Journal article

A Conceptual Framework: The Musical Self as a Unique Pathway to Outcomes in the Acute Pediatric Health Setting

Helen Shoemark, Jo Rimmer, Janeen Bower, Belinda Tucquet, Lauren Miller, Michelle Fisher, Nicholas Ogburn, Beth Dun

JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

This article reports on a project at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne in which the music therapy team synthesized their practice and related theories to propose a new conceptual framework for music therapy in their acute pediatric setting. The impetus for the project was the realization that in the process of producing key statements about the non-musical benefits of music therapy, the cost was often the suppression of information about the patient's unique musical potential as the major (mediating) pathway from referral reason, to music therapy, and to effective outcomes. The purpose of the project was to articulate how this team of clinicians conceive of the patient's musical self a..

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