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Lyric convergence, predominantly songwriting, is broadly defined as the utilization of thoughts, experiences, and any variety of linguistic inputs from the patient and narrowing these verbalizations to some specific, unified, and concrete product.
Songwriting is used to assess mental health, enhance quality of life, adjust to and understand illness, assist in coping, facilitate self-expression and identity formation, review life, strengthen memories, progress through the grief process, enable inerpersonal communication, represent social, family, and individual protective factors, and address most other patient needs or objectives (O'Callaghan & Grocke, 2009).
Silverman (2003) used contingent songwriting in a psychiatric hospital to transfer positive behaviors learned within music therapy to the unit and meetings with treatment teams.
Blues Songwriting: Blues songwriting builds on a familiar harmonic progression (I-I-I-I-IV-IV-I-I-V-IV-I-I) and makes lyric creations easy as well. Call and response and repetition can make a simple idea sound complete.
Goodbye Songs: The music therapist may choose to collaborate with all medical staff involved with an individual soon to leave a facility to recollect, "medical milestones, personality traits, and humorous events" as the discharge song is sung to a familiar melody by everyone (Robb, 1996).
Grief Songwriting Protocol: Seven-session group songwriting protocol focusing on five identified grief process areas of understanding, feeling, remembering, integrating, and growing (Dalton & Krout, 2006).
Rapping: The use of rapping and the multiple applications that rapping can be used in.
Song Quotes Songwriting: A great way for individuals to focus on their own project and then express themselves confidently within a group. It is also a great way for an MT-BC to assess an individual's functioning level, cognitive orientation, mood, interests, musical preferences, and abilty to interact with others.
Songwriting "from Scratch": There are a great variety of approaches and books about songwriting. If you feel confident with patient preferred guitar styles, you can help write a wholly original song.
Songwriting to Establish a Therapeutic Relationship: Robb (1996) used songwriting, perhaps during initial assessments, in the form of an interview to provide information and facilitae expression of interests and feelings to the melodies and structures of songs such as, "Luka," by Suzanne Vega.
Word Substitution Songwriting: Sing well-known, repetitive songs then substitute individualized words or phrases, i.e., "This little _______ of mine, I'm gonna let it shine," or "I'm gonna _________________, down by the riverside!"