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April 2020

The development and implementation of a music therapy physiological measures test

Journal/Book: Journal of Music therapy. 1984; 21: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. National Association for Music Therapy 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 930 20910 Silver Spring, Maryland USA. 160-169.

Abstract: The purposes of this study were to design a music therapy physiological measures test (MTPMT) and to implement initial standardization procedures by administering the MTPMT to a sample of vocational rehabilitation clients. This evaluation, developed with the assistance of a physical therapy consultant, involves measurement of motions required for performance on four musical instruments: piano, organ, classical guitar, and trap drum set. The MTPMT was administered individually to thirty subjects with two separate administrations conducted at one-week intervals. The physical therapy consul- tant administered a comparable physical therapy evaluation containing the same items of motion as the MTPMT. When data from the MTPMT were compared to data from the physical therapy evaluation, a significant validity coefficient was obtained. These results indicate that the MTPMT is a reliable, valid, easily administered method for recording gross and fine movements used in instrumental performance.

Keyword(s): assessment, music-therapy, physiological, physiological-responses, rehabilitation, vocational-rehabilitation, physiotherapy, instrument, performance.

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