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The New Music Therapist's Handbook, Second Edition

by Suzanne Hanser
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Dr. Hanser's well-respected Music Therapist's Handbook has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the latest developments in the field of music therapy.

This new edition includes valuable information for both students and professionals alike, including:

  • An introduction to the field of music therapy
  • New clinical applications and techniques in music therapy for children,adolescents, adults, and individuals with specific handicaps
  • Helpful case studies and anecdotes
  • How to design, implement, and evaluate individualized treatment programs, including guidelines for beginning music therapists

About the Author

Suzanne Hanser

Read a Sample Chapter

New Music Therapist's sample chapter


"The Art and Science of Music Therapy at Berklee" film documentary wins prestigious Telly Award

"The Art and Science of Music Therapy at Berklee" documentary won the Silver Telly Award in the Motivational Documentary category at the 24th Annual Telly Awards, a prestigious festival for many television and cable networks. This year the festival received over 10,000 entries, all of which are judged on their production excellence. The documentary also won two awards at the 2002 Communicator Awards: an Award of Distinction for Creativity/Directing and the Award of Distinction in the College/University Documentary category. The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field.


"This book will leave you with a profound appreciation for the contributions that music therapists can make in a variety of clinical settings. Using a data based model, Dr. Hanser offers guidelines for constructing successful treatment programs that emphasize the importance of integrating individual therapist's creativity, experience, and values into treatment programs. This is an illustrative and insightful guide for all music therapists."

- Joan M. Vitello, MSN, RN, FAAN, Patient Care Manager of Emergency and Community Services, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

"A must for all music therapists and anyone interested in this exciting and effective modality of care. Extremely well-written, this guide reflects Dr. Hanser's rich and extensive clinical experience. Students as well as seasoned clinicians will find this work to be extremely valuable."

- John S. McIntyre, M.D., Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Former President of the American Psychiatric Association

"What a wonderful book for everyone--both professionals and non-professionals alike interested in music therapy. I will recommend it to my colleagues in the music industry."

- Karl Bruhn, Presidential Advisor, American Music Therapy Association