Journal article

The Use of Performances in Music Therapy Practice in Australia: A Qualitative Study

Lucy O'Grady, Katrina McFerran

British Journal of Music Therapy | SAGE Publications | Published : 2012


The inclusion of performance as a part of the music therapy process is gaining increasing prominence in the literature. Although community music therapy discourse provides a theoretical explanation for the inclusion of performances, better understandings of the practical motivations underlying clinicians' use of performance are needed. Drawing on the responses of 18 Australian music therapists to an emailed questionnaire, this qualitative investigation solicited descriptions of how and why performances were included in their practices and what potential therapeutic outcomes and pitfalls had been experienced. Questionnaire responses were analysed using open coding – an inductive process that ..

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