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The Roots of Music Therapy: Healing the Wounds of the Psyche
by Shenasi, Solmaz Yasamin, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 49; 1692137
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the impact of music on people from a depth-psychological perspective and explores how music can deeply touch and change clients’ lives and allow for healing. In so doing, this thesis will contribute to increased understanding of the need for music therapeutically. Utilizing qualitative methodology and a hermeneutic approach, this thesis considers the significant impact of music on the body, brain, mind, spirituality, and emotions, and examines how music can be used as a healing power. The research question guiding this thesis is: How can music be used in a client’s therapeutic process to allow for the needed healing? The results explain what music therapy is and how it is used therapeutically, and how it promotes healing while bringing a greater understanding and appreciation for music therapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music education, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Music therapy
Publication Number: 1692137
ISBN: 978-1-321-69224-2
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