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Literature relevant to GIM

There is already a considerable body of research material available. Research is ongoing, and resources are available from AMI. Check out our own list of GIM related research literature.

Aalborg University has a PhD program where music therapy clinicians from all over the world do research in diverse clinical areas. A number of dissertations/theses are on GIM-based or -related projects.

Lars Ole Bonde has created a comprehensive database om GIM literature up to January 2016.

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An Overview of Research in the BMGIM

An overview from the beginning till 2010 by Denise Grocke: "Research studies in the Bonny Method of GIM indicate diversity of topics and research methods across quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and music analysis. Most are studies of individual Bonny Method GIM sessions, while others report on group music and imagery sessions. Many modifications are being used in order to responsibly “treat” people with severe illness (e.g., psychiatric disorders), and new music programs are being constructed, with contemporary music, and music specific to cultural needs. Given the small numbers of Bonny Method GIM therapists worldwide, it is encouraging to see just how much research has been done, and this augurs well for enhancing the status of the Bonny Method of GIM alongside comparable therapeutic methods. "

Selection of  Published Books

The Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy offers PhD education within the science of music therapy. The doctoral students are trained in a stimulating international research milieu and meets twice a year in Aalborg for one-week courses where they work with the peer group, invited presenters and the supervisors. In this cross-disciplinary and enriching learning community research ideas and problems are shared, and learning has value at an academic as well as at a professional and personal level following the principles of Problem Based Learning. In order to provide an academic research culture with a perspective on practice integrated at all levels of training, the doctoral students are expected to document clinical music therapy expertise within a specific field. With this as a starting point, the aim is to promote accumulation of clinical evidence, scientific knowledge, advanced competence in research methodology, theory development and international cooperation in a collaborative atmosphere of learning

This Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) relaxation and healing oriented experience has been developed for those with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19.

Journal of the Association for Music & Imagery: "The mission of the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music for those trained in the method and for related professionals. To this end, the Journal publishes original research that advances knowledge of theory, applications, and outcomes of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and related methods. Articles may reflect any form of research, including quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, philosophical, and case studies. The Journal is published biennially and all manuscripts submitted to the Journal are subject to a masked peer review."

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