Published Articles

Rick Soshensky has published a large number of articles for a variety of clinical practice textbooks, music therapy journals, professional websites and newsletters. Here are a few samples (see curriculum vitae for complete listing):

Everybody is a Star: Performing, Recording & Community Music Therapy, published in Music Therapy Perspectives (2012)

This article discusses assisting music therapy clients to become involved in the wider social contexts and community oriented aspects of music such as performing, recording and making music videos

Music: The Language of Well-Being Published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care and Assisted Living July 6, 2010
This article discusses music’s dynamic potential to stimulate interaction, self-expression and community-building can encourage well-being in residents challenged with cognitive impairment, memory loss and dementia in long-term care settings.


Developing a Guitar-Based Approach in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
by Rick Soshensky (2005). Music Therapy Perspectives, Vol. 23: Issue 2.

This article addresses the use of guitar in Nordoff-Robbins music therapy. Nordoff-Robbins has long been identified as an exclusively piano-based model and, as such, the extant literature has not closely examined the use of guitar as pioneered by Rick within the approach. A two-year course of music therapy at the New York Nordoff-Robbins Center with a young boy diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder will be followed with the therapist utilizing guitar as the primary instrument. Click here to see the notes to Rick’s AMTA talk “Developing a Guitar-Based Approach in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.”
“Releasing a CD of Original Client Music to the Public as an Aspect of Brain Injury Treatment” by Rick Soshensky on

Another piece about the use of recording as it relates to a treatment process.
‘Music Therapy with Children with Emotional Disturbances’
One of Two Chapters by Rick Soshensky for the AMTA Monograph Series Effective Clinical Practice in Music Therapy: Music Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Mental Disorders

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