Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Application of music therapy curriculum and techniques utilized by music therapists: A survey of hospice music therapists
by Wolverton, Mary Catherine, M.M., The Florida State University, 2012, 49; 1515795
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Standley, Jayne M.
Commitee: Darrow, Alice-Ann, Gregory, Dianne, Madsen, Clifford K.
School: The Florida State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Health education, Curriculum development
Keywords: End-of-life, Hospice education, Hospice music therapy, Hospice music therapy curriculum, Music therapy education
Publication Number: 1515795
ISBN: 9781267522696
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