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A contribution to a theory of music therapy: Additional phenomenological perspectives on GestaltQualitat and transitional phenomena

Journal/Book: Journal of Music Therapy. 1987; 24: 224-238.

Abstract: Identified prominent themes or principles central to music therapy theory and practice through a content analysis of the Journal of Music Therapy from 1964 to 1984. Research focused on the extent to which music therapy theory and practice are related to physiological response to music, psychological theory, and theories developed within the music therapy profession. Data indicate no single theory central to music therapy practice. However, the following emphases were noted: Behavioral and psychoanalytic theories were prominent psychological theories influencing music therapy practice; a large percentage of articles attributed music's therapeutic value to its ability to aid socialization, enhance self-esteem, and energize through rhythm; and there was a significant difference between the handicapped population covered in research and the demographic figures describing populations most commonly served by music therapists.

Note: music therapy theory & practice themes in "Journal of Music Therapy"; 1964 84

Keyword(s): Music therapy; content analysis; scientific communication

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