Music therapy (MT) helps with various diseases through music, where the musical instrument is an essential element, defined as the tool of communication between the patient and the music therapist. Despite the first music therapists began to appear in the twentieth century, there is still a lack of proper instruments and solutions more focused on therapy, and it is usually chosen to make changes to pre-existent instruments. Through research methods, such as bibliographic investigation, interviews and product analysis, the field of MT was investigated, as well as how it can be related to design, involving concepts like emotional design, relaxation and meditation, in order to develop an instrument that can be used in MT sessions, by both therapist and patient. A swinging wood idiophone was developed with a single note, through a Design research based on practice, called innovation inspired by materials adjusting its initial shape and ergonomics according to the desired sound which aims to prolong and oscillate the sound. This paper presents the investigation and process since the definition of shape and the inherent concepts of the proposed product, to the finishes and a brief discussion.
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Nunes, B., Rodrigues, I., Pinho, A. (2021). Development of a Musical Instrument to Apply to Music Therapy. In: Correia Castilho, L., Dias, R., Pinho, J.F. (eds) Perspectives on Music, Sound and Musicology. Current Research in Systematic Musicology, vol 10. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78451-5_20
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