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Participants’ Experiences of a Receptive Music Therapy Intervention that Incorporates Raga: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.


Participants’ Experiences of a Receptive Music Therapy Intervention that Incorporates Raga: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Venkatarangam, Stephen (2017) Participants’ Experiences of a Receptive Music Therapy Intervention that Incorporates Raga: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Indian musicians, scholars, and music therapists have explored the use of raga for many years, with music therapists recommending its use in meditation, visualization, and clinical improvisation. Little formal research, however, exists concerning the use of raga in clinical settings with clients unfamiliar with this style of music. By means of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, this qualitative research explored the lived experiences of 3 participants unfamiliar with raga within a live-receptive raga intervention. The primary method of data collection was semi-structured interviews. The following overarching themes emerged through coding and analysis of the interviews: (a) initial awareness of sensory stimulation/environment; (b) pre-contextual thought processes as inherent to the experience; (c) raga as a trusted guide; the development of a “cognitive holding space” through music; (d) emotional and physiological changes throughout the musical movement; and (e) preferred duration of experience. These overarching themes as well as subsidiary themes were explored at a group level while accounting for the unique and rich differences of the participants’ individual experiences. The study provides information to further the dialogue concerning integration of raga within a music therapy context. Particular receptive interventions that may enrich the therapeutic experiences of populations of diverse and non-specialized backgrounds are suggested.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Venkatarangam, Stephen
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy)
Date:5 September 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Curtis, Sandra
Keywords:raga alap receptive music therapy intervention interpretative phenomenological analysis sitar mindfulness imagery rasa bhava emotion
ID Code:982990
Deposited On:17 Nov 2017 17:04
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:56


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