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Therapists Perception of Client Responses in Improvisational Music Therapy

Lo, Wei (2018) Therapists Perception of Client Responses in Improvisational Music Therapy. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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The implementation of clinical improvisation depends on the music therapist’s ability to interpret the client’s moment-to-moment musical expressions and to respond in a meaningful fashion. The client’s focus of attentions is listed as an indicator for therapists to follow in the music therapy literature. This study used empirical data from the clients’ self-reports to compare with the therapist’s interpretation scores on their focus of attentions using a research designed questionnaire (Joint Improvisation Questionnaire). The correlations of paired scores on different items in the questionnaire show the degree of understanding the therapist has on different areas of focus. The sample consisted of 83 (N =83) adults who are not in a clinical setting and are able to attend the Radford University campus. The results indicated that the therapist was only able to differentiate social cues or concerns of participants during the joint improvisation, but not intentions directly related to musical elements. The areas examined by the Joint Improvisation Questionnaire include ways to approach musical elements, creativity, enjoyment, appreciation, meaning making, and concerns during music engagement.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Radford University > College of Visual and Performing Arts > Department of Music
Depositing User: Wei Lo
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2018 18:48
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 15:01
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/441

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