History and background . . .
In 1974 The Swedish Association for Music Therapy, Svenska förbundet för musikterapi (SFM) was founded by a handful of people interested in music therapy. 1977 SFM started to publish a journal, Musikterapi.
Music therapy training on academic level was first introduced 1981 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm as a postgraduate program in music therapy for educated music teachers.
1985 Sjöviks folkhögskola started a basic course in music therapy at folk high school level.
Musikterapiinstiutet, a private institute, was founded 1987 in Uppsala with the aim to educate in the method called Functional Music Therapy (FMT) A program on graduate level in Functional music therapy started 1988 at Ingesund University College of Music.
Theoretical Foundations . . .
Recognition and approval . . .
Working Areas for Music Therapists:
- Educational systems: e.g. Normal- and special schools, Kindergarten, Prison, Music schools
- Clinical- or psychiatric work: e.g. Hospital (e.g. palliative, cancer, childcare units), Psychiatric hospital, Geriatric ward, Private music therapy centres, Childcare institution, Psychiatric care for adults, children of youths.
- Community-based work: e.g. Cultural engagement (culture and health), Youth clubs, Activity centre e.g. mentally handicapped, Projects, Human service system e.g. health stations
- Consultants: e.g. Health care system, Administration, Education (high school, university), Counselling, County team, Autism centre, Observation center
Research and Literature . . .
Bergström-Isacsson, M. (2011). Music and vibroacoustic stimulation in people with Rett syndrome – A neurophysiological study. Dissertation.Aalborg: Aalborg Universitet.
Bergström-Isacsson, M., Julu, P., & Witt Engerström, I. (2007). Autonomic responses to Music and Vibroacoustic Therapy in Rett Syndrome. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy , 16(1), pp. 42-59.
Körlin, D. (2002). An neuropsychological Theory of Traumatic Imagery in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) Guided Imagery and Music. Barcelona publishers, Gilsum NH
Körlin, D. (2005). Creative Arts Therapies in Psychiatry. A clinical application of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) and Creative Arts Groups. Doctoral Dissertation, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Lejonclou, A., & Trondalen, G. (2009). I have started to move into my body. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy , 18 (1), pp. 79-92.
Professional associations . . .
Förbundet för Musikterapi i Sverige, FMS was founded in 2000. The association represents Swedish music therapy as a whole and is an association working for cooperation between different forms of music therapy, and for a professional recognition. FMS publishes a journal twice a year: Musikterapi i Sverige
Riksförbundet för diplomerade musikterapeuter, RFDM is a professional organization for Functional Music Therapists.
Sveriges akademiska musikterapeuter, SAM (Academical Music Therapists of Sweden) is a professional organization for Music Therapists with academic education on advanced level.
Training programs . . .
Royal College of Music in Stockholm
• Master´s programme in Music Therapy MA
• Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)
The music therapy program at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm is open for students with at least a 180 ECTS music teacher program or corresponding qualifications and professional experience of using music in an educational or health-care context. You can also be eligible on the strength of other higher education (psychologist, teacher, occupational therapist, physician or suchlike) plus documented practical and theoretical knowledge of music.
The program is founded on a broad humanistic and psychodynamic basis with a focus on communicative musicality and integration of musical and therapeutic competences. It is aimed to develop the student’s professional skills to use music for purposes of health promotion and therapy.
The program includes music therapy methodology, music therapy practice, supervision and music therapy self experience.
The theoretical studies focus on music, psychology, psychotherapy, ethics and relevant clinical literature.
The student graduate with a Master’s thesis.
Expressive Arts The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)
The 10th European GIM conference will be held in Vadstena and organized by Expressive Arts. For information and registration go to: