History and models of music therapy (20 hours) by Luigi Casiglio

Form: 20 hours
CFA: 3
Teachers: Luigi Casiglio 
Frequency: Twice a week
Entry Requirements: None
Class size: 15 students
Places available: 15
Limitations: Open to all students in all academic areas


The course aims to offer a general presentation of music therapy and an overview of the main orientations. We will explore historical models of music therapy within the international scientific landscape.


History of music therapy

Overview of the main models of music therapy from both the theoretical and practical points of view:

  • the model of M. Priestley – Analytical music therapy
  • Bonny’s model – GIM Music Therapy (Guided Imagery in Music)
  • the Nordoff-Robbins model – Creative Music Therapy
  • Madsen’s model – Behavioral Music Therapy
  • the model of RO Benenzon – Music Therapy Benenzon
  • the model by L. Casiglio – MTR (Relational Music Therapy)
  • Cross-cutting themes present: Active music therapy and receptive music therapy, The setting and the GOS, The first meeting with the patient, The collection of information and the evaluation, The deliveries.


  • Lecture notes provided by the teacher
  • Benenzon RO (1998), Manual of music therapy, Rome, Borla.
  • Benenzon RO – L. Casiglio – ME D’Ulisse (2005), Music therapy and profession between theory and practice: from the first contact to supervision, Rome, Il Minotauro, chap. 1 and 2.
  • BRUSCIA KE (2001), Models of improvisation in music therapy, Rome, ISMEZ, units 2 and 4
  • Casiglio L. (2016), Towards a Model of Relational Music Therapy (MTR), in: L. Chiappetta Cajola
  • AL Rizzo, “Inclusive teaching and music therapy. Operating proposals from an ICF-CY and EBE perspective, Milan, Franco Angeli, 198-225.

Written exam consisting of 8 questions. Student must answer 6 out of the 8.