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Multicultural music therapy: Exploring the approaches to, and changes in, music within the Native American communities
by Fly, Erin Suzanne, M.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2010, 105; 1485358
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hanson-Absomeit, Deanna
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
Publication Number: 1485358
ISBN: 978-1-124-10716-5
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