Deep Listening, Broad Listening

Refining skills for caring for music

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Are you looking to enhance your awareness of what's going on in your music therapy sessions?

Are you wanting to slow down and look closely at the musical and extra-musical interactions occurring between between yourself and your clients?

Do you sometimes feel that you might be missing important information, but don't have time to stop and pay attention?

Then you've come to the right place.

Professor Gary Ansdell has spent his career as a Nordoff-Robbins trained music therapist delving into micro-analysis of music therapy sessions. Recording, indexing and analysing sessions to gain greater insights into clients and his own musical contributions.

In this tutorial Gary discusses why developing our listening skills is so important - more important even than our playing. He believes we need to slow down and pay closer attention to what is happening musically, increasing our awareness of how and what we're playing, and how and what our clients are playing.

In broad listening Gary encourages us to observe the extra-musical aspects of our sessions - what is happening 'around and down' the music? How are we noticing these details and how can they improve our practice?

While this practice of indexing and analysing sessions is common in NR music therapy, it is a useful tool for all music therapists to consider. Acknowledging barriers and presenting options for non-NR trained music therapists this tutorial provides you with the tools to improve the quality of your listening.

Developing your deep and broad listening skills will assist you to improve your client's outcomes, your music skills and your reflexive practice. Join us for this fabulous tutorial on Deep and Broad Listening in music therapy.

Your Instructor

Professor Gary Ansdell
Professor Gary Ansdell

Gary Ansdell has been a music therapist for thirty years, working mostly in the area of adult mental health and later-life care settings. He has been involved in a wide range of areas of music therapy practice, and in developing the Community Music Therapy movement. Gary has also been active in training and research, developing new Masters and PhD programmes for Nordoff Robbins, where he was Director of Education (2008-2015). He has published widely in the areas of music therapy and music and health and is author/co-author of seven books on music therapy, the latest of which include 'How Music Helps: In Music Therapy and Everyday Life' (2014) and with Tia DeNora 'Musical Pathways in Recovery: Community Music Therapy & Mental Wellbeing' (2016). His longterm collaboration with the music sociologist Tia DeNora has led to their joint editorship of the book series Music and Change and to their current involvement (with colleagues at Bergen University) on the project 'Care for Music: an ethnography of music in later life and end of life settings' - a major grant award from the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council: Gary is currently Professor at Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen; honorary Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Exeter University; Adjunct Professor at University of Limerick. He is an Associate of Nordoff Robbins, UK, where he is Convenor of the MPhil/PhD programme.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
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Yes, you do! Once you have watched all the tutorial video's you'll receive an email certificate of completion for the tutorial. If you choose to do any of the bonus content activities then you can earn even more CPD/CMTE credits.

For MT-BC’s in the US and Canada you can submit your certificate in the workshops/independant learning category as an ‘other continuing education opportunity’. You can use the following CBMT Domains when you submit your CMTE certificate.

CBMT Domains
B Assessment: 1. 2. 3b, c, g. 4. b, f, h, k, m. 7. 10. 11. 12. 13. 1, b, c, d.
C Interpret assessment information and communicate results: 3. 5.
D Treatment Planning and termination: 4. 7. 8. 11.
A Implementation: 1. a.
B Documentation: 1. 2. 4.
A Evaluation: 1. 6. 9.

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