Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Clinical Intuition in Improvisational Music Therapy: A Phenomenological Study of the Relationship Between Intuition and Music
by Farr, Nick, M.S., Molloy College, 2018, 44; 13421255
Abstract (Summary)

Intuition is a crucial facet of the creative process and influences the clinical pathways of music therapy treatment. This study sought to explore how music therapists with advanced training in clinical improvisation draw upon intuition while improvising with their clients. There is very little literature about intuition in music therapy improvisation, none of which specifically explores how intuition manifests musically. Through a phenomenological investigation, the lived experiences and musical processes of two clinical improvisers were examined. The research questions for this study were: How does intuition manifest musically while improvising? When is this intuitive information used? How is the informed music related to the client and their music?

The themes that emerged were: relational aspects of intuition, elements of music, immediacy, and source of music. Intuition was found to manifest musically through a multitude of musical elements ranging from a tone to an entire musical theme and actualized immediately. The informed-music was repeatedly related to the therapists’ perceptions of clients, shared experiences, and the therapists’ musical background. An increased awareness of how intuition is perceived and utilized may prove beneficial for music therapy students, professionals, and educators in their continued development of musical-clinical resources.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Swamy, Sangeeta
Commitee: Soshensky, Rick, Sorel, Suzanne
School: Molloy College
Department: Music Therapy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music therapy
Keywords: clinical intuition, improvisation, music therapy, Nordoff-Robbins
Publication Number: 13421255
ISBN: 9781085562560
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