Vocal and instrumental improvisation in music therapy (20 hours) by Valter Dadone

Form: 20 hours
CFA: 3
Teachers: Walter Dodone 
Frequency: Twice a week
Entry Requirements: Having attended and passed eligibility in “History and models of music therapy” and/or “Theories and Techniques of Communication”
Class size: 15 students
Places available: 15
Limitations: Open to all students of all academic areas


The course aims to develop and develop the basic skills within a music therapy session, between voice and instruments. layout. Different improvisational structures (such as mirroring, imitation, variation, transmodal tuning) will be analyzed with the aim of identifying the most appropriate ways to relate to the patient.

Covered Topics:

  1. 1.Analysis of improvisational prerequisites: listening skills, spontaneity, creativity, freedom of expression, sound identity.
  2. 2.Elements of creative music therapy (Nordoff-Robbins, Alvin).
  3. 3.Experimentation and analysis of improvised structures: a. Sound and body reflection; b.imitation; c.variation; trans-modal tuning; sound dialogue.
  4. Implementation of techniques illustrated in individual and group sessions.


  • Bruscia KE (2001), Models of improvisation in music therapy, Rome, Ismez Editore.
  • Wigram T. (2005), Improvisation. Methods and techniques for clinicians, educators and music therapy students, Rome, Ismez Editore.


Written report/analysis of one’s own improvisational style, descriptions of the modifications occurred during the workshop. Student’s self-observation skills and willingness to learn new models of improvisation will be evaluated.