Handbook Music Tech

‘Never be the threshold of your client’

(Groothuis, 2015)


The way we learn, play, and interact has changed more in the past 15 years than in the previous 570 since Gutenberg’s popularization of the printing press. Spending an average of 8 hours per day interacting with one and sometimes even two devices simultaneously, the digital world has found its way into our everyday life. Even though this exposure and interaction can vary by socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and geography, it does not come as a surprise that we seem to have become dependent on the devices as they have enriched our lives. The amount of time it takes for a new technology to be used by 50 million people is unprecedented: with radio it took 38 years; for the telephone, 20; for television 13; the worldwide web, 4; Facebook 3.6 years; for twitter 3, for iPads 2 and for Google+ 88 days. With this increase, we, as well, subsequently reached a new frontier in the development of the brain. Visual areas as well as areas for attention and focus take over other unrelated tasks as the span of attention has been cut by more than 30% in this fast-moving world. In contrast, areas promoting working memory and motor areas controlling hands, fingers and thumbs have increased in connectivity.

In this Handbook, ae aim at providing the theoretical framework, where the practices-based approach will be imbedded in. This handbook can be used to teach, learn and in every day clinical practice as a guide, a collection of methods and approaches and last but not least a window into the practical use of music technology. We will approach these points from an educational stand, which will provide support as to how music technology can be thought in professional education. Furthermore, we will provide teaching materials for lecturers, clinical applications and a step-by-step manual for a selection of the most common music technologies used in the music therapy profession to date.

- Marijke Groothuis, Carola Werger & Dr. Artur C Jaschke