Music therapy has faced challenges to practice during lockdown. In this reflexive
study, the authors explored the creative possibilities of multi-tracking as a way of
sharing improvised dialogues. This involved the creation of recorded improvised
‘prompts’, a few minutes in length, which were then ‘answered’ using audio
software. Through reflections which draw on the principles of auto-ethnography,
we seek to describe and explore these experiences and draw meaning from them.
Both authors are improvising musicians, music therapists and music therapy
educators. While the project began as a way of maintaining motivation for
musical activity, affective experiences shared by the authors surfaced the need for
more systematic reflection on the therapeutic and pedagogical potential of the


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Annesley, L. & Haire, N. 2022, 'Experiences of music therapists sharing improvisation remotely during lockdown', Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing. https://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/11672

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