Current research shows the numerous benefits of music therapy techniques within hospice settings. However, there is little research to show us how often these techniques are differentiated or employed within hospice settings. The purpose of this study is to examine how music therapists working in the hospice field apply music therapy techniques and how their education has prepared them to do so. A web-based survey was sent out via email to the 82 hospice music therapists who were members of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Only 39 of these music therapists completed the survey, a return rate of 49%. Respondents reported the most commonly employed music therapy technique to be validation. They also indicated that they felt most prepared to use patient instrument play based on education emphasis in their college coursework. Musical repertoire building was shown to be the most helpful aspect of the music therapy curriculum that applied to clinical hospice practice. Survey results indicated a high demand for more curricular emphasis on the techniques of bereavement and grief counseling.
|Advisor:||Standley, Jayne M.|
|Commitee:||Darrow, Alice-Ann, Gregory, Dianne, Madsen, Clifford K.|
|School:||The Florida State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Health education, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||End-of-life, Hospice education, Hospice music therapy, Hospice music therapy curriculum, Music therapy education|
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