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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Music therapy, Trauma, Speech therapy, Song speech


The techniques employed in the field of Music Therapy often deal with rebuilding the executive functions of someone who has suffered from brain trauma. By accessing song and speech at the same time, often the brain is able to create new pathways and heal itself with a persistent therapeutic regimen. This paper examines in what ways can these music therapy techniques could be applied usefully to other non-therapeutic practices of song speech like recitative. If these techniques are able to rehabilitate people with hampering disabilities, perhaps there are more efficient ways to prepare, practice, and perform for musicians seeking to streamline the music making process.

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