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Title: The Role of the Music Therapist’s Spirituality in Therapy
Authors: Sutton, Brigette K
Keywords: Music Therapy;Spirituality
Issue Date: 17-Oct-2008
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore a new understanding of the music therapist’s experience of spirituality as related to his/her practice of music therapy. Much of the relevant literature discusses related subjects, such as spirituality, health care, psychotherapy, music, and music therapy. Some literature has begun to explore the relationship between music therapy and spirituality. However, the specific influence or role of the music therapist’s spirituality in music therapy needs to be better understood as the music therapy field strives to expand and improve its theoretical and practical foundations. This study employed a phenomenological design to explore the experiences of five participants. Five music therapists were interviewed in an open-ended, in-depth interview format. The data was then analyzed and coded. Four domains and 24 themes were identified from the compiled experiences of these individuals. Responses reflected the relevance of the literature on music therapy and spirituality thus far. Results also revealed more issues than were identified in the literature, indicating a need for further research in this area.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2886
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