Journal article

Music's Role in Facilitating the Process of Healing: A Thematic Analysis

J Lee, JW Davidson

Religions | MDPI AG | Published : 2017


This qualitative study aims to understand the factors motivating Korean migrants’ participation in weekly Charismatic Prayer Meetings in a Catholic Church. As music plays a crucial role in these meetings, the paper explores whether active engagement with music motivated the long-term commitment of participants to the meetings. The research is based on a thematic analysis of a focus group comprising six Korean adults living in Australia. Results show that music performed in religious forms such as Praise and Worship and Speaking/Singing in Tongues prayers was found to intensify spiritual experiences of the people as a group, and over time, each participant experienced improved physical and me..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council, Discovery Project, Musical Investment, DP 140102679. The authors express sincere gratitude to the participants who shared their private and religious experiences.