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Music Therapists' Experiences of Working in Rural Communities of Atlantic Canada

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Music Therapists' Experiences of Working in Rural Communities of Atlantic Canada

Bevan-Baker, Daniel (2018) Music Therapists' Experiences of Working in Rural Communities of Atlantic Canada. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Few music therapists work in rural communities of Atlantic Canada, and little is known about their experiences. However, extensive literature on other healthcare professionals working in rural communities identifies the unique challenges and benefits they experience. No literature exists currently to indicate how these potential challenges and benefits may be conceptualized for music therapists within specific regions of the country. The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experiences of music therapists working in rural communities of Atlantic Canada. Using a modified grounded theory approach, the researcher conducted and transcribed qualitative interviews with three participants. Findings were analyzed and organized around the six subsidiary research questions: (a) What influences music therapists to work in a rural community of Atlantic Canada? (b) What aspects of working in rural communities of Atlantic Canada do music therapists find challenging? (c) How are these challenges being addressed? (d) What aspects of working in rural communities of Atlantic Canada do music therapists find rewarding? (e) How does music therapy work in a rural environment compare to that in an urban environment? (f) What should other music therapists and professionals know about working in rural communities? Several themes and subcategories emerged through analysis of the data: challenges (e.g., cost of travel, anonymity and confidentiality issues, community resistance, and a shortage of music therapists in rural communities); rewards (e.g., community culture, connections, support); and advice on working in a rural community. The findings were supported and clarified by descriptive statements from participants. Implications were identified for Canadian music therapy training programs, the music therapy profession, and future research. Examination of the unique needs of music therapists working in rural communities identifies ways to better support current and future music therapists.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bevan-Baker, Daniel
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy)
Date:1 April 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sandra, Curtis
ID Code:983728
Deposited By: DANIEL BEVAN-BAKER
Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 01:16
Last Modified:11 Jun 2018 01:16
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