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Special Issue Call for Papers

Analytical Music Therapy: Reflections and Contemporary Developments

Abstracts deadline
29 November 2019

This special issue will consider the contributions of Mary Priestley’s approach to the international practice of music therapy.

Special Issue Editors
Kenneth Aigen
Brian Harris
Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff

Mary Priestley’s development of the model of analytical music therapy (AMT) was an important step in the history of music therapy. First implemented in the 1970s, it represents a fully developed model of psychodynamic music therapy. Priestley trained others in her approach, and among her trainees was Benedikte B. Scheiby, a Danish music therapist who moved to the US and trained therapists in AMT from 1991- 2018. Although other training programs have been influenced by AMT, Scheiby maintained Priestley’s original AMT training structure with her AMT trainees. Contemporary AMT practitioners have continued to implement Priestley’s model and apply it in diverse contexts. This special issue of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy will focus on the origins and contemporary developments of this internationally-practiced model of music therapy.

Submission instructions

A one-page abstract (250 word max) should be emailed to amt.special.issue@gmail.com by November 29, 2019. Abstracts should include a statement on the contribution the manuscript will make to the understanding of AMT. Decisions on proposals will be sent to authors by December 15, 2019.

This special issue will focus on the Priestley model of analytical music therapy. All music therapists with a special interest in AMT are encouraged to submit. Contributions to the special issue may include manuscripts that address the following themes:

  • the origins, history, development, and dissemination of the AMT model
  • research projects focusing on AMT.
  • aspects of AMT training.
  • contemporary clinical applications of AMT.
  • AMT theory

Please note, authors submitting manuscripts based upon descriptions of their own clinical work should have received a formal training in the lineage of Mary Priestley.

Manuscript submissions will be peer reviewed and invitation of a full paper (following abstract submission) does not guarantee publication.

Important Dates

November 29, 2019:  Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts

January 1, 2019:  Editor Decisions on Abstracts to Invite for Full Manuscripts

March 13, 2020:  Deadline for Submission of Manuscripts

May 15, 2020:  First Review Decisions Go Out to Authors

June 15, 2020:  Revisions of Manuscripts Due

August 14, 2020:  Decisions on Revised Manuscripts

September 15, 2020:  Final Manuscripts Due for Production of Journal