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Music therapists' experience of self in clinical improvisation in music therapy: a phenomenological invesitigation.

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posted on 2013-09-09, 08:34 authored by Tríona Mary McCaffrey
How do music therapists experience themselves in clinical improvisation in music therapy? The aim of this inter-disciplinary study is to show how music therapists describe and experience the life-world of the self in clinical improvisation through phenomenological investigation. Informed by sociological social psychological theory proposing that the self develops in social discourses, this study explores the self within improvisation as a musical and inter-subjective space that is commonly used in music therapy practice. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of transcripts from semi-structured interviews with two music therapists revealed five central themes in relation to the life-world of the self in improvisation. These included mindful meeting of equals, importance of the fundamentals, flexibility and adaptability, personal fulfilment and, balancing the professional and musical self. These findings support the idea of improvisation as a social discourse and suggest that this may have significant implications for clients and therapists who employ such a means of relating.

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The Arts in Psychotherapy;40(3), pp. 306-311

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Elsevier

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peer-reviewed

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Arts in Psychotherapy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Arts in Psychotherapy, 40(3), pp. 306-311, doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2013.05.018

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English

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