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The healing power of music: An IPA of practitioners’ experiences towards a unified musical intervention framework

Williams, Sarah (2013) The healing power of music: An IPA of practitioners’ experiences towards a unified musical intervention framework. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Music’s healing properties have been mirrored through an array of research (Groß et al., 2010; Mandel et al., 2007; O’Callaghan, 2011; Schmid, & Ostermann, 2010). Despite this, there remains a lack of clarity surrounding how different musical disciplines work. In order to develop an understanding of how musical approaches implement change in their patients, a variety of music practitioners were used as participants in this study. The following disciplines were represented by participants: Music Therapy, the ‘music for health’ approach and Sound Therapy. Semi structured interviews were used to guide the discussions and an IPA analysis was conducted on the transcripts. Despite slight divergences in individual practitioner’s stances, a model has been created outlining the common features of all musical approaches analysed. This model consists of two main dynamics: connection between the practitioner and the patient and multifaceted adaptation. Within these dynamics is a cyclic process of three stages: anticipations, interactions and alterations. Accordingly, a parallel between musical interventions is identified, providing a more profound understanding of the underlying philosophy of musical disciplines. Slight divergences between the approaches analysed are also discussed, along with the implications for the evaluation of these approaches.

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