Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 20, 2008 - The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music

My guest this week is Dr. Cohen. Nicki S. Cohen is Professor of Music Therapy and Voice at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and a faculty member of the Anna Maria College Institute for Music and Imagery. She received a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kansas; an M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver; and a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a clinical music therapist since 1978, and earned her status as a practitioner of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in 2001. She is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI).

Dr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Education and Clinical Training and as Council Coordinator for the Council on Education and Clinical Training, and she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Music Therapy. She also recently completed her term as the President of the Association for Music and Imagery. Presently, Dr. Cohen is a member of the AMTA Advisory Board for Education and Clinical Training and on the editorial board for the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Dr. Cohen is working towards her primary trainer status for the Association for Music and Imagery.

Nicki Cohen has worked with different clientele, including individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, schizophrenia, behavioral disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and neurological impairments. Her research has focused primarily on the application of singing to improve speech production in patients with neurogenic speech disorders, music therapy education, and Guided Imagery and Music. Dr. Cohen has served as an external reviewer for the theses and dissertations of international students in Australia, Canada, and Denmark. She is an active lecturer, and has been a featured speaker at both national and international conferences. A great deal of her music therapy and Bonny Method practice has included adaptive arts techniques for patients who require a more structured yet creative therapeutic environment.

Learn more at her website:

Also check out the Association for Music and Imagery to find more information or to locate a practitioner.

This is the last week to win A Kids N Tunes Christmas CD, donated by Ed Gallagher at the Beck Center in Ohio. Be the first person to leave a comment on this post to win a CD!

Listen to this show here.


Candie Stiles said...

I am going to listen to this show and I really look forward to it. I've heard about GIM before, and it will be great to hear from someone who practices it on a regular basis.

Janice M. Harris, MA, MT-BC said...

It was a great show, if I do say so myself. As the first commenter to this post, you win a CD. Email me your contact information and we'll ship one out to you:

Thanks for listening!

Eugene said...

Very interesting! I hope to catch the show soon. We at The Dallas School of Music have been providing private music education in the area for over 15 years. Though we do not work exclusively with 'impaired' students, we have had and currently have a fair share of families who know the value of music and music education as 'therapy'.

We have students with down syndrome, cerebral palsy and physical handicaps as well as many students with ADD and ADHD who all find the process of learning music more of a comfort than a challenge.

I would venture to say that many of our 'healthy' students (especially adults) use their music education as a form of relief, relaxation and escape. It's just another testament to the power of music!

Janice M. Harris, MA, MT-BC said...

You're exactly right, Eugene! Thanks for listening! You can catch the archived shows by either subscribing through iTunes or by listening on the player on the right side of the page.