Music Technology Tools – A Therapist-in-a-box?
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Music technology
mental health and wellbeing

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Jonassen, K. (2021). Music Technology Tools – A Therapist-in-a-box?. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 21(2).


The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the discussion of technology in music therapy and public health, focusing on the human–computer interaction and the cocreation of mental health. Foundational theory explaining the possible therapeutic dynamics that can occur when engaged in digital technology is presented, along with two case vignettes that illustrate how adolescents interact with digital music technology to promote mental health and wellbeing. The discussion includes reflections concerning actor-network theory, agency, and affordance-theory, and it argues that the iPad should be considered a valuable co-agent in the agent-network functioning to promote adolescents’ mental health.

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