This is an inspiring and practical guide that we're sure would be of real interest to Occupational Therapists, anyone working in day centres, social care settings and community music projects. It also challenges us all to think about the opportunities that people should be able to enjoy around music, whether it's performance or as a member of the audience.
International Journal of Developmental Disabilities
... this is a book worthy of a place in an OT department where the emphasis is always on evidence based practice, underpinned by the core principles of our profession. It offers practical examples of how music can be experience by people who are diagnosed with a learning disability.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
What is very evident is the power of music, as well as the author's passion for it, and how this can be harnessed as a positive force for change, and indeed many compelling illustrations are given of this. This section of the text, and the example group plans, are a joy to read and will hopefully encourage others to use music as part of their occupational therapy tool kit.
Professor Colin Barnes, Centre for Disability Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
Music is said to be a universal language. But, beyond the confines of "music therapy," disabled people, and particularly those labelled "with learning difficulties," encounter a whole range of barriers when accessing mainstream musical activities. Music and the Social Model provides an innovative and much needed analysis of these issues and how they might be overcome. It is essential reading for everyone working in the disability and related fields and comes highly recommended.
Lindsey Stewart, an aspiring singer
Jane has written this book with OTs in mind however the breadth of her approach to the whole subject can be appreciated by a very wide audience. The way she explores, explains and brings to life in accessible language so many aspects of music means that she has created an invaluable and inspirational resource. For those of us who love music and wish to learn more about its complexities, whatever our perspective, this book will open many doors.
Cathy McCormack, deaf occupational therapist, Fulbright Scholar in deaf studies and Gallaudet University graduate
Jane's use of the Social Model of Disability as a means of realising a disabled person's inclusion/participation in music really resonated with me. By the end of this book I wanted to arrange a couple of sessions with Jane myself so convincing was she that music and the environments in which it exists could be adapted in a way that would enable my access to it. As Jane says "everyone who dreams has music"; this book has given me a roadmap to begin my own journey towards realising my own musical dream.
Evie Faulkner, student of Occupational Therapy
The way this book is laid out is easy for the reader to understand and follow, allowing the educational and theoretical elements to blend in with the reality of using OT in practice, specifically in music. Throughout the book Jane keeps the language theoretical and factual while still understandable, fun and without waffle. The book also helps us, as students, to understand what is actually important to the individual and gives us stepping stones to start to understand that everything is individual; teaching us to not simply follow a model. I think that this is a captivating and spellbinding book, which contains necessary information and facts along with the added creativity and spark needed to inspire as well as teach.