Multicultural music therapy is growing in importance in the music therapy field. The more understood about the clients' approaches to music, the better music can be applied as a therapeutic tool. One specific group of cultures which has lacked wide research in music therapy is the United States Native American cultures. These cultures have used music as a healing tool throughout history, and continue to do so to this day. They embrace music in every aspect of life, just as they embrace spirituality. Their music expression is an expression of their spirituality, and their spirituality is their medicine. However, due to oppression of Native Americans by the Euro-American communities, and due to resistance of this oppression, among other factors, the Native Americans' musics have been changing and evolving over the years. Understanding these practices can enlighten music therapists, and provide new insights to, respect, and recognition of Native American musics.
|School:||University of Missouri - Kansas City|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Ethnic studies, Native American studies|
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