Clinical music therapy practice shows that psychiatric patients often have great interest in music creation and performance. However, we observe that this artistic activity, which is usually practiced in a solitary manner, always leads to a stagnation of the creative process.
In this exploratory study we shall investigate (i) whether using a process-compositional approach can break through this isolation and (ii) how the artistic process can be supported and facilitated in a manner resulting in the creation of a real musical product. Process-composition is described here as a music therapy approach where improvisation and composition are closely intertwined. As proto-musical themes emerge spontaneously during improvisation, they will be developed by compositional techniques and/or interventions. This procedure takes place within the context of an intensive dialogue in which the therapist/researcher is a key figure, sustaining the creative process.
This exploratory study uses a multiple case study design. On the basis of this study, new music therapy interventions will be developed to address the stagnation and the solitary nature of creative processes in patients with long-term psychotic problems. Furthermore, the study will include the influence of these process-composition approaches on the Quality of Life (QoL) of patients.

Research unit: Music & Drama

Duration: 2018 - 2022


Prof. dr. Jos De Backer

Prof. dr. Katrien Foubert

Drs. Leen Adam