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A Case Study of Clinical Songwriting in Music Therapy to Address Emotional Expression Among an Individual with Parkinson's Disease and their Family Caregivers

Christy, Jennifer L. (2017) A Case Study of Clinical Songwriting in Music Therapy to Address Emotional Expression Among an Individual with Parkinson's Disease and their Family Caregivers. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

This case study explored the influence of clinical songwriting in music therapy on the emotional expression among an individual with Parkinson’s disease and his family caregivers. The clinical songwriting approach involved variations of techniques including song collage, song augmentation, and original songwriting to evaluate elements of emotional expression such as physical contact, verbal interaction, eye contact, use of emotion words, body language, facial expressions, behaviors such as laughing or crying, and vocalizations. Data were gathered through video recordings of weekly music therapy sessions, participant-written songs, and semi-structured exit interviews. Each of these data sources were evaluated for elements of emotional expression. Results indicated that emotional expression, as defined for this study, was mostly unaffected by the clinical songwriting process in music therapy. Salience emerged as participants demonstrated greater depth within interpersonal interactions, an increased understanding of the internal processes of other participants, a stronger sense of empowerment within music making experiences, and an increased ability to communicate concepts that may have been otherwise difficult to discuss.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Jennifer L. Christy
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 16:45
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 12:50
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/359

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