clinical interventions. The clear writing, exercises, and, especially, the audio examples make this a major contribution to music therapy practice and education. I will absolutely use it for my classes.”
- Barbara J. Crowe, MMT, MT-BC
Director of Music Therapy, Arizona State University
“The Way of Music provides a multitude of experiences designed to develop skills for the therapist within a framework that allows for creativity, progressing from more concrete experiences for newer improvisers, up through more advanced experiences within relational contexts for practitioners. This will surely serve generations of students and therapists in their development as musical beings, helping to make connections between the classroom experience and clinical setting on the usefulness of improvisation to reach deeply into relationships and expression.”
- Robin Rio, MM, MT-BC
Associate Professor of Music Therapy, Arizona State University