‘The music of recognition: the recognition of music again’

Rachel Darnley-Smith

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In this paper I develop an idea adapted from Benjamin (1990) about the significance of mutual ‘recognition’  as a performative agent in the experience of shared music making in therapy. I will consider the role of music therapy in providing an opportunity for relationship where the client is in the late stages of dementia together with the notion of ‘recognition’ as a paradigm for building meaning within this relationship. I consider how this particular phenomenon of shared experience has profound resonance for a contemporary music therapy practice transgressing some of the assumed boundaries between existent clinical approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnpublished Invited Seminar Paper
Publication statusUnpublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • Music Therapy
  • Dementia
  • Winnicott
  • Recognition Theory

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