What's in the lyrics? A discussion paper describing the complexities of systematically analyzing lyrics composed in music therapy

McFerran-Skewes, Katrina, Baker, Felicity and Krout, Robert (2011) What's in the lyrics? A discussion paper describing the complexities of systematically analyzing lyrics composed in music therapy. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 17 1: 34-54.

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Author McFerran-Skewes, Katrina
Baker, Felicity
Krout, Robert
Title What's in the lyrics? A discussion paper describing the complexities of systematically analyzing lyrics composed in music therapy
Journal name Canadian Journal of Music Therapy
ISSN 1199-1054
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 34
End page 54
Total pages 21
Place of publication Waterloo, ON, Canada
Publisher Canadian Association for Music Therapy
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Songwriting is an increasingly prominent topic in music therapy literature. A number of large-scale investigations have examined strategies used by music therapists to compose songs with, and for, clients. Lyric analyses have also been published; these have canvassed small groups of clients in the areas of neurorehabilitation, palliative care, bereavement, and eating disorders. This paper describes an investigation that included a meta-analysis of client composed lyrics published in the music therapy literature and that aimed to make generalizations about the purpose of songwriting. It was hypothesized that goals being addressed through songwriting could be classified as either affirmation-oriented or process-oriented. This hypothesis was not confirmed; instead, the complexity of analyzing lyrics without sufficient contextual or "insider" information was confronted. Recommendations for future studies include the use of more systematic approaches to soliciting raw data and the use of analytic strategies.
Keyword Songwriting
Lyric analyses
Research methodology
Music therapy
Meta-analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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