Front and center stage: participants performing songs created during music therapy

Baker, Felicity A. (2013) Front and center stage: participants performing songs created during music therapy. Arts in Psychotherapy, 40 1: 20-28. doi:10.1016/j.aip.2012.09.004

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Author Baker, Felicity A.
Title Front and center stage: participants performing songs created during music therapy
Journal name Arts in Psychotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1479-0726
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aip.2012.09.004
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 20
End page 28
Total pages 9
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This study sought to understand what impact and role the performance of self-composed songs played in the therapeutic songwriting process for music therapy participants across their lifespan. Forty-five music therapy clinicians and researchers with established expertise in therapeutic songwriting were interviewed to gain their perspectives on a range of issues related to songwriting as a music therapy method. Grounded theory methods were used to analyze the interview transcripts and led to the construction of three main themes: performance affects music therapy participants’ wellbeing; performance impacts on the relationship between participants and the audience; and performance preparation and contexts affects the experience. Findings indicate that performance of self-composed songs can be beneficial for music therapy participants when the client-characteristics are appropriate. Clinicians need to be mindful of potential risks to music therapy participants’ wellbeing when deciding whether to encourage or discourage performance possibilities.
Keyword Therapeutic songwriting
Music therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes © 2012 Published by Elsevier Inc.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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