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The Piano and the Couch: Music and Psyche. By Margret Elson

Michael D. Singer
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 34 Number 2: Page 120 (June 2019)

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Abstract: Margret Elson is unusual in her integrative approach and this fascinating book describes her work with pianists, as both piano teacher and psychodynamic psychotherapist. The title refers to her actual office, in which pianists move between the client couch and the piano, depending upon their musical/therapeutic need in a given session. Pianists often come to her because of problems with playing, problems that other piano teachers have not known how to fix, or often have not known how to name. These musicians ultimately find that musicianship is closely related to psychological well-being. Ms. Elson helps them understand this relationship and how to productively address both.

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