Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Music and Transformation: Healing While Creating, Sharing, and Listening
by Duffy, Holly, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 88; 1522689
Abstract (Summary)

Music can generate powerful transformations for healing individuals. Before, during, and after creating or listening to music, people often feel profoundly changed. In this production thesis, using a artistic-creative methodology, the author recorded original songs for her debut album Bloom; analyzing from a depth psychological perspective her own transformation in the process. The author reviewed scientific, psychological, and artistic scholarship related to how music can heal and transform artists, participants, and listeners. Grounded in both scientific and therapeutic principles, the author examines the Jungian constructs of the tension of opposites, archetypal energies, and the transcendent function at work in her challenges of creating and sharing music. She demonstrates how depth psychology helped her understand the transformations occurring in her as she pursued her music, and the way in which the music itself served her process as a transcendent function. This thesis elucidates and validates the profound, psychologically transformative power of music.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Attento, Adriana
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music education, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1522689
ISBN: 978-1-303-03951-5
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